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Feature Story - 27 August, 2013
Sometimes, it’s important to step back and realise that what we do really does work. So today we wanted to share this list great campaign wins we’ve had during 2013.

This year, our movement is getting bigger, stronger and harder to stop. And when we come together, and stay together, we win.

Scroll down and be proud as you read about everything you’ve made possible, just from the last several months. Then leave a message in the comments section to share your favourite moment with us.

A school of mixed Fusiliers (Caesionidae) in the Great Barrier Reef. © Darren Jew / Greenpeace

Dredging decision delayed in the Great Barrier Reef

Our pressure is making it harder for coal giants to destroy the Reef. The coal industry is planning to tear up 3 million tonnes of sediment from the ocean floor in the Great Barrier Reef. After we delivered 80,000 petitions from Greenpeace supporters, Environment Minister Mark Butler delayed the decision to allow time for more consultation.

Greenpeace activists dressed in shark suits with a giant tuna can reading "John's Waste" and a banner reading "John West Slashes Ocean Stocks", occupy the roof of John West's headquarters in Cheltenham, as part of a Greenpeace campaign to expose the company's destructive fishing practices. © Jesse Marlow / Greenpeace

Tuna companies commit to end destructive fishing

After our campaign against tuna brand John West, every major brand and supermarket has pledged to ensure all its tuna is caught responsibly. This is big news for all the sharks, turtles, baby tuna and other marine life killed needlessly as ‘bycatch’ each year. Our actions made Australia the second tuna market in the world to make this commitment.

Fish in the Great Barrier Reef © Darren Jew / Greenpeace

New laws create network of protected ocean sanctuaries

This win wasn’t easy. In fact it’s been over a decade in the making. Now one third of Australian waters are set to become part of a national marine network of protected areas. This means that some important areas will be declared off-limits for fishing, fossil fuel extraction and other harmful industrial activities. Australia can now stand proud on the global stage as world leader in marine protection and conservation.

Greenpeace activists protest against the transport of fin whale meat transiting through the port of Hamburg. © Joerg Modrow / Greenpeace

Whale meat shipment bound for Japan blocked

After we exposed Iceland’s bloody fin whale massacre, we were determined to make sure the meat of these slaughtered whales did not reach the buyer. Following a bold action while the ship was refuelling in the German city of Hamburg, we pressured local port companies to refuse to handle the cargo. As a result, the shipment was forced to return to Iceland rather than delivered to the buyer. What’s more, German Dutch and Icelandic shipping companies have agreed to never transport whale meat again.

Greenpeace activists dressed as orangutans protest in front of the venue where Asia Pulp & Paper (APP)'s closed door 'certification workshop' is taking place. © Dean Sewell / Greenpeace

Asia Pulp & Paper commits to end deforestation

After more than a decade of persistent campaigning, Asia Pulp & Paper, one of the biggest companies responsible for rainforest destruction, has agreed to immediately halt any further deforestation and develop a comprehensive forest conservation policy. We’ll keep working to make sure they follow through on this promise. This is a significant step forward for the campaign and brilliant news for Indonesia’s rainforests.

 

Oil giant Shell abandons 2013 oil drilling in Alaskan Arctic

Image: Kulluk drill rig runs aground in Alaska. © The United States Coast Guard.

Shell has abandoned its outrageous plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic! The decision followed a series of embarrassing blunders on the high seas, including tug boat collisions and allowing its oil rig, the Kulluk, to run aground in a storm. Greenpeace supporters helped by sharing news of these blunders far and wide on social media. It’s great news, but right now Shell is doing all it can to try and get back in using Russian oil companies. We won’t stop until Arctic oil drilling is dropped forever.

Supporters of 'Cash for Containers' at Manly Beach, July 2013. © Greenpeace / Stuckenbrock

‘Cash for Containers’ reinstated in the Northern Territory

Australians were outraged when Coca-Cola took the Northern Territory Government to court over recycling. But our friends in the NT had a victory early this month which resulted in the popular and proven ‘Cash for Containers’ program being reinstated across the territory. Greenpeace supporters and others helped make this happen by publicly speaking out in support of the program. In just one year, recycling rates in NT had trebled as a result. Our next step is to make sure that all state governments agree to implement the program.

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