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  • Why International Tiger Day is about more than just saving tigers

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - July 29, 2015 at 9:03

    International Tiger Day!

    International Tiger Day is a day to celebrate, raise awareness and protect the animals, and their natural habitat. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Here are ways you can help.

    The lion may be the king of the jungle, but it’s the tiger that holds mystique and charisma. From the Chinese zodiac, to Buddhism, and even Rocky Balboa (cue trumpets), the largest of the cat species has been a symbol of strength and power throughout history and across cultures.

    But unfortunately, the survival of these majestic beasts is in danger. Today, there are only 3,200 tigers living in the wild globally; and very recently it was announced that there are only 100 tigers left in Bangladesh’s largest mangrove forest. In Indonesia, there remain as few as 400 Sumatran tigers, while both Bali and Javan Tigers are... Read more >

  • 12 photos that got the world’s attention

    Blogpost by Greenpeace - July 24, 2015 at 17:03

    The Quaker concept of bearing witness is one of the guiding principles of Greenpeace. Nowhere is this more manifest than in the images we produce.

    One of the founders of Greenpeace, Bob Hunter, proposed the notion of ‘Mind Bombs’ –  when an image is so powerful it is like a bomb going off in your head.

    Today, in a world saturated by images, a photograph still has the power to move one to action. We take a look back through the lens at some of the Greenpeace images that have helped to change the world for the better.

    Crew of the Greenpeace - Voyage Documentation (Vancouver to Amchitka: 1971)

    In 1971, the environment movement became a modern cultural phenomenon with the formation of Greenpeace. Since then, the world has seen the environment become one of the planet’s major concerns – never more so than today when we face catastrophic climate change.

    This is a p... Read more >

  • The Esperanza is on #misionvaquita

    Blogpost by Maïa Booker - July 24, 2015 at 16:29

    Esperanza during Tour in Pacific Ocean. 11 Mar, 2015 © Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace

    The Esperanza is in the Gulf of California right now, patrolling the waters to document the continued and illegal presence of gill-nets. These fishing nets are mostly responsible for the rapidly declining numbers of vaquitas – the most endangered porpoise in the world. There are only aboutonly 97 vaquitas left, down from around 200 in 2012.

    A vaquita in the Gulf of California. 19 October, 2008. NOAA/Wikimedia Commons.
    A vaquita in the Gulf of California. 19 October, 2008. NOAA/Wikimedia Commons.

    The vaquitas get caught up in these nets that are set to trap another endangered species called the totoaba. The totoaba's bladder is seen as a delicacy in China, and extremely attractive to smugglers. It can be sold for up to HKD 5 million (USD 645,000), according to a source in aGreenpeace East Asia investigation from May 2015.

    Despite the two-year moratorium on destruc... Read more >

  • The Dairy - Winter Is Coming...

    Blogpost by Simon Boxer - July 24, 2015 at 12:04

    With extreme weather events leading to widespread flooding and with crashing global dairy commodity prices, farmers are describing this as a terrible winter. 

    However Greenpeace has been consistently making the point that what we are experiencing in farming today is the new normal thanks to short-sighted and unsustainable climate change policies by the Government and Fonterra.

    Way back in June 2009 we attended the National Fieldays to show that sustainable ‘low-input’ dairy farming was possible - but not if Fonterra’s mind-set of industrial and commodities dairying continued.

    At Fieldays a Greenpeace ‘newspaper’ called “The Better Times” was handed out for farmers to read. Looking back at The Better Times’ content it feels spookily prophetic.

    So yet again, in order to remind everyone th...

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  • Bold and beautiful solar projects from around the world

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - July 24, 2015 at 9:55

    China is building its largest solar plant covering 6,301 acres in the Gobi desert and with capacity to provide electricity to 1 million households!

    This is just another record breaker for China. But there's good reason.

    In a recent Greenpeace East Asia investigation, we found that air pollution levels have improved in the first six months of 2015, though still remain below global and domestic standards. Once completed the new solar plant will cut standard coal use by 4.26 million tonnes every year, reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide by 896,000 tonnes and 8,080 tonnes, respectively, according to state-run Xinhua news agency.

    It's part of a global trend. Check out these other bold and beautiful solar projects from around the world. Which one is your favourite? Read more >

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  • There’s slavery in the seafood industry. Here’s what we can do about it.

    Blogpost by David Pinsky - July 22, 2015 at 13:25

    Rusting Fishing Vessel - Defending Our Oceans Tour. 4  Apr, 2006 © Greenpeace / Pierre Gleizes Read more >

    There’s no easy way to say this: The seafood at your local supermarket may be connected to slavery. It’s heartbreaking.

    Fishing operators in over 50 countries around the world are crewing ships through human trafficking networks – using “debt bondage, violence, intimidation and murder to keep crews in line and maintain cheap seafood on supermarket shelves,” according to one of many recent reports exposing this exploitation.

    An Associated Press investigation in Indonesia earlier this year uncovered evidence of astounding abuse, including crew being whipped with poisonous stingray tails and being kept in locked cages to prevent escape. In Thailand, survivors of forced labor told the Guardian of “horrific conditions, including 20-hour shifts, regular beatings, torture and execution-style k...

  • Rainbow Warrior heading for Auckland

    Blogpost by Bunny McDiarmid - July 17, 2015 at 11:03

    The Rainbow Warrior is heading to New Zealand

    Right now the Rainbow Warrior is heading across the Tasman Sea to Auckland.

    We will be holding Open Boats on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th of July, at Princes Wharf in Auckland and would love for you to come on board and meet the crew!

    We'll be there between 9am and 4pm, on both days, so just pop down anytime. Bring your family and friends and if you're on Facebook please join our event to RSVP, invite your friends and help us get the word out.

    This is a special visit for two reasons.

    It's thirty years ago this month that the French secret service exploded two bombs on the first Rainbow Warrior, sinking her in Auckland harbour and killing our friend Fernando Pereira. 

    Pete Willcox was captain that day and he is captain again now on board the Rainbow Warrior. Pete will sail the ... Read more >

  • 10 photos that show the power of the #PeopleVsShell

    Blogpost by Maïa Booker - July 17, 2015 at 7:27

    Protest against Shell at Fredericia in Denmark. 30 Jun, 2015 © Jason White / Greenpeace

    Shell's Arctic drilling fleet is currently on its way to one of the most remote areas on the planet, and the public spotlight on the oil giant is only getting brighter.

    Hot on the heels of the inspiring protests against Shell in Seattle and Canada last June, thousands of people around the world are standing up for the Arctic. In just the last two weeks, Arctic activists in more than a dozen countries have protested Shell's Arctic drilling plans. And more demonstrations keep springing up!

    These ten images offer a glimpse of the people power behind this incredible expanding movement:

    1. In the historic Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, protesters from all across Europe show solidarity with the kayaktivists of the Pacific Northwest.

    Kayakyivists in Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic) - a beautiful historical town on the river Vltava - which is under UNESCO protection as a world cultural heritage site. A model of the huge Polar Pioneer oil rig was placed in the very centre of the town. The activists - some of them dressed as polar bears - came along the river on kayaks and canoes to hold a symbolic blockade to support the Global week of action against Shell's drilling plans in the Arctic. The message was clear - to drill in the Arctic is as absurd as to drill in the heart of UNESCO world heritage site.

    On July 7, 2015, activists held a symbolic kayak blockade ... Read more >

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