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  • Frozen in time

    Blogpost by Frida Bengtsson - September 23, 2011 at 7:32

    I will never forget Pyramiden, an abandoned Russian mining town on Svalbard that I visited last year. Walking over green grass unheard of in the Arctic and passing by building complexes that could be the homes of hundreds of people. The feeling that those who lived there had just gone out on a day-trip and would be coming back soon.

    The citizens of Pyramiden won’t be coming back, they haven’t been on a day-trip and no children will be playing in the playground. Miners are no longer walking back from their shifts and no more ships load coal. The last coal miners and their families left Pyramiden in 1998 and it seems they left in a rush without bringing their belongings, as though they were threatened by a disaster and had very little time to pack. The town was a Soviet dream, f... Read more >

  • How to move a stuck planet?

    Blogpost by Aaron Packard - September 21, 2011 at 10:37

    Thousands of people around New Zealand will be rallying for solutions to climate change on September 24th, as part of the global day of action, Moving Planet. Come on your bike, skateboard or on foot to embrace a future beyond fossil fuels writes Aaron Packard, 350.org Oceania Region Coordinator.

    A couple of weeks ago, during the Pacific Island Leaders Forum, I was invited by Oxfam to a small meeting of Pacific-focused NGOs with the European Union Climate Ambassador, Connie Hedegaard. After some quick introductions, she cut straight to the chase - "I am extremely concerned about Durban [the next Conference of Parties in December], that really big emitters seem to have agreed on one thing only - and that is not to make progress".

    In other words, the global negotiations are as stuck as th... Read more >

  • The World’s Biggest Carbon Bomb

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - September 21, 2011 at 10:33

    Deep Green is Rex Weyler's monthly column, reflecting on the roots of activism, environmentalism, and Greenpeace's past, present, and future. The opinions here are his own.

    And the fuses that threaten to set it off

    Rex WeylerThree long fuses lead back to the world’s biggest carbon bomb: The Canadian Tar Sands. The fuses are pipelines – existing and proposed – that run from the black sludge lakes and devastated landscape of northern Alberta, Canada to marine ports where oil producers hope to ship tar sands crude oil to world energy markets.

    Releasing the ancient tar sands carbon into Earth’s atmosphere threatens every man, woman, and child on Earth as well as every other creature. NASA climatologist Dr. James Hansen has warned that if the tar sands is fully exploited, “it is game-over for E... Read more >

  • Detox is SEO Hot Right Now!

    Blogpost by EoinD - September 21, 2011 at 10:15

    Will you help us grab a top position in Google for "Detox"? If everyone with a blog reading this would link to our Detox campaign page - using the link word Detox (just like that) - we could rise to a top spot in web search results within a few weeks.

    Detox mannequins have been strutting their stuff from Berlin to Beijing, calling out the clothing companies with their steely stares. (Photo: (c) Gordon Welters / Greenpeace)

    I'll explain...

    Almost ten years ago, rumours began to surface about American hip hop artist Dr. Dre creating an epic "Detox" album. As it has a few times in the past decade, buzz about the album is now reaching fever pitch. Just Google it and see for yourself.

    Less than three months into our Detox water pollution campaign, some of the world'... Read more >

  • Deni celebrate their forest homeland in the Brazilian Amazon

    Blogpost by Paulo Adario, Greenpeace Brazil - September 20, 2011 at 10:01


    Greenpeace volunteers helped the Deni, a people indigenous to the Brazilian Amazon, demarcate their homeland: 1,6 million acres of fantastic forest. Image: Greenpeace

    September 11, 2001 was not only a day of major tragedy in the US, which changed the world we are living in, it was also a day of hope for the Deni. The Deni are an indigenous group living in semi-isolation in a very remote part of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, whose land at that time was sold illegally to a logging company without their knowledge.

    After waiting for more than 10 years for the Brazilian government to recognize their traditional territory, the Deni asked for help from Greenpeace. That day at 10am in the morning, the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise was in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state. Reporters were ... Read more >

  • Why Petrobras has no right(s) to drill for deep sea oil off the East Cape

    Blogpost by Jay Harkness - September 19, 2011 at 17:36

     

    While the oil industry has no moral right to be opening up new, extreme frontiers in its search for the last few drops of oil - given the damage climate change will do to life on this planet - it’s also apparent that the industry may not have a legal right either.

    This morning Greenpeace and te Whānau-ā-Apanui jointly lodged an application for a judicial review of the granting of Petrobras’ permit to drill for oil in the Raukumara Basin, off the East Cape.

    The Basin has already been extensively surveyed. The Stop Deep Sea Oil Flotilla protested – and successfully disrupted - that work earlier this year.

    Now the company is deciding whether or not to start drilling exploratory wells, as allowed by its permit.

    The joint legal action is calling for a review of that permit on the basis... Read more >

  • Skating on thin ice

    Blogpost by Joss Garmen - September 16, 2011 at 10:12

    Each morning over their coffee some of the most powerful people in the world turn to the financial pages of their newspapers to check on the health of their investments by looking at how the Dow Jones and the FTSE 100 are performing. But there is another graph, also updated every day that is far more significant for charting the long-term wellbeing of all of humankind.

    Available to view at the website of the US-based National Snow and Ice Data Center is a graph that uses satellites and computer models to chart the shrinking of the floating cap of Arctic sea ice on the top of the world. Nowhere else is as sensitive to the rise in global temperatures as the polar regions, and this simple graph shows quite how rapidly the total area of summer sea ice in the Arctic is diminishing. B... Read more >

  • 40 years of Inspiring Action

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - September 16, 2011 at 7:37

    Believe it or not, Greenpeace celebrates its 40 birthday today! To mark the occasion, Kumi Naidoo, our International Executive Director, calls on us all to take inspiration from that first Greenpeace voyage, and to demand a better future for our planet:

    The seeds of Greenpeace were sown 40 years ago today, when a small band of dedicated people set out to change the world, sailing from Vancouver to end US nuclear testing in the Aleutian Islands. While the first voyage failed to reach its destination, and the test went ahead, their non-violent direct action captured the public imagination, caused the cancellation of future tests and sparked a movement that grew into the world’s largest independent environmental organisation.

    After four decades of putting environmental issues cent... Read more >

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