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  • Local fishermen in Joal, express their concerns about the intensifying plunder of their marine resources by placing hand-prints on a large banner reading 'Your voice counts, make it heard now.' To urge politicians to listen to them, rather than favour foreign economic interests and take urgent action. Organised by Greenpeace, the 'My Voice, My Future' caravan documents small-scale fishing communities and the impact of foreign super-trawlers on local fish stocks. 01/16/2012 © Clément Tardif / Greenpeace

    Mamadou Sarr is a 54-year old Senegalese artisanal fisherman who has been working at sea for over 36 years. He entered the profession out of his love for fishing and the ocean, and has been supporting a family of eight with his daily catches.

    Greenpeace met him at Ouakam, a fishing village on the outskirts of Dakar, where he shared his story with our local activists. "If nothing is done to reverse the negative impacts of foreign vessels in Senegalese waters, I will lose my job", he said.

    Foreign vessels have been plundering the waters of West Africa for decades to stock the fish markets of Europe and Asia. Industrial fishing is depriving West African people of a vital source of protein and pushing thousands of locals into poverty and despair.

    To understand the scale of the problem, the... Read more >

  • This is the impact of our daily life on the planet

    Blogpost by Rashini Suriyaarachchi - June 7, 2015 at 16:05

    Every day, we all make choices that impact our local area, country, and the world at large. It can be hard to make the link between your favourite chocolate treat and deforestation in Indonesia – but when you zoom out a little, the impact of all our choices become clear.

    It doesn’t have to be like this. Join the Greenpeace movement today and take real action to work toward a green and peaceful future.

    Fire and smoke rise from a controlled burn of oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near BP's Deepwater Horizon spill source. The BP leased Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded April 20 and sank after burning, leaking record amounts of crude oil from the broken pipeline into the sea.

    Fire and smoke rise from a controlled burn of oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill source. The BP leased Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded April 20 and sank after burning, leaking record amounts of crude oil from the broken pipeline into the sea.

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    A network of tracks in a deforested area for oil palm plantations near Kwala Kwayan. Indonesia has one of the fastest rates of forest destruction on the planet, with the expansion of palm oil and pulp and paper plantations as the major drivers, pushing the orangutan to the brink of extinction and accelerating climate change.

    A network of tracks in a deforested area for oil palm plantations near Kwala Kwayan.
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  • The Rainbow Warrior visits Vanuatu

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 4, 2015 at 8:19

    It’s been a big few weeks for the Rainbow Warrior in Vanuatu. Below are some beautiful images from where she is delivering supplies to the outer Islands effected by Cyclone Pam in March. A mixture of repairs, supply deliveries and village life captured by our photographer Steven Lyon.

    Children Depart the Rainbow Warrior in Vanuatu

     

    Hand Printing Shipping Containers in Vanuatu

    Campaigner Talking to Children in Vanuatu

    School Group Tours the Rainbow Warrior in Vanuatu

    Laone Village Locals Receive Supplies in Vanuatu

    Children from Point Cross Village in Vanuatu

    Rainbow Warrior Anchored off Ambrym Island

    Offloading Generator to Ambyrm Island

    Destroyed Building on Tanna Island

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    Photo via our friends at ActionAid

    Local Population Greets the Rainbow Warrior in Vanuatu

    Unloading Supplies from Rainbow Warrior in Vanuatu

    Local Population Greets the Rainbow Warrior in Vanuatu

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  • 3 Types of Eco-Friendly Graffiti Art That Will Blow Your Mind

    Blogpost by Rashini Suriyaarachchi - June 4, 2015 at 8:16

    Graffiti art can be one of the most powerful ways to spread the message about important causes. Whether it’s used to promote a political cause and speak out against oppressive governments, or speak up about climate change and the degradation of the environment, street art can bring attention to problems that aren’t addressed, and connect local communities with global issues.

    The following types of non-permanent graffiti take art for the earth a step further – they’re created using or in combination with nature. Take a look below and then share your favourite street art with us in the comments!

    1. Moss Graffiti

    Street art using moss has taken the Internet by storm – and with good reason. This brilliant art form is easy enough to do yourself, and brings together nature and the city. All yo... Read more >

  • Seven expeditions across the globe to detox the great outdoors

    Blogpost by Gabriele Salari - June 4, 2015 at 8:13

    Detox Expedition in the Sibillini Mountains. 05/26/2015 © Greenpeace / Roberto Isotto

    Four years ago, when we started challenging the fashion industry to commit to eliminating toxic chemicals, we didn't know how far we could get. Today, Detox is becoming a standard for textiles; something that brands are proud to be a part of. It is time to challenge another sector: the outdoor industry.

    In 2012 and 2013 Greenpeace Germany conducted investigations which showed that most of the outdoor sector relies on per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) to make outdoor gear waterproof.

    Some PFCs are known to be hazardous. With others, we don't know enough. That's why we are calling for much more stringent regulations to protect the environment and our health. In light of the hazardous properties of many PFCs, it is not enough to merely regulate single substances as is currently bei... Read more >

  • APRIL, pulp and paper giant ends its deforestation

    Blogpost by Bustar Maitar - June 4, 2015 at 8:09

    Indonesian paper giant APRIL just agreed to stop pulping the rainforest. With so many companies trying to put deforestation behind them, will Indonesia's President Jokowi follow their lead?

    We've achieved so much together.

    Across Indonesia, years of campaigning to end forest destruction are starting to pay off. Indonesia's biggest pulp & paper company, and some of its biggest palm oil companies and traders, have promised to turn their backs on deforestation. This came about because hundreds of thousands of us took action to force major brands including Nestlé, Unilever, P&G and Mattel to agree to stop buying the products linked to deforestation.

    Then today, another breakthrough.

    Instead of turning amazing forests into throwaway paper and pulp, Indonesia's remaining pulp and paper gian... Read more >

  • Sharks butchered for questionable cure-all

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - June 2, 2015 at 21:22

    It’s a macabre case spanning continents. A European vessel crewed by under paid and ill-treated Indonesian fishermen turned up in the port of Suva this week. Meanwhile, an illegal shipment of sharks, shark fins and other fish from the vessel is seized in Spain – and the owners are reportedly in a deal with New Zealand company SeaDragon to supply shark livers to be rendered into a cure-all product that’s questioned by science.

    The ship in question, Artico, doesn’t have a great reputation. It’s there on the Greenpeace monsterboats list - a compilation of vessels from Europe that are decimating fish stocks around the world on an industrial scale. Although flagged to Portugal and owned by Pescarias Cayon & Garcia LDA, the ship actually operates on the opposite side of the world, deploying its ... Read more >


  • Our Associate Minister for Climate Change, Simon Bridges, doesn't know what 'emissions reduction targets' are. That was his shocking response to a question from opposition MP Dr Megan Woods last month.

    And it’s scary because this is basically what the government is going to do to reduce pollution. Not only is it Bridges’ job to know about it, but it’s  also pretty straightforward.

    To be fair, not everyone will be as cosy with the term as us policy wonks who lie awake worrying about these things, but come on - the guy is paid 250 grand a year of taxpayers’ hard-earned cash to know this stuff.

    So, when in response to a parliamentary question, Bridges feigned naivety and asked what "she means by ‘emissions reduction targets’" and requested for Woods to be more specific, my head fell crashing int... Read more >

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