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  • Thousands call for #safepassage in Europe

    Blogpost by Aaron Gray-Block - March 1, 2016 at 10:05

    As thousands of people gathered across Europe on Saturday to call for refugee rights, a human chain of hands was formed on a stony Lesbos beach next to a banner demanding ‘No more deaths’.

    Safe Passage Demonstration on Lesbos People hold hands on a beach in Molyvos, Lesbos, calling for safe passage and no more deaths. The activity was held in solidarity with other protests across Europe on Saturday February 27 as thousands of people in more than 100 cities marched in support of refugee rights. 27 Feb, 2016 © Giorgos Moutafis / MSF / Greenpeace

    Lesbos is on the frontline of Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II and it’s where Greenpeace is working with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) to rescue refugees in distress at sea. Read more >

    Half a million people fleeing war and horror made the dangerous sea crossing to Lesbos last year and that flow of human hope and suffering has continued unabated in 2016. Already this year more than 300 people have died trying to cross the Aegean Sea.

    “Europe needs to embrace this crisis and not have the borders closed ... We don’t want to see any more bodies washing ashore,” Lesbos resi...

  • Make-or-break moment for Arctic protection

    Blogpost by Magnus Eckeskog - March 1, 2016 at 8:44

    This week, an unremarkable event can play a remarkable role to protect life in the Arctic.

    A part of the permanent ice cover on which life in the Arctic depends can soon be protected from destructive activities. If this protection is to become reality, a group of people must now make the right decision.



    OSPAR is the name of a little-known, but very important organisation, in which fifteen European countries cooperate to protect the marine environment in a huge area of the sea stretching all the way from Spain to the North Pole. This week delegates from these countries meet in Gothenburg, Sweden, to discuss the establishment of an Arctic Marine Protected Area (MPA) located in the international waters north of Greenland. The area is pie-shaped, almost the size of the United Kingdom. 

    The Arctic ... Read more >

  • Love the Oscars? You’ll love these environmental films too

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - March 1, 2016 at 7:31

    Rising seas, severe droughts, catastrophic storms, people foraging for food. Sounds like a backdrop for a post-apocalyptic film but this is climate change, and it’s the real-life blockbuster happening right now.

    Whether it’s Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, or Greenpeace’s How to Change the World, films have the ability to highlight environmental issues and empower a movement to create change. But it’s not just documentary - climate fiction, or cli-fi is the literary genre that has risen out of our recognition of climate change and the need to do something about it.

    Afterall, as first-time Oscar winner and climate activist Leonardo Dicaprio said:

    Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species. And we need to work collectively ... Read more >

  • Five years on and the Fukushima crisis is far from over

    Blogpost by Shaun Burnie - February 26, 2016 at 8:52

    Five years ago the Rainbow Warrior sailed along the Fukushima coast conducting radiation sampling. Now it's back, and has Japan's ex-Prime Minister on board.

    Greenpeace Ship Rainbow Warrior Sailing past the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant
    Greenpeace Ship Rainbow Warrior Sailing past the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

    Scotland is over 9,000 km from Japan, but there’s something the two countries have in common. Along the Scottish coastline, buried in riverbeds, and mixed into the Irish Sea, you can find significant radioactive contamination coming from the other side of the world. Yes, radioactive contamination. All the way from Japan.

    Since the 1970s, Sellafield, a nuclear-reprocessing plant in northwest England has been contracted to process high level nuclear waste spent fuel from Japanese reactors. More than 4000 tonnes of spent nuclear fuel was shipped...

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  • Iceland's fin whale hunt cancelled for 2016

    Blogpost by Willie Mackenzie - February 26, 2016 at 7:19

    No endangered fin whales will be hunted in Iceland this year.

    Greenpeace activists protest against the transport of fin whale meat transiting through the port of Hamburg. The 336 meter long cargo ship freighter "Cosco Pride" (Seaspan Corp.) is carrying the whale meat from Iceland to Japan.  5 Jul, 2013 © Joerg Modrow / Greenpeace

    This is great news. Word today from colleagues in Iceland, and now reports in both Icelandic and English-language media confirm that the planned hunt for fin whales will not happen this summer. The man behind that whaling is claiming that he’s stopping because of ‘hindrances’ in exporting the meat. That’s great news for whales, and everyone who has been opposing this needless, senseless hunt.

    Fin whales are amazing. The second largest animal on our planet growing up to 27 metres in length (that’s about two and a half double-decker buses) and are found all over the globe. They’re nicknamed the ‘greyhounds of the sea’, because they are sleek, streamlined swimming machines. They are listed as internationally endangered, largely ... Read more >

  • Ancient trees are burning in Tasmania...and some will never grow back

    Blogpost by Jessica Panegyres - February 25, 2016 at 8:30

    For the past month fires have ravaged through parts of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed forests, destroying 1,000 year old trees. Is this the new normal?

    Over 100,000 hectares have been damaged by bushfires, including parts of the World Heritage Area containing trees that are over 1,000 years old.Over 100,000 hectares have been damaged by bushfires, including parts of the World Heritage Area containing trees that are over 1,000 years old.

    As a 20 year old student I remember hiking through the world-heritage listed Walls of Jerusalem. With its panoramic views and horizon of jagged peaks, this national park is a treasure for outdoor enthusiasts who come to experience Tasmania’s vast and unique landscape. It was there that I first saw peat, the spongy water-logged soil that supports the ancient pencil pines high up in the cold air. My friends and I camped by tannin-stained lakes, daring each other to swim in the icy waters, and subs... Read more >

  • Tropical Cyclone Winston was one of the most terrifying experiences I have ever been through

    Blogpost by Matisse Walkden-Brown - February 23, 2016 at 12:24

    Tropical Cyclone Winston was one of the most terrifying experiences I have ever been through. I live on the western side of Viti Levu, in Nadi. On Saturday night, by the time the sun went down, the wind had began howling and it was bucketing down. The electricity went off. Within a few hours, the concrete walls of our apartment were shaking. The light and fan fittings in our ceiling came loose and water started gushing through them. We couldn't go outside, because trees and signs and bits of people's roofs were flying around.

    I huddled with my partner and two of my friends in the driest corner of our flat and we tried to play rummy by candlelight -- anything to distract ourselves. Pretty soon, emptying the buckets we put under the pouring ceiling became a full-time job for the four of us. Read more >

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  • Peaceful civil disobedience for #RealClimateAction

    Blogpost by Steve Abel - February 23, 2016 at 7:00

    PLEASE SHARE: A call to action to Aotearoa New Zealand from one of the world's climate movement leaders and founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben. Listen to him talk about why #RealClimateAction is so important. BRIEFING at 12:30pm on Sunday 20 March at Federal Square in Central Auckland. Coming to the briefing will help greatly with the integrity and power of the protest.DAY OF ACTION Monday 21 MarchIf you can’t come to the briefing on Sunday, meet us at 6.30am sharp on Monday morning in Aotea Square between the Aotea Centre and Bledisloe House. Read more >

    Posted by Greenpeace New Zealand on Wednesday, 16 March 2016

    Join us on Monday 21 March for a non-violent peaceful act of civil disobedience at SkyCity Convention Centre, co-ordinated by Greenpeace in the tradition of Te Whiti and ...

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