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  • WARNING: this blog contains images and video footage that will upset you.

    Recently word came to our Greenpeace office in Indonesia that a Sumatran tiger was stuck in an animal trap in the province of Riau. It was trapped for six days in total without food or water. After a week of suffering forest officers arrived to evacuate the tiger – but it was too late. The tiger died during the rescue attempt.

    Zamzami, a Greenpeace media campaigner, traveled to the area with the rescue team as an observer, and was present for the tiger’s last few hours. He describes the scene that met him: despite its ordeal the “tiger still emitted a strong wild aura” and “greeted me with an angry roar”. Everyone present stood stunned and silent to see the “King of the jungle lying low, trapped and sufferi... Read more >

  • Hundreds striptease to challenge Nike and Adidas to #Detox

    Blogpost by Eoin - Greenpeace International - July 24, 2011 at 10:28

    Greenpeace volunteers do the Detox Dance outside giant Adidas store, Beijing

    Would you take your clothes off and dance in public for a cause? Well more than 600 brave people did just that today, outside Adidas and Nike highstreet stores in 29 cities in 10 countries--to challenge the sportswear leaders to eliminate hazardous chemical releases from their supply chain and products.

    At exactly 11:00am Central European Time in 29 cities around the globe, teams of dancers, including Greenpeace activists, supporters and Nike and Adidas fans who signed up online, simultaneously performed a choreographed striptease, taking off their clothes to reveal the message Detox.

    We'll add photos to this blog post as they come in. I must say now though that there will be some nudity. If that's not your thing but you'd like to help, please go here to sign the petition.

    It'... Read more >

  • That Cairn social media gagging order in full

    Blogpost by Bex - Greenpeace UK - July 23, 2011 at 14:26

    Cairn's tugs drag icebergs out the way of its Arctic oil drilling rig

    A lot of people on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere have been asking us a lot of questions about the interdict (injunction) - most of which we can't answer; we're gagged from saying anything that might be interpreted as asking others to do certain things on our behalf. We're so gagged that we probably can't even tell you what those certain things might be, in case that's seen as suggesting you do them.

    So, in the public interest, we've decided to publish the full interdict (pdf). Feel free to download it, share it and discuss it; we'd be interested to hear your thoughts (although obviously we may not be able to reply).

    If you trawl through it, you'll see that it's extraordinarily vague and wide-ranging; note the prohibition on "disseminating, printing, uploading, sharing, cop... Read more >

  • Greenpeace to launch global digital innovation lab

    Blogpost by Phil Radford - Greenpeace USA - July 22, 2011 at 23:19

    Michael Silberman, the brain behind the "Meetup" grassroots organizing strategy used by Howard Dean’s presidential campaign and co-founder of digital consultancy EchoDitto, is joining Greenpeace to launch a new, global digital mobilization lab. The Lab will be a dynamic, forward-looking space that will work with Greenpeace and allies in 42 countries to envision, test, and roll out creative new means of communicating, organizing, and fundraising online.

    Digital innovation – how we use mobile phones, tablets, email, and other technologies – will happen at the edges of organizations and networks. The Lab is designed to serve as a collaborative hub among networks – inside and outside of Greenpeace – to find, test, and push the envelope on the use of technology in campaigns. Green... Read more >

  • In its latest move to cover up the truth about its Arctic drilling, Arctic oil driller Cairn Energy has obtained an extraordinary, wide-ranging legal interdict (injunction) against Greenpeace UK and Greenpeace International, gagging them from posting Tweets and Facebook updates containing photos of yesterday's occupation of their Edinburgh headquarters.

    The interdict also demands Greenpeace UK remove Tweets and Facebook updates carrying pictures of protesters dressed as polar bears - and that they even retract photographs issued to national newspapers!

    Specifically, the court order prohibits "disseminating, printing, uploading, sharing, copying or otherwise publishing any images, photographs, pictures or other material (or copies thereof) taken or recorded by Greenpeace UK activists ... Read more >

  • VW film: A YouTube U-Turn

    Blogpost by James - Greenpeace UK - July 21, 2011 at 9:54

    Still from our film challenging Volkswagen's environmental record

    We still have to turn VW away from the Dark Side, but we’ve scored a small victory for internet freedom along the way.

    A few days into our campaign while our Volkswagen film was the most shared ‘ad’ in the world, YouTube suspended it after a complaint from Lucasfilm.

    We thought it strange that our film would be taken down three days into our campaign, while dozens of other parodies of the same Volkswagen advert – including one by the BBC – remained untouched.

    Greenpeace International filed a counter notification via YouTube's website, protesting the censorship of the film and explaining that as a parody of VW’s commercial, any “references and clips from Star Wars were transformed for the purposes of commentary and criticism” (here's the full statement).

    Well it seems now that re... Read more >

  • Stop press: The breaking news from over the weekend was that the Government has had to concede that the wheels are starting to come off its petroleum wagon.

    Late on Friday, we received confirmation from the Ministry for Economic Development that two of the key permit blocks that were up for grabs - Northland and Reinga - have failed to sell. In true, cynical fashion they tried to bury this news in some opaque and ambiguous statement on their website (here).

    The significance of this is that these blocks were the centre piece of the Government's sales pitch - the supposed crown jewels of the nation’s oil prospects - and the ones that were going to make us all rich. They covered the 150,000 sq km of ocean that are met by some of the most beautiful stretches of beach I've ever had the pleas... Read more >

  • XM3N mannequins reveal their mission: To challenge Nike and Adidas to "Detox"

    Blogpost by Eoin - Greenpeace International - July 19, 2011 at 10:17

    Having mysteriously quit their day-jobs as retail store mannequins to spend a few weeks appearing at some of the world's most iconic locations bearing the Chinese symbol for water on their bodies, the XM3N have had a busy 48 hours laying down the "Detox" challenge to the world's biggest sports brands.

    It all started when one of the tireless messengers was spotted at Wednesday morning's Beijing Press conference, where Greenpeace presented the findings of a year-long investigation into toxic water pollution. The Dirty Laundry report exposed links between textile manufacturing facilities in China and a number of international brands, including the sportswear giants Nike and Adidas, and called on the brands to work with their suppliers to eliminate these hazardous, hor... Read more >

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