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  • Tim DeChristopher, A New Hero

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - July 29, 2011 at 13:35

    The environment and the world have a new hero, a reluctant hero perhaps, but someone who in good conscience could not stand by and watch a grave injustice take place without trying to prevent it. Without taking a stand at a risk to his own liberty. His name is Tim DeChristopher, and he joins the pantheon of brave men and women who have made a difference – brave men and women whose actions ricochet and multiply into widespread social change.

    Known as "Bidder 70," he was sentenced on July 26, 2011, to two years in a US federal prison and $10,000 fine for a heroic and creative act of non-violent civil disobedience. Tim's sentence is a flagrant case of injustice.

    This case originated three years ago when Tim bid for oil and gas leases on several parcels of federal ... Read more >

  • Victory! John West changes its tuna

    Blogpost by Simon Clydesdale and Karli Thomas - July 29, 2011 at 12:18

    Our international campaign to clean up tinned tuna has had another victory!

    After more than 51,000 emails, a lot of negotiation and some interesting stickering initiatives, John West is the last of the major UK players to shift to sustainable tuna.  This is a big deal when it comes to tuna as John West produce one-third of all tuna tins sold in the UK.

    This move by John West will put even more pressure on tinned tuna companies like Clover Leaf in Canada and Sealord in New Zealand to abandon FADs and sign up to supporting the Pacific Commons marine reserves.

    John West’s commitment to shift to Pole & Line and FAD-free fishing for all of their tuna in the UK means everyone in the UK Greenpeace Tinned Tuna League Table is now committed to stop using FADs (Fish Aggregation Devices) with purse seine... Read more >

  • 250,000 people call on Volkswagen to change

    Blogpost by Richard - Greenpeace UK - July 27, 2011 at 12:22

    Stormtroopers in London on the campaign launch

    This morning something momentous happened.

    Our Jedi-o-meter hit 250,00

    One quarter of a million people - from all corners of the galaxy - calling on Volkswagen to stop blocking progress on climate change.

    We'd love to take all the credit for that, but the truth is: we can't. The only reason that our Rebellion has grown this strong, this quickly, is because you all got so involved.

    I mean, we've got a few thousand friends on Facebook, and a couple of followers on Twitter. But there's no way we could have reached so many people without you enlisting your friends and making sure that everyone knew what Volkswagen was up to.

    Because that's what this campaign is all about: making sure that Volkswagen knows that we're not happy that it's lobbying against action on climate change. Read more >

  • Green Dreamers: There is Hope

    Blogpost by Charlotte Squire - July 27, 2011 at 10:09

    Guest blog by Charlotte Squire, Editor of the good news, green website

    This morning I shared an email chat with an Otago based Louis Chambers – who has just co-founded Generation Zero (Kiwi youth standing up for a positive future) - about an event she's promoting called 'Cheer Up Bob!'. This event literally is an attempt to convince Bob Lloyd of the Otago Energy Studies programme that our future is bright. Bob will explain why the world is doomed while Jeanette Fitzsimons (by video call) and two student speakers will then speak on why we have reason for hope.

    I had to email Louis and rave about how Happyzine was the perfect place to host news of her event because it's packed full of similar stories. She emailed back and said 'Yeah, Happyzine's my home page'. This r...

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  • Puma leaps ahead of Nike and Adidas in Detox Challenge

    Blogpost by Eoin - July 26, 2011 at 14:27

    Hats off to Puma, the third largest sportswear company in the world, for publicly committing today to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals from its entire product lifecycle and across its whole supply chain by 2020.

    The move comes less than two weeks into our Detox campaign, and shows yet again what's possible when activists and consumers demand more from an industry.

    Round one of the Detox challenge belongs to Puma who has sent a clear message to its competitors that allowing suppliers to use and discharge hazardous chemicals is simply not acceptable.

    Bearing witness works

    Pressure on Nike and Adidas jumped up a bar today thanks to Puma, following almost two weeks of Greenpeace actions at HQ buildings and highstreet stores, including a massive synchronized dance and strip... Read more >

  • WARNING: this blog contains images and video footage that will upset you.

    Recently word came to our Greenpeace office in Indonesia that a Sumatran tiger was stuck in an animal trap in the province of Riau. It was trapped for six days in total without food or water. After a week of suffering forest officers arrived to evacuate the tiger – but it was too late. The tiger died during the rescue attempt.

    Zamzami, a Greenpeace media campaigner, traveled to the area with the rescue team as an observer, and was present for the tiger’s last few hours. He describes the scene that met him: despite its ordeal the “tiger still emitted a strong wild aura” and “greeted me with an angry roar”. Everyone present stood stunned and silent to see the “King of the jungle lying low, trapped and sufferi... Read more >

  • Hundreds striptease to challenge Nike and Adidas to #Detox

    Blogpost by Eoin - Greenpeace International - July 24, 2011 at 10:28

    Greenpeace volunteers do the Detox Dance outside giant Adidas store, Beijing

    Would you take your clothes off and dance in public for a cause? Well more than 600 brave people did just that today, outside Adidas and Nike highstreet stores in 29 cities in 10 countries--to challenge the sportswear leaders to eliminate hazardous chemical releases from their supply chain and products.

    At exactly 11:00am Central European Time in 29 cities around the globe, teams of dancers, including Greenpeace activists, supporters and Nike and Adidas fans who signed up online, simultaneously performed a choreographed striptease, taking off their clothes to reveal the message Detox.

    We'll add photos to this blog post as they come in. I must say now though that there will be some nudity. If that's not your thing but you'd like to help, please go here to sign the petition.

    It'... Read more >

  • That Cairn social media gagging order in full

    Blogpost by Bex - Greenpeace UK - July 23, 2011 at 14:26

    Cairn's tugs drag icebergs out the way of its Arctic oil drilling rig

    A lot of people on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere have been asking us a lot of questions about the interdict (injunction) - most of which we can't answer; we're gagged from saying anything that might be interpreted as asking others to do certain things on our behalf. We're so gagged that we probably can't even tell you what those certain things might be, in case that's seen as suggesting you do them.

    So, in the public interest, we've decided to publish the full interdict (pdf). Feel free to download it, share it and discuss it; we'd be interested to hear your thoughts (although obviously we may not be able to reply).

    If you trawl through it, you'll see that it's extraordinarily vague and wide-ranging; note the prohibition on "disseminating, printing, uploading, sharing, cop... Read more >

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