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  • 9 incredible feats of people power that happened in 2016

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - December 30, 2016 at 22:02

    The Indigenous and environmental rights movement was stronger than ever...

    This year proved that when real life David and Goliath battles happen, word spreads, people listen, the truth eventually comes out, and the movement becomes bigger and stronger. 

    - A mega-dam planned for construction in the heart of the Amazon, had its license cancelled - a massive victory for the Munduruku people and more than 1.2 million people around the world who supported the campaign.

    - The people of Clyde River – an Inuit community in the Canadian Arctic –  went to the Supreme Court of Canada for the government’s failure to properly consult the community before handing permits to fossil fuel companies for oil exploration in the area.

    - And after a rough, threatening, and tense battle, dedication and persev...

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  • 2016 — The year in photos

    Blogpost by Madeleine Smith - December 22, 2016 at 15:08

    2016 was a challenging year for people and the planet. It brought many challenges that will continue in the year ahead — a changing climate, greedy corporations and politicians whose policies spell trouble for the planet.

    As we look back on 2016, it's clear there's a lot of work still to be done. It's difficult to pick just a few images among the over 20,000 images our photographers have made while covering the struggle for a green and peaceful future all around the world. Here are some of this year’s highlights, and a reminder of why we need to continue the good fight. We couldn’t have done this work without all of you, thank you, and on to 2017!

    Greenpeace activists in London climbed Nelson’s Column, putting an emergency face mask on the statue to demand action on air pollution. A separate Greenpeace team eluded security and climbed over the fence around the Houses of Parliament to put another mask on Oliver Cromwell’s statue.

    Greenpeace UK activists in London climbed Nelson’s Column, putting an emergency face mask on the statue to demand action on air pollution.  Read more >

  • Building a future for fish AND people

    Blogpost by Dr Cat Dorey - December 21, 2016 at 9:37

    You’d think it would be hard to get emotional about fish and how they’re managed. But at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) emotions ran high - after five long days of tough negotiations, I was exhausted and it was starting to feel like Groundhog Day.

    As I’ve said before here, WCPFC is failing in its mandate to manage tuna, sharks and billfish fisheries in the region. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry and especially important to Pacific Island Countries so the stakes are high. I knew the meeting would be a tough battle.

    In her opening speech, the Chair of WCPFC asked us to recognize how difficult it is to get consensus between so many countries with so many opposing views. She asked that we at least commit to moving forward, one step a... Read more >

  • Bring it on, 2017: New Year’s resolutions for people and the planet

    Blogpost by Dawn Bickett - December 21, 2016 at 9:32

    For many of us who care about the environment and about people, 2016 has been a punch to the gut. Politicians and corporations at odds with issues like human rights and a healthy planet have managed to grab power in countries all over the world this year. Meanwhile, activists are being murdered, forests are burning, reefs are bleaching, ice is melting.

    The challenges we will face in 2017 are urgent and massive. But the good news is that when we act together, we are stronger than any government, corporation or head of state. Next year, we can’t afford to be bystanders, so let’s get moving!

    Here are a few resolutions you can make to help take back 2017 for people and for planet Earth.

    Resolve to tackle overconsumption in your life. By 8 August - Earth Overshoot Day - people had already c... Read more >

  • Are there human rights abuses in your seafood?

    Blogpost by Anchalee Pipattanawattanakul - December 21, 2016 at 9:29

    Migrant workers from Cambodia and Myanmar are being used as forced labour in the Thai fishing industry. Using tricks of deception, non-binding verbal agreements and induced debt, these workers catch fish both for human consumption and the pet food industry. Now, a new report from Greenpeace Southeast Asia exposes how crackdowns on human rights abuse in the Thai fishing industry has forced vessels to operate further...decreasing their chances of being caught and continuing their illegal practices out of sight, out at sea.

    Burmese workers sort freshly-landed fish at the public fishing port in Ranong, southern Thailand.Burmese workers sort freshly-landed fish at the public fishing port in Ranong, southern Thailand.

    Last year, the Associated Press exposed human rights violations in Thailand’s notorious fishing industry, sending shockwaves around the world. At the heart of the tragedy lay... Read more >

  • More than 200 people took to the waters outside of Cancun, Mexico with the Message “People for biodiversity” with a call to world leaders meeting at United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity to recognize and respect the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. 11 Dec, 2016  © Greenpeace

    Greetings from Cancun, Mexico where I am attending the 13th meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), perhaps more easily understood as the “summit for life on Earth".

    That the meeting is held in Mexico is highly appropriate. Mexico is one of the megadiverse countries on planet Earth – it is one of 17 countries that harbour 70% of the world’s wildlife. Different climatic zones mean Mexico possesses a wide range of habitats and ecosystems with a huge number of associated species.

    Mexico is a nature lover’s paradise, except that Mexico’s natural environment, like everywhere else, is under increasing pressure from a wide range of human activities – from the relentless march of modern industrial agriculture that is creating sterile, poisoned monocultures to the prolifera...

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  • "Our forest is shedding tears" — a Munduruku woman fights for Indigenous rights

    Blogpost by Vânia Alves - December 16, 2016 at 15:04

    On November 27, the Munduruku Indigenous People traveled from their home in the Amazon to Brazil’s capital to demand the official recognition of the Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land on the Tapajós River. The Brazilian government is planning a series of dams that would flood portions of the Amazon rainforest and threaten their way of life. Maria Leusa Munduruku spoke with Vânia Alves from Greenpeace Brazil about the journey from her home to Brasília to demand protection of their traditional lands. Here is her story:

     Demarcation Demand for Munduruku Protest in Brasilia - Portrait of Maria Leusa Kabá Munduruku. 29 Nov, 2016.  © Otávio Almeida / Greenpeace

    These are days of struggle for the Munduruku people. I left home with the other women on November 20, for a meeting about our participation in the struggle for Indigenous rights. We spent four days preparing ourselves for the protest and for the meetings that we would have in Br...

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  • The Anthropocene Debate

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - December 13, 2016 at 11:58

    “A hushed hundred million years from now, all that we consider to be the great works of man – the sculptures and the libraries, the monuments and the museums, the cities and the factories – will all be compressed into a layer of sediment not much thicker than a cigarette paper?”

    Elizabeth KolbertThe Sixth Extinction

    Two fruit flies hover around our compost bucket, normal in summer, but we are now into December, mid winter in Canada, and I have never before seen fruit flies after October. A little Anna’s hummingbird darts around the rose bush, all ablaze in pink roses. Global warming signs? Maybe: A neighbour recently found a flying fish (Cheilopogon papilio) washed up on the beach. We don’t generally see flying fish on Canadian beaches, and this species is rarely seen North of 26°N. W... Read more >

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