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  • Matauri Bay: There are certain stories that get under your skin

    Blogpost by Kate Paris - April 24, 2014 at 9:58

    There are certain stories that get under your skin, stories that no matter how many times you hear them somehow strike you in a way that you never forget, stories that become a very part of you. The story of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior is one of those stories.

    I was a two year old when the Warrior first began her transformation from a humble Scottish trawler into the iconic international champion that made her famous.  She was bought for £40 000 in 1977.  She was a twenty-two year old then.  I can't imagine what it would have been like working on her back in the day, taking on the sealers and whalers in the South Seas, campaigning against nuclear testing in the Pacific.  I read Susi's early accounts of life on the ship from the comfort of my bunk in the cabin I shared with a Swedish d... Read more >

  • Japan to defy UN court and continue whaling

    Blogpost by Junichi Sato - April 22, 2014 at 10:49

    There has been disappointing and worrying news today. The Government of Japan has announced that it intends to return to the Southern Ocean to hunt whales in 2015. It has also officially announced that it will again send its factory whaling ship to hunt whales in the North Pacific, although it plans to target fewer whales.

    The announcement confirms that although no sperm whales will be targeted, Minke, Bryde’s and endangered Sei whales will be targeted in the North Pacific in the coming weeks. This news comes just weeks after this year’s Antarctic whale hunt was cancelled, following a March ruling by the UN’s International Court of Justice that it was illegal.

    That ruling clearly confirmed that so-called ‘scientific research’ whaling in the Southern Ocean was being done for commercial... Read more >

  • There are no human rights on a dead planet

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - April 18, 2014 at 12:00

    Yesterday I spoke at the International Association of Democratic Lawyers congress in Brussels. In the audience there were over 500 hundred progressive lawyers from over 50 countries. Many of these lawyers focus on human rights issues. I called on the lawyers attending the congress to join me in campaigning for environmental protection and protecting environmental human rights defenders. Below is a summary of my remarks.

    Work is getting tougher and tougher for lawyers worldwide, especially those working on human rights issues, including the lawyers representing environmentalists.  We at Greenpeace can confirm this based on our work around the world and in our collaboration with big and small NGOs and individual activists fighting on the frontlines, and on the coalface, of environment de... Read more >

  • Divert excessive weapon spending to achieve clean energy future

    Blogpost by Jen Maman - April 15, 2014 at 16:23