Making Waves

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  • NAFO wakes up to deep sea destruction

    Blogpost by Lisa - 8 May, 2008 at 23:41

    Last time I was on the Esperanza we were on the Grand Banks off the coast of Nova Scotia, exposing the destruction of bottom trawling in 2005. We were asking the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) to wake up and start protecting deep sea... Read more >

  • Short video briefing from the Esperanza

    Blogpost by Andrew - 8 May, 2008 at 16:41 4 comments

    Langi, on board our ship the Esperanza, with an update on destructive fishing in his part of the world, and what we're doing about it. Read more >

  • Pacific Activist

    Blogpost by Lisa - 8 May, 2008 at 4:03 6 comments

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    Written by Daniel Loo on board the Esperanza

    I was born in Fiji and have lived there all my life although my family emigrated to Fiji in the early 50s from Kiribati. I have a really interesting heritage as my Dad is Chinese while my mother is Gilbertee... Read more >

  • Saving sea life from the Pacific to the Mediteranian

    Blogpost by Andrew - 7 May, 2008 at 21:35

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    [Photo copyright Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace]

    This morning, the crew of the Arctic Sunrise found an illegal drift net in the Mediterranean. Our crew went into action, seizing the net and releasing the sea life trapped in it. Now our ship's followed the fis... Read more >

  • Greenpeace's Dove viral flies into Wall Street!

    Blogpost by SteveE - 6 May, 2008 at 18:11 2 comments

    Type the word “Dove” into YouTube’s search box, and what do you find in the number one spot?

    Not Unilever’s ads, that’s for sure. Produced by WPP Group’s PR agency Ogilvy & Mather, Unilever’s ads have previously scooped top prize at the annual advertising convention held in Cannes, France. But they’ve been knocked off top spot on YouTube by Greenpeace’s parody of Unilever’s “Onslaught” ad. “Onslaught(er)” was launched only two weeks ago, and produced at a fraction of the cost of the original.

    Unilever makes a big deal of its efforts to be both environmentally and socially responsible, but has been dragging its heels when it came to the palm oil issue. But just two weeks after starting our campaign, and despite saying that it always intended to do so anyway, Unilever has finally announced that it will not only stop buying palm oil from suppliers who can’t demonstrate that it comes from sustainable sources, but has also come out in support of our call for a moratorium on cutting down trees in Indonesia for the sake of oil palm plantations.

    The rapid success of our campaign has staggered the business world. The palm oil issue, and Unilever’s policy shift, has even reached the pages of The Wall Street Journal, where a spokesperson for one of WPP Group’s other branding consultancies, Added Value, noted that Unilever had been smart to respond to the pressure we’d applied. Unilever itself is reported as claiming that our protests had some bearing but a very little influence on its decision.

    It seems to us that shifting its policy in just two weeks hardly suggests that Unilever hasn’t been heavily influenced by the runaway success of our campaign. The YouTube experience has taught them that it’s possible for their own brand to be outbranded when it comes to public concern about environmental issues, and that’s got to hurt.

    On(slaughter) - our take on Unilever's "Onslaught"

    Let’s hope that the bosses of other multinationals, reading their Wall Street Journals this weekend, take heed of the power of public mobilisation and follow suit. Otherwise, we just might find ourselves scooping the top prize ourselves at next year’s Cannes advertising convention! Read more >

  • TunaTV - Episode 1

    Blogpost by Lisa - 5 May, 2008 at 5:08 1 comment

    An ex-fisherman from the Solomon Islands speaks out on overfishing in the Pacific.

    I shot this video using a little digital hand held camera and edited it on my laptop - so sorry about the background noises of the ship and the wind Read more >

  • Taking tuna and turtles offline

    Blogpost by Lisa - 3 May, 2008 at 12:20 1 comment

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    We've just confiscated several kilometres of tuna fishing gear, freed marine life and sent a Taiwanese longlining vessel out of Pacific international waters and all before lunch! The 5am wake up call today came way too early for some but the dark, sur... Read more >

  • Sayonara to Solomons

    Blogpost by Lisa - 2 May, 2008 at 7:17 1 comment

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    Here's a blog from Dean, our Kiwi communications officer on board the Esperanza

    OK, so I admit it, I didn’t want to leave Honiara. Land itself had been such a welcome relief for me – but the big smiles, the new food, the busy markets, the curious peopl... Read more >

  • Defending the Pacific - Part 2

    Blogpost by Lisa - 29 April, 2008 at 10:45 1 comment

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    The Esperanza has just left Honiara in the Solomon Islands where I joined the ship so that we can keep you up to date on all of our adventures in the Pacific. I have replaced Jess, the webby from the Greenpeace USA office, who has reluctantly returned... Read more >

  • Spinning the atom - Patrick Moore for hire

    Blogpost by tom - 25 April, 2008 at 17:35

    It makes a very convenient headline for lazy journalists - "Former Greenpeace founder supports nuclear". It's also the lead the nuclear industry pays a lot of money to Patrick Moore for (actually an early Greenpeace member, but that's a bit weak for n... Read more >

  • Tuna trading CLOSED!

    Blogpost by Jo Kuper - 25 April, 2008 at 12:38

    “Ladies and Gentlemen your attention please: the Dong Won, Mitsubishi, Moon Marine, Azzopardi and Ricardo Fuentes stalls are now closed.” And they were. It felt great knowing that the ever so slightly familiar voices coming airport style over the audi... Read more >

  • New site tracking greenwashing

    Blogpost by Andrew - 24 April, 2008 at 15:36 2 comments

    I don't know if greenwash was invented by US corporations, but there does seem to be a lot more of it there than in the rest of the world. So it's good news that Greenpeace USA has launched stopgreenwash.org to track the filthy stuff.

    Greenwash is abou... Read more >

  • Esperanza arrives in the Solomons

    Blogpost by Jess - 23 April, 2008 at 2:00

    mansolomons.jpgLast night, as the sun was setting, I got my first glimpse of land in 3 weeks. When I woke up, I could see that we were passing islands. The Esperanza pulled into Honiara, Solomon Islands this morning. The ship and crew were greeted with a traditional... Read more >

  • Dove viral -- the backing track...

    Blogpost by brianfit - 22 April, 2008 at 13:35 4 comments

    We've had a couple requests here about the music in our new viral video, Onslaught(er), which takes on Dove's use of palm oil in their beauty products.

    Palm plantations are destroying rainforests, which in turn is contributing to global warming, and Un... Read more >

  • Top Dove video on YouTube

    Blogpost by eoin - 22 April, 2008 at 13:19 4 comments

    Go take a look -- Search YouTube for "Dove" -- and you'll see our new video top of the list. I wonder what the marketing folk at Unilever (the company behind Dove soap) will think when they see that.

    Last month we polled Greenpeace supporters around th... Read more >

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