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  • Please don't squander this moment

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - December 10, 2011 at 9:03

    An open letter to the governments of the world meeting in Durban

    Dear friends,

    Welcome to our city.

    We remember a time in Durban – indeed, a period in the history of this nation of South Africa – when we feared that the apartheid states' intransigence would spark a conflict in which much blood would be shed. But even at our lowest ebb, even when the injustice we faced seared through every minute of every day, our people stood firm in the knowledge that justice itself would defeat a system that put different values on different people based on nothing more arbitrary than the colour of their skin.

    Now, twenty years after our victory, in the remaining hours of the Durban climate talks, with great urgency we call for a similar breakthrough – one as unexpected, as deserved... Read more >

  • Cottonsoft's barrage of PR

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - December 9, 2011 at 19:14

    Well, it's fair to say that a week is a long time when it comes to campaigning and no more so than when you're up against one of the world's most notorious rainforest destroyers. In the last weeks we have seen a volley of wild claims, accusations and dubious announcements all played out in the national media by Cottonsoft, Asia Pulp & paper and the NZ Food and Grocery Council.

    It all relates to our investigation that revealed Cottonsoft toilet roll brands were linked to deforestation But if you've been following the story and you're a bit confused I don't blame you - I think that was their objective.

    So for the uninitiated and those of who want to cut through the corporate spin, I would like to provide a reasoned overview of what's being going over the last couple of months.

    Back in Au... Read more >

  • Greenpeace and Palau bust pirates in Palau shark sanctuary

    Blogpost by Jamie - December 9, 2011 at 17:12

    Yesterday, during our joint enforcement exercise with the Palauan authorities, we discovered a suspected illegal operation on board a long liner in Palau’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

    The Taiwanese vessel the Sheng Chi Hui was spotted by our helicopter early yesterday morning. As they approached our photographer managed to get shots of shark finning occurring in Palauan waters, a blatant breach of the conditions of the Shark Sanctuary. When the patrol boat arrived, there was no sign of sharks on board but based on our photographic evidence, the Palauan Government has ordered that the ship be detained. The Esperanza is escorting the Sheng Chi Hui to port alongside the Palauan patrol vessel, the PSS President H.I.Remeliik,

    But what is enforcement, and why does it mat... Read more >

  • Save the Amazon, veto the new Forest Code

    Blogpost by Laura Kenyon, Greenpeace International - December 8, 2011 at 8:44


    We are edging closer to an “ecological calamity” in the Amazon rainforest and a vote in the Brazilian Senate has pushed us closer to the brink. Yesterday it voted to approve destructive changes to the laws governing forest protection – called the Forest Code - that would open up the Amazon rainforest to rampant destruction. But it is not too late. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will have the opportunity to veto the changes - you can ask her to protect the Amazon and veto the new Forest Code.

    Losing the Amazon rainforest to further deforestation would be an unimaginable loss for our planet and life on it, and the approval of this new Forest Code in Brazil would bring us one step closer to this terrible reality.

    Not only is the Amazon home to one out of every ten spe... Read more >

  • Catching pirates from the sky

    Blogpost by Joan Meris - December 7, 2011 at 15:02


    Blogpost by Joan Meris, Greenpeace Phillipines

    Pirates, in my imagination, are valiant seafarers in search of richness and glory in the high seas. In the olden days, they where regarded with fear and loathing for tales run wild of ghastly misdemeanors. They rob, hijack and loot treasures – questionable acts indeed. But they exude such an aura of fierceness and might that one can’t help but get enthralled in their way of life.

    All of these are just romanticized images of pirates. For in present day there is nothing mystical or captivating about them. What I witnessed are illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) vessels plundering the Pacific high seas. Robbing Pacific Island people of their economic prosperity and for the marine ecosystem, its life.

    During the second leg ... Read more >

  • Add your voice to the call for a genuinely historic sanctuary

    Blogpost by Nathaniel Pelle - December 7, 2011 at 11:26

    Right now the Australian government is deciding the fate of Australia's Coral Sea. The countdown is on to protect nearly one million square kilometres of unique coral reefs, atolls and underwater canyons flanking the world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.

    Just a few weeks back I sailed out of Port Moresby aboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, through the Coral Sea and then north into the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. These are the very same waters my Grandfather patrolled as a youth in the Australian Navy during the historic Battle of the Coral Sea in the latter half of World War II.

    Great Barrier Reef

    I remember fondly his striking stories that described swimming alongside warships among remarkable abundances of marine life.  His memories recalled sailors at play with swarms of dol... Read more >

  • Security breaches, radiation leaks, disasters; Nothing worries the nuclear industry

    Blogpost by Justin McKeating - December 7, 2011 at 11:21

    One of the many odd qualities of the nuclear industry is its seemingly boundless optimism: “everything’s going to be just fine, folks.”

    Apparently, there’s no need to worry about terrorists attacking nuclear reactors. Which is why Greenpeace activists could peacefully walk into two French nuclear power plants  - Nogent-sur-Seine and Cruas - this morning without being challenged by any security measures whatsoever should be absolutely no cause for alarm, according to the authorities. The two activists who entered the Cruas plant were able to avoid detection for 14 hours. Our team that entered the Nogent-sur-Seine power plant, just 95 kilometres from Paris, were even able to scale the dome of one of the reactors and paint a pretty picture on it.

    EDF, the operator of these plants, h... Read more >

  • The Dirty Dozen

    Blogpost by Caroline Chisholm - December 6, 2011 at 10:15

    After demanding that governments listen to the people and not the polluters at the entrance to Durban Protea Hotel, our Kumi and co-head of the Climate campaign, Tzeporah Berman entered the WBCSD conference to meet and greet with the barons of industry including the Dirty Dozen. Seated three rows back at the start of the conference they were welcomed by the CEO, who said it was nice to have them “inside participating rather than outside protesting” never one to miss a trick, Kumi flashed the audience a peace sign declaring “both are necessary” earning a smile and a thumbs up from Christina Figueres.

    Tired of the co-opted politics of the first week of climate negotiations at COP 17, activists converged on the Global Business Day conference to name and shame The Dirty Do... Read more >

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