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  • OSPAR victory: Arctic protection is one step closer

    Blogpost by Pilar Marcos - July 1, 2015 at 9:09

    The Arctic Ocean is currently the world's most vulnerable ocean. But the hope is this will soon change. At a meeting held in Ostend, Belgium, last week, the OSPAR Convention agreed to adopt specific measures to protect its Arctic region, including a commitment to secure a marine protected area (MPA) in 2016. This means an unprecedented agreement on Arctic protection, which could result in safeguarding the first piece of a future sanctuary in the High Arctic in just a few months' time.

    In 2016, the Arctic may finally receive well-deserved attention from OSPAR: a protected area equivalent in size to half of the surface of Spain (232,650 KM2). An area where no oil drilling or large industrial fishing will take place, and where the protection of threatened habitats and species will be the pr... Read more >

  • Dolphins swim alongside the Rainbow Warrior in the Cook Strait, New Zealand. 02/13/2013 © Nigel Marple / Greenpeace

    No reason to deny it – making it official makes things a tad more real! Today the United Nations General Assembly formally decided to develop a High Seas Biodiversity Agreement, endorsing the breakthrough outcome of the UN biodiversity working group meeting in January.

    Starting next year in March, countries will begin wrestling out the content of this new High Seas Treaty.  A lot of heavy debate and controversy is expected. There are countries that realize that bold measures are needed to save the oceans and others who will do what they can to stall and weaken the outcome.

    Greenpeace and millions of #OceanLovers across the world will be calling for the High Seas Biodiversity Agreement to establish the much needed global network of ocean sanctuaries on the high seas – 64% of the ocean th... Read more >

  • I'm Standing Between Shell and the Arctic. Join Me.

    Blogpost by Audrey Siegl - June 18, 2015 at 12:41

    Audrey Siegl 06/17/2015  © Greenpeace / Keri Coles

    Editor's Note: Today, First Nations artist and activist Audrey Siegl stood on a small boat bravely confronting Shell's 300-foot-tall Arctic drilling platform in Canadian waters off the coast of British Columbia on its way to the Alaskan Arctic. This is her message on why she took a stand against Shell, originally posted hereAudrey's protest comes less than a week after dozens of kayaktivists blocked Shell's Arctic-bound rig for hours as it left the United States.

    This morning, I faced off with Shell's Arctic Drilling Rig the "Polar Pioneer". It was terrifying. But there are moments in life when, despite your fear, you must act.

    I chose to stand face-to-face with this massive machine and use my voice to express my opposition to the devastating work Shell's rig is on its way to do.

    T... Read more >

  • Activists say ShellNo! as oil rig departs for Arctic

    Blogpost by Dawn Bickett - June 16, 2015 at 14:31

    Illustration of kayaktivists

    Today, Shell Oil’s drilling rig — the Polar Pioneer — left port to drill in the Arctic.

    Shell received government permission to drill in the Arctic this summer despite its history of failures and safety violations, the Obama Administration’s own study showing that there’s a 75 percent chance of a major Arctic spill within this century if we drill in the Chukchi Sea, and the devastating consequences Arctic drilling would have on our climate. It’s outrageous.

    But this bleak news is fueling something powerful. While governments refuse to rein in big oil companies, ordinary people are stepping up. And a movement is growing between communities and across borders.

    Here’s a snapshot of just the last 72 hours:


    Shell’s first oil rig left the Port of Seattle for the Arctic this morni...

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  • Today all of our supporters will get a letter from me that you can read below.

    After a decade doing probably the best job in New Zealand, I've decided to resign as executive director. I have loved being part of Greenpeace New Zealand over the last 10 years as executive director. But now is the time for someone else to take on this wonderful role.

    Here's my letter:

    I think I have the best job in New Zealand. Being the head of Greenpeace is challenging, fun, humbling, often exhausting and always interesting.

    But, now it's time for someone else to do it.

    As a supporter of Greenpeace New Zealand I wanted to tell you personally that I have decided to resign from my position as executive director of Greenpeace New Zealand Aotearoa.

    It was not an easy decision for me to make, but maybe fittin... Read more >

  • Local fishermen in Joal, express their concerns about the intensifying plunder of their marine resources by placing hand-prints on a large banner reading 'Your voice counts, make it heard now.' To urge politicians to listen to them, rather than favour foreign economic interests and take urgent action. Organised by Greenpeace, the 'My Voice, My Future' caravan documents small-scale fishing communities and the impact of foreign super-trawlers on local fish stocks. 01/16/2012 © Clément Tardif / Greenpeace

    Mamadou Sarr is a 54-year old Senegalese artisanal fisherman who has been working at sea for over 36 years. He entered the profession out of his love for fishing and the ocean, and has been supporting a family of eight with his daily catches.

    Greenpeace met him at Ouakam, a fishing village on the outskirts of Dakar, where he shared his story with our local activists. "If nothing is done to reverse the negative impacts of foreign vessels in Senegalese waters, I will lose my job", he said.

    Foreign vessels have been plundering the waters of West Africa for decades to stock the fish markets of Europe and Asia. Industrial fishing is depriving West African people of a vital source of protein and pushing thousands of locals into poverty and despair.

    To understand the scale of the problem, the... Read more >

  • This is the impact of our daily life on the planet

    Blogpost by Rashini Suriyaarachchi - June 7, 2015 at 16:05

    Every day, we all make choices that impact our local area, country, and the world at large. It can be hard to make the link between your favourite chocolate treat and deforestation in Indonesia – but when you zoom out a little, the impact of all our choices become clear.

    It doesn’t have to be like this. Join the Greenpeace movement today and take real action to work toward a green and peaceful future.

    Fire and smoke rise from a controlled burn of oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near BP's Deepwater Horizon spill source. The BP leased Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded April 20 and sank after burning, leaking record amounts of crude oil from the broken pipeline into the sea.

    Fire and smoke rise from a controlled burn of oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill source. The BP leased Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded April 20 and sank after burning, leaking record amounts of crude oil from the broken pipeline into the sea.

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    A network of tracks in a deforested area for oil palm plantations near Kwala Kwayan. Indonesia has one of the fastest rates of forest destruction on the planet, with the expansion of palm oil and pulp and paper plantations as the major drivers, pushing the orangutan to the brink of extinction and accelerating climate change.

    A network of tracks in a deforested area for oil palm plantations near Kwala Kwayan.

  • The Rainbow Warrior visits Vanuatu

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 4, 2015 at 8:19

    It’s been a big few weeks for the Rainbow Warrior in Vanuatu. Below are some beautiful images from where she is delivering supplies to the outer Islands effected by Cyclone Pam in March. A mixture of repairs, supply deliveries and village life captured by our photographer Steven Lyon.

    Children Depart the Rainbow Warrior in Vanuatu


    Hand Printing Shipping Containers in Vanuatu

    Campaigner Talking to Children in Vanuatu

    School Group Tours the Rainbow Warrior in Vanuatu

    Laone Village Locals Receive Supplies in Vanuatu

    Children from Point Cross Village in Vanuatu

    Rainbow Warrior Anchored off Ambrym Island

    Offloading Generator to Ambyrm Island

    Destroyed Building on Tanna Island


    Photo via our friends at ActionAid

    Local Population Greets the Rainbow Warrior in Vanuatu

    Unloading Supplies from Rainbow Warrior in Vanuatu

    Local Population Greets the Rainbow Warrior in Vanuatu

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