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  • Surfing the Detox wave

    Blogpost by Tamara Stark - September 30, 2011 at 11:20

    As you’ve heard, we’re now seeing a growing wave of clothing companies committing to eliminate toxic chemicals from their production processes. Four major clothing brands have recently come onboard and we’re certain that more companies – and perhaps other industries – will soon stop using hazardous chemicals that currently contaminate the world’s waterways and environment.

    Other communities are doing what they can to highlight the fact that our streams, rivers and oceans are at risk and are interconnected – and they’re urging more companies to commit to Detox our waters globally. A friend from the surfing community, noted filmmaker Allan Wilson has put together this short video for us that we’d like to share with you.

    Clean water – a universal right

    The reality is that much more needs ... Read more >

  • ‘Tigers’ expose Asia Pulp and Paper greenwash

    Blogpost by Bustar Maitar, Greenpeace Indonesia - September 28, 2011 at 14:45

    Latest news about Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) owners of New Zealand based Cottonsoft.

    Last week we launched the ‘eye of the tiger’ tour in Indonesia, during which five activists will journey around Sumatra bearing witness to the forest destruction caused by companies like Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). However, a few days ago we discovered we weren’t the only ones planning a tour around Sumatra.

    It turns out that APP had invited a number of international journalists to visit a flagship APP ‘conservation project’ so that they could see for themselves how Greenpeace and other NGOs have got it all wrong about APP’s environmental record. It’s quite amazing - APP seem convinced that if it just spends more money on slick PR and greenwashing its image, it will never have to answer for or change it... Read more >

  • From Chinese Young Pioneer to Greenpeace activist: the story of Tom Wang

    Blogpost by Tom Wang - September 27, 2011 at 12:29

    Tom Wang, Greenpeace campaigner

    My name is Tom Wang. Tom is my English name. I gave it to myself when I was learning English from my British teacher. She couldn't pronounce my Chinese name, Xiaojun. Xiaojun means "a soldier born at dawn". Most people in China can tell from my Chinese name that I was born in the early 1970s, because that was a time when being a soldier to protect our country was the most glorious job for any Chinese boy. Quite obviously, my parents wished that their boy would grow up and become a soldier and make them proud.

    So when I told my mother, in 2005, that I had quit my job as a journalist to work for Greenpeace, her first reaction was "what is Greenpeace?" and then "why?" Before that, I had always been her pride, although I didn't join the military and become a soldier. Instead, I became a co... Read more >

  • Wangari Maathai - 'Mama Trees' passes away

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 27, 2011 at 11:01

    Greenpeace is deeply saddened by news of Professor Wangari Muta Maathai's passing away. It is a sadness we are sharing with people right across the African continent, and the world.

    Professor Maathai was instrumental in the anti-deforestation movement, and a passionate fighter for human rights and social justice for the communities that depend on forest resources. She lived and worked in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Wangari Maathai was also a Nobel Peace Laureate, an environmentalist, and the founder of the Green Belt Movement; a woman who stood up and fought fearlessly for the better management of forests -- and the communities that depend on them -- at a time when no one else would.

    As a consequence of the work she did, Professor Maathai and other Greenband Movement staff and colleagu... Read more >

  • "I'm the eye of the tiger"

    Blogpost by Rusmadya Maharuddin, Greenpeace Indonesia - September 23, 2011 at 12:05

    Greenpeace tiger activists encounter a truck carrying logs from a natural forest on the first day of the "tiger tour", where they will travel through Sumatra to bear witness to the real condition of Indonesia's forests. Image: Ulet Ifansasti

    The Sumatran tiger is a graceful and prestigious animal. It’s the ‘King of the Jungle’, a symbol of the richness of the forest, and an inspiration in Indonesian culture. To survive in its forest home the tiger has to run fast and have sharp eyes. But now, the Sumatran tiger’s survival is threatened because that forest is being destroyed.

    There are only around 400 Sumatran tigers remaining the wild; one of these few remaining died in July when it became trapped in a hunting snare. We don’t know how many more are suffering or dying because of the defo... Read more >

  • Moving Planet: September 24th!

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 23, 2011 at 10:36

    Emergency mobilisation tomorrow - Saturday, September 24th, people. Get your skates on. Its big it's urgent, it's global.

    At more than 2000 events in 175 countries, folks who are fed up with our politicians ignoring the big red flashing "Check Engine" light on the planet's dashboard are getting out of the car and walking, biking, skating, pogo-sticking to events where we'll be declaring, loud and clear, that it's time to move this planet beyond fossil fuels.

    This Saturday 24th September, is partnering with dozens of organisations around the world, including Greenpeace, for a global day of action, Moving Planet. We're not literally moving to a new planet, but we are rallying to move the planet beyond fossil fuels.

    We're doing that with people power - on bikes, skateboards or... Read more >

  • Frozen in time

    Blogpost by Frida Bengtsson - September 23, 2011 at 9:32

    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 12:37

    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, 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 >

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