Ongoing Making Waves: The Story and Legacy of Greenpeace. Greenpeace is one of the most recognizable environmental activism groups of our time. With humble beginnings in Vancouver, Greenpeace has always had a strong connection to the sea. What began with a small group of Canadians and Americans protesting a nuclear bomb has become a global phenomenon. Over its five-decade history, the organization has protested many different causes: whaling, pollution, mining, genetic testing, and nuclear testing.