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  • What will it take to protect the world’s fish and oceans for future generations?

    Blogpost by Dr Cat Dorey - December 2, 2016 at 13:35

    I don’t speak tuna. And I fear my ability to sign in shark could be fatally misconstrued.

    But next week when people from all around the Pacific and beyond meet in Fiji to discuss the future of fisheries in the region, our finned (and feathered and flippered) friends of the oceans desperately need a voice.

    The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) is responsible for managing the tuna, shark, and billfish fisheries that operate here – to make sure that there are fish and healthy oceans for future generations. But WCPFC is failing to meet the requirements of its own Convention – the goals and rules it took its members 10 years to agree on. Falling so short of the mark, a more apt name for the commission would be, We Create Pacific Fisheries Crises.

    A silky shark and other marine life in the Pacific OceanWill the WCPFC give o... Read more >

  • Where is the hope?

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - December 1, 2016 at 15:28

    I’m not sure we can win with logic. 

    How do we reverse species loss, climate change, toxins, general overshoot of Earth’s generous habitats? We have the science, but humanity at the large scale does not appear to have the political will. We live in a pre-ecological political world, and public discourse seems corrupted by the mad clinging to those pre-ecological models of development and economics. 

    The ecology headlines this year feel disturbing — 2/3 of mammals doomed; drought in Kenya, Mozambique, US, Sri Lanka; dry rivers and water wars; Zika virus spray killing bee colonies; methane releases higher than predicted; meteorologists forced to rewrite climate predictions, for the worse; Great Barrier Reef collapsing; and American soldiers serving as a security force for oil pipeline at S... Read more >

  • Four ways our forests must be part of the climate conversation

    Blogpost by Jannes Stoppel - December 1, 2016 at 14:53

    On a warming planet, forests hold the key to stopping climate change.

    Forest landscapes and agricultural areas can absorb emissions like a sponge. They take carbon dioxide from the air through photosynthesis, and store it in wood and in the soils. Discussions about action against climate change has focused on rebuilding our energy infrastructure towards a 100% renewable energy future. But this is only one way to limit temperature rise to the 1.5° agreed by the climate change body of the the UN, the UNFCCC. The remainder of the solution lies in our forest and plant life.

    Carpathian Forest in Romania, 20 Aug, 2016. © Mitja Kobal / GreenpeaceCarpathian Forest in Romania, 20 Aug, 2016

    We are moving ahead with building a 100% renewable future, but it will take time. If we end deforestation, forest degradation and the associated release of CO2 into the atmosphe... Read more >

  • Samsung, can you hear us?

    Blogpost by Robin Perkins - December 1, 2016 at 14:47

    Over the past week we've watched as thousands of people around the world joined our urgent call for Samsung to come up with a concrete plan to reuse or recycle 4.3 million Galaxy Note7s.

    From Hong Kong to Washington DC, you called Samsung’s customer support number to ask exactly whether or not the devices will be disposed of environmentally; you tweeted #GalaxyNote7, which turned into a trending topic in Mexico and took the message directly to their HQ; and most of all you put pressure on Samsung to do the right thing!

    A disassembled Samsung Galaxy Note 7A disassembled Samsung Galaxy Note 7

    Thank you for calling Samsung

    People around the world picked up their phones and called Samsung directly to ask: “What’s the plan?” Hundreds of people from Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico, the US, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, A...
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  • When Mahy met Māui: Fighting for our endangered dolphin

    Blogpost by Juliane Thern - November 25, 2016 at 15:20

    Do you remember what it was like to be a child? Or have you recently watched your children, your friend’s children, or your nieces and nephews? Everything they see is new and exciting, everything seems possible, and everything can be turned into an adventure. It’s a shame that we seem to require reminders to switch our children’s view of the world back on.

    I’ve been working for Greenpeace since 2008, and even though my work tends to be fairly desk bound, I get pretty frequent reminders about how exciting this world is and how we should push the seemingly impossible to be possible. So it seemed only fitting that my latest reminder came in the shape of small Greenpeace boat named after Margaret Mahy, a famous New Zealand author of countless dearly loved children’s books.

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  • Stand for Indigenous rights – and for the planet

    Blogpost by Dawn Bickett - November 23, 2016 at 13:16

    People gather in San Francisco for a closing ceremony in support of the Standing Rock Nation. The protest was one of many in a global day of action calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to cancel the permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline. 15 Nov, 2016  © Michael Short / Greenpeace

    For centuries, Indigenous Peoples have been fighting to protect their lands and secure their rights in the face of colonisation, environmental destruction and violence. Today – with looming global environmental crises like climate change – Indigenous communities continue to lead the world in protecting the Earth. While Indigenous Peoples represent about 6% of the world’s population, their traditional lands hold about 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity.

    Yet Indigenous communities are often those first and most impacted by environmental destruction. Again and again, governments and companies put profit above Indigenous Peoples’ rights. When Indigenous Peoples stand up for their rights and their traditional lands, those in power often go to great lengths to suppress them – from leg...

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  • Citizen science in action: open-source air pollution monitoring in Bulgaria

    Blogpost by Teodora Stoyanova - November 21, 2016 at 16:22

    Every day, we breathe in between 15,000 and 20,000 litres of air – enough to fill three hot air balloons in a year. This precious substance is made up of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and 1% carbon dioxide. But what else is in the air we breathe, how did it get there, and what does it mean for our health?

    Air pollution is an invisible problem. But the consequences for our everyday health are serious. Polluted air can cause shortness of breath, coughing, burning eyes, and can agitate asthma. Long-term deterioration of air quality can lead to more serious consequences for our health such as asthma, cardiovascular disease and lung cancer, as well as diseases related to the nervous and reproductive systems. According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution is responsible for the prematur...

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  • “It's about the people, not about the products” - the faces of PFC pollution

    Blogpost by Elske Krikhaar and Jeffrey Dugas - November 21, 2016 at 16:16

    Elske Krikhaar, Greenpeace International

    The first thing that went through my mind as I entered Jan and Ineke van Genderen’s living room was how close the DuPont/Chemours facility was. I could almost see it from the window. It is one street over.

    Jan and Ineke are a friendly retired couple from Dordrecht, a town of about 118 000 people in the western Netherlands. They have lovely grandchildren and are active in their community. Jan worked at the DuPont’s Teflon division. He met Ineke at the entrance of the plant 35 years ago.

    Today they have become the faces of PFC pollution in the area, a group of chemicals produced by DuPont and other chemical companies and used in many consumer goods, including packaging, cookware and outdoor waterproof gear.

    In April 2015, the Dutch newspaper Al... Read more >

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