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  • After Tianjin blasts, families struggle to piece their lives back together

    Blogpost by Qian Cheng - December 31, 2015 at 17:13

    Just before midnight on August 12 2015, two chemical blasts ripped through Tianjin, a major port city in northeastern China, about two hours away from the capital Beijing. So powerful were the explosions they could be seen from space, and terrifying footage of the accident was circulated around the world. 203 people lost their lives that night and thousands more were left homeless, injured, shocked and afraid.

    Since the Tianjin accident, workers have been laying out fresh turf next to the centre of the blast site. There are plans to build a 43 hectare harbour eco-park, as well as a primary school, kindergarten and other public amenities.Since the Tianjin accident, workers have been laying out fresh turf next to the centre of the blast site. There are plans to build a 43 hectare harbour eco-park, as well as a primary school, kindergarten and other public amenities.

    Triggered by a concoction of flammable chemicals that ignited at a warehouse run by Ruihai Logistics Warehouse, the impact was equivalent to detonating... Read more >

  • 11 moments that broke the internet in 2015

    Blogpost by Stefanus Wongsodiredjo - December 31, 2015 at 16:23

    As 2015 draws to a close, we reflect back on some of the people powered moments that pulled our heart strings, filled us with passion or simply inspired us.

    Here are a few of them, from Greenpeace and beyond...

    1. Imagine if we all did this just a few times a year

    Tommy Klein cleaned up a heavily polluted waterfront on his way to work in a week of half hours. He filled up one garbage bag at a time until the work was done.

    1 person did this in a week of half hours. Imagine if we all did this just a few times a year.

    Posted by Greenpeace International on Tuesday, 21 April 2015

    2. Can you help make your country next?

    It caused a mini meltdown in England when it was introduced spawning countless hilarious tweets. But many countries and cities, including Hawaii, Rwanda, a... Read more >

  • Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - December 22, 2015 at 13:36

    © Andreas Schoelzel / Greenpeace

    Dear Friends, 

    As I look out my window here in Amsterdam, winter is nearly here, and with it comes the retreat of another year, and the passing of what has been to make way for the spring and the new. As the days get shorter and the weather colder, I'm thinking ahead to days of renewal and new beginnings.

    As many of you know, I'm soon moving on from my post as Executive Director of Greenpeace International. I don't think of it as leaving Greenpeace, however. I think of it as exchanging my lofty title for a far more powerful one: that of a Greenpeace Volunteer. It's been an amazing journey with all of you, and I've loved every minute of challenge, every day of struggle, every week of progress, every month of triumph, every year we've been building a better world together.

    It's hugely gr... Read more >

  • 9 ways to have a greener Christmas

    Blogpost by Kamal Sunker - December 15, 2015 at 12:22

    With Christmas just around the corner - we, as consumers have all the power to minimize our environmental impact this festive season!

    1. Buy Less

    Many gifts are gestures of thoughtfulness, there are ways to give more by spending less. There is no better way to show somebody you care, other than taking the time and effort to make them their own personal gift. Whilst some gifts cannot be made at home (such as a toaster for example), if you do have to buy your loved one a gift, try:

    2. Buying Greener

    Make sure electronics have a good consumption rating, you can find this out by looking at the energy star label, and here is the Greenpeace guide to greener electronics which evaluates leading consumer electronics companies based on their commitment and progress in three environmental criter... Read more >

  • The wheel of climate action turns slowly, but in Paris it has turned. There’s much in this deal that frustrates and disappoints me, but it still puts the fossil fuel industry squarely on the wrong side of history.

    Climate Action and Indigenous Rights Demand in ParisGreen groups and indigenous communities stood together in their demand for climate action and Indigenous Peoples Rights at COP21. Aurora, the famous Greenpeace giant polar bear, was brought to Le Bourget in Paris to add pressure on governments to agree an ambitious climate deal.9 Dec, 2015 © Joel Lukhovi / Survival Media Agency

    Parts of this deal have been diluted and polluted by the people who despoil our planet, but it contains a new temperature limit of 1.5 degrees. That single number, and the new goal of net zero emissions by the second half of this century, will cause consternation in the boardrooms of coal companies and the palaces of oil-exporting states and that is a very good thing. The transition away from fossil fuels is inevitable.

    Now comes our great task of this century. How do we meet this new goal? The measures outlined simply do not get us there. When it comes to forcing real, meanin... Read more >

  • If you believe in human rights, you believe in renewable energy for all

    Blogpost by Arin de Hoog - December 11, 2015 at 14:51

    Climate change and human rights. We care about them both, but we often think of them separately. Violations of human rights we usually associate with brutal regimes, unjustified imprisonment and violence carried out between people.

    Human Rights and Climate Justice Workshop in Vanuatu. 8 Jun, 2015 © Steven Lyon / Greenpeace

    “Climate change” creates images of melting glaciers, radical and unseasonal temperature changes and creeping desertification. But climate change may contribute increasingly to extreme weather events. From events that build to a crescendo; like the cold snap in December associated with a  weakened "polar vortex", or the impacts of the current intense El Nino – to weather events that slam into us like a fist; like the hurricane that devastated New Orleans and the typhoons that repeatedly wreak havoc in the Philippines.

    Enshrined in our understanding of human ...

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  • Three solar power projects where women are taking the lead

    Blogpost by Georgie Johnson - December 10, 2015 at 8:48

    Forget international climate talks – women around the world are already taking the clean energy transition into their own hands in ways only women can.

    Yesterday was the third ever 'gender day' at the UN climate talks in Paris, a day of gender-focused sessions that provides a platform for the often overlooked but massively important issue of how gender inequality is linked to climate change.

    But whilst gender has certainly moved up the COP agenda in recent years, it remains a marginal issue.

    In more than two decades of negotiations, the UNFCCC has adopted just three decisions explicitly focused on gender-related issues – two of which were in the last three years.

    Last year at COP20 in Lima, just 36% of delegates were women, and this year former UN human rights chief Mary Robinson has ... Read more >

  • Key gets ready to give away our ocean to oil drillers…again

    Blogpost by Russel Norman - December 9, 2015 at 16:05

    In a breathtaking display of hypocrisy, John Key is preparing to dish out new oil exploration permits - mere days after returning from the Paris climate change conference.

    It’s expected that the Government will announce the latest round of these oil ‘block offers’ before the end of the year.

    While in Parliament you can’t call someone a hypocrite, what other word can you use to describe a Prime Minister who stands on the world stage and says he cares about climate change and then comes home to approve plans to find and burn huge stores of underground carbon?

    Key’s job should be to present a tangible plan to help combat climate change and protect our children’s future – but it seems he didn’t get the memo.

    Instead, he’s hell bent on dolling out permits to look for the very oil that we can... Read more >

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