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  • Rainbow Warrior heading for Auckland

    Blogpost by Bunny McDiarmid - July 17, 2015 at 11:03

    The Rainbow Warrior is heading to New Zealand

    Right now the Rainbow Warrior is heading across the Tasman Sea to Auckland.

    We will be holding Open Boats on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th of July, at Princes Wharf in Auckland and would love for you to come on board and meet the crew!

    We'll be there between 9am and 4pm, on both days, so just pop down anytime. Bring your family and friends and if you're on Facebook please join our event to RSVP, invite your friends and help us get the word out.

    This is a special visit for two reasons.

    It's thirty years ago this month that the French secret service exploded two bombs on the first Rainbow Warrior, sinking her in Auckland harbour and killing our friend Fernando Pereira. 

    Pete Willcox was captain that day and he is captain again now on board the Rainbow Warrior. Pete will sail the ... Read more >

  • 10 photos that show the power of the #PeopleVsShell

    Blogpost by Maïa Booker - July 17, 2015 at 7:27

    Protest against Shell at Fredericia in Denmark. 30 Jun, 2015 © Jason White / Greenpeace

    Shell's Arctic drilling fleet is currently on its way to one of the most remote areas on the planet, and the public spotlight on the oil giant is only getting brighter.

    Hot on the heels of the inspiring protests against Shell in Seattle and Canada last June, thousands of people around the world are standing up for the Arctic. In just the last two weeks, Arctic activists in more than a dozen countries have protested Shell's Arctic drilling plans. And more demonstrations keep springing up!

    These ten images offer a glimpse of the people power behind this incredible expanding movement:

    1. In the historic Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, protesters from all across Europe show solidarity with the kayaktivists of the Pacific Northwest.

    Kayakyivists in Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic) - a beautiful historical town on the river Vltava - which is under UNESCO protection as a world cultural heritage site. A model of the huge Polar Pioneer oil rig was placed in the very centre of the town. The activists - some of them dressed as polar bears - came along the river on kayaks and canoes to hold a symbolic blockade to support the Global week of action against Shell's drilling plans in the Arctic. The message was clear - to drill in the Arctic is as absurd as to drill in the heart of UNESCO world heritage site.

    On July 7, 2015, activists held a symbolic kayak blockade ... Read more >

  • Amazon gets serious on wind power

    Blogpost by David Pomerantz - July 17, 2015 at 7:26

    Wind Farm in California. 30 Jun, 2005 © Todd Warshaw / Greenpeace announced this week that it would purchase its electricity from a new 208 megawatt wind farm in North Carolina, the largest wind farm in the entire southeastern United States.

    The deal confirms two things: First, that Amazon is serious about its goal to power its Amazon Web Services division with 100% renewable energy, and second, that utilities and state governments better get equally serious about providing renewable energy if they intend to win more business from the biggest companies of the internet economy.

    Amazon deserves praise for helping to catalyze the first large-scale wind farm in the southeastern US, and Amazon Web Services customers should feel good knowing that AWS is listening to their requests for more renewable energy.

    It's also encouraging that Amazon expl... Read more >

  • Close your eyes and imagine an Arctic sanctuary

    Blogpost by Sophie Allain - July 17, 2015 at 7:18

    Rainbow over the Fram Strait sea ice, seen from the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise. 13 Jul, 2012 © Greenpeace / Alex Yallop

    This is a story about the frozen ocean at the top of our planet. It's wild and untouched, and at the moment it's owned by everyone and no-one. This is the Arctic high seas, the wild west of the high north, and our global commons. But the sea ice is melting and soon the Arctic will be like other oceans for much of the year – open water exposed to exploitation and industry. The resources that for thousands of years have been locked up by ice will soon become accessible, and the vultures are circling for the fish and oil.

    It is glaringly obvious that the Arctic high seas is in desperate need of protection. And today for the first time the Arctic coastal states have recognised that this ocean is a special case. In Oslo this morning representatives from Russia, Norway, Canada, Greenland and t... Read more >

  • Natural heritage, that's more precious than oil and gold

    Blogpost by Andrey Petrov - July 16, 2015 at 7:22

    It is was an honour to receive a World Heritage Hero Award from the World Heritage Committee. It was an acknowledgement by them for the more than 20 years of hard work Greenpeace Russia has done towards saving world heritage sites.

    I've been on the frontlines since nearly the start; working hard to establish and protect UNESCO sites in Russia since the 90s.

    The work has been incredibly challenging. During Soviet times, Russia was almost entirely closed to international cooperation. My colleagues had to become pioneers. This meant years of field research; preparing piles of documents and leading negotiations with state officials and businesses that have never been easy to deal with.

    We have been counting seal pups in Baikal Lake and releasing them from fishermen nets, building eco-trails ... Read more >


    Rainbow Warrior Near the Queensland Coast. 14 Apr, 2013 © Tom Jefferson / Greenpeace

    Thirty years ago, groups of individuals in New Zealand were preparing to leave their families, their jobs and their homes to set off in small boats across the Pacific Ocean into a nuclear weapons testing zone. They hoped that their presence there would be enough to stop nuclear bomb tests.

    The French Government conducting the tests must have known it could not win against such a show of people power. So a few minutes before midnight on 10 July 1985, French secret service agents struck in Auckland harbour, New Zealand. They bombed and sank the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior, one of the ships that was due to lead the flotilla into the nuclear test zone. The French agents murdered Fernando Pereira, a photographer and crew member.

    Rainbow Warrior

    The government was mistaken if it believed that this w... Read more >

  • Adventures in testing: Detoxing the great outdoors

    Blogpost by nyoung - July 6, 2015 at 7:43

    Eight Greenpeace teams have returned from expeditions on three continents carrying water and snow samples from remote areas for laboratory testing. The tests will show just how far contamination from PFCs – persistent and hazardous chemicals used to make outdoor gear waterproof – has spread.

    Detox Expedition in Italy, Pilato Lake. © Roberto Isotti / Greenpeace

    Some of the expeditions were very challenging, with extreme weather conditions and hundreds of metres to climb. Others were pleasant hikes with stunning landscapes and wildlife.

    In China, we took samples from a snow peak above 5,100 metres. The expedition team woke at dawn to climb 1,000 metres, gather samples and return to the base-camp before sunset.

    In Chile's Torres del Paine national park, the team faced temperatures of minus 13 Celsius and winds of over 50 kilometres per hour as they trekked ...

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  • Joni Mitchell: A tribute to the artist

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - July 6, 2015 at 7:41

    On 31 March, 2015, Joni Mitchell – who helped launch Greenpeace with a 1970 benefit concert, and emerged as one of the greatest songwriters and performers of the last 50 years – experienced a brain aneurysm. Friends found her unconscious at her home in Los Angeles. She regained consciousness in the ambulance and entered intensive care at UCLA Medical Center. She was alert and communicating before and after treatment.

    "Joni is a strong-willed woman," her friend Leslie Morris said, "and is nowhere near giving up the fight." The public may send messages to Mitchell at We Love You, Joni!. Joni is now at home in Los Angeles and undergoing daily therapies. Although her condition is serious, a recovery is expected.

    Vulnerable young artist

    I first heard Joni Mitchell's music in the summer of 196...

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