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  • Lego shows leadership in tackling deforestation

    Blogpost by Andy Tait, Senior Campaign Advisor Greenpeace UK - July 8, 2011 at 14:40

    But are other toy companies throwing rainforest destruction out of the pram?

    When Ken dumped Barbie last month Mattel was not the only toy company put under the spotlight for their role in rainforest destruction. Our investigation showed that Hasbro, Lego and Disney are also wrapping toys in paper products coming from Indonesian rainforests.

    The first of these toy companies to announce more substantive action is Lego, who have released a new statement on this issue today.

    We have asked all of these toy companies to take three simple steps:

    1.     Stop buying paper products from Asia Pulp and Paper – the worst forest offender in Indonesia – and any companies connected to APP.

    2.     Don’t buy from Asia Pulp and Paper until the company makes real changes on the ground that protect In... Read more >

  • VIDEO: A VW stormtrooper sees the lights

    Blogpost by Nick Young - July 8, 2011 at 8:03

    Following last week's dramatic shutting down of our rebel communications channel (YouTube to you, humans), the Rebellion has bounced back. Our videos are now everywhere - thanks to you brave Jedi - and our ranks are swelling faster than we ever thought possible.

    Promises have been made, but we still don't know how or when these promises will be kept, so it's time to crank up the pressure once more.

    We had over 2 million views to our Volkswagen campaign films before they were banned: it's impossible to say how many we've received since then – we just know it's a lot. What we do know is that there are more than 190,000 Jedi in the Rebellion, calling on VW to change. And change they must.

    Thanks to you, VW is getting the message that Planet Earth is not another Alderaan, to be bur... Read more >

  • The Rainbow Warrior III is afloat

    Blogpost by Rien Achtenberg - July 7, 2011 at 7:47 1 comment

    A handful of us left Greenpeace International's office in Amsterdam on Monday morning, on a special trip to Bremen to see our new, much awaited Rainbow Warrior III enter the water for the first time. After being under planning and construction for the best part of last two years, the ship now needs to undergo the final fittings of the masts and other equipment - work that will continue over the coming summer months. 

    As I walked into the ship construction hall, and saw the new Rainbow Warrior standing outside, beyond the partly opened door on a high platform, I felt a shiver of emotion and felt immensely proud and impressed by her, and Greenpeace as an organisation. She looked shiny and new (of course) in her familiar green paint, the dove and the rainbow all carefully already p... Read more >

  • Ken’s desperate phone call to Mattel about Barbie

    Blogpost by Laura K - July 6, 2011 at 8:47

    Ken’s picked up the phone. And now we’d like you to drop Mattel a call too.

    It’s been nearly a month now since Barbie’s secret deforestation habit was revealed to Ken in a shocking interview that has now been seen by over 1.3 million people around the world and counting. The interview not only brought about the end of Ken and Barbie’s high profile relationship, but sparked protest of Mattel’s use of paper products in toy packaging that comes from rainforest destruction in Indonesia. The results have been over 240,000 messages sent to the toy company, demanding they act to fix this problem for good, and a bitter Twitter feud between the former celebrity couple.

    Just like you - Ken has been wondering when and how Mattel will finally take concrete action to solve this problem. It’s b... Read more >

  • Germany overwhelmingly votes for the energy revolution

    Blogpost by Brigitte Behrens - July 5, 2011 at 7:42

    Greenpeace Germany Executive Director Brigitte Behrens reflects on the importance of the German Parliament’s decision to phase out the country's nuclear power plants, not just in Germany, but because of the example it sets for other nuclear-powered countries.

    Germany’s vote is historic, not only as it on a final nuclear phase-out by 2022, but even more importantly the Parliament decided on a definite power shift to renewable energies as the replacement. The law was passed in with an overwhelming majority of 513 votes in favour, with a mere 79 votes against and eight abstentions. The decision will be in compliance with the German -40% CO2 reduction objective from 1990 to 2020 and importantly will comprise a significant drop in coal use.

    The whole package is a very important si... Read more >

  • Film review: There once was an island - Te Henua e Nnoho

    Blogpost by Richard Leckinger - July 2, 2011 at 16:25

    This is a review of the climate change documentary "There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho". Four years in the making, this film is the story of a Pacific Island community in Papua New Guinea – their unique way of life and their fight to preserve what really matters in the face of climate change, including a terrifying flood.

     There once was an island is a rare gem among climate change movies.

    First and foremost, because it is not a work of fiction but a real life documentary with real people - no actors, and better still, no script writer with a hyperactive imagination and a political barrow to push. Instead, the creative team has taken what must have been a hodge-podge of unscripted moments of real life and has woven a contemporary story of hard luck and hard choices.
    ... Read more >

  • Jedi, we need your help. There has been a disturbance in the Force

    Blogpost by James - Greenpeace UK - July 2, 2011 at 8:35

    Last night – at approximately 18:30 – our communications equipment took a direct hit. After providing nearly 2 million transmissions of our latest Rebellion underground message “VW: The Dark Side”, our YouTube films and channel were taken down. And now moments ago, Vimeo took them down.

    Our rebel engineers have been working shifts through the night out in the coldest depths of cyberspace to try and locate the source of the attack, and to keep the videos live on across the internet. 

    You can download and watch them with these links (right click to download, then open with your favorite video player): Episode I, Episode II

    There are many communications from around the YouTube Galaxy including Star Wars characters – indeed dozens of spoofs of exactly the same advert. Which begs the... Read more >

  • Save the Green Collar Job!

    Blogpost by Michael Tritt - July 1, 2011 at 10:37

    Last week I spoke on behalf of Greenpeace at a packed public meeting in Dunedin, where the community is trying to save forty important jobs from being axed - by Government-owned Kiwirail.

    These jobs, at the Hillside rail workshop, belong to highly skilled workers building modern, efficient trains that help reduce our dependence on oil.

    They're the kind of "green collar" jobs and skills that our country needs a lot more of if we are going to prosper in the 21st century.

    With oil prices rising and an urgent need to reduce transport emissions, now is the time we must set New Zealand on a more economically and environmentally sustainable path.

    Yet current Government policies are undermining our economic potential by failing to reduce our dependence on oil, and failing to foster a 'green col... Read more >

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