The IWC disappoints
Greenpeace activists set up a whale graveyard in front of the Executive Wing of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings, known as the Beehive. The protest is a reaction to further details released today from the IWC proposal which could legitimise commercial whaling and allow hunting to continue in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
Today, on the front lawn of New Zealand's Parliament, about 100 Greenpeace anti-whaling protesters held black whale-tail placards with "RIP?" written across them in white letters. Greenpeace New Zealand executive director Bunny McDiarmid condemned the International Whaling Commission (IWC) plan.
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said that the IWC proposal, which would allow hunting to continue in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, falls seriously short of providing a strong basis for a diplomatic solution. Many whale species are in danger of extinction as a result from commercial whaling.
In northern Europe, TT-Reuters also reports in the Swedish Dagens Nyheter that the main issue is that the IWC regulations have loopholes, these have allowed Japan to continue practice of commercial whaling while claiming that it is being done for scientific purposes. The meat though, is sold on the commercial market and the industry is supported by Japanese taxpayers money.
AP cites a statement by Greenpeace Japan Program Director Junichi Sato, saying "At the moment, it appears that the whales are making all the concessions, not the whalers and this proposal keeps dying whaling industries alive and not the whales."
AFP cites Greenpeace oceans campaigner Phil Kline: "It's a bit like a bank robber who keeps robbing the bank. You can't actually catch him, so you decide to just give him a big pile of money."
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Got GE-free milk?
Netherland’s Trouw reports that, as a result of Greenpeace actions against the diary company Campina, the decision was made to switch to sustainable soya for milk production, question is: is it GE-free? The article's main point is that the industry and environmentalists are coming closer together and finding compromises. GE soya varieties, cultivated outside the EU, are authorised for import as animal feed.
Welt Online reports that Greenpeace is not planning to stop campaigning against Nestle any time soon, unless the company fulfills the demands made by Greenpeace. An interesting angle is given to the campaign by a psychologist taking part in a bloggers conference in Berlin. He said that the use of social media is an attack on the established rules of power, and requires a rethink.
Latin Americas environment and tribes are facing big oil challenges
Peru has the third highest concentration of tribes living in voluntary isolation, after Brazil and New Guinea. Now their survival is threatened by oil giants. The Peruvian government has allowed the oil company Repsol to build 279 miles of seismic lines and 152 heliports. Rainforest trees would be removed and dynamite would be blasted to build the seismic lines which are used to explore for petroleum (by taking readings of underground deposits after blasts). The Peruvian government has a history of having lied about the existence of tribes in the Amazon in order to justify infrastructure projects and allow the fossil fuel industry to exploit the area.
The forests maintain the balance on our planet - stop chopping them down
Sadly these practice affects tribes that have used the ancient forests as their home and source of food and shelter. The forests houses around two-thirds of the world's land-based species of plants and animals. They also recycle our air in water, maintaining the balance of our Planet.
A small boy in a village in Apyterewa land, the area inhabited by indigenous people in Brazil most affected by cattle ranching, another big problem for indigenous tribes in the Amazon. 07/05/2009
Picture credit: © Marty Melville / Greenpeace, New Zealand
Picture credit: © Marizilda Cruppe / EVE / Greenpeace, Brazil