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  • One week, 150 actions, 21 countries. Outdoor lovers around the globe have taken to the streets, shops, fields, mountains and woods everywhere to ask The North Face and Mammut to stay true to their values of love and respect for nature and stop using hazardous chemicals now.

    These activities were designed together with outdoor enthusiasts and Greenpeace supporters in the spirit of open campaigning. One of them shares their story:

    My name is Fion Lam, I’m an engineer in the healthcare industry in Hong Kong. Five years ago I was shocked by a series of documentaries showing isolated cancer villages in Asia, surrounded by factories that are poisoning our air and water. That’s when I decided to take part in environmental protection.Fion Lam

    I first heard about the problem of PFCs being used in out...

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  • Big news for bees

    Blogpost by Luís Ferreirim - February 9, 2016 at 15:48

    As ecological farming and the market for organic food continues to grow across the globe, I’m heartened to see that the same is true in Spain, my home country, where we are going through one of the worst economic crises in recent history.

    In challenging times, good news is welcome. This week we’re celebrating news from Valencia where the coastal region has just committed to more than double the share of agriculture land dedicated to organic farming, from 8 to 20 percent, by 2020.

    This is great news for farmers, food lovers and bees!

    Ecological produce at a farmers market in Paris. Credit: Peter Caton / Greenpeace

    On one hand, the demand for good food produced without harming the environment and wildlife is increasing. People are becoming more and more aware of the impacts of industrial agriculture on their health and ecosystems – and we are demanding ecological pr...

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  • Solar is changing lives in Brazil. Here’s how.

    Blogpost by Rebecca Field - February 9, 2016 at 15:45

    Around the world, solar power is transforming communities and changing lives. From India to Canada, this clean and abundant energy source is creating jobs, providing clean water and powering schools.

    In Brazil, the solar revolution is just beginning, but it is already making a difference for people across the country. Watch these snapshots of just some of the benefits solar is providing for Brazilians.

    Potable water

    Drinking water was scarce for this community in Rio Grande do Norte. But today, solar power helps supply clean, fresh water to over 200 people.

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    Brighter classrooms

    This school was the first to receive solar panels in Brazil. There is now hot water on tap, the classrooms are brighter and students are teaching their parents and communities about the importance of investin...

  • Refugee turtle

    Blogpost by Nikos Charalambides - February 9, 2016 at 15:42

    The news passed quietly, but not without significance. I heard that a wounded and weakened loggerhead sea turtle washed ashore on the rocky Farmakonisi Island in the Aegean Sea, where it lay for several days slowly losing its strength.

    Soon after, at the same isolated beach, a few hundred souls fleeing persecution and violence washed ashore after their boat capsized. Turtle and stranded refugees met each other there, exhausted from their long journeys.

    The refugees had suffered their own losses, while the turtle was weakened and suffering hypothermia from the wintry waters. When another boat arrived to carry the people to safety on the island of Leros, media reports say the turtle went with them.

    At Leros their paths separated.

    The sea turtle pictured at the Archelon Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Athens on Sunday, January 31. Credit: Alex Vamvakoulas / GreenpeaceThe sea turtle pictured at the Archelon Sea Turtle Rescue... Read more >

  • New Zealand, not John Keyland

    Blogpost by Sophie Schroder - February 5, 2016 at 16:31

    The fact that TPPA protestors managed to bring Auckland’s entire CBD to a standstill yesterday is a testament to just how powerful a tool people power is.

    Even better, it shows us it’s a card we all have in our back pockets.

    While outwardly John Key was arrogant enough to dismiss the thousands upon thousands of people who descended on Central Auckland as nothing but a “rent-a-crowd”, internally it must be a cause for concern that the TPPA protests have now escalated to a level that some say has rarely been seen in New Zealand since the 1981 Springbok tour.

    Alongside the tens-of-thousands strong traditional march down Queen Street, another few thousand protestors demonstrated clever organisation and innovation by creating a peaceful “TPPA Free Zone” around Sky City Convention Centre, ... Read more >

  • After 20 years, Canada's Great Bear Rainforest gets the protection it needs

    Blogpost by Eduardo Sousa - February 3, 2016 at 16:15

    Banners on logging machines. Greenpeace activists occupy logging machines protest against clearcutting of Great Bear rainforest by Western Forest Products. 21 May, 1997 © Greenpeace / Mark Warford

    At long last, today we celebrate the protection of the Great Bear Rainforest – one of the largest remaining coastal temperate rainforests on earth.

    Greenpeace Canada began protesting against the destruction of the Great Bear Rainforest in the mid-1990s – exposing the story to the world through blockades, protests and banners. Along with other environmental organisations and Indigenous leaders, Greenpeace shined a light on the impacts of forest destruction on First Nations communities who have lived there for thousands of years and on wildlife like the rare white spirit bear. We used this spotlight to pressure logging companies and the local government to change their approach. And it worked! 

    After customers around the world threatened to cancel contracts that would cost millions and ...

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  • The North Face and Mammut can't take PFC pollution back

    Blogpost by Mirjam Kopp - February 3, 2016 at 16:09

    Nature lovers and long-time customers across the globe are asking outdoor brands Mammut and The North Face to stop using hazardous chemicals to produce their gear.

    The past 4 days alone have seen almost 100 protests in 13 countries around the world. From Hamburg to London, and Stockholm to Hong Kong, Greenpeace volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts stood up in flagship stores to expose the toxic addiction of Mammut and The North Face.

    Detox Action in Front of a North Face Store in Budapest. 25 Jan 2016 © Bence Jardany / Greenpeace

    How are the brands responding?

    Since the release of product testing results last week, The North Face has announced that they will eliminate PFCs from apparel by 2020!

    This may look like a partial victory, but it is not enough. We can't accept hazardous chemicals in our sleeping bags, backpacks, tents, shoes and other outdoor gear either. The North Face c... Read more >

  • Answer? A fresh water crisis.

    Gone are the days of Aussies telling Kiwi sheep jokes. In the past 20 years, sheep,  pine trees and shrub have made way for more and more cows,  mostly for intensive dairying.   At the same time our lakes, rivers and aquifers are becoming more and more polluted.  

    You don’t have to be the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment to put two and two together there. (Although she did do that in this report).

    5 million cows and their impact on our fresh water could easily become just another statistic if it wasn’t for everyday Kiwis willing to step up and take action to protect our waters.

    Recently shocked trampers snapped shots of cows standing in lakes and rivers in Canterbury and Otago and sent them in to the media, clearly showing just how inadequate ... Read more >

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