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  • Farewell to Uli

    Blogpost by Gerd Leipold - June 19, 2014 at 8:57

    Ulrich von Eitzen. The new Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior III enters the water at the Fassmer Shipyard in Berne, near Bremen, Germany, before the addition of masts and other essential finishing touches. The Rainbow Warrior is Greenpeace's first purpose-built vessel, and will be officially launched in Autumn 2011. 07/04/2011 © Marcus Meyer / Greenpeace

    Ulrich von Eitzen, Operations Director of Greenpeace International from 2004 until 2013 and then a senior advisor to the Executive Director’s Office, finally lost his battle with cancer last Thursday, 12 June, 2014.

    The way he reacted to cancer was typically Uli, as his friends called him. If one would not have known him, one would never have suspected that he had a lethal illness. He did not complain, he did not speak about his health, he did not show his sadness or his desperation. To assume, however, that he was a cool, unemotional man, could not have been further from the truth. The sparkle in his eyes, the energy with which he approached his work, and the warmth with which he talked about his family told another story–the story of a passionate man, who simply did not wear his emotio... Read more >

  • Originally posted to the Guardian 

    Civil disobedience is a way of expressing political opposition that pushes beyond what the law allows you to do, in terms of resistance. It is an act that says “we are deliberately breaking an unjust law.” We often talk about it as a problem. In fact, I would argue that our problem is civil obedience. People too readily accept governments that do not hold to their promises.

    My first brush with civil disobedience was when I was 15 and in the years since, I’ve learned a few things about its power, and its limitations. Here’s a few of my lessons:

    1. Nothing important comes without sacrifice

    Protesters in Fordsburg, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

    I was one of thousands of young people in South Africa that joined the national student protests a... Read more >

  • Norway's inconvenient truth

    Blogpost by Martin Norman - June 16, 2014 at 11:41

    Norway is known to be a beautiful country, with a long coastline, ranging mountains and lush forests. We are generally tolerant people, with a strong sense of right and wrong. We believe in peace. And we believe in nature.

    So when world governments come together to discuss ways to prevent climate chaos, Norway typically scores high. We support progressive measures and fund action in poor countries. Just today at the United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Norway's environment minister Tine Sundtoft said pretty much what civil society observers wanted to hear – that climate-warming pollution must simply be phased out altogether in a fairly short time:

    "We need to approach zero net emissions by the middle of the century."

    There is, however, a big elephant in the room. Or a troll in the garde... Read more >