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

    Blogpost by Daniel Mittler - January 17, 2012 at 8:57

    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 15:03

     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 >

  • Year in Pictures 2011

    Blogpost by Mike Townsley - Greenpeace International - December 21, 2011 at 8:33

    2011 was the year the bottom shook the top, the year the ballerina danced on the bull, and “The Protestor” was named Time Magazine person of the year. The faces in our Year in Pictures pay testament and tribute to our contribution and to the benefit of standing up and taking action.

     

    2011 was a year of incredible turmoil and of enormous triumph, demonstrating what is possible when people stand up for what they believe in.

    In 2003, in the run up to the war in Iraq, Time argued: “There are two forces in the world today – US military power, and world public opinion”. For nearly a decade the second super power, global public opinion, has been dormant, but it's now woken and Time asks ‘Is there a global tipping point for frustration?’

    The answer is yes! And that tipping... Read more >

  • APP pulps trees from its own tiger sanctuary. How dumb is that?

    Blogpost by Ian Duff, Greenpeace UK - December 19, 2011 at 8:14

    This was APP's Senepis Tiger Sanctuary, until one of APP's suppliers cut down the trees

    This was APP's Senepis Tiger Sanctuary, until one of APP's suppliers cut down the trees. Image: Eyes on the Forest/WW Indonesia

    Asia Pulp and Paper – parent company of New Zealand's Cottonsoft brand and the company doing so much to jeopardise the future of Indonesia's rainforests – has done some pretty stupid things in the past. But pulping the trees in its own tiger sanctuary is astonishingly dumb.

    And yet that's exactly what APP has done. A case study in a new investigative report documents how APP’s Senepis Tiger Sanctuary is subject to aggressive deforestation by one of the company’s wood suppliers. This is the very same heavily-promoted sanctuary that APP shows to clients and media as an example of its conservation efforts in Indonesia.

    The report, The Truth Behind APP’s G... Read more >

  • Threat to Amazon delayed, as new Forest Code vote is postponed to 2012

    Blogpost by Juliette - Greenpeace International - December 16, 2011 at 9:02
    The next stage of voting on Brazil’s new Forest Code – which could have devastating impacts on the Amazon - has been once again postponed before going to President Dilma, who can either approve or veto it. The new code, which has been labelled a ‘forest protection measure’, has been so badly altered that it has become nothing more than an invitation for bulldozers and chainsaws to come to the forests.

    November 29, 2011 - Greenpeace activists march with a 4 meter high replica of the Rio de Janeiro Christo Redendor statue from the biggest square in the Hague -the 'Malieveld'- to the Brazilian embassy. Image: Cris Toala Olivares

    November 29, 2011 - Greenpeace Netherlands activists march with a four meter high replica of the Rio de Janeiro Christo Redendor statue from the biggest square in The Hague - the 'Malieveld'- to the Brazilian embassy.

    The new forest proposal was passed by the Senate last week, and was set to be voted on this week by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Brazil’s... Read more >

  • Victory! Facebook 'friends' renewable energy

    Blogpost by Eoin - Greenpeace International - December 16, 2011 at 8:33

    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 9:14

    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 9:10

    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 >

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