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  • Victory! Facebook 'friends' renewable energy

    Blogpost by Eoin - Greenpeace International - December 16, 2011 at 7:33

    After 20 months of mobilising, agitating and negotiating to green Facebook, the Internet giant has today announced its goal to run on clean, renewable energy. More than 700,000 people from all over the world joined to make this victory possible!

     

     

    Facebook 'friends' renewable energy. Thumbs up!

     

    Facebook's message to energy producers is clear: invest now in renewable energy, and move away from coal power.

    In addition, Greenpeace and Facebook will collaborate in the promotion of renewable energy and encourage major utilities to develop renewable energy sources. (See the agreement here)

    Facebook has also committed to develop programmes with Greenpeace so that Facebook users can save energy and engage their communities in clean energy decisions. The possibiliti... Read more >

  • Amundsen, Antarctica and the power of impossible ambitions

    Blogpost by Frida Bengtsson - December 15, 2011 at 8:14

    Source: NOAA Photo Library http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/htmls/libr0352.htm

     (Source: NOAA Photo Library http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/htmls/libr0352.htm)

    As I write this I'm looking out my window at the Fefor hotel in Norway at a wintery landscape of mountains, forest and an ice-covered lake; the same place where Amundsen, Nansen and Scott planned their historic expeditions to the poles. That I'm here with a team to plan our future polar work is an inspiring and humbling parallel.

    One hundred years ago on this day, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen won the race to the South Pole. Then came British explorer Robert F. Scott.

    The spirit of adventure these two men and their crews embodied was unparalleled at the time. They were true visionaries who scoffed at the notion that their goal was impossible, who pushed boundaries and stayed loyal to the... Read more >

  • How big is yours?

    Blogpost by Saskia Richartz - December 15, 2011 at 8:10

    No, not that. Your fishing fleet… how big is your fishing fleet? No idea? It seems that European governments don’t know either. That’s quite a problem when size is at the heart of our overfishing problems.

    I’ve just come back from a press conference in Brussels where the European Union and its member states were busted for not doing enough to reduce their oversized fleets. Not an easy task, of course, if you have no idea how big they are. This was one of the bottom line criticisms levelled at governments by The European Court of Auditors - a body that evaluates whether the EU and its member countries spend EU public funds effectively. This is its second damning report on fisheries in just four years, this time scrutinising whether and how governments spent your taxes to reduce the des... Read more >

  • Eyes of the Forest see through greenwash

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - December 14, 2011 at 14:57

    Today, a new investigative report reveals how Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) – the notorious Indonesian rainforest destroyer – is continuing its destruction of natural tropical forest and drainage of peat soils to make its pulp and paper products.

    If you’re new to this issue, APP is the parent company of NZ-based Cottonsoft which was recently exposed by a coalition of green groups for using trashed rainforests to make some of its toilet paper brands.

    The report, “The truth behind APP’s Greenwash, which has been released by Indonesia-based NGO coalition Eyes of the Forest, presents detailed evidence that cuts through the heart of APP’s aggressive, multi-million dollar greenwashing machine.

    It exposes how many of APP’s misleading claims hide that fact that the company continues to be linked t... Read more >

  • Rena 'ghost birds' appear in Auckland

    Blogpost by Steve Abel - December 12, 2011 at 9:07

    This morning 150 original ‘oil prints’ made with a little blue penguin killed by the Rena disaster appeared along Auckland’s Khyber Pass Road.

    The prints are accompanied by the message ‘Rena did this. Deep sea oil drilling could be a thousand times worse.

    The little blue penguin was found dead and covered in oil on Matakana Island by Greenpeace volunteers when they were helping the local iwi, Nga Hapu o te Moutere o Matakana, clean oil off their beaches following the Rena spill.

     

    An art collective made up of Auckland creatives and Greenpeace volunteers came up with the concept of making ‘oil prints’ with the birds and donated their time to create hundreds of prints.

    It’s a memorial to the 20,000 birds killed by the Rena disaster and also a stark reminder of the dangers of ... Read more >

  • Politicians Listen to the Polluters at UN climate talks

    Blogpost by Nick - December 12, 2011 at 8:05

    UN climate talks in Durban have ended the same way they began, in failure. Governments at the UN climate talks have chosen to listen to the polluters over the people and failed to reinforce previous climate saving measures and have steered clear of new global rules for tackling climate change.

    Despite the rallying calls that filled the hallways of the conference center yesterday, polluters have won this round of talks with politicians making little progress on a global deal to tackle climate change.

    Two years ago in Copenhagen, politicians promised a US $100 billion fund would be set up to help the poorest countries adapt to and mitigate climate change. They came to Durban two years later only planning to design a way to collect and distribute the money. It turns out th... Read more >

  • Deja vu hits Durban

    Blogpost by Susan Cavanagh - December 11, 2011 at 20:59

    OMG, it's deja vu all over again. Just over 11 years ago at around 10am on the final day of COP6 I sat at my desk in the Greenpeace office at the Den Hague conference centre with our final statement (below) printed on black paper - meant to signify a black day for the climate - in my hands ready for distribution. We'd written it the night before as it was clear then that the talks were heading to somewhere between failure or collapse.
    Sound familiar anyone?

    GREENPEACE FINAL STATEMENT AT THE CLOSURE OF THE UNFCCC COP6

    25 November 2000

    The Hague - This meeting will be remembered as the moment when governments abandoned the promise of global co-operation to protect planet Earth.

    Nearly ten years after the Rio Earth Summit, and three years after Kyoto, The Hague rep... Read more >

  • Please don't squander this moment

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - December 10, 2011 at 8:03

    An open letter to the governments of the world meeting in Durban

    Dear friends,

    Welcome to our city.

    We remember a time in Durban – indeed, a period in the history of this nation of South Africa – when we feared that the apartheid states' intransigence would spark a conflict in which much blood would be shed. But even at our lowest ebb, even when the injustice we faced seared through every minute of every day, our people stood firm in the knowledge that justice itself would defeat a system that put different values on different people based on nothing more arbitrary than the colour of their skin.

    Now, twenty years after our victory, in the remaining hours of the Durban climate talks, with great urgency we call for a similar breakthrough – one as unexpected, as deserved... Read more >

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