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  • So long as there’s climate change, every day is human rights day

    Blogpost by Yeb Sano - December 10, 2016 at 18:27

    When I decided to embark with others on a 1500 km, 60-day pilgrimage from Rome to Paris, culminating at the COP21 climate talks in 2015, the urgency I felt wasn’t just scientific or political, it was also very personal. After so many failed negotiations, this was our chance to make a strong statement that world leaders needed to hear: we need action on climate change and we need it now.

    Yeb Sano (front) during his People's Pilgrimage in 2015Yeb Sano (front) during his People's Pilgrimage in 2015.

    The pilgrimage actually reaches further back than 60 days, back to November 2013. As the Climate Change Commissioner for the Philippines then, I made an impassioned speech in front of hundreds of dignitaries from 190 countries at the UN Climate Summit in Warsaw, Poland.

    As I delivered my intervention about the threat of climate change to communities... Read more >

  • Ladies and gentlemen, meet The Great Northern Forest

    Blogpost by Juha Aromaa - December 7, 2016 at 14:32

    The Great Northern Forest has many names.

    Scientists see The Great Northern Forest as the boreal forest ecosystem - the global coniferous forest blanketing the northern hemisphere. The Russians traditionally call it “Taiga”. If you could look at the planet from above, it is the green crown circling the Arctic, the enormous green belt that keeps the earth breathing.

    The Great Northern Forest, the boreal forest ecosystem circling the Earth © GreenpeaceThe Great Northern Forest, the boreal forest ecosystem circling the Earth

    Right now, in December, the forest is covered with snow and it will melt sometime in March or April, in the most northern parts even in May.

    In January, in the Russian Siberian region of Yakutsk, the average high temperature is 35 degrees below zero Celsius! Around Helsinki, Finland, it’s a bit milder with an average temperature of six degrees below free... Read more >

  • Protecting what protects us

    Blogpost by Daniel Mittler - December 7, 2016 at 14:30

    Sunrise Over Reef in Komodo National Park 17 May, 2014  © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

    The diversity of nature is essential to ensure our planet remains habitable. That is why we need to stand up to all those who endanger the global web of life – those who plunder the Commons for private gain.

    Back in 1992, governments agreed to conserve and fairly share the global biodiversity we all depend on. Since then, 196 countries have signed on to the Convention on Biological Diversity (the United States being the most prominent exception). This year, from December 4 to 17, governments from all over the world will meet for the biannual “Summit for Life on Earth” in Cancún, Mexico.

    They have work to do. Biodiversity is falling at an alarming rate, with a two-thirds decline in animal species forecast for 2020 (compared to 1970).

    Proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus), also known as long-nosed monkeys, in Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan. Proboscis monkeys are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. 10 Sep, 2013  © Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace

    When governments met in 2010, they said that they...

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  • 3 Things You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Win

    Blogpost by Mary Sweeters - December 7, 2016 at 12:41

    Thank you, water protectors.

    Yesterday, the Obama administration and the Army Corps of Engineers denied Dakota Access Pipeline builder Energy Transfer Partners the final permit it needs to complete the pipeline. This is a monumental victory for Indigenous rights and a huge testament to the work of the water protectors and allies who have been gathered at Standing Rock for months.

    The announcement means that the Army Corps of Engineers will undertake the full environmental impact statement it should have conducted in the first place, a process that could take months. During that time, no construction on the pipeline will be permitted.

    It took an incredible display of people power to get us to this point, and it will take even more to defeat the Dakota Access Pipeline for good. Here’s wh... Read more >

  • 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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