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

 

Nuclear Crisis in Japan Worsens and Effects Depend on Wind

Blog entry by Andrew Davies | March 15, 2011

Record high levels of radiation have now been found near the Fukushima 1, nuclear facility following explosions at its number 1, 2, 3 and 4 units. And radiation 9 times the background levels have been found near Tokyo. A critical ...

Crisis at Fukushima I/Daiichi and Fukushima II/Daini Plants

Feature story | March 14, 2011 at 7:37

First the earthquake, then the Tsunami, and now a severe nuclear threat: Greenpeace's thoughts are with the Japanese people, hoping that a worst-case scenario will be avoided.

Japanese Quake: Nuclear Alert

Feature story | March 11, 2011 at 12:36

Greenpeace is deeply concerned about the potential safety and environmental impacts of both the earthquake and tsunami on Japanese nuclear installations, as well as other hazardous industries such as chemical or oil refineries.

A Week Aboard the Esperanza

Blog entry by Melita Steele | March 4, 2011

Last week I was lucky enough to join the Esperanza (the largest vessel in the Greenpeace fleet) for just over 7 days. Most of the crew spend months at a time aboard the ship, so I really only got a taste of what life on the Esperanza...

Zuma Must Not Get Caught in a Nuclear Trap

Feature story | March 4, 2011 at 7:54

With the announcement of cooperation agreements having been signed between South African and French energy companies, Greenpeace reiterates its call to President Zuma not to fall into the dangerous trap of nuclear energy.

Containing GE Contamination

Image | February 17, 2011 at 11:25

Members of a decontamination unit from Greenpeace bag genetically-engineered Bt talong (eggplant) from an experimental field trial site in Bay town in the province of Laguna, in an effort to contain contaminants.

Zuma: Go renewable, create more jobs

Feature story | February 9, 2011 at 14:12

As President Zuma prepares for his State of the Nation Address tomorrow, we urge him to put South Africa on track for a clean and sustainable energy future, thus providing a huge number of new jobs, as part of his move to declare 2011 the year of...

Trafigura: new corruption charges

Feature story | February 2, 2011 at 11:14

Trafigura, the Dutch-headed multinational responsible for dumping toxic waste in the Côte d’Ivoire in 2006, is under investigation by the Dutch Public Prosecutor -- good news in our campaign to bring justice to the people of Côte d’Ivoire.

Nuclear: a phone call away?

Blog entry by Michael Baillie | January 28, 2011

The good news is that senior energy department officials have been facing pressure from MPs to cut South Africa's dependence on coal. The bad news is that a few MPs seem to think that nuclear energy can help to move beyond coal power.

Acid Mine Drainage in Johannesburg

Image gallery | January 27, 2011

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