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  • 16 (Adorable) Reasons to Protect Canada’s Boreal Forest

    Blogpost by Ryan Schleeter - May 19, 2017 at 9:10

    Canada's boreal forest is home to stunning landscapes and a spectacular array of wildlife. But corporate logging giant Resolute Forest Products wants to intimidate and silence people like you fighting to protect forests.

    Rather than responding to our calls to reform its logging practices — as other companies operating in the boreal forest have — Resolute sued Greenpeace USA, Greenpeace Canada and Greenpeace International for doing exactly what we live to do: speaking up for the environment.

    Sign the petition to ask book publishers to stand up for free speech, and protect our forests.

    Whether it’s Indigenous communities who have called the forest home since time immemorial, the vast amounts of carbon stored in its soil, or the rare — and in some cases threatened — species within its bound... Read more >

  • What’s the Story Behind Our Disappearing Act? Resolute Forest Products

    Blogpost by Molly Dorozenski - May 17, 2017 at 12:37

    This might be the biggest crisis Greenpeace has ever faced. A massive Canadian logging company, Resolute Forest Products, is trying to silence Greenpeace with baseless, multi-million dollar lawsuits. So what if Greenpeace disappeared? 


    We’re taking the day to look back on some of the big accomplishments of the organization from the past half century -- and also to imagine what the world might look like if Greenpeace disappeared. For 24 hours, we are dedicating our social media to images a... Read more >

  • Dairy bosses plot their own demise

    Blogpost by Phil Vine - May 12, 2017 at 15:00

    You've got to feel sorry for the dairy leadership. Well you do. They're in mourning. Grief is the only way to explain the strange and conflicting messages coming out of DairyNZ and the Federated Farmers over the last six months. Could have been the demise of John Clarke or Murray Ball. More likely to be a sadness brought on by the slow death of public confidence in their industry.

     

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    Dairy is under the gun, even from farming's allies at the National Party


    Their nadir: What's coming to be known as the "water crisis of '17"  Perhaps they thought this pesky row would blow over and their PR machine could get back to writing press releases about milk solids and the Dairy Woman of the Year. But no.  Freshwater  has turned into a huge and potentially election-losing  issue. So dairy is under ...

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  • How NOT to make the fashion industry more sustainable

    Blogpost by Chiara Campione - May 11, 2017 at 19:46

    This week, representatives from all the major brands - from fast fashion retailers like H&M, Asos and Zara, through to luxury labels like Burberry and Swarowski - are gathering in Copenhagen to discuss sustainability in the global fashion industry.

    The fashion industry is one of the most lucrative and destructive industries on earth. It generates €1.5 trillion every year and produces over a billion clothes every year. With global garment production set to increase by 63% by 2030, this model is reaching its physical limit.

    This year's Copenhagen Fashion Summit is focusing  on “circularity” – an industry buzzword that promises relief to the problem of limited resources within one of the world’s most resource intensive industries. In 2015, the fashion industry consumed nearly 80 billion cubi...

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  • The beauty of West Africa’s ocean is overwhelming

    Blogpost by Pavel Klinckhamers - May 10, 2017 at 13:14

     

    Sailing across the nutrient rich waters of the West African Atlantic Ocean these past two months, I have been lucky enough to see an incredible array of wildlife. Whales, dolphins and pelicans, I have met them all in this trip. And I was just as thrilled to encounter smaller animals like flying fish and gannets, and to witness the magic of the seawater that lights up a brilliant blue at night as dinoflagellates – tiny plankton – emit light as the Greenpeace ship ploughs through the waves.

    I am aboard the Greenpeace Esperanza, on a mission to investigate the poor regulations and overfishing of the area by industrial fishing vessels. I have seen awful things. But I have also been overwhelmed by the beauty of these oceans.

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    The current mission has brought us to the region for two and ...

  • 6 ways corporate lawsuits kill free speech (and how to fight back!)

    Blogpost by Molly Dorozenski - May 9, 2017 at 14:47

    Free speech is a right. So how can a corporation possibly stop you from speaking out? Using a legal tactic called a SLAPP, corporations like the massive Canadian logging company, Resolute Forest Products, are attempting to crack down on free speech by suing their critics into submission.

    Activists hold signs outside the Democratic debate between presidential candidates Sec. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders in Miami, Florida. 9 Mar, 2016 /  © Greenpeace

    Resolute has filed two lawsuits — one in Canada against Greenpeace Canada for CAD$7 million, and a CAD$300 million suit in the United States against Greenpeace Fund, Greenpeace Inc, Greenpeace International, Stand.earth and several individuals. Resolute is relying on the fact that this tactic is obscure and confusing, so arm yourself with all the information you need to protect your right to free speech.

    1. The clue is in the name SLAPP

    SLAPP stands for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.”...

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  • Shopping doesn’t make us happy

    Blogpost by Frances Lo - May 8, 2017 at 14:15

    Do your clothes make you happy? Or, after the excitement of the shopping spree fades, does your new stuff tend to lose its in-store magic by the time it’s reached your wardrobe?  

    A new survey of international buying habits has found that we buy far more than we need and use. Two thirds of Hong Kong residents admit they own more than they need. The same is true for 60% of Chinese and over half of German and Italian respondents. But the mindless overconsumption of fashion has become our cultural norm.

    Shopaholics in Hong Kong - 23 Nov, 2015Shopping in Hong Kong, 23 Nov, 2015. Read more >

    Online shopping fuels this overconsumption. It’s easier than ever to buy new clothes by clicking through social media feeds whenever you see something you like. And it’s a time consuming habit: the average Chinese consumer spends at least two hours online...

  • Nuclear power and the collapse of society

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - May 5, 2017 at 16:42

    On March 1 1954, on Bikini Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, the US military detonated the world’s first lithium-deuteride hydrogen bomb, a thousand times more powerful than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. The radiation blew downwind, to the southeast, and irradiated the residents of Rongelap and Utirik atolls, and the crew of tuna boat Fukuryu Maru, “Lucky Dragon.”  

    The islanders and fishing crew suffered radiation sickness, hair loss, and peeling skin. Crew member, Aikichi Kuboyama, died six months later in a Hiroshima hospital. Island children, suffered lifelong health effects, including cancers, and most died prematurely. The Lucky Dragon sailors were exposed to 3-5 sieverts of radiation.

    One sievert will cause severe radiation sickness leading to cancer and death. Five sieverts will... Read more >

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