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  • Building a future for fish AND people

    Blogpost by Dr Cat Dorey - December 21, 2016 at 10:37

    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 10:32

    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 10:29

    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 16:04

    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 12:58

    “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 >

  • Too long to wait: Russia’s Dvinsky Forest could be lost in a decade

    Blogpost by Erika Bjureby - December 13, 2016 at 12:54

    Home to eagle-owls, wolverines, brown bears, rare plants and animals, the Dvinsky Forest is one of the last remaining Intact Forest Landscapes in the European part of Russia.

    Forest stream. Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia. 13 Sep, 2016 © Igor Podgorny / GreenpeaceIntact Forest Landscapes (IFL) in Russia are huge forest areas that are free from settlements, infrastructure and economic activities, and a haven for wildlife

    An Intact Forest Landscape is mostly untouched by human activities, like industrial logging. It is not scarred by roads or other infrastructure and it is large enough to maintain healthy biodiversity.

    Following a Greenpeace campaign in 2001 (article in German), for the next 15 years and after several agreements between logging companies and NGOs, logging in the core of this beautiful and precious forest was stopped. And, in 2011, regional authorities incl...

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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 19:27

    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 >

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