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  • 4 reasons we all should #StandForForests

    Blogpost by Greg Norman - March 21, 2014 at 14:53

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    We cannot sustain life without healthy, thriving forests. That is why Greenpeace campaigns for their protection and on this International Day of Forests, we want to share with you a few reasons why you should help.

    1. 300 million of us depend on forests in our day-to-day lives.

    Failure to protect forests threatens our homes and livelihoods.

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    2. Forests absorb nearly 30 % of our CO2 emissions.

    Not only do they absorb carbon, but they store just under 300 billion tonnes of carbon in their living parts. It’s estimated that deforestation is responsible for 12% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Destroying them will not see that figure reduced.

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    3. Forests are home to more than 50% of all plant and...

  • This month is the fourth anniversary of the start of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement or TPPA. To mark this occasion there are going to be protest rallies all over New Zealand on Saturday March 29th, calling for an end to the deal.

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (or TPPA) has been talked about in the media for several years now – there's a good chance you've already heard about it and you may already have joined a protest or signed petitions against it – but the details of the deal don't get any less shocking with time or familiarity.

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    Essentially, the TPPA is an international 'trade agreement' that could hand foreign corporations the power to overturn NZ laws if their profits are threatened. It’s bad news.

    Here's an example of what this could look like i... Read more >

  • The Nuclear Security Summit fails to address the big hazards

    Blogpost by Jorien de Lege - March 21, 2014 at 12:17

    World leaders are coming together at The Hague in the Netherlands next week for the Nuclear Security Summit to talk about what Barack Obama called "one of the greatest threat to international security": nuclear terrorism.

    That does sound eerie, doesn’t it? But when you think about it, what exactly is nuclear terrorism? Who are these nuclear terrorists? I’ve searched all over the Summit's official website, but found no answer.

    What I did find is a lot of vague statements about securing nuclear materials so "they will not fall into the hands of terrorists".

    Nations like the US and Russia have stockpiles of nuclear weapons that could end the existence of mankind many times over. But these countries are apparently not a threat. Instead, they get applauded for initiating a world summit on n... Read more >

  • Our global network of Greenpeace volunteers is feeling closer and closer as technology draws us in, giving us news ways to connect and communicate. Things move and change fast in this new world, and our potential is exhilarating. More and more, environmentalists are thinking deeply about how we can work together internationally to win big and solve these borderless, international problems which are affecting all of us. Many believe we are now at a crossroads. For those who choose - it’s an opportunity to join the movement in creating a community of global leaders who are working collectively, using regional expertise, to create visions and plans to solve the environmental crisis around the world. Community or “grassroots” campaigners have been popping up all over the world for years now, bu... Read more >

  • Breakthrough! Japanese retailer AEON champions sustainable seafood

    Blogpost by Oliver Knowles - March 19, 2014 at 11:47

    They said it couldn't be done. They said you couldn't change Japanese attitudes to eating seafood. They laughed when we said we planned to change the way some of Japan's biggest corporations, retailers, wholesalers and restaurants buy their seafood. Last week, we proved the doubters wrong.

    Following a committed campaign by Greenpeace in Japan, and because of growing consumer awareness and concern about seafood sustainability, last week Japan's biggest retailer, AEON, announced several important commitments as part of a new policy designed to massively improve the environmental performance of the business. First and foremost amongst those commitments is an agreement to eliminate the illegal trading, harvesting and fishing of seafood from its supply chains.

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  • Seeking justice for the Arctic 30

    Blogpost by Sergey Golubok and Kristin Casper - March 18, 2014 at 11:36

    Today, we launched a case at the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the Arctic 30, who spent two months in Russian jail for a peaceful protest to save the Arctic.

    The 30 individuals are requesting "just compensation" from the Russian Federation, and importantly, a statement from the independent Court saying that their apprehension in international waters by Russian agents and subsequent detention were unlawful.

    The European Court has the power to hold Russia to account for the months of uncertainty theArctic 30 faced in Russia. While held in detention centres they lived with the fear that they could spend years locked up for a crime they did not commit. The European Court has jurisdiction over matters involving alleged human rights violations committed by Russia. In many cases Ru... Read more >

  • Is there a future for Greenland without Arctic oil?

    Blogpost by Jon Burgwald - March 17, 2014 at 14:11