By Caroline Rodriguez
Greenpeace is an organization that uses non-violent confrontation to raise awareness to the public about environmental issues. The international organization fights to save the planet from any type of environmental destruction (http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/about). The organization has similar goals for the Google Earth layer. This layer was created to educate the public about environmental issues and raise awareness about the location of these problems.
In order to access this layer, open Google Earth and click on the layers tab on the left side. Finally, the layer can be found underneath the “Global Awareness” tab. After selecting the box next to the Greenpeace layer, small Greenpeace symbols will appear across the globe.
The layer shows the specific location of certain environmental problems. Some of these problems include destruction of the rainforest, places with high greenhouse emissions, destruction of marine life habitats, and sites of overfishing. It also gives a description of the issue and links where you can learn more as well as links where you can get involved.
The example provided above is a pop-out about the Amazon and how the rain forests are being destroyed. The problem is described in detail and a picture is shown along with links to get involved and help with the issue. For more information about Greenpeace or its projects, visit their website.