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  • Conversations with Greenlanders (and non-conversations with oil companies)

    Blogpost by Jon Burgwald - January 23, 2012 at 7:59

    The fjord next to the town Sisimiut on the Greenlandic west coast.I’ve passed north of the polar circle on our trip visiting the west coast of Greenland. The temperature has dropped to minus 15 Celsius; snow is mounting outside my window and in the beautiful harbour city Sisimiut, the fjord is filled with ice. At night time, the Northern Lights are dancing in the sky to the distant howling from the town’s sledge dogs. This wolf-like dog is only allowed north of the Arctic Circle. In a few days, I will be debating oil drilling at the local college – a college that specifically focuses on minerals and petroleum.
     
    We have spent the last couple of days in Greenland’s capital Nuuk, a visit that proved quite interesting. I’ve talked to 200 students about the dangers of oil drillings, but also on how Greenland in general can ensure a sustainable d... Read more >

  • Obama stands up to Big Oil and polluter politicians

    Blogpost by Phil Radford and Daryl Hannah - January 20, 2012 at 9:04

    Alberta Tar Sands

    Yesterday, President Obama stood up to Big Oil and its puppets in the US Congress, denying a permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This is encouraging news for the communities whose air and water would have been directly threatened by this pipeline, from Canada to Nebraska to the Gulf Coast. And it's an important piece of the struggle to avert a runaway climate catastrophe. But since the Keystone XL has become a pitched political battle, this announcement is also an encouraging affirmation of the power of people, creative protest, and grassroots organizing in the face of the entrenched power and big bucks of the oil industry.

    Earlier this month, American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard, the oil industry's top lobbyist, directly threatened President Obama with "huge p...

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  • People power pushes back on Internet censorship

    Blogpost by Brian - Greenpeace International - January 20, 2012 at 8:56

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU everyone who took action yesterday, and took a historic stand against Internet censorship. We're proud to have stood shoulder to shoulder with some of the world's biggest websites, and all of you, in opposing SOPA and PIPA -- the two pieces of legislation in the US designed to prevent copyright piracy on the web, but which would have granted corporations unprecedented powers to limit free expression.

    It was an amazing day; PIPA, which had looked certain to become law, has now lost a quarter of its sponsors. At least 18 senators heard the roar of opposition and reversed their support for the bill in the course of the day.

    SOPA blackout pages

    25 Greenpeace websites worldwide went dark in solidarity with activism from Google, Wikipedia, Craigslist, Wired, Reddit, Boing B... Read more >

  • “For God’s sake look after our people”

    Blogpost by Joss Garman, Greenpeace UK - January 18, 2012 at 9:00

    Staring out at the bright, open, broken plains of Arctic sea ice back in September, more than once I was struck by the thought of the early explorers who first trekked across similar icescapes at both of the frozen ends of the planet. My first time stepping down onto the floating Arctic ice was exciting enough; hard to comprehend what it was like for those  who were pushing the boundaries of where humans had previously explored.

    But beautiful as it may be, seemingly endless expanses of ice and water are also seriously inhospitable - underlined in those famous words of the British exploring legend Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

    "Had we lived I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman.... Read more >

  • We're sorry, you're not allowed to read this

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - January 18, 2012 at 8:41

    In the history book of bad ideas, the concept of giving corporations the right to censor the Internet has to rank among the worst ever.

    But that's what the impact of two bills recently introduced in the US Congress would be if they, or anything like them, were enacted into law, and it's causing a righteous ruckus among free speech activists around the world.

    In solidarity with major sites like Wikipedia, Boing Boing, and Reddit, the Greenpeace International website will be dark for 12 hours on the 18th of January to protest these two bills specifically, and the idea of empowering internet censorship in general.

    If you don’t know what SOPA and PIPA are, you should look them up. While touted as  efforts to curtail film and music piracy, they have the potential to allow corporations ... Read more >

  • And the award for threatening planet Earth goes to...

    Blogpost by Jamie - Greenpeace UK - January 17, 2012 at 8:21

    Another bit of fun from the Brussels motor show today: an award presented by Lord Vader himself for jeopordising the future of our planet.

    Together with a squad of stormtroopers, Darth Vader interrupted a speech given by Ivan Hodac, general secretary of the car industry lobbying body Acea. The dark lord presented Hodac with a gong for his achievements in blocking propressive car efficiency legislation in Europe.

    Listen to Darth Vader's speech below and tremble with fear. Read more >

  • The future we want? Between hope and despair on the road to the Rio Earth Summit

    Blogpost by Daniel Mittler - January 17, 2012 at 7:57

    I have been up at night a lot over the last ten days thinking about the future. You do not have to feel bad for me as the reason was a joyful one: I was carrying around my new born daughter. As I stared at her fresh face and hints of smiles, I could not but think about the future she will face or want to shape for herself. I therefore took an instant liking to the title of the draft outcome of the next Rio Earth Summit, which will take place this June. "The Future We Want", the UN has called the document, which was first leaked and then published this week. It´s the outcome of a lengthy preparatory process, which saw governments, businesses and civil society, including Greenpeace, set out their vision for Rio in over 6000 pages of submissions.

    When I started reading, though, my joy ... Read more >

  • Make sure something positive comes from the Rena

    Blogpost by Jay Harkness - January 10, 2012 at 14:03

     Oiled beach

    After months of being on the verge of breaking up, the container ship the Rena has finally split in two, and the stern has sunk. This draws to an uncertain close another chapter in the Rena saga.

    The Rena has left a real mark on our national consciousness. It also left a very real mark on the Bay of Plenty coast. The Bird Recovery Centre estimates that so far up to 20,000 birds have been killed by the Rena’s fuel oil. The death toll amongst other wildlife, like whales, seals and fish, will likely never be known. Fishing and dive tour operators have been hit hard by the accident – the Rena hit one of the Bay’s best diving spots.

    Ironically however, the Rena’s legacy could be a positive one. The sight of just a fraction of the Rena’s oil washing ashore on the region’s delicate coast has... Read more >

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