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  • Your voice will reach the Arctic

    Blogpost by Pilar Marcos - June 3, 2016 at 11:48

    Officers look out the window where Greenpeace activists have deployed a banner to call for Arctic protection. The action is carried out on the day that a group of countries, within an organisation called OSPAR (Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic), are meeting to agree on a long term protection for the Arctic region.  © Pedro Armestre / Greenpeace

    If you're reading this, you're probably one of eight million people who dream of there being a sanctuary in the Arctic. And a year ago, you quite likely had a good feeling when you discovered that your voice, combined with others', really works. By joining together we managed to force one of the biggest oil companies in the world to abandon the Arctic. Shell had millions of dollars and a host of lawyers but we had the passion of millions of people.

    There are 18 days left before the OSPAR commission decides whether or not to protect a small piece of the Arctic. These international waters should be part of the heritage that belongs to the world, not to oil companies or fishing industries. Before our very eyes we can see how climate change is opening up a new ocean, which is still the least... Read more >

  • Taking 400,000 people on a trip to the Indian Ocean

    Blogpost by Tom Lowe - June 2, 2016 at 15:01

    It was a sunny afternoon in April when the Esperanza left port in Madagascar six weeks ago. Its mission: to hunt down Thai Union’s destructive fishing operations in the Indian Ocean.

    Perhaps because of everything achieved since then, it seems longer ago. In these past weeks we've hauled dozens of so-called fish aggregating devices (FADs) from the ocean – almost 100 buoys and many hundreds of metres of rope, nets and fishing lines.

    We’ve paddled alongside local Malagasy fishermen and witnessed first-hand how they struggle to make a living as fish stocks come under increasing threat from industrial operations.

    We’ve stopped supply vessels deploying harmful fishing gear and we’ve confronted, then chased, a reckless fishing vessel, which was evidently gathering fish with highly controversial...

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  • This court victory in Indonesia could send shock waves across the fashion world

    Blogpost by Ahmad Ashov Birry - June 1, 2016 at 16:28

    Indonesia’s textile industry is worth a whopping US$20 billion, and supplies global fashion brands around the world. It has also left a huge environmental footprint. But a recent court victory could change everything. The question is: will big fashion brands catch up fast enough?

    A boy passes by a rice paddy field that faces crop failure caused by polluted water.A boy passes by a rice paddy field that faces crop failure caused by polluted water.

    I remember the first time I came to Rancaekek district, on the Indonesian island of Java. It was in 2011 during the dry season. This area is one of the many industrial areas in along the Citarum river - considered one of the most polluted waterways in the world. I saw a black river and thousands of hectares of rice fields that couldn’t be planted anymore. They had been irrigated for far too long with water from a tributary of t... Read more >

  • Artivists take to the seas to save the Arctic

    Blogpost by Mike Fincken - June 1, 2016 at 9:46

    My name is Mike and was one of the three judges of the #SaveTheArctic poster competition. What an honour it has been! We've just chosen the top entries and soon I will meet the three lucky young winners; Anastasia, 21, from Russia; Sara, 18, from Spain; and Emile, 20, from Canada. It will be my pleasure, as captain of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, to welcome them on board for a voyage to the Arctic where the sun will never set.

    Arctic poster competition winner. 2016 © Anastasiya Terekhova / Greenpeace Arctic poster competition winner. 2016 © Sara Medina Rodriguez / Greenpeace Arctic poster competition winner. 2016 © Emile Maheu / GreenpeaceArctic poster competition winners.

    I followed the competition closely and can confidently say that I've seen every single one of the over 2000 original posters from people in 75 countries around the world. I've tweeted some of my favourites along the way, like Bear Walks into a Bar.

    There were other funny ones – like giraffes poking their heads above the... Read more >

  • Turning ocean destruction into brighter ideas

    Blogpost by Tom Lowe - June 1, 2016 at 9:37

    Deployed in their thousands and killing non-target species in their millions, fish aggregating devices (FADs) are a scourge to our oceans, devastating marine life to supply companies like Thai Union.

    Made up of nets, metal and bamboo frames, buoys and ribbon, these marine snares also have beacons which tell their owners where they are and often the amount of sea life that has gathered beneath them. This bundle of electronics is made up of rechargeable batteries, solar panels, LED lights and circuitry.

    But it’s not just the damage they do at sea – this gear often ends up either in huge trash heaps on land, or washed up on reefs. So, while the crew of the Greenpeace ship Esperanza have been recovering and dismantling every one that we find in the Indian Ocean, our enterprising on-board wh... Read more >

  • Shell’s Arctic Dreams End Up on the Scrap Heap

    Blogpost by Tim Donaghy - May 31, 2016 at 8:23

    Friends dancing on the helideck of the Noble Discoverer in Alang, India. Credit: K. Patel. Source: Facebook Friends dancing on the helideck of the Noble Discoverer in Alang, India. Credit: K. Patel. Source: Facebook

    One year ago the drill ship Noble Discoverer was in Everett, Washington preparing to head north as one of two drilling rigs contracted by Royal Dutch Shell in their quest to find oil beneath the surface of the Arctic Ocean. Today the Discoverer rests on a beach in Alang, India ready to be dismantled and sold for scrap.

    These photos of the drill ship’s last destination (all of which were found on public websites) are a powerful illustration that Big Oil’s Arctic ambitions were flawed from the beginning. It is important to recall that the Discoverer is actually the second of Shell’s drilling rigs to end up on the scrap heap, following the Kulluk, which slipped its tow line in a fierc... Read more >

  • INFOGRAPHIC: What you should know about the heart of the Amazon

    Blogpost by Alia Lassal - May 30, 2016 at 15:33

    The Tapajós River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the entire Brazilian Amazon. But this river in the heart of the rainforest and the people and ecosystems that depend on it face a serious threat.

    Here’s what you need to know. Click to see the whole infographic:

    Click to see the whole infographic! The Tapajós River in the Amazon Rainforest is under threat.This infographic is based on information from the Greenpeace Brazil report The Battle for the River of Life.

    Now that you know the threat the Tapajós faces, take action! Help protect the heart of the Amazon.

    Alia Lassal is a former intern with the Americas Communications Hub at Greenpeace USA. Read more >

  • Hunting for ghost nets on Sylter Aussenriff

    Blogpost by Annet van Aarsen - May 30, 2016 at 15:31

    Not a lot of people know this, but the North Sea is one of the most beautiful places in the world to make a dive. On a perfect day, the visibility is endless, the water is a beautiful blueish green and – if the tide is calculated right – there is almost no current.

    Greenpeace ship MY Arctic Sunrise documenting the stones underwater off the Sylter Aussenriff in the North Sea.  © Uli Kunz / Greenpeace

    On the seabed, you can find hundreds of old wrecks. Some heavily damaged, some still looking like a ship. They are almost magical time capsules. They are little paradises, full of life. Without exception the wrecks are heavily overgrown with anemones: brilliant white and soft orange colours. You see schools of fish swimming between throughout the wrecks. in nooks and crannies you find the homes of hundreds of big North Sea crabs. Sometimes you see impressive lobsters as well. And if you look closer, you’ll see all sorts of col... Read more >

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