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  • Whales and narwhals under threat from oil drilling

    Blogpost by Richard Page - July 12, 2011 at 11:56

    richard page portraitIn 1996 I was part of a Greenpeace team dispatched to document an oil spill resulting from the grounding of the Sea Empress on the coast of South-West Wales. Approximately 72,000 tonnes of crude oil were released into the sea, oiling seabirds and ruining beaches. I could smell the oil long before we reached Dale marine station where we were to be based and when we arrived the picturesque inlet was marred by the sheen on the water. The next few days were depressing; I remember feeling nauseous from the fumes as we filmed in the oil slick and also the pitiful sight of struggling guillemots, their feathers totally covered in glutinous oil. 

    Bearing witness to the Sea Empress was a profound reminder of one of the heavy costs of our dependence on oil, for as long as we continue to drill for ... Read more >

  • Jobs of the future

    Blogpost by Michael Tritt - July 11, 2011 at 13:42

    A big crowd braved a cold Dunedin Saturday afternoon to show their support for forty workers at the city's Hillside rail workshops whose jobs are under threat.  
    Government-owned Kiwirail wants to lay off these highly skilled workers -  people who can build and maintain the rail transport that this country desperately needs to reduce its carbon emissions and its dependence on oil.

    I was privileged to be invited to speak on behalf of Greenpeace at the rally and our message was extremely well received.

    Looking out at the crowd, I could see many signs with slogans like "green jobs now" and "keep green collar jobs", while children held placards saying "give me a future". 

    And that pretty much sums up why Greenpeace is supporting this campaign.

    We believe that the jobs under threat at Hills... Read more >

  • Will Pure Advantage fulfill its promise?

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - July 11, 2011 at 11:49

    Last Thursday I attended the launch of the new Pure Advantage campaign – a campaign led by some of New Zealand’s most successful business leaders and entrepreneurs.

    This group, which includes the likes of Sir Stephen Tindall, Geoff Ross and Joan Withers, have coalesced to form Pure Advantage to add to the growing concert of academics, economists, progressive companies and environmental groups demanding that the Government takes action to protect our reputation and move New Zealand towards a cleaner, smarter way of doing business. 

    The venue was the salubrious Northern Club in downtown Auckland and was well attended by industry royalty, notable commentators, financiers and politicians from across the spectrum, although government representation was notable for its absence.

    The message... Read more >

  • Lego shows leadership in tackling deforestation

    Blogpost by Andy Tait, Senior Campaign Advisor Greenpeace UK - July 8, 2011 at 14:40

    But are other toy companies throwing rainforest destruction out of the pram?

    When Ken dumped Barbie last month Mattel was not the only toy company put under the spotlight for their role in rainforest destruction. Our investigation showed that Hasbro, Lego and Disney are also wrapping toys in paper products coming from Indonesian rainforests.

    The first of these toy companies to announce more substantive action is Lego, who have released a new statement on this issue today.

    We have asked all of these toy companies to take three simple steps:

    1.     Stop buying paper products from Asia Pulp and Paper – the worst forest offender in Indonesia – and any companies connected to APP.

    2.     Don’t buy from Asia Pulp and Paper until the company makes real changes on the ground that protect In... Read more >

  • VIDEO: A VW stormtrooper sees the lights

    Blogpost by Nick Young - July 8, 2011 at 8:03

    Following last week's dramatic shutting down of our rebel communications channel (YouTube to you, humans), the Rebellion has bounced back. Our videos are now everywhere - thanks to you brave Jedi - and our ranks are swelling faster than we ever thought possible.

    Promises have been made, but we still don't know how or when these promises will be kept, so it's time to crank up the pressure once more.

    We had over 2 million views to our Volkswagen campaign films before they were banned: it's impossible to say how many we've received since then – we just know it's a lot. What we do know is that there are more than 190,000 Jedi in the Rebellion, calling on VW to change. And change they must.

    Thanks to you, VW is getting the message that Planet Earth is not another Alderaan, to be bur... Read more >

  • The Rainbow Warrior III is afloat

    Blogpost by Rien Achtenberg - July 7, 2011 at 7:47 1 comment

    A handful of us left Greenpeace International's office in Amsterdam on Monday morning, on a special trip to Bremen to see our new, much awaited Rainbow Warrior III enter the water for the first time. After being under planning and construction for the best part of last two years, the ship now needs to undergo the final fittings of the masts and other equipment - work that will continue over the coming summer months. 

    As I walked into the ship construction hall, and saw the new Rainbow Warrior standing outside, beyond the partly opened door on a high platform, I felt a shiver of emotion and felt immensely proud and impressed by her, and Greenpeace as an organisation. She looked shiny and new (of course) in her familiar green paint, the dove and the rainbow all carefully already p... Read more >

  • Ken’s desperate phone call to Mattel about Barbie

    Blogpost by Laura K - July 6, 2011 at 8:47

    Ken’s picked up the phone. And now we’d like you to drop Mattel a call too.

    It’s been nearly a month now since Barbie’s secret deforestation habit was revealed to Ken in a shocking interview that has now been seen by over 1.3 million people around the world and counting. The interview not only brought about the end of Ken and Barbie’s high profile relationship, but sparked protest of Mattel’s use of paper products in toy packaging that comes from rainforest destruction in Indonesia. The results have been over 240,000 messages sent to the toy company, demanding they act to fix this problem for good, and a bitter Twitter feud between the former celebrity couple.

    Just like you - Ken has been wondering when and how Mattel will finally take concrete action to solve this problem. It’s b... Read more >

  • Germany overwhelmingly votes for the energy revolution

    Blogpost by Brigitte Behrens - July 5, 2011 at 7:42

    Greenpeace Germany Executive Director Brigitte Behrens reflects on the importance of the German Parliament’s decision to phase out the country's nuclear power plants, not just in Germany, but because of the example it sets for other nuclear-powered countries.

    Germany’s vote is historic, not only as it on a final nuclear phase-out by 2022, but even more importantly the Parliament decided on a definite power shift to renewable energies as the replacement. The law was passed in with an overwhelming majority of 513 votes in favour, with a mere 79 votes against and eight abstentions. The decision will be in compliance with the German -40% CO2 reduction objective from 1990 to 2020 and importantly will comprise a significant drop in coal use.

    The whole package is a very important si... Read more >

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