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  • "Listen to the people" inside UN climate talks

    Blogpost by Mike Baillie - December 9, 2011 at 20:14

    Today at the UN climate negotiations in Durban the whispers of polluting companies were drowned out by the roar of the crowd demanding governments “Listen to the people not the polluters!” 

    As the talks draw to a close in the coming hours, there is... Read more >

  • The Official Use Me More Theme Song

    Blogpost by Monica Davies - December 8, 2011 at 9:07 1 comment


    Turning to the sun is an urge as old as mankind itself. Like the sunflower, we turn to it for life, warmth and light - three words which could easily be used to describe the music of the newly-formed group, Jika Nelanga (which means sunflowe... Read more >

  • The Mystery of McKinsey's Black Box

    Blogpost by John Bowler - December 7, 2011 at 21:49


    Hello from Durban, home of COP17, and for the past 10 days home of the Greenpeace forest team.

    Sometimes serendipity just waltzes right up to you. And that is what has just happened. Earlier this year a Greenpeace investigation revealed ... Read more >

  • Save the Amazon, veto the new Forest Code

    Blogpost by Laura Kenyon, Greenpeace International - December 7, 2011 at 21:40


    We are edging closer to an “ecological calamity” in the Amazon rainforest and a vote in the Brazilian Senate has pushed us closer to the brink. Yesterday it voted to approve destructive changes to the laws governing forest protection – ca... Read more >

  • School Children Roar for Climate Courage

    Blogpost by Caroline Chisholm - December 7, 2011 at 18:06

    Almost 1,500 children gathered on the beach in Durban today to form a human aerial of a lion, to send a message to the leaders of COP17: show some courage for the climate.

    The inspriration of artist John Quigley, the image was developed after John vi... Read more >

  • Where are the Climate Heros?

    Blogpost by Mike Baillie - December 5, 2011 at 11:03

    The Dirty Dozen in Durban

    Our message to the polluting corporations gathering in Durban today - "Listen to the people, not the polluters.". © Andrew Orpen / Greenpeace


    I grew up watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Superman: superheroes who’d regularly save the day from the evil guys. I quickly realized that in real-life, there aren’t many superheroes, although there are a good number of people wi... Read more >

  • COP17, Where are we now?

    Blogpost by Ferrial Adams - December 2, 2011 at 19:01

    It’s mid-way through COP17 and the big question on everyone’s minds is “how is it all going?” Usually after a week of talks it’s possible to assess the possible outcomes of the talks. However, there seems to be rather slow progress on the draft text... Read more >

  • Join us for The Future of Congo Forests on Film

    Blogpost by Monica Davies - December 2, 2011 at 15:30

    Join Kumi Naidoo and Greenpeace Africa tonight at 19:30 as we launch The Future Of Congo Forests documentary.

    The documentary chronicles The Future of Forests in Poetry contest organized by Greenpeace Africa in Democratic Republic of Congo in Sep... Read more >

  • The Island States Occupy COP17

    Blogpost by Monica Davies - December 2, 2011 at 14:51

    Ambassador Willaims of the small island state of Grenada address a small rally just outside the confines of the COP17 conference in Durban as Ambassado Jumeau of the Seychelles looks on. © John Robinson / Greenpeace


    Today, what has so far been a rather barren Occupy COP17 movement was joined at Speaker’s Corner outside the ICC by some exotic delegates who had a message for the people and for the policymakers.

    Delegates from the Caribbean and Seychelles... Read more >

  • The Face Of Climate Change in Africa

    Blogpost by Olivia Langhof and Rianne Tuele - December 2, 2011 at 9:49

    Raising a Wind Turbine in Durban

    Greenpeace and Tcktcktck volunteers raise a wind turbine on the beach at dawn in Durban, South Africa. To send a message of hope for the latest round of UN climate change talks opening here on Monday. Campaigners say Durban must be a new dawn for the international negotiations to agree a fair, ambitious and legally binding treaty to avert climate chaos. They are demanding that politicians stop listening to the polluting corporations and listen to the people who want an end to our dependence on fossil fuels. Africa is on the front line of dangerous climate change, with millions already suffering the impacts through increased drought and extreme weather events, threatening lives and food security. © Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace


    As COP17 delegates sit in air-conned conference rooms and discuss climate change over coffee in the Baobab cafe, millions of people across Africa have never heard about the COP, KP, REDD or ’15. They are living with what delegates only talk ... Read more >

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