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  • Microbeads: How did companies respond?

    Blogpost by Taehyun Park - August 26, 2016 at 13:21

    Remember THIS video?

    Back in July, Greenpeace East Asia ranked 30 global companies to see how they measured in terms of their commitment to phasing out microbeads – the tiny terrors that are often found in shower gels and facial scrubs, and are known to wreak havoc on our ecosystems and marine life.

    About 0.5mm or smaller in size, these tiny beads really pack a punch, running scot-free into our oceans and impacting marine life.About 0.5mm or smaller in size, these tiny beads really pack a punch, running scot-free into our oceans and impacting marine life.

    Among the major companies, such as Estee Lauder, Chanel and Amway we found that a majority of major brands have failed to remove microplastics from their products, despite promises; whilst others simply refused to publicly acknowledge the environmental impact of microbeads.

    So what's happened since Greenpeace East Asia released the microbeads ranking? Here's wh...

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  • Does your cafeteria serve ocean destruction?

    Blogpost by David Pinsky - August 26, 2016 at 13:19

    Every time you eat in a restaurant, hospital, airport, a university cafeteria, or at even at a rock concert, it is likely that you are eating food provided by a large foodservice company. Sea of Distress, a brand new Greenpeace US report, highlights which large food companies are failing to protect workers and our oceans.

    Philippine Purse Seine Fishing Operation. 12 November 2012, © Alex Hofford / Greenpeace

    But, what exactly is foodservice? Read more >

    Foodservice is one of the largest industries we give our money to, but most of us know nothing about. These companies buy and sell tons of seafood, and some of it is destructively caught and potentially connected to forced labour.

    In the US, roughly half of the money Americans spend on food outside the home is gobbled up by the foodservice industry. But if you don’t live in the US, why should you care? 

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    Some large clients of US f...

  • My Arctic Home

    Blogpost by Clara Natanine - August 26, 2016 at 13:16

    I live in Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River) in the Canadian Arctic. Most people have never heard of my town. It's 450km north of the Arctic Circle with a population of roughly 1,000. We are isolated from much of the world, but we feel very connected to our land, sea, and sky. 


    Aerial view of Clyde River. 16/08/2016 © GreenpeaceAerial view of Clyde River

    Living in this part of the Canadian Arctic is pretty different than where most of you reading this might live. We only have one store, one school, and no hospital. There are no roads to other towns, but people do manage to travel by boat, snowmobile, or ATV to go far out on to the land, mostly for hunting trips to provide essential food for our families, elders, and anyone else in the community who is in need of food, free of charge. The one grocery store is so expensive that without the food... Read more >

  • In the last two weeks, roughly 4500 adults and children have been struck down with a waterborne gastro illness found in Havelock North’s water supply.

    That’s a third of the town’s entire population.

    Most likely source? Ruminant farm animals - quite possibly cows.

    The crisis has sparked concerns about industrial agriculture - not just in the Hawke’s Bay but across New Zealand.

    Leading freshwater scientist Mike Joy says this is a case of water mismanagement “coming home to roost….we are seeing the legacy of not looking after our water”.

    Public health professor Michael Baker says New Zealand’s drinking water is “under huge pressure from…intensification of dairying, which is obviously contaminating surface water a lot more.”

    The reasonable thing to do in the face of the Hawke’s Bay crisis would be ... Read more >

  • The revelation that Shell has advised its investment bank to offload its $1 billion New Zealand portfolio is another big nail in the coffin of the Government’s petroleum agenda.

    The Prime Minister has been jumping up and down for years defending the offshore oil industry here, waxing lyrical about the jobs it could create and the income it could generate.

    ‘Could’ being the key word here.

    To date, no deep sea oil has been found in eight concerted years of exploration, and now the biggest rat of all is fleeing the sinking tanker.

    After more than 100 years in New Zealand, media across the ditch are reporting that Shell is about to bail.

    On Friday The Australian published a story stating that Shell has asked its investment bank, JPMorgan, to ditch its New Zealand portfolio, which includes ... Read more >

  • Photos that inspired millions to take action

    Blogpost by Sudhanshu Malhotra - August 19, 2016 at 7:42

    On World Photography Day, Greenpeace celebrates the power of photography to inspire action and speak truth to power.

    It’s a tough call to select 10 images from the more than 18,000 that Greenpeace has produced in the last 12 months. But this selection gave me a chance to look back at the amazing work that’s happening across the world.

    These are not the most beautiful images, but they represent the diversity of the movement. They are a testimony to the courage and willingness of people power to fight for a better future. They define the role of photography in activism. They have the power to transfer the energy and emotions to its audiences; to tell a story that is untold or an event that cannot be put in words.

    We have images from Indigenous communities in the Amazon to coral reefs in Au... Read more >

  • MYTH 1: Solar is only for the rich

    The most common argument we hear against solar energy is that encouraging it will somehow widen the gap between rich and poor. The logic goes that because “only rich people can afford solar”, the so-called poor people without it will then have to pay a larger share of the costs to maintain the national grid.

    More on this sharing grid costs thing when you hit Myth #3, but in a nutshell, we say, bah humbug to that! Statistically, we’re seeing that solar being a rich kid’s game is simply not true. Of the customers using solar provider solarcity’s “solarZero” energy service, around 40% are below median income households. Under this service, households can get rigged up without the cost of buying the solar system.

    And if you think about it logically, this makes s... Read more >

  • Destructive palm oil company IOI let off the hook too easily by RSPO

    Blogpost by Annisa Rahmawati - August 11, 2016 at 14:05

    A major palm oil company, which had its sustainability certificates suspended for violating rules designed to prevent the destruction of Indonesia's forests and peatlands, has had those certificates reinstated. This shocking decision by the industry's own sustainability group to lift the suspension sends a message that it's OK for palm oil companies to continue trashing forests in pursuit of profits.

    Tree stump in the PT Bumi Sawit Sejahtera (IOI) oil palm concession in Ketapang, West Kalimantan.Tree stump in the PT Bumi Sawit Sejahtera (IOI) oil palm concession in Ketapang, West Kalimantan.

    IOI, one of the biggest palm oil suppliers in the world, was suspended by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in April 2016 for clearing peatland areas and developing land without obtaining required permits. As a result, many of its big-name customers walked away such as Unilever, Cargi... Read more >

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