What Have You Done for Your
Planet Lately?

Jen Schumacher is a 25-year-old marathon swimmer from Southern California. Over the next two years, she will be racing to become the first human being to conquer The Ocean's Seven, seven of the toughest open water channel crossings in the world. She's dedicating her swims to 3MF and its International Whales Network. “I'm passionate about protecting whales and combating the effects of over-fishing, climate change and pollution — especially plastics — on all marine life,” says Schumacher. MORE >>

The Third Millennium Foundation

3MF was established in 1987 by David McTaggart, former Chairman of Greenpeace International. It became the base for the work of McTaggart and a small team — including current Executive Director Leslie Busby and Secretary/Treasurer Doug Falkner — after McTaggart’s retirement from Greenpeace
in 1991.

March 23, 2011, marked the 10th anniversary of McTaggart’s tragic death in a car accident in Umbria, Italy, a country and people he loved dearly. We pay tribute to this remarkable man and his fighting spirit and update you on our efforts to establish an environmental center in his name. MORE >>

The Japan Disaster and Whaling

Our hearts go out to the people of Japan during this crisis. We strongly urge you to contribute to the charity of your choice to help with the ongoing relief efforts. While many organizations are doing extraordinary work, we recommend the highly efficient Global Giving, which has raised more than three million dollars as of April 5, 2011, and is disbursing funds to organizations that are providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

Prior to the disaster, the global media reported that Japan had suspended its 2010/11 whale hunt in the Antarctic. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's confrontational tactics at sea contributed to this suspension, as did years of political, civic and media pressure generated by governments, NGOs and environmental groups all over the world.

Here's a sampling of the news coverage:

Defending the commercial whaling moratorium and the internationally-declared whale sanctuary surrounding Antarctica has been one of the main missions of 3MF for more than a decade, and is a top priority of our International Whales Network (IWN). While we were relieved that the most recent hunt was called off early, it is too soon to say whether this decision may mark the beginning of the end of Japanese Antarctic whaling and what consequences the disaster and recovery effort may have on future Japanese whaling policy. MORE ON IWN >>

  The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, The Turner Foundation, Stichting DOEN, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Greenpeace, The Pew Environment Group