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  • Oil is Fueling Greek Debt Banner in Rhodes. 26 Jul, 2015 © Konstantinos Stathias / Greenpeace

    Greece is facing a depression on a scale arguably comparable to the US Great Depression of the late 1920s. Huge unemployment rates and a dramatic drop in family incomes of over 40 percent have Greek citizens pondering what the impacts will be of the new bail-out agreement. Unending austerity and lack of hope are all it seems the future has to offer.

    But there is a way to start changing things for the better. With energy poverty emerging as one of the most dramatic symptoms of the recession – six out of every 10 households are struggling to pay their energy bills – it is high time that Greece seized upon its greatest and still largely unexploited asset: the Sun.

    The new 'Solarize Greece' campaign by Greenpeace Greece aims to bring together all those who dream of a brighter and more susta... Read more >

  • UPDATE 8:01am PDT: The Fennica attempted to leave for the Arctic but the activists stood firm and it has turned around and headed back to port. They remain after 30 hours.

    What's happening?
    Greenpeace activists have suspended themselves from St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon to block a Shell Oil vessel from leaving port for Alaskan waters. The climbers have enough supplies to last several days, and are prepared to stay in Shell's way as long as possible.

    Follow here for breaking updates from the bridge and don’t forget to say #ShellNo by telling President Obama to reject Arctic drilling.

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    What’s At Stake

    Why exactly have these activists chosen to put themselves in between Shell and the Arctic. Good question!

    Shell is almost ready to drill in the Arctic, but a ... Read more >

  • These Are the Videos the Tuna Industry Doesn’t Want You to See

    Blogpost by John Hocevar - July 29, 2015 at 9:25

    Today, we're releasing five new video testimonials from Pacific tuna fishermen detailing the horrible conditions they've worked under. The interviews—conducted in a South Pacific port earlier this year—reveal incidents of abuse, inadequate or nonexistent pay, food and sleep deprivation, and even murder.

    As investigation after investigation after investigation continue to expose the poor state of the fishing industry, it's becoming more clear than ever that American consumers can't trust the seafood they feed their families. In the case of these particular fisherman, the horrific human rights abuses at sea are directly connected to the tuna industry, confirming that tuna companies have major work to do in order to clean up their supply chains and win back the trust of consumers. Read more >

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  • Why International Tiger Day is about more than just saving tigers

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - July 29, 2015 at 9:03

    International Tiger Day!

    International Tiger Day is a day to celebrate, raise awareness and protect the animals, and their natural habitat. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Here are ways you can help.

    The lion may be the king of the jungle, but it’s the tiger that holds mystique and charisma. From the Chinese zodiac, to Buddhism, and even Rocky Balboa (cue trumpets), the largest of the cat species has been a symbol of strength and power throughout history and across cultures.

    But unfortunately, the survival of these majestic beasts is in danger. Today, there are only 3,200 tigers living in the wild globally; and very recently it was announced that there are only 100 tigers left in Bangladesh’s largest mangrove forest. In Indonesia, there remain as few as 400 Sumatran tigers, while both Bali and Javan Tigers are... Read more >

  • 12 photos that got the world’s attention

    Blogpost by Greenpeace - July 24, 2015 at 17:03

    The Quaker concept of bearing witness is one of the guiding principles of Greenpeace. Nowhere is this more manifest than in the images we produce.

    One of the founders of Greenpeace, Bob Hunter, proposed the notion of ‘Mind Bombs’ –  when an image is so powerful it is like a bomb going off in your head.

    Today, in a world saturated by images, a photograph still has the power to move one to action. We take a look back through the lens at some of the Greenpeace images that have helped to change the world for the better.

    Crew of the Greenpeace - Voyage Documentation (Vancouver to Amchitka: 1971)

    In 1971, the environment movement became a modern cultural phenomenon with the formation of Greenpeace. Since then, the world has seen the environment become one of the planet’s major concerns – never more so than today when we face catastrophic climate change.

    This is a p... Read more >

  • The Esperanza is on #misionvaquita

    Blogpost by Maïa Booker - July 24, 2015 at 16:29

    Esperanza during Tour in Pacific Ocean. 11 Mar, 2015 © Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace

    The Esperanza is in the Gulf of California right now, patrolling the waters to document the continued and illegal presence of gill-nets. These fishing nets are mostly responsible for the rapidly declining numbers of vaquitas – the most endangered porpoise in the world. There are only aboutonly 97 vaquitas left, down from around 200 in 2012.

    A vaquita in the Gulf of California. 19 October, 2008. NOAA/Wikimedia Commons.
    A vaquita in the Gulf of California. 19 October, 2008. NOAA/Wikimedia Commons.

    The vaquitas get caught up in these nets that are set to trap another endangered species called the totoaba. The totoaba's bladder is seen as a delicacy in China, and extremely attractive to smugglers. It can be sold for up to HKD 5 million (USD 645,000), according to a source in aGreenpeace East Asia investigation from May 2015.

    Despite the two-year moratorium on destruc... Read more >

  • The Dairy - Winter Is Coming...

    Blogpost by Simon Boxer - July 24, 2015 at 12:04

    With extreme weather events leading to widespread flooding and with crashing global dairy commodity prices, farmers are describing this as a terrible winter. 

    However Greenpeace has been consistently making the point that what we are experiencing in farming today is the new normal thanks to short-sighted and unsustainable climate change policies by the Government and Fonterra.

    Way back in June 2009 we attended the National Fieldays to show that sustainable ‘low-input’ dairy farming was possible - but not if Fonterra’s mind-set of industrial and commodities dairying continued.

    At Fieldays a Greenpeace ‘newspaper’ called “The Better Times” was handed out for farmers to read. Looking back at The Better Times’ content it feels spookily prophetic.

    So yet again, in order to remind everyone th...

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  • There’s slavery in the seafood industry. Here’s what we can do about it.

    Blogpost by David Pinsky - July 22, 2015 at 13:25

    Rusting Fishing Vessel - Defending Our Oceans Tour. 4  Apr, 2006 © Greenpeace / Pierre Gleizes Read more >

    There’s no easy way to say this: The seafood at your local supermarket may be connected to slavery. It’s heartbreaking.

    Fishing operators in over 50 countries around the world are crewing ships through human trafficking networks – using “debt bondage, violence, intimidation and murder to keep crews in line and maintain cheap seafood on supermarket shelves,” according to one of many recent reports exposing this exploitation.

    An Associated Press investigation in Indonesia earlier this year uncovered evidence of astounding abuse, including crew being whipped with poisonous stingray tails and being kept in locked cages to prevent escape. In Thailand, survivors of forced labor told the Guardian of “horrific conditions, including 20-hour shifts, regular beatings, torture and execution-style k...

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