Greenpeace activists atop the Prunerov coal-fired power station in the Czech Republic.

Prunerov: a global shame

Last week, the environment minister resigned because of it; a whole island nation is up in arms about it. Today, twelve Greenpeace activists climbed the 300 metre high chimney of the coal-fired power station that won’t stop causing controversy until the Czech Republic’s government has taken the right decision: to stop it.

“The Prunerov coal plant is a global shame,” Greenpeace Climate and Energy campaigner Jan Rovensky, today said from the top of the plant’s chimney stack. “Plans to extend its life make a mockery of efforts to protect the environment, people and avoid catastrophic global climate change.”

Watch the activists on our live stream here.

Prunerov is the single largest source of Czech carbon emissions. Yet, rather than shut it down at the end of its life in 2015, its owner, the energy company CEZ, is pushing to extend its life using inefficient, outdated technology.

Last week, the Czech environment minister, Jan Dusik, refused to give way to pressure from the company – and resigned instead. Meanwhile, the Pacific island nation of Micronesia has registered deep concerns that the plant’s implications for climate change haven’t been considered properly. It’s the first time a country has done this. Opposition is growing and growing.

Is the Czech government listening?

Our message is clear: Shut Prunerov down by 2015 and replace it with energy efficiency measures and investments in renewable energy. “Then the Czech Republic’s global shame would become a global example,” Jan Rovensky said from atop the chimney.

Need a break?

Well, our campaign to get the food giant Nestlé to stop using palm oil that’s the result of forest destruction certainly isn’t ready to take one just yet.

As the video that the company didn’t want you to see keeps spreading, so does the message that deforestation is trashing the orang-utan’s habitat, while the companies that produce palm oil are cutting down the lungs of the planet and contribute massively to making Indonesia the third largest carbon emitter after the United States and China.

We are asking Nestlé to clean up its supply chain, not just from those companies that supply destruction-linked palm oil directly, but also from those that are doing so indirectly. And not at some vague point in the future (as the company has again promised in the Guardian), but right now.

As John Sauven, Greenpeace UK's executive director, has pointed out again, action needs to be taken immediately. "Cargill need to delist Sinar Mas from their global supply chain and Nestlé need to make a decision not to buy Sinar Mas palm oil directly or indirectly."

Don’t expect that video to disappear anytime soon.

A glimmer of hope for bluefin tuna

After governments failed miserably to pull the Atlantic bluefin tuna from the brink of extinction at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) last week, the fight continues to protect the species – and there is one last glimmer of hope.

Greenpeace campaigns for a network of marine reserves to be established on 40 percent of the world's oceans. Such a network could protect essential spawning grounds and give species like bluefin tuna a life-saving break. If we want fish tomorrow, we need marine reserves today. Help us now by signing the petition.

And now, the good news...

The Californian fish restaurant that was caught selling illegal whale meat in an Oscar-winning documentary last month is repenting. In addition to a potential court-imposed fine that could reach $20,000, the Santa-Monica-based restaurant that served whale meat for $85 a plate said it was closing itself down in a move it called “self-imposed punishment”.

Now, isn’t that a model worth spreading?

(Picture credit: © Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace)