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  • Ecological Farming - Farming for the Future

    Blogpost by Gen Toop - April 27, 2016 at 9:26

    Industrial dairying is failing. It’s failing people who want to swim in clean rivers, its failing our tourism industry, it’s failing our climate, and it’s failing farmers.

    The good news is that there are alternative ways to produce food that are not only better for our rivers, and the environment, but also good for farmers' bottom lines.

    We are not saying "stop farming"; rather we're advocating a win-win way forward. It's called ecological farming, sometimes known as smart farming.

    Ecological farming works with and not against natural ecosystems.  Protecting and using these natural systems to improve soil and water health, help control weeds, pests and diseases and create resilience through biodiversity.  

    This in turn leads to healthy livestock, healthy crops, and healthy bottom li... Read more >

  • How birdwatching helps stop Thai Union's ocean destruction

    Blogpost by François Chartier - April 27, 2016 at 7:45

    "I have a visual at two o'clock!" We rush to the 'monkey island', the highest platform of the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, where watchers scan the ocean from sunrise to sunset. The ship changes course and heads towards the small floating construction of bamboo, nets and buoys. It's day four of our expedition and our third catch.

    Greenpeace campaigner searches for FADs (Fish Aggregation Devices) on the ship's monkey nest. 17 Apr, 2016 © Will Rose / GreenpeaceA Greenpeace campaigner scans the horizon for fish aggregating devices from the monkey nest of Greenpeace ship Esperanza.

    The 'catch' we're after are marine snares called FADs – fish aggregating devices – used by the fishing industry. Fish congregate under floating objects and these simple, handmade rafts attract schools of tuna. But scores of other marine species, including sharks, are also drawn by the rafts and the small ecosystem growing beneath. These animals m...

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  • Chernobyl's children of hope

    Blogpost by Andrey Allakhverdov - April 26, 2016 at 10:22

    The word nadeshda means hope in Russian. The Nadesha rehabilitation centre was founded to give hope to children living in towns and villages contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster.

    Nadeshda Chernobyl Recreation and Rehabilitation Centre in Belarus. 2 Apr, 2016 © Igor Podgorny / Greenpeace

    Thousands of children across Belarus have been robbed of a healthy childhood. Their food and playgrounds are contaminated. Their health weakened by radiation.

    Nadeshda Chernobyl Recreation and Rehabilitation Centre in Belarus. 2 Apr, 2016 © Igor Podgorny / Greenpeace

    At Nadeshda I meet Elena Solovyeva, a teacher from the heavily contaminated Mogilev region, who has brought her class to the centre. She tells me that around 40% of her students have health problems: asthma, diabetes and cancer or weak immune, respiratory and digestive systems.

    Nadeshda Chernobyl Recreation and Rehabilitation Centre in Belarus. 2 Apr, 2016 © Igor Podgorny / Greenpeace

    "We explain to the kids where their problems come from. They get it. We breathe contaminated air, we eat contaminated food… You never get used to it, but it is almost impo... Read more >

  • When palm oil companies get banned, are they willing to change?

    Blogpost by Kiki Taufik - April 26, 2016 at 10:19

    As Indonesia's president announces a temporary ban on palm oil development, one of the world's biggest palm oil traders faces a customer revolt over its deforestation in Borneo… and it could lead to some big wins for forest protection.

    Remnant forest beside artificial drainage and recent plantation development in IOI's PT Bumi Sawit Sejahtera oil palm concessionRemnant forest beside artificial drainage and recent plantation development in IOI's PT Bumi Sawit Sejahtera oil palm concession.

    Earlier this month [PDF], the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) finally took action on palm oil company IOI, suspending its certification because it was destroying rainforests in Borneo. Now the destructive company can no longer claim its palm oil is "sustainable".

    IOI is huge: it supplies palm oil to over 300 companies, including the household brands whose products line our supermarket shelves. It's also hugely destru... Read more >

  • EU bows to US pressure to open door to new GMOs

    Blogpost by Franziska Achterberg - April 26, 2016 at 10:14

    People in Europe have massively rejected GMOs, and our governments have started to ban their cultivation, but agro­chemical companies have cooked up a new way to get GMOs onto the European market. They are claiming that GMOs which are produced through a range of new techniques ­aren’t in fact GMOs.

    Marking out undeclared GMO maize. 05/09/2007 © Greenpeace / Vincent Rok

    Don't let unlabelled or untested GMOs in through the back door.

    If the companies get their way, GM plants and animals could soon end up on our fields and on our dinner table without any safety testing or labelling - and without any way to ban them. And we wouldn’t even know! European law requires that GMOs undergo a detailed assessment of health and environmental risks, as well as labelling, to allow consumer choice.

    The European Commission said that it would publish a legal opinion to tel... Read more >

  • We will defeat climate change - through cooperation

    Blogpost by Jennifer Morgan and Bunny McDiarmid - April 26, 2016 at 10:10

    Today, on Earth Day, more than 165 countries sign a global agreement - Paris Climate Agreement - to protect our environment. This is a record turnout for an international agreement. It is an encouraging sign. After many years of foot-dragging, the world is finally coming together to confront climate change, the most urgent issue of our time.

    Earth seen from Space. Apollo 8 Mission, 1969. © NASA

    We are seeing agreement to take action to prevent a climate catastrophe only after many years of hard work. Above all, it is thanks to people all over the world standing up for action. Before the Paris climate summit an estimated 800,000 people marched for a safer climate.

    The countries most vulnerable to climate change stood together and demanded that global warming be limited to 1.5 degrees C compared to pre-industrial times. A threshold we must...

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  • 7 things you can do for the planet this Earth Day

    Blogpost by Dawn Bickett - April 22, 2016 at 13:17

    More than 45 years ago – on the very first Earth Day – tens of millions of people decided to do something about environmental destruction. They rallied against pollution, oil spills, pesticides and deforestation… issues that continue to resonate with us today.

    Their activism remains inspiring. But as Earth Day comes and goes each year, we can’t just celebrate the past. The day must be a rallying cry for action in this present moment! This Earth Day, challenge yourself, your friends and your community to step up and make a change.

    Want to get moving but don’t know where to start? Here are a just a few ways you can do something for the planet right now.


     Happy Earth Day!

    1. Take action for the climate.

    Last December, world leaders met at the Paris climate summit and created an agreement – which many w... Read more >

  • Fast fashion is “drowning” the world. We need a Fashion Revolution!

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - April 22, 2016 at 11:06

    “Nothing to wear?” Well here’s something to think about:

    Every piece of clothing we buy has had an impact on our planet before we even bring it home.

    That’s before you step out of the door, walk down the street, and spot that attractive item you see hanging in the window.

    Xintang, “denim capital of the world", Guangdong, ChinaA shop at “International Jeans Wholesale City” in Xintang, the “denim capital of the world" in Guangdong province, China. In Xintang, where the economy is centred around textile production, Greenpeace East Asia has found high levels of industrial pollution and has documented the effects on the community.

    First, there’s water consumption. 2 billion pairs of jeans are produced every year, and a typical pair takes 7,000 litres of water to produce. For a t-shirt, it takes 2,720 litres of water to make just one – that’s t... Read more >

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