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  • Activists around Europe #RiseUp for a cleaner future

    Blogpost by Cristiana De Lia - October 10, 2017 at 16:50

    It was only two years ago when, during the Paris Climate Conference, we displayed our first giant Sun in Paris to demand that our world leaders tackle climate change by replacing dirty fossil fuels with clean renewable energy.

    As the Paris climate conference enters the closing stretch, Greenpeace activists create a solar symbol around the world-famous Paris landmark, the Arc de Triomphe, by painting the roads yellow with a non-polluting water-based paint to reveal the image of a huge shining sun.  This action reminds politicians and governments that whatever they agree in Paris, the only credible way to beat climate change is to support and increase renewables energy systems.COP21: Arc de Triomphe Sun Action in Paris. 11 December, 2015

    With world leaders finally agreeing on historic steps to protect the climate, the sun became a symbol of those promises and the symbol of our battle for a healthy, renewable future.

    Last June, we marked the beginning of Summer with a sun in Barcelona to remind our leaders of their Paris promises. Another Sun also rose in Croatia to make sure the world remembered the potential of solar energy.

    On occasion of summer solstice twenty Greenpeace activists have painted a gigantic 50-meter-wide sun in Barcelona's Francesc Maciá square, in the heart of the city, to support renewable energies and demand access to clean energy for all citizens. The activists have used more than 2000 liters of ecological paint to trace the yellow sun surrounding the square.Sun Action in Barcelona. 21 June 2017.

    Last week, peaceful activists turned iconic public spaces in europe into... Read more >

  • How pioneering brands are slowing down fast fashion

    Blogpost by Gabriele Salari - October 9, 2017 at 15:36

    The fashion industry is considered to be one of the most polluting in the world. Its material-intensive business model relies heavily on our addiction to overconsumption and feeds the destruction of the planet.

    There is one way to solve the problem: slowing down fashion. We need a model that doesn’t compromise on ethical, social and environmental values and involves customers, rather than encouraging them to binge buy ever-changing trends.

    At Milan Fashion Week this year, Greenpeace Italy decided to give the podium to the pioneers of sustainable fashion, who are changing the way we wear our clothes. These are the companies behind some of the examples from the Greenpeace Germany report “Fashion at the Crossroads”.

    We chose to highlight the three most important ways to create clothes that ...

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  • The superhero two year old who represents thousands affected by the air pollution crisis

    Blogpost by India Thorogood - September 26, 2017 at 12:06

    “It was really distressing to see her working so hard to breathe. She’s so small.”

    It’s a parents’ worst nightmare to see their child being rushed in and out of hospital. Yet Sephie’s parents - Bo and Amii - have all too often seen their daughter confined to a hospital ward, breathing through a toddler-sized breathing machine.

    Her body would become limp, she would become unable to eat or get up and was exhausted simply from trying to breathe in and out. Her parents would take her to hospital, go home-then it would happen again. They were terrified.

    What’s worse is that, as Bo and Amii waited in the hospital’s emergency department, they noticed it wasn’t just Sephie being rushed into hospital with chest problems – there were lots more children too. Doctors said they thought chest pr... Read more >

  • The beginning of the end for nuclear weapons

    Blogpost by Jen Maman - September 21, 2017 at 9:20

    Peace Doves - Hiroshima Atomic Bombing 60th Anniversary. Japan 2005

    "I have been waiting for this day for seven decades and I am overjoyed that it has finally arrived,” said Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow in July, when a new treaty banning nuclear weapons was agreed at the United Nations in New York. “This is the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons.

    However agreeing on a new treaty is only the first step towards a treaty becoming valid international law. As of Wednesday 20th September, governments can take the next step and officially sign the Treaty on the Prohibition on Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Once a country signs, it needs to have it adopted as national law to ratify it. And 50 countries need to do this before this treaty becomes agreed international law. (New Zealand is amongst the first to sign).

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  • Chevron's Amazon Chernobyl Case moves to Canada

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - September 19, 2017 at 13:43

    After perpetrating what is probably the worst oil-related catastrophe on Earth - a 20,000 hectare death zone in Ecuador, known as the “Amazon Chernobyl” - the Chevron Corporation has spent two decades and over a billion dollars trying to avoid responsibility. In 2011, Indigenous and peasant villagers won an $9.5-billion compensation judgment in Ecuador. Chevron, despite accepting jurisdiction in Ecuador to avoid a US jury trial, refused to pay.

    Indigenous Person - Image Courtesy of Amazon WatchImage courtesy of Amazon Watch

    The company sold its assets in Ecuador to avoid seizure, left the country, and threatened the victims with a "lifetime of litigation" if they pursued compensation. The 30,000 plaintiffs, however, have not given up. The case now moves to Canada, where Chevron holds assets, and where the victims hope, at last, to gain jus... Read more >

  • 5 reasons the car industry needs to change its ways now

    Blogpost by Richard Casson - September 19, 2017 at 12:57

    Today the world’s biggest motor show gets underway in Germany. The Frankfurt Motorshow is the moment many of the world’s best known car manufacturers get together for a grand display of vehicles that have been polished so hard it’s a miracle there’s any paint left on them.

     Protest at Opening of IAA in Frankfurt

    But while the firms exhibiting at the event will be keen to tell you how fast their cars get from zero to 100 kilometers an hour, what you’re unlikely to hear is how the car industry is looking increasingly irrelevant as consumer choices, technology, and government policies are rapidly forcing the industry to change. 

    Here are five reasons why.

    1. Climate change

    Air pollution in Delhi

    While some car firms are keen to brag about how efficient their petrol and diesel models have become, the reality is the vehicles they produce now co...

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  • FAQ for September 14th Peaceful Disobedience

    Blogpost by Andrew Tobert - September 13, 2017 at 11:53

    If you’ve got loads of burning questions and want to know more then come along to the briefing on Wednesday, September 13th at Halo, 66B Wharenui Road.  Make sure you’re registered to get updates.

    How long do I have to stay?

    We’re asking people to join us for the whole day on Thursday, Sept. the 14th and you’ll need to be prepared to meet us in Chch at 7:45am in the morning in Chch. If you can only come for part of the day we’d still love to have you come along.

    What am I actually going to have to do?

    There will be lots of different ways people can participate and you don’t need to come with specific or specialist skills to be involved. If you can make it along to the briefing on September 13th in Chch we can talk to you more about the plans. Make sure you’re registered - we’ll email yo... Read more >

  • Save Our Rivers: Peaceful Civil Disobedience

    Blogpost by Andrew Tobert - September 13, 2017 at 11:25

    Construction has started on huge irrigation schemes in Canterbury. When they start working, it’s going to be disastrous for our rivers - most of which are already struggling.

    More irrigation means more cows and that means more pollution.

    A few weeks ago, the completion of these schemes would have been inevitable. But not any more. The movement against irrigation schemes is getting stronger and stronger, and you can join in. Click here to take part in a peaceful civil disobedience to Save Our Rivers.

    A few weeks ago, we blocked pipes in the Central Plains Water irrigation scheme. It was all over the papers and TV. Then a few days later, Labour came out and announced they’d ditch the $480 million irrigation fund. It was a huge moment, birthed from the courage of a few people.

    Imagine wh... Read more >

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