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  • Let’s give Levi’s 501,000 reasons to Detox

    Blogpost by Pierre Terras - December 6, 2012 at 9:08

    “From the way we make our products to how we run the company, we’re committed to restoring the environment. Consumers expect this from us, employees demand it, and the planet requires it.”

    This is a very honourable statement from Chip Bergh, Presiden... Read more >

  • Facts on the ground undermine Herakles’ Cameroonian PR offensive

    Blogpost by Greg Norman - November 22, 2012 at 14:39

    22 November 2012 Forest Clearing in Cameroon

    Clearing of trees in a concession area of Herakles Farm for a palm oil plantation. Herakles is pushing ahead with its plans for a huge palm oil plantation with complete disregard for the opposition of local people, who fear they will lose their farms and their livelihoods to the US-based corporation.

     

    Bruce Wrobel, the CEO of Herakles Farms, has long claimed that his company has a positive presence in Africa.

    Indeed it seems impossible to pick up a newspaper in the Cameroonian capital Yaoundé without reading about one minor miracle or an... Read more >

  • Having your eco-say

    Blogpost by Dianne Mc Alpine - November 21, 2012 at 14:25

    There’s often a misconception in our consumer society that the brands and companies we buy from have power over their consumers. “The customer is always right” only seemed to take you so far. But increasingly, brands are being held to account when t... Read more >

  • The toxic tale behind your clothing

    Blogpost by Yifang Li - November 21, 2012 at 9:20

    What are you wearing today? Touch it. Go on. What does it feel like? Yes, you're touching a piece of clothing. You're touching a type of fabric. You're touching a fashion choice. And yet, there's more to it: You're also touching a story. Becaus... Read more >

  • Electronics companies can lead the way on clean energy - if you push them

    Blogpost by Casey Harrell, Greenpeace International - November 19, 2012 at 7:42 1 comment

    Every day, you rely on your computer, mobile phone, or tablet to be more productive, or just to have fun. Gadgets can make our lives better, and we all want the latest, greatest devices but the rate at which we collectively purchase and discard them... Read more >

  • Will there be a future generation’s catch?

    Blogpost by Andrea Rid - November 13, 2012 at 13:50

    Towards the end of the Rainbow Warrior's Indian Ocean tour, the ship was starting to feel a little empty (and almost lonely) after some of the campaign staff and crew had left a little earlier to return home.

    Fortunately this changed early the next m... Read more >

  • Nuclear power: stuck in the past in more ways than one

    Blogpost by Justin McKeating - November 9, 2012 at 11:38

    Take a look at this cartoon as featured by Nuclear Engineering International in a comment piece on their website:

    Nuclear Engineering International's cartoonLook at the white men in their suits offering their nuclear reactors to the semi-naked “natives” with feathers in their hair, and th... Read more >

  • Turning the tide with people power

    Blogpost by Hellen Dena and Monica Davies - November 8, 2012 at 13:05

    08 November 2012 Climate Protest at COP 17

    Greenpeace takes to the streets and joins with over ten thousand climate activists, NGO members and other representatives demanding urgent climate action from the delegates at COP17. © Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace

    Many are the times that Greenpeace is seen as crazy activists chaining themselves to things, when really our main campaigns aim to change societal attitudes and behavior for the good of the environment, and society itself. And we can only ach... Read more >

  • Catching Tuna in the Maldives

    Blogpost by Andrea Rid - November 5, 2012 at 10:09

    16 October 2012 Fishermen in Mauritius

    Local artisanal fishermen from the Syndicat des Pecheurs, pull up outside Port Louis. Greenpeace is on an expedition in the Indian Ocean to expose overfishing and to highlight the problems associated with excessive tuna fishing, unsustainable or illegal fishing practices, the lack of law enforcement, and to listen to communities, learn about fishing practices and build alliances so that the Indian Ocean region can continue to provide fish and fishing jobs for future generations. © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

     

    Today, I caught a tuna.

    It was the first fish I had ever caught in my life. And the first tuna that had to die because of me for a long time.

    I haven't eaten tuna for about three years. Not because I don't like the taste of it -- I actuall... Read more >

  • Energy-efficient home-cooking in Kinshasa

    Blogpost by Augustine Kasambule - November 5, 2012 at 8:41

    Endless power cuts in the DRC’s capital city, Kinshasa, force most households to use charcoal or wood (makala) to cook their meals. Bikuku and Lutendele, two suburbs of Kinshasa, are particularly afflicted by this daily reality.

    These suburbs are sem... Read more >

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