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  • Forest destroyer gets kicked out of the club

    Blogpost by Suzanne Kroger - May 15, 2013 at 11:07

    It was one of those days when we felt like change was in the air – even if it was a small victory it was an important one.

    Yesterday, we confirmed that notorious palm oil producer and forest destroyer, Duta Palma, has (finally) been ejected fr... Read more >

  • 13 May 2013 Flotilla Accompanies Esperanza in Mauritius

    The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is accompanied by a flotilla of artisan fishermen in their boats as she heads to Grand Baie in Mauritius. Greenpeace will deliver a message to the IOTC (Indian Ocean Tuna Commission) delegates highlighting the concerns of unsustainable fishing practices in the Indian Ocean. © Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace


    Forest destruction is visible; you can see the trees disappearing, the animals torn from their homes. But ocean destruction is hidden; our planet, which is predominantly blue, is under threat by industrialised fishing fleets, weak legislatio... Read more >

  • The loophole in our tuna labels

    Blogpost by Dianne Mc Alpine - April 29, 2013 at 14:08

    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 11:56

    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 15:35

    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 16:01

    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 16:25

    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 13:21

    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 17:30

    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 >

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