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  • The heart of the Amazon: destroyed?

    Blogpost by India Thorogood - July 7, 2016 at 9:41

    Heart of the Amazon under threat

    The Amazon: the threat of illegal logging, cattle ranching and soya farming are enough - but now a series of vast hydroelectric dams could flood an area around the Tapajos river, an area bigger than Greater London.

    The Amazon is one of our most beautiful and fragile eco-systems. Yet this dam would see pink dolphins, turtles and fish all powerless to stop bulldozers destroying their Amazonian habitat. Undiscovered species could stay undiscovered forever. Read more >

    The Munduruku, Indigenous People who’ve lived in this area for thousands of years, have asked us to stand with them to protect this beautiful, biodiverse home of theirs. The Munduruku people share similar values to Greenpeace supporters - they're warriors who believe in protecting our planet. Munduruku Chief Saw says "The fact is that th...

  • Shocking new research reveals at least 185 environmental activists were murdered fighting for the planet last year. 

    It was the deadliest year on record - yet you won’t see this story in the newspapers, nor the all culprits punished. 

    Berta Caceres is one murdered activist whose name is gradually beginning to be heard across the globe, as people call for justice in both the Global South and on the streets of European cities. Just last week a protest was held outside the Honduran Embassy in London calling for justice.

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    Honduran activist Berta had just a short 45 years to make an impact, but the mark she left on the world was huge. She set up an organisation for indigenous rights, took on powerful loggers and plantation owners and spent 10 years fighting a destructive dam. Desp...

  • Infographic: Why We Should Save Sharks, Not Fear Them

    Blogpost by Tina Solin - July 1, 2016 at 14:14

    Because there’s no #SharkWeek without sharks.

    Here at Greenpeace, we’ll take any excuse to talk about how amazing sharks are. And we particularly love any opportunity to talk about how violent and threatening sharks are not — despite what Hollywood might lead you to believe.

    Discovery Channel’s #SharkWeek is one of these opportunities. So this Shark Week, let’s set the record straight — we have way more reason to protect sharks than reason to fear them.

    Take action to #SaveSharks this Shark Week! Share this infographic with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.

    Infographic: Why We Should Save Sharks, Not Fear Them

    Unsustainable and exploitative fishing — particularly industrial tuna fishing — is responsiblefor the death of thousands of sharks each year. Not only are sharks pulled in as bycatch by tuna longliners, they’re also th... Read more >

  • So how did they get that grand piano to the Arctic?

    Blogpost by Mike Fincken - June 30, 2016 at 9:00

    Composer and Pianist Ludovico Einaudi Performs in the Arctic Ocean. 16 Jun, 2016 © Pedro Armestre / Greenpeace

    The Steinway baby grand piano was slung and swung on board in Germany, it was lashed down in the hold and we headed north. We took in a storm off the coast of Norway where green seas were shipped over the pitching bow and portholes resembled washing machines. As the degrees of latitude rose, those of temperature dropped. When we crossed the Arctic Circle and all the time we traveled I wondered what sound would finally come out of that adventurous piano.

    Ludovico joined in Longyearbyen. We took him out onto the fjords in search of ice. It wasn't difficult to find. 28 miles from Longyearbyen is Wahlenbergbreen – a surging glacier. I approached slowly, bringing the Arctic Sunrise into Yoldiabukta Bay, looking for leads through the ice and weaving my way between aquamarine icebergs and ber... Read more >

  • 8 Photos Take You Inside the Movement to Save the Amazon

    Blogpost by Rolf Skar - June 30, 2016 at 7:19

    The Munduruku indigenous community is trying to save its land — and with it the heart of the Amazon Basin — from a destructive mega-dam. I was lucky enough to spend a week with them fighting against deforestation and Amazon destruction.

    Munduruku in Tapajós River in the Amazon RainforestMunduruku no Rio Tapajós 

    The river near Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land, home to the Munduruku people. The Brazilian government plans to build 43 dams in the Tapajós river basin. The largest planned dam, São Luiz do Tapajós, would impact the life of indigenous peoples and riverside communities, but communities like the Munduruku are resisting. © Valdemir Cunha / Greenpeace

    The daily rhythm of life in the Munduruku village of Sawré Muybu — on the Tapajós River in the Brazilian Amazon — can lull me into a false sense of calm.

    Children play, chasing each other around wooden homes and... Read more >

  • Too many holes in dam scheme

    Blogpost by Gen Toop - June 24, 2016 at 11:02

    Dodgy Ruataniwha Dam will destroy rivers and indebt farmers

    The Ruataniwha dam is one of the largest irrigation schemes planned in New Zealand.  If it goes ahead it will create more industrial dairy farms and pollute the rivers in the Hawkes Bay.  And despite overwhelming evidence that industrial dairying is not only destroying rivers but also indebting farmers, Federated Farmers continues to throw their support behind it.

    In a recent opinion piece Hawkes Bay president Will Foley sung the praises of the Ruataniwha dam.  But he also reminded us all that “there are plenty of reasons not to take part in the scheme.”  We certainly agree on that point!

    Here are three good reasons why you’d want to run as far from this dodgy dam as possible.

    1. Debt

    Big Irrigation goes hand­-in­-hand with ind... Read more >

  • At 8 million strong, the Arctic story is just beginning

    Blogpost by Trillia Fidei-Bagwell - June 23, 2016 at 9:19

    The movement to save the Arctic has become a great story. It crystallises some of the big challenges of our time into something simple and compelling, a way for millions of people to make sense of the world and work together to improve it. For three years people across the world have joined together to seek a protected sanctuary around the north pole, and an end to destructive industry across the Arctic.

    Volunteers create a human 'I Love Arctic' banner in Buenos Aires. 20 Apr, 2013,  © Martin Katz / GreenpeaceVolunteers and activists take part in an “I love Arctic” event in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    We’ve come a long way towards that vision. Today, over eight million people have joined our movement. We have helped force one of the richest oil companies on earth - Shell - into almost total retreat. Thirty brave people risked their liberty in Russia and helped put the issue under a fierce globa... Read more >

  • The music of the voices for the Arctic

    Blogpost by Elvira Jiménez and Erlend Tellnes - June 20, 2016 at 18:41

    Greenpeace holds a historic performance with pianist Ludovico Einaudi on the Arctic Ocean

    When you see the Arctic with your own eyes the sheer beauty of it is overwhelming. You are overcome by many sensations and emotions. The cold, the silence, the cracking sound of the ice. The Arctic is pristine, with life popping out to welcome you when you least expect it. It is undoubtedly unique.

    Two weeks ago the Arctic Sunrise departed from the Netherlands carrying a very special load. With her, the voices of 8 million people all over the world who have joined the movement to save the Arctic and their many different reasons why it should be protected. Whether it be because of its biodiversity, because of its role in regulating the climate, because of the future of the new generations or simply because it is a natural treasure worth protecting from corporate greed.

    In Svalbard (Norwa... Read more >

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