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  • The loophole in our tuna labels

    Blogpost by Dianne Mc Alpine - April 29, 2013 at 11:08

    29 April 2013 Esperanza On Patrol In The Indian Ocean

    Tuna trans shipment on the high seas in the Indian Ocean between the Jetmark 101, a Manila-registered long-liner and the Tuna Queen, registered in Panama. The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is on patrol in the Indian Ocean documenting fishing activities. © Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace

     

    Today I discovered I am not the only South African in the Indian Ocean.  

    On the fringes of the Mauritian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is an area where fishing vessels offload their catch to another, often bigger, ship.  And it is here, in... Read more >

  • Witbank, a town just outside of Johannesburg, has some of the world’s most polluted air – that’s according to new research reported yesterday.

    The massively high levels of pollution can be directly linked to Eskom’s string of coal-fired power station... Read more >

  • Fighting for the (human) rights of DRC's forests communities

    Blogpost by Karine Jacquemart, Congo Forests - April 26, 2013 at 8:56

    A key plank of Greenpeace's work on protecting forests around the world is an obvious yet important message of putting "people and forests first".

    Yet it is a message that needs repeating, often to the many companies that use forested areas to fu... Read more >

  • How rogue palm oil producers are getting away with forest destruction

    Blogpost by Wirendro Sumargo - April 25, 2013 at 12:35

    It always amazes me how the actions – or rather inaction – of high-level meetings in far-off cities can so seriously impact forests in my own country.

    Today, an organisation with the declared aim of ensuring environmentally responsible palm oi... Read more >

  • The help our communities really need

    Blogpost by Keanan Reis, Greenpeace Africa volunteer - April 24, 2013 at 13:01

    The world often sees government's relationship with Greenpeace Africa as shaky, at best. When Greenpeace isn't chaining themselves to power-station equipment, or dumping coal at Eskom's Megawatt Park, they're being spied on, or being detained by pol... Read more >

  • Community clean ups and clear skies

    Blogpost by Taahir Chagan - April 22, 2013 at 13:25

    Saturday morning came - and so did the rain, which had been falling, non-stop, throughout the early hours of the morning, with no end in sight.  After weeks of preparation and planning, expectation and enthusiasm, our clean-up project with the NALA St... Read more >

  • Go far, go together

    Blogpost by Dianne Mc Alpine - April 22, 2013 at 10:21

    There is an African saying, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”

    The past week I have spent on board the Esperanza in the Indian Ocean documenting illegal fishing has taught me this. Working in a team, especially on... Read more >

  • Hope on the high seas

    Blogpost by Dianne Mc Alpine - April 19, 2013 at 14:30

    The royal blue waters of the Indian Ocean give nothing away. Keeping my eyes focused on the horizon, I search for the presence of a ship or a Fish Aggregating Device (a FAD). But there is stillness here. I don’t know if this is uplifting or indicati... Read more >

  • Putting food security and forest protection first in Cameroon

    Blogpost by Irène Wabiwa - April 19, 2013 at 8:10

    19 April 2013 Cacao Farmer in Cameroon

    A local farmer working in his cacao plantation. Cacao is the main source of income for people in this area. They run cacao farm besides their cassava/food farms, and sell it abroad. In cacao plantations also grow valuable trees such as the Iroko and fruits for local consumption like pineapple, oranges, mangos and avocados. © Jan-Joseph Stok / Greenpeace

    As an African working for Greenpeace, I am often challenged when I speak out against the industrial exploitation of our continent’s natural resources, disguised as “development”. All too often, this simply creates huge profits for internation... Read more >

  • Africa ♥ Arctic

    Blogpost by Lerato Tsotetsi - April 15, 2013 at 12:36

    It is 10 degrees at 8:30am in Johannesburg on the 13th of April and I’m standing in a Melville field with fellow Arctic lovers and it’s cold. The ground is moist from last night’s rain and I’m wondering why I’m doing this to myself on a perfectly cold... Read more >

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