Kelly Rigg began campaigning for Greenpeace in the US against offshore oil drilling in 1982. In 1984 she became the organisations's wildlife campaign director. She led Greenpeace’s successful Antarctica campaign from 1986 – 1990, with responsibility not only for the political campaign but also for the organisation's World Park Base on Ross Island, Antarctica, and its annual Southern Ocean expedition. In 2010, she became the Executive Director of the Global Coalition for Climate Action.
Dorothy Stowe was always passionate about environmentalism and humanitarianism; “Dorothy helped launch the first Greenpeace campaign, and hosted early Greenpeace meetings in her home.-Rex Weyler- Director of the original Greenpeace Foundation
Girl guides Miryam Justo from Peru and Yvette Blankson from Ghana take to the ice close to the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise during their stay on the ship as part of an international crew on a month-long expedition in the icy Arctic.
Sylvia Borren, Executive Director of Greenpeace Netherlands, occupied the office of Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser on July symbolically taking over to stop Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.