4 - What is a local group or a network?

Local networks are typically formed around a core of six to eight people who meet on a monthly basis to plan activities. Others within the network keep in touch with coordinators to participate in these events. There can be more than one network coordinator and sometimes other key activists take on specific roles within the network.

A network plans its activities – which are always varied around its members skills and availability - based on directions from the outreach team regarding Greenpeace’s work. There are 60-70 active local networks in the UK.

Greenpeace encourages active supporters to think of themselves as part of a flexible local network, as opposed to a formal local group. This allows individuals with specific skills or interests to get active, without necessarily being part of the core group, attending every monthly meeting or event.

Greenpeace encourages individual supporters to organise events to support the organisation, and to take part in specific campaigning activities (usually online). The Greenpeace Outreach team works to develop new networks in strategic areas, and if you would like to form an 'official' new Greenpeace network, there is a process you need to follow. Please start by emailing greenwire.uk@greenpeace.org and we'll guide you from there.

Please do not start describing yourself as a Greenpeace group or network (e.g. Southdown Greenpeace) without following this process, and without the ok from the central organisation.