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  • 7 social media moments that will keep us fighting in 2017

    Blogpost by Stefanus Wong - January 5, 2017 at 15:11

    If anyone has ever sneered at the idea of slacktivism, 2016 would like to prove them wrong.

    From fake news to echo chambers to trolls, this year, social media became more than just a “status update”. There are 1.79 billion active users on Facebook alone. If it were a nation, it would have surpassed China as the largest country by population. It can reach millions of people in a matter of seconds - faster than traditional media ever could.

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    One thing is for certain - social media is about people power.  At Greenpeace we've learnt the crucial role slacktivism plays in helping to strive for a green, just, and peaceful future. Your voice matters a great deal more than you could ever think - some social media posts have had a WAY bigger impact than we could’ve ever imagined, reaching millio...

  • The best environmental movies of 2016

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - January 4, 2017 at 18:04

     A wrap up of some of the best environmental movies and documentaries in 2016.

    If art imitates life then surely it must mean that it’s the end of the world as we know it, and climate change is taking us all down with it.

    These days, the films that we are getting down to “Netflix and chill” with have less to do with green-screen magic, explosions or mystical monsters; and more to do with the unfortunate slow catastrophe that is unfolding in the world.

    Want disaster? How about a town ravaged by a super typhoon? In the mood for tension? How about the real-life David and Goliath story of the indigenous tribe defending their land against major conglomerates? Drama and action more your thing? What about illegal fishing and slavery happening out of sight, and deep in the middle of the vast ...

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  • 9 incredible feats of people power that happened in 2016

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - December 30, 2016 at 23:02

    The Indigenous and environmental rights movement was stronger than ever...

    This year proved that when real life David and Goliath battles happen, word spreads, people listen, the truth eventually comes out, and the movement becomes bigger and stronger. 

    - A mega-dam planned for construction in the heart of the Amazon, had its license cancelled - a massive victory for the Munduruku people and more than 1.2 million people around the world who supported the campaign.

    - The people of Clyde River – an Inuit community in the Canadian Arctic –  went to the Supreme Court of Canada for the government’s failure to properly consult the community before handing permits to fossil fuel companies for oil exploration in the area.

    - And after a rough, threatening, and tense battle, dedication and persev...

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  • 2016 — The year in photos

    Blogpost by Madeleine Smith - December 22, 2016 at 16:08

    2016 was a challenging year for people and the planet. It brought many challenges that will continue in the year ahead — a changing climate, greedy corporations and politicians whose policies spell trouble for the planet.

    As we look back on 2016, it's clear there's a lot of work still to be done. It's difficult to pick just a few images among the over 20,000 images our photographers have made while covering the struggle for a green and peaceful future all around the world. Here are some of this year’s highlights, and a reminder of why we need to continue the good fight. We couldn’t have done this work without all of you, thank you, and on to 2017!

    Greenpeace activists in London climbed Nelson’s Column, putting an emergency face mask on the statue to demand action on air pollution. A separate Greenpeace team eluded security and climbed over the fence around the Houses of Parliament to put another mask on Oliver Cromwell’s statue.

    Greenpeace UK activists in London climbed Nelson’s Column, putting an emergency face mask on the statue to demand action on air pollution.  Read more >

  • Building a future for fish AND people

    Blogpost by Dr Cat Dorey - December 21, 2016 at 10:37

    You’d think it would be hard to get emotional about fish and how they’re managed. But at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) emotions ran high - after five long days of tough negotiations, I was exhausted and it was starting to feel like Groundhog Day.

    As I’ve said before here, WCPFC is failing in its mandate to manage tuna, sharks and billfish fisheries in the region. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry and especially important to Pacific Island Countries so the stakes are high. I knew the meeting would be a tough battle.

    In her opening speech, the Chair of WCPFC asked us to recognize how difficult it is to get consensus between so many countries with so many opposing views. She asked that we at least commit to moving forward, one step a... Read more >

  • Bring it on, 2017: New Year’s resolutions for people and the planet

    Blogpost by Dawn Bickett - December 21, 2016 at 10:32

    For many of us who care about the environment and about people, 2016 has been a punch to the gut. Politicians and corporations at odds with issues like human rights and a healthy planet have managed to grab power in countries all over the world this year. Meanwhile, activists are being murdered, forests are burning, reefs are bleaching, ice is melting.

    The challenges we will face in 2017 are urgent and massive. But the good news is that when we act together, we are stronger than any government, corporation or head of state. Next year, we can’t afford to be bystanders, so let’s get moving!

    Here are a few resolutions you can make to help take back 2017 for people and for planet Earth.

    Resolve to tackle overconsumption in your life. By 8 August - Earth Overshoot Day - people had already c... Read more >

  • Are there human rights abuses in your seafood?

    Blogpost by Anchalee Pipattanawattanakul - December 21, 2016 at 10:29

    Migrant workers from Cambodia and Myanmar are being used as forced labour in the Thai fishing industry. Using tricks of deception, non-binding verbal agreements and induced debt, these workers catch fish both for human consumption and the pet food industry. Now, a new report from Greenpeace Southeast Asia exposes how crackdowns on human rights abuse in the Thai fishing industry has forced vessels to operate further...decreasing their chances of being caught and continuing their illegal practices out of sight, out at sea.

    Burmese workers sort freshly-landed fish at the public fishing port in Ranong, southern Thailand.Burmese workers sort freshly-landed fish at the public fishing port in Ranong, southern Thailand.

    Last year, the Associated Press exposed human rights violations in Thailand’s notorious fishing industry, sending shockwaves around the world. At the heart of the tragedy lay... Read more >

  • More than 200 people took to the waters outside of Cancun, Mexico with the Message “People for biodiversity” with a call to world leaders meeting at United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity to recognize and respect the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. 11 Dec, 2016  © Greenpeace

    Greetings from Cancun, Mexico where I am attending the 13th meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), perhaps more easily understood as the “summit for life on Earth".

    That the meeting is held in Mexico is highly appropriate. Mexico is one of the megadiverse countries on planet Earth – it is one of 17 countries that harbour 70% of the world’s wildlife. Different climatic zones mean Mexico possesses a wide range of habitats and ecosystems with a huge number of associated species.

    Mexico is a nature lover’s paradise, except that Mexico’s natural environment, like everywhere else, is under increasing pressure from a wide range of human activities – from the relentless march of modern industrial agriculture that is creating sterile, poisoned monocultures to the prolifera...

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