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  • 5 Small Things That Explain The Big Problem with Microbeads

    Blogpost by India Thorogood - July 21, 2016 at 14:13

    What's the deal with microbeads? Here's 5 things that'll explain it all in no time at all.

    1. This straight to the point cartoon:

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    2. This video from Story of Stuff shows the story of a microbead from production, to purchase and to our plates. Click the picture to watch:

    3. This infographic from Greenpeace Australia:

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    4. This shocking video showing how trillions of pieces of microplastic were found in our oceans. Click to watch on Youtube

    5. This piece of research that found microplastics in sea salt:

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  • Life on the edge with the Munduruku

    Blogpost by Ruby Powell - July 18, 2016 at 13:43

    Tapajos by night

    I've been living in a Munduruku traditional village for one week today.

    Every morning I wake up to the chorus of calls from the forest. The bird sing and rattle, the crickets chime, and the roosters crow as the light filters in through bananas palms and the mosquito net that hangs over my hammock.

    I'm in love with my new bedroom: A platform filled with hammocks that I share with 20 other Greenpeace people; it has a thatched roof and no sides.

    Breakfast is served between 7am-8am, and like all our other meals, it’s shared with the Munduruku. 

    After breakfast it’s time to do chores, and we all pitch in to keep the camp clean and comfortable. The facilities Greenpeace have built here, some of which will be left behind for the Munduruku, are impressive: Three sleeping huts, an office, a ki... Read more >

  • This week the Electricity Authority – New Zealand’s supposed power watchdog – decided it wasn’t keen on being stuck in the middle of public and private interests anymore, so it picked a side.

    Three guesses about which side it picked.

    Against a backdrop of huge public outcry, the authority ruled that a controversial move by Hawke’s Bay lines company, Unison, to charge its solar users an extra fee for choosing to use sunshine to power their homes, was not in breach of any regulations.

    What are they, vampires??

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    To keep things “fair” it did give naughty kid Unison a mild telling off, saying the tariff (read: Tax) isn’t as clearly service-based and cost-reflective as it could be, and doesn’t offer sufficient choices to consumers.

    But really, let’s not be fair: New Zealand’s elect... Read more >

  • Why I’m in the Amazon

    Blogpost by Ruby Powell - July 13, 2016 at 15:13

    (C) Rogério Assis/Greenpeace

    I’m currently in the heart of the Amazon living amongst the Munduruku Indigenous People. We’ve set up camp and we’re here standing with them because the Brazilian Government is planning to build a mega hydrodam on the Tapajós river, where the Munduruku People have lived for centuries.

    The Munduruku have been fiercely opposing this hydrodam, one of 43 planned for the Tapajós basin. The São Luiz do Tapajós mega dam would destroy vast amounts of rainforest and unique biodiversity. It will destroy the Munduruku hunting, fishing and harvesting grounds - the Munduruku people’s way of life.

    (C) Rogério Assis/Greenpeace

    There's only a small number of us here in the forest but knowing that over 1 million of you are with us in spirit makes all the difference. I know the Munduruku are thankful for the support, and it really... Read more >

  • Which fashion brands are going toxic-free?

    Blogpost by Kirsten Brodde - July 8, 2016 at 9:16

    It was a massive step when Adidas, Puma and Nike promised to go toxic-free by 2020. But when we turned our attention to other companies, the rest of the industry put up resistance.

    “It’s not feasible what Greenpeace wants us to do,” companies would say to me. “No global fashion company can make their supply chains fully transparent and ban all toxic chemicals from all steps of production.”

    But for the last years, fashionistas, models, activists and bloggers around the world proved them wrong.

    Now, over 70 fashion brands and suppliers have committed to Detox by 2020, and remove toxic chemicals from their supply chains. Combined, they account for some 15 percent of global textile production.

    And few, if any, companies are now questioning if going toxics-free is possible. The only questi... Read more >

  • My first day with the Munduruku people

    Blogpost by Ruby Powell - July 8, 2016 at 8:31

    Today I arrived in the heart of the Amazon. Sawre Muybu on the Tapajos River. It was a early start because we flew from Manaus to Itaituba at 6am. The flight took us over extensive networks of rivers and forests. The deeper we travelled into the Amazon the more the clouds cleared and the lusher green the forests became. Then as we neared Itaituba, the areas of bare ground logged (often illegally) for export and to make way for farms and gold mines became more and more. The contrast of breathtaking and heart breaking was shocking.

    From Itaituba we travelled in a bus over red dusty roads along the river's edge to Port Bubure, a simple dock, where we piled into small aluminium boats. 



    After 45 minutes dodging rocks and rapids we arrived at Sawre Muybu.



    Just as we arrived a swarm of big b... Read more >

  • The heart of the Amazon: destroyed?

    Blogpost by India Thorogood - July 7, 2016 at 9:41

    Heart of the Amazon under threat

    The Amazon: the threat of illegal logging, cattle ranching and soya farming are enough - but now a series of vast hydroelectric dams could flood an area around the Tapajos river, an area bigger than Greater London.

    The Amazon is one of our most beautiful and fragile eco-systems. Yet this dam would see pink dolphins, turtles and fish all powerless to stop bulldozers destroying their Amazonian habitat. Undiscovered species could stay undiscovered forever. Read more >

    The Munduruku, Indigenous People who’ve lived in this area for thousands of years, have asked us to stand with them to protect this beautiful, biodiverse home of theirs. The Munduruku people share similar values to Greenpeace supporters - they're warriors who believe in protecting our planet. Munduruku Chief Saw says "The fact is that th...

  • Shocking new research reveals at least 185 environmental activists were murdered fighting for the planet last year. 

    It was the deadliest year on record - yet you won’t see this story in the newspapers, nor the all culprits punished. 

    Berta Caceres is one murdered activist whose name is gradually beginning to be heard across the globe, as people call for justice in both the Global South and on the streets of European cities. Just last week a protest was held outside the Honduran Embassy in London calling for justice.

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    Honduran activist Berta had just a short 45 years to make an impact, but the mark she left on the world was huge. She set up an organisation for indigenous rights, took on powerful loggers and plantation owners and spent 10 years fighting a destructive dam. Desp...

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