Eliminating toxic chemicals

Toxics E-Waste in Ghana

Toxic chemicals in our environment threaten our rivers and lakes, our air, land, and oceans, and our future. The production, trade, use, and release of many synthetic chemicals are now widely recognised as a global threat to human health and the environment.Yet, the world's chemical industries continue to produce and release thousands of chemical compounds every year, in most cases with little or no testing or understanding of their impacts on people and the environment.

Greenpeace is campaigning for the manufacturers of electronic goods to take responsibility for their products from production through to the end of their use. To prevent mountains of e-waste being dumped in developing countries, manufacturers must design clean electronics with longer lifespan, that are safe and easy to recycle and will not expose workers and the environment to hazardous chemicals.

Genetic engineering

Greenpeace activists protest against GM rice

Genetic engineering enables scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that does not occur naturally. These genetically modified organisms (GMO) can spread through nature and interbreed with natural organisms, thereby contaminating the environment and future generations in an unforeseeable and uncontrollable way.

Greenpeace campaigns for safety measures such as the labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients, and the separation of genetically engineered crops and seeds from conventional ones. We also oppose all patents on plants, animals and humans, as well as patents on their genes. Life is not an industrial commodity. When we force life forms and our world's food supply to conform to human economic models rather than their natural ones, we do so at our own peril.

The latest updates

 

We Want a Brighter, Nuclear-Free Future in South Africa

Blog entry by Monica Davies | September 22, 2011

One might wonder what 25 adults are doing, shoulder to shoulder, outside the front gate of a government department at 7:30 on a morning that reveals summer to still be a good few weeks away. I don’t wonder - I’ve been learning about...

We Up the Pressure to Stop Nuclear

Feature story | September 21, 2011 at 8:57

Today we ramped up the pressure on the South African government, urging them to reassess its flirtation with nuclear energy.

Detox Campaign Hat Trick!

Feature story | August 31, 2011 at 13:02

Adidas is going toxic-free, the company has just announced!

Nike & Adidas: Detox the world's water

Feature story | July 12, 2011 at 12:32

Game on, Nike and Adidas. Greenpeace is calling you out to see which one of you is stronger on the flats, quicker on the breaks, turns faster and plays harder at a game we're calling 'Detox': Who'll be the first to take action and eliminate...

Nuclear Delusions

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | July 8, 2011

Deep Green is Rex Weyler's monthly column, reflecting on the roots of activism, environmentalism, and Greenpeace's past, present, and future. The opinions here are his own. Why nuclear power is not a solution to our energy...

Italian People Vote "YES" to a Nuclear-Free Future – SA Must do the Same!

Blog entry by Rianne Teule and Michael Baillie | June 14, 2011

Led by Berlusconi, Italy can be a strange place. But amidst the madness comes a little sanity. This week, Italians were asked to vote on the use of nuclear energy, and almost 95% were in favour of a nuclear-free future! It's...

Putting the Energy [R]evolution into Practice

Blog entry by Melita Steele | June 1, 2011

Last week Greenpeace Africa launched our Advanced Energy [R]evolution report – a critical (but not particularly flashy) component of our climate and energy campaign in South Africa. The report basically lays the foundation for our...

What is an Energy [R]evolution?

Blog entry by Michael Baillie, Melita Steele | May 25, 2011

'The Advanced Energy [R]evolution' is a detailed and practical blueprint for cutting carbon emissions, replacing fossil fuels and nuclear power with renewable energy, and growing the economy. It is one of the most comprehensive...

Govt Announces SA Energy Plan for Next 20 Years

Feature story | March 30, 2011 at 8:36

According to the Policy Adjusted Integrated Resource Plan 2010 (IRP2010), just released, the country's energy mix will include 9,600MW of nuclear power, and two of the biggest coal-fired power stations in the world (Medupi and Kusile) -- Not good!

Japanese Government: Greenpeace Data 'Unreliable'

Feature story | March 28, 2011 at 15:35

Greenpeace responds to accusations that our radiation level readings are 'unreliable'.

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