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A huge screen on a truck displays Twitter messages in front of the Nestle headquarters in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.

A huge screen on a truck displays Twitter messages in front of the Nestle headquarters in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.

Our campaign to get Nestle to stop using palm oil from forest-destroying suppliers keeps travelling the global media.

Germany's Spiegel Online is running a nice slideshow, including the "Killer"-logo we designed and several graphs showing just how big an impact our social networking campaign has had so far.

They call it “the Nestle case”.

Also in Germany, Die Welt has pointed out how Greenpeace has added a whole new dimension to the social media site Twitter with its Twitter wall in front of Nestle's German headquarters. A huge screen in front of the Frankfurt office displayed live Twitter messages to employees.

On the weekend, the print edition of Switzerland's Le Matin Dimanche ran a full page on the action inside Nestle's annual shareholders meeting in Lausanne last week, including pictures showing our activists abseiling into the hall with their message:

"Nestle, Give the orangutans a break!"

There’s a video of it here.

The print edition of the Edmonton Journal in Canada ran a picture on the weekend, showing orangutan-dressed activists being carried away afterwards. As for another description of the campaign's success, their headline writers came up with:

“Primate Power.”

Indian population reserves the right to say: 'No'

In India, an overwhelming majority of the population – 89 per cent – have said that they have the right to protest or reject government decisions on GE foods. That’s the result of a citizens' opinion poll that was released by us recently (and reported in The Hindu today).

Proposed amendments to the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill in the country would drastically change the regulatory system and potentially take away the people’s right to say no to GM foods.

Their message is pretty clear, isn’t it?

Eyjafjallajokull and no end

Meanwhile, the air travel crisis caused by a volcanic ash cloud in Europe's skies continues. While it’s obviously bad news for everyone who had a flight cancelled in recent days, the shroud of fine mineral dust particles that resulted from the eruption of an Icelandic volcano clearly provided a welcome break for our busy skies.

According to the BBC, a staggering sixty-three thousand flights have been cancelled in the four days since the clampdown on aviation began. Check this graph for a rough idea how much CO2 might have been saved (taking in the CO2 actually produced by the volcano).

Weather experts say that wind patterns mean the cloud is not likely to move far until later in the week.

(Picture credit: Andreas Varnhorn / Greenpeace)