Making Waves

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  • Why are we defending the Pacific?

    Blogpost by Lisa - 16 May, 2008 at 4:31

    Written by Lagi, our Pacific oceans campaigner.

    Our work reaches out to the 20 Pacific Island countries in this region to move towards a sustainable and equitable fishery. I am from Fiji and as a Pacific Islander allow me to point out that the Pacific ... Read more >

  • Stolen whale meat scandal rocks Japan

    Blogpost by brianfit - 15 May, 2008 at 12:36 5 comments

    Finally, we can tell the story some of us have been sitting on for months now: the whale meat embezzlement we uncovered in Japan, in which stolen cuts of prime whale bacon are smuggled away from the "scientific research" vessels and sold for oodles of... Read more >

  • Kezoko

    Blogpost by Lisa - 14 May, 2008 at 13:03 3 comments


    Written by Dean our communications officer (from Aotearoa/ New Zealand) on board the Esperanza.

    When I was in the Solomon Islands an old man came up to me with a bag made out of an old yellow sack strapped around his neck. "I have a carving, very cheap... Read more >

  • How to (and how not to) make a viral video which wins campaigns

    Blogpost by brianfit - 14 May, 2008 at 12:26

    At yesterday's Organisational Review meeting here in the hallowed halls, we had a presentation from our Multimedia Producer, Daniel Bird, about the making of Onslaught(er) -- the Dove parody ad that the Wall Street Journal credits with flipping Unilev... Read more >

  • Protester in tree.

    From Louise's blog on the Greenpeace UK site: Read more >

    A group of Czech Greenpeace activists are set to begin their third week occupying the site of a proposed US 'Son of Star Wars' base in the Czech republic. About 20 Greenpeace activists broke into the Brdy m...
  • Chasing rainbows and longliners

    Blogpost by Lisa - 13 May, 2008 at 10:41 1 comment


    A bigeye tuna on a Taiwanese longliner in Pacific international waters

    Over the past three days we have discovered and taken action against overfishing by six Taiwanese longliners in the Pacific Commons. One of these was the Ho Tsai Fa 18 that we met ... Read more >

  • The business press won't leave us alone

    Blogpost by eoin - 9 May, 2008 at 15:46

    What do all these newspapers have in common: The Wall Street Journal, Germany's Financial Times and Handelsblatt newspaper, and the Dutch Financieele Dagblad? They've all reported positive stories about our campaigns and campaigners around the world i... Read more >

  • Fish laundering in the Pacific

    Blogpost by Lisa - 9 May, 2008 at 13:52 4 comments


    Today we caught an illegal tuna purse seiner (Queen Evelyn 168) in the Pacific Commons between Papua New Guinea and the Federated States of Micronesia. This Philippines-flagged vessel was close to the transfer of tuna between her sister vessel and a r... Read more >

  • 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


    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


    [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


    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 >

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