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  • Behind the scenes & below the deck

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - October 26, 2011 at 10:38

    In addition to the regular crew sailing aboard our shiny new flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, we've got some New Hands on Deck, and they're going to take you on a journey behind the news, below the decks, and some places that have so far been off the record.

    There's a magic aboard a Greenpeace ship that's hard to describe, hard to capture, hard to communicate. Those who sail with the ships can "go native" very quickly: you get drawn into life on board, it becomes a home, and you forget how extraordinary the most mundane aspects of life on a Greenpeace ship can be to those who've not had that experience.

    The New Hands are our fresh eyes -- young activists who have seen Greenpeace action and proven themselves tough, smart, roll-up-your-sleeves campaigners, but who haven't had a lot of ship ... Read more >

  • Harmony on the mast of the Rainbow Warrior III

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - October 25, 2011 at 10:48

    More than 3,000 supporters have visited the Greenpeace ship in Hamburg over the weekend as we held an open boat to say "thank you" to the donors who have made the world's first crowd-funded, purpose-built, hyper-efficient activist sailing vessel possible.

    Radio room, Rainbow Warrior III

    Our New Hands on Deck Pablo and Harmony have been showing off the our amazing Radio Room, where Gianluca can hail destructive fishing ships and let them know the activists approaching them are there to non-violently take action against their illegal bycatch of turtles and dolphins. He can also control the ships webcams -- which supporters could use to monitor the size of the queue this weekend.

    The tags are still on the chair.

    Our Bridge, where Captain Joel Stewart can track ships with illegal logs from the amazon or set a course for a radioactive contamination zo... Read more >

  • Taking action to protect forests in Papua New Guinea

    Blogpost by Sam Moko - October 25, 2011 at 9:48

    A major scandal involving the destruction of forests and the abuse of human rights is rapidly unfolding in my country. Right now, I am on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, at the heart of it.

    This morning, activists painted "stop the land grab" on the side of a ship loading timber from land that has been taken from the local communities, and bound for China. The activity was met with hostility from the logging company but welcomed by local communities who want to see an end to a new lease system called 'Special-purpose Agriculture and Business leases' or SABLs.

    Before sunbreak yeserday, the Esperanza arrived in a remote and beautiful part of PNG called Pomio district. I’m grateful to finally be here but see many challenges in store over the next few days. Behind this scenic paradise is a c... Read more >

  • Kicked out of Indonesia for fighting APP's deforestation

    Blogpost by Andy Tait, Greenpeace UK - October 25, 2011 at 9:37

    Until last Wednesday, I was in Indonesia. I'd travelled there to work with colleagues in Jakarta and Sumatra on our continuing campaign to end the devastation of the country's magnificent rainforests.

    But after an extremely intense few days, I left the country prematurely on Wednesday evening. I had been due to stay longer and had a business visa to allow me to do that, but the advice we were receiving was that if I stayed it was likely to bring more risk to my colleagues working there. I feel very sad about leaving, not least because the last parting gesture from a group of officials at the airport was to place a large red deportation stamp in my passport. I was not even informed I was being deported. I was stopped whilst queuing at immigration to leave the country, interviewed for ... Read more >

  • Deniers exposed. Confirmed again: climate change is real.

    Blogpost by Anna K - October 25, 2011 at 9:34

    In an amusing turn of events today, a scientific study funded largely by climate skeptics has shown that the established scientific consensus on climate change is, in fact, correct.

    It comes as no surprise to Greenpeace that the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) programme has found that the world is – wait for it – rapidly warming. The study puts them in agreement with what top climate-science institutions NASA and NOAA, and the University of East Anglia in the UK, have been saying for decades.

    The programme – which was largely funded our favourite ‘1%’ oil billionaires the Koch Brothers – intentionally assembled a group of scientists from a range of positions on climate change, including many who had never worked on the issue before. This way, the scientific group could not be ... Read more >

  • Today, I have the honour of congratulating Greenpeace photographer Daniel Beltra on becoming the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Daniel made his winning picture for Greenpeace, of oil-soaked brown pelicans at a temporary bird-rescue facility in Fort Jackson, Louisiana, while documenting the environmental impacts caused by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

    During Daniel’s 15-years with Greenpeace, he has spent long weeks on board ships and in remote locations, becoming a world-class photographer, and a dedicated environmental campaigner . His exhibitions and publications on international projects such as Southern Ocean whaling, global rainforest destruction and ocean defence have become a means for Daniel to voice his environmenta... Read more >

  • Occupy the world

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - October 21, 2011 at 11:31

    Credit: NASA

    At the weekend my twitter feed was alive with news of the hundreds of thousands of people around the world, including in my adopted city of Amsterdam, taking a stand in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

    It is a movement that has quickly spread far beyond the shadows of Wall Street’s skyscrapers, and the reason is simple - all over the world, citizens are tired of profit being put before people and the planet.

    Greenpeace is tired of polluting corporations with vested interests dictating policy to governments, without concern for the consequences for those who have to live with them. We are tired of corporations controlling the quality of the air, people’s access to food and the availability of clean, safe energy. As an organisation and... Read more >

  • Cottonsoft's 'green' labeling called into question

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - October 21, 2011 at 11:24

    With an abundance of ‘green’ labelled paper and furniture products available, we consumers have more power than ever to support a growing market for wood and paper products that do not come at the cost of biodiversity, the regulation of our climate, or the livelihoods of forest communities.

    But, with so many green labels on the market, with numerous claims about the well managed forests that our products come from, we need to ask ourselves what lies behind these claims.

    Back in August, you may recall that we exposed Cottonsoft – one of New Zealand’s best known toilet paper brands who are now owned by notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper – for it’s links to deforestation in Indonesia. Forensic testing by one of the world’s leading labs in the US confirmed that rainforest ti... Read more >

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