Magazine / July 2013

[Global Campaigns] Our Global Work in 2012

Thanks to supporters as yourself, from across the world, Greenpeace made some important victories last year for our planet. Here we’ve chosen some of our big stories outside East Asia. We are proud of them and hope you are too because we couldn’t have made them without you. Thank you!

Stop global toxic pollution

Stop global toxic pollution

 


Toxic-Free Fashion en Vogue


Greenpeace has been making the worldwide fashion industry adopt clean production and stop using hazardous chemicals. We convinced some of the biggest names in fashion and the world's largest clothing retailer, ZARA , the world’s biggest jeans seller , LEVI’S , ESPRIT , MANGO, and Marks & Spencer to go Toxic Free. And we are still trending online! By the time of going to press we have some 16 top global brands on board.


Exposing Multinational Toxic Murder


Exposing Multinational Toxic MurderSix years ago, Dutch multinational commodities-trading company, Trafigura, dumped large amounts of toxic gasoline near Abidjan in the Cote d’Ivoire, close to houses, schools and farmers’ fields.

This incident has come to light in 2009. After a 3-year investigation with Amnesty International, on the medical, political and environmental disaster resulted from the incident. We are calling on the UK government to begin a criminal investigation into Trafigura’s actions, for the victims to receive justice and international action to make sure this never happens again.

 

Using Clean Energy

Get the World Using Clean Energy

 


Japan:Nuclear Free by 2030


By September last year, only two of Japan’s 50 nuclear reactors were operating, but the country sailed through the sweltering summer without any power blackouts or shortages.

Under public pressure the government has said it is planning to phase out nuclear, Greenpeace thinks that 2030 is too late. Help us push Tokyo to bring that date forward. It’s two decades too slow!


Europe & US: Kicking Out Coal


Europe & US: Kicking Out CoalLast year our anti-coal campaigns in the EU helped to stop or delay plans for at least 10 coal-fired power plants, with a total capacity of 11GW – almost the same as Hong Kong’s total generational capacity. Last May, Apple promised that all of its data centers would become “coal-free” and powered by 100% renewable energy.


New Zealand: Beaches Saved from Oil Drilling


New Zealand: Beaches Saved from Oil DrillingLast April, we celebrated the wonderful news that the world’s third largest oil company, Petrobras, abandoned its plans for deep sea oil drilling in New Zealand. The Brazilian company faced stiff opposition from local communities and so backed out!

 

GE Food Fight across the World

GE Food Fight across the World

 


India Report Rejects GE


Greenpeace has been calling for a complete halt on the commercialization of GE crops in India and across the world. A major milestone was reached last summer, when the Indian government issued its latest report on GE crops that gave a resounding ‘NO’ to GE.

Their conclusion: GE crops could pose a serious threat to people’s health and to biodiversity. GE crops are not the best option for neither Indian farmers and India’s food security.


Never Ready for ‘Roundup Ready’


Never Ready for ‘Roundup Ready’‘Roundup Ready’ refers to GE crops that have had their DNA altered so they are unharmed by the herbicide, glyphosate (Roundup). Ahead of any EU decision on authorizing Roundup Ready corn, soya, and sugar beet, we commissioned a top agricultural economist to make the first ever forecast of how Europe would be impacted.

 

 

Defending Oceans and Forests

Defending our Oceans and Forests

 


Australia: A Marine Marvel


We were over the moon last November, when Australia created the world’s largest network of marine reserves, some 2.3 million sq. km of ocean. This is an area the size of Western Europe, and covers some of the world's most pristine marine ecosystems, including the tropical Coral Sea. This will help protect many endangered marine species from the green turtle, to blue whales and dugongs.


Senegal: Victory against Overfishing


Senegal: Victory against OverfishingLast May, the Senegalese government cancelled all fishing permits for foreign “pelagic trawlers,” large fishing vessels that drag nets below the surface of the ocean. Greenpeace is campaigning in West Africa for the establishment of a sustainable, low impact fisheries policy that takes into account the needs of small-scale fishermen and the local communities that depend on healthy oceans.


Brazil: Putting out an Amazon Fire


Brazil: Putting out an Amazon FireWe have worked hard to expose how the pig iron industry was throwing the Amazon Forest into its furnaces, to make steel for cars and appliances. After some very serious Greenpeace campaigning, including ship blockades, all seven pig iron companies in the Brazilian state of Maranhão signed an agreement last August. They committed not to source wood charcoal that comes from forest destruction, slave labor or encroaches into indigenous lands.