Top news: Greenpeace organizes plenty of activities at Glastonbury Festival; Greenpeace boss Kumi is home but is thinking of his next action already; fire breaks out in St. Petersburg landfill; Greenpeace urges Turkey to stop nuclear talks with TEPCO.

Glastonbury Festival © Vanessa Miles / Greenpeace

#Glastonbury Heading to the UK’s Glastonbury Festival this weekend? You may want to check out what Greenpeace is up to there. From hot showers to sustainable recording studios, you'll find something active to do as well as plenty of chill-out spaces come rain or shine at the ‘Greenpeace field’. Don’t forget to have a look at Greenpeace’s official guide for Glastonbury and watch out for tip number 8: “Don’t wee in the bushes” unless you want to be caught, according to rather scathing Daily Telegraph, by those “authoritarian hippies who run Glastonbury”. 

#Kumi Our executive director Kumi Naidoo is now safely home in Amsterdam with a bad cold, but apart from that he is doing just fine after his visit to an Arctic oil rig. He arrived back from Nuuk, Greenland, on Wednesday, were he spent four days in prison before being released. Kumi was arrested last Friday with fellow activist Ulvar Arnkvaern after boarding the Leiv Eiriksoon oil drilling vessel, demanding the oil company Cairn Energy to publish their oil spill response plan. Right after his arrival he affirmed he “would not bet money” against finding “himself on top of some oil rig again”.

#forests A fire that broke out at a toxic landfill near St. Petersburg in Russia, has now spread to an area of 500 square metres. The “Red Forest” is the only landfill in Russia that is specially designed for the storage of highly hazardous waste. Greenpeace is recommending citizens that St Petersburg close their windows and stay indoors, because of burning toxic waste.

#nuclear Greenpeace is urging the Turkish government to scrap nuclear talks with TEPCO - the operator of Fukushima nuclear plant. Turkey, which has signed an agreement with Russia for construction of its first nuclear power plant was in talks with TEPCO and Toshiba on building a second one in Sinop, on the Black Sea coast.

#Fukushima Czech environmental magazine Sedma generace has dedicated its latest issue to the Fukushima disaster, with Greenpeace photo on a cover! The issue has an interview with Greenpeace nuclear expert Rianne Teule, talking about the research conducted by our field team in Fukushima and carries a number of in-depth articles trying to find out why nuclear is still remain the choice in countries like the Czech Republic.

 

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