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  • The movement for tiger-friendly products starts today. Are you in?

    Blogpost by Bustar Maitar - February 13, 2014 at 19:01

    Today we are drawing a line in the sand to protect our forests.

    Thousands of concerned consumers in Indonesia and around the world are joining celebrities such as Joaquin Phoenix, Paul Wesley, Gillian Anderson and Kellan Lutz who are saying enough is enough: do not make me part of the Sumatran tigers’ extinction!

    Greenpeace is today launching the Tiger Manifesto: the first part of a global campaign to save the home of the Sumatran tiger and to eliminate dirty palm oil from the products we use. 

    Palm oil, an ingredient found in almost half of supermarket products, is the largest driver of deforestation in Indonesia. In October last year, we revealed that the vast majority of forest cleared in oil palm plantations in Sumatra during 2009–2011 was tiger habitat.

    Forests do not need to be ... Read more >

  • APP's forest conservation commitments, one year on

    Blogpost by Zulfahmi - February 12, 2014 at 13:07

    A year ago today, Asia Pulp & Paper committed to end its role in forest destruction. It placed an immediate halt to all forest clearance and began the road to reformation, under the watchful eyes of Greenpeace and a host of other local and international NGOs.

    And one year on, despite many challenges along the way, we are pleased that the moratorium is holding and that APP remains serious about delivering on its commitments.

    None of this could’ve been possible without you.

    The campaign to reform Indonesia’s forest sector and companies like APP started over a decade ago. It has involved a movement of people who support forest protection across Indonesia and around the world.  

    With your support, Greenpeace persuaded numerous international brands to suspend contracts with APP, increasing... Read more >

  • 5 Greenpeace Facebook moments to remember

    Blogpost by JulietteH - February 7, 2014 at 15:10

    facebook unfriends coal action in 2011

    The social networking giant, Facebook, turned ten today, but what does that have to do with Greenpeace?

    Well, whether you’ve signed in or not, Facebook has become a prime mover in digital activism. It's played a role in, and contributed to the success of, many of our campaigns. Social media is shifting more and more power in the hands of people, as companies and governments can no longer control all the ways they are portrayed in public.

    I asked my colleagues what they thought was the most memorable campaign we ran on Facebook. Here are the five best:

    guinness world record certificate

    Guinness world record and Facebook friends renewable energy

    The most comments on a single Facebook post in 24 hours? We bet we could get 50,000 in a single day - and we did (actually reaching 80,000), along with the certificate to prov... Read more >

  • Subsidy-free solar takes off in Spain

    Blogpost by Jose Luis Garcia - February 5, 2014 at 15:23

    Solar energy is clean, local, job-intensive, easy to install, quick to deploy, simple to maintain... but expensive. That used to be the mantra that solar promoters had to bear over the years, and it seemed an effective reason to keep the power system relying on dirtier, but apparently cheaper energy sources. Solar photovoltaic technology has been available for a long time, but it needed public support to bring it to the market. Feed-in tariffs have been the most efficient support scheme.

    Yet solar energy is running through its learning curve much quicker than anyone could have anticipated. And subsequently, the need for new plants to get economic support has become lower and lower. Today a solar panel costs some 80% less than just five years ago to yield the same power.  And costs are pr... Read more >

  • Will a new lawsuit finally give some justice to the victims of Fukushima?

    Blogpost by Justin McKeating - February 4, 2014 at 10:24