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  • Fukushima, One Year After...

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - March 12, 2012 at 8:46

    Today our thoughts are once more with the people of Japan; our condolences are with those who lost their loved ones and our admiration is with those who are valiantly rebuilding their lives and communities one year after the earthquake and tsunami. We wish them continued strength.

    In remembering the terrible consequences of natures full force through an earth quake and tsunami it is also important that we do not allow the accompanying nuclear crises to be painted as a natural disaster: it was man made!

    The lives of hundreds of thousands of people are still unsettled a year later. More than 150,000 had their lives completely disrupted. They had to flee from areas that are the worst contaminated. Some may never be able to return home. Many others, including vulnerable childre... Read more >

  • Good (Italian) job!

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - March 9, 2012 at 13:17

    Great news from our colleague Giorgia, oceans campaigner in Italy: One of the major canned tuna brands in Italy, Mareblu, has committed to shift to pole and line and FAD free tuna!

    Thanks to campaigning by Greenpeace and our supporters, leading Italian tuna brand Mareblu has decided to abandon destructive fishing methods in favour of sustainable practices by agreeing to source tuna only from pole and line and FAD free purse seining operations by the end of 2016. The move is a huge victory for our Tonno in trappola campaign and is a significant first shift in the Italian tinned tuna market. Mareblu has shown that when a company really wants to commit to taking action to save our oceans, it can do it. Now that the standard has been set, there can be no more excuses- all other major... Read more >

  • From muesli bars to a global mind bomb

    Blogpost by Viv Hadlow - March 6, 2012 at 9:26

    The Greenpeace New Zealand office gave us a standing ovation when Shai, Ra, Mike, Shayne, Lucy and I finally arrived ‘home’ from New Plymouth, and for the very first time since we set out to board the Noble Discoverer five days ago I started to panic a bit.

    The first time I entered this building was on the first of October 2008. I had arrived in New Zealand from the Iceland two days earlier and I was here for a job-trial as a Door-to-Door Fundraiser. Greenpeace New Zealand itself had just re-located from Valley Road to a new, bigger office on Akiraho Street in Mount Eden. There were still cardboard boxes all over the place waiting to be unpacked, and there were builders and plumbers and electricians coming and going, working to make our new home more eco-friendly.

    Lots of people at Gre... Read more >

  • Are you at risk of a nuclear accident? Greenpeace map shows millions are

    Blogpost by Justin McKeating - March 6, 2012 at 8:56


    More than 400 nuclear reactors operate around the world right now. Thankfully in New Zealand we have none but if you live elsewhere there’s a very good chance that you, your family members or your friends around the world live close enough to one to be directly affected by a disaster like the one that happened at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011.

    We have developed a new interactive map of the world so you can see how close you and your friends are to one of the world’s nuclear reactors. Hundreds of millions of people live in areas that could be heavily contaminated by a nuclear disaster. The map, with data from Nature magazine (1), works with Facebook and Twitter; you can alert others to the risks.

    Imagine being caught up in a nuclear disaster. In the ... Read more >

  • APP customers start to take action as we deliver evidence to police in Indonesia

    Blogpost by Zul Fahmi, Greenpeace South East Asia - March 2, 2012 at 16:11

    It's been a momentous 24 hours since we released the results of our investigation into Asia Pulp and Paper's illegal timber scandal.  While we in Greenpeace are best known for our direct actions, it's our investigation work that provides the foundation to expose these environmental crimes. Our Indonesian forest campaign is no different and with APP so adamant that it has 'zero tolerance for illegal timber' we knew we had to go to the heart of this issue and uncover the reality.

    For those who missed the start it's worth recapping. Sumatra's peat swamp forests, home to the Sumatran tiger, have been cleared at a devastating rate with much of this clearance being on land now controlled by APP. Within these forests also grow ramin, a tree species that is protected under Indonesian law ... Read more >

  • Asia Pulp & Paper in illegal rainforest scandal

    Blogpost by Bustar Maitar and Nathan Argent - March 1, 2012 at 21:08

    APP: “Zero tolerance for illegal wood”.

    These are the five words that say a lot but apparently mean little to a company that has made a mantra out of repeating something which is simply not true.  And today, we’ve released proof that what APP says is wrong - the results of a yearlong investigation uncovering how APP is systematically violating Indonesia’s laws which protect ramin, an internationally protected tree species under CITES.

    As you may recall in New Zealand, APP is the parent company of Cottonsoft, a Kiwi based company that Greenpeace exposed last year for selling toilet paper scientifically linked to rainforest clearance. Forensic testing conclusively showed that rainforest fibre – or mixed tropical hardwood – were present in some of their brands. A fact that, to date, Cotton... Read more >

  • Thank you!

    Blogpost by Ra, Mike, Lucy, Shayne, Viv and Shai - February 29, 2012 at 12:08

    To all the amazing supporters from all over the globe who took the time to show your love and commitment to this cause.

    First and foremost, thank you so so much from all seven of us who were up on the top of the drill ship, but also from all the people behind the scenes who made this happen.

    Now that our occupation has ended, we have had a chance to read the huge number of supportive messages that have flooded in from every corner of the world.

    We are deeply humbled by the overwhelming response from all of you. We believe in taking direct action to protect this beautiful Earth for generations to come and we now know that though it was lonely at times we were never alone. With all of yourmessages and emails to Shell  this campaign is greatly strengthened, but this is also just the tip ... Read more >

  • Top 10 reasons why Arctic oil drilling is a really stupid idea

    Blogpost by Ben - February 29, 2012 at 9:27

    A Cairn Energy oil rig in the Arctic in 2011

    Shell would have us believe that it's all very safe and there's nothing to worry about but here's our 10 reasons Arctic oil drilling is a really bad idea: Read more >

    1. It’s extremely dangerous. The Arctic environment is one of the harshest in the world, and everything you do there is more complicated than anywhere else.
    2. Our climate can’t afford it. As the impacts of climate change become more visible and the danger becomes greater, drilling for and burning more fossil fuels is pretty much the last thing we should be doing, especially in somewhere as fragile and untouched as the Arctic.
    3. Relief wells are harder to drill. In the case of a blowout – like happened with Deepwater Horizon - a relief well must be drilled, but the arrival of winter ice cuts the drilling season short. This means oil could ...

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