"Greenpeace" Button

Beginning in 1971, with a dramatic, nonviolent protest of an underground nuclear weapons test on Alaska’s small Aleutian island of Amchitka, Greenpeace grew into one of the world’s largest environmental membership organizations. As symbolized by this button from the late 20th century, Greenpeace embraced direct-action tactics in its campaigns to address challenges like overfishing, commercial whaling, deforestation, genetic engineering, and climate change.
The button is among the more than 1,500 pin-backed environmental buttons that Gerald H. Meral donated to the National Museum of American History. Meral spent his career addressing natural resource concerns for the California state government and California-based non-governmental organizations. He began assembling his button collection in 1970.
Object Name
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
overall: 4.4 cm x 3 cm x .7 cm; 1 23/32 in x 1 3/16 in x 9/32 in
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accession number
catalog number
Government, Politics, and Reform
Health & Medicine
American Enterprise
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Medicine and Science: Biological Sciences
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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