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  • APP is on the attack but still won’t abandon rainforest destruction

    Blogpost by Andy Tait, Greenpeace UK - November 8, 2011 at 12:17

    A few days ago we revealed that Asia Pulp and Paper, the world’s most notorious rainforest destroyer and owner of the NZ Cottonsoft toilet paper brand, has lost more customers. Lots of big clients have walked away because APP keeps on using Indonesian rainforest fibre in its products - including its the Cottonsoft toilet paper sold in NZ supermarkets .  And last week, APP’s ill-judged advertising campaign, ‘ APP cares’ was called ‘misleading’ by advertising standards officials in Holland.

    APP’s response? They wheeled out their creaking publicity machine in the guise of New York-based public relations outfit Cohn & Wolfe. Cohn & Wolfe spammed journalists around the world with an email saying Greenpeace made ‘false allegations against Asia Pulp and Paper’. Our campaign 'misleads' the toy ind... Read more >

  • Thank you Amsterdam! London here we come!

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - November 6, 2011 at 12:11

    Amsterdam gave the new Rainbow Warrior a great welcome and sent her off in style today as well. We showed off her environmentally friendly construction, her hyper-efficient sails, and her revolutionary A-frame mast design to 12,000 visitors -- with special tours for the donors and supporters who made her possible. 

     

    On the Java Eiland Greenpeace Netherlands created a week-long festival with bands, organic shopping, bicycle-powered internet, workshops, and presentations.

     

    We'll transit the North Sea today and tomorrow. Yesterday Bruce Sterling, science fiction author, futurist, and "design critic of things not yet invented," took a tour of the ship. He took a keen interest in, well, the chairs actually. And quite a few things none of the several thousand visitors ... Read more >

  • Standing up - in court - for the oceans

    Blogpost by YuFen Kao, Greenpeace East Asia - November 5, 2011 at 12:09

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    My name is YuFen Kao, and I believe that here in Taiwan, the future of our oceans deserves a public debate.

    As an oceans campaigner here, I am currently involved in a court case stemming from a peaceful protest conducted when the Rainbow Warrior was here in Taiwan earlier this year. In January, Greenpeace had informed the public and the authorities that a 3,431 ton flag of convenience refrigerated fish carrier ship was not yet registered to comply with the flag of convenience ordinance in Taiwan. The vessel, the MV Lung Yuin, was about 300 meter away from us onboard the Rainbow Warrior in port, and that would have been the perfect opportunity for the Taiwanese government to make good on its enforcement promises. As one of the world’s largest fishing powers, Taiwan holds a huge responsi... Read more >

  • Papa Greenpeace 6 Rainbow Warrior

    Blogpost by Wil van Egdom - November 4, 2011 at 12:03

    About 25 years ago I was active as a licensed radio amateur; a HAM. I found it an exciting hobby. As a HAM you could make contact with people all over the world using wireless radio. In those days this was one of the few ways for individuals to maintain international contacts. And while today the internet knits us all into a global network, hobbiest radio still exists.

     

     

    I kind of forgot about my old hobby but because of the visit of the Rainbow Warrior to Amsterdam it all came back when I realised we have HAM radio equipment aboard. Unfortunately, during our short stay in Amsterdam we did not possess the required HAM license. So I suggested to use my old license and request a special call sign for the Ship; PG6RW. In HAM speak this is Papa Golf six Radio Whiskey, but we prefe... Read more >

  • Stories from the Rainbow Warrior: Episode 4

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - November 3, 2011 at 11:51

    The Rainbow Warrior trials her sails in a Force 7 North Sea gale.

     

     

    If you're one of the 100,000 people who donated directly to the ship's creation, or who bought a bolt, a square meter of sail, or the entire wheelhouse from our online e-store, thank you so much. We're inviting you on board for a glimpse of life on the Warrior from behind the scenes, below the decks, and off the record with our web mini-series of video blogs, "Stories from the Rainbow Warrior" Follow the entire series, which will run through the end of this year, through the eyes of our newest activists, the New Hands on Deck.

    Please show her off to your friends, family and colleagues: every time you retweet, share, "like," or pass along Greenpeace content, you campaign with us for our planet's future.

     


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  • Protecting the wild south: Antarctica

    Blogpost by Richard Page - November 2, 2011 at 10:08

    Humpback whales and the Esperanza

    Oceans campaigner Richard Page is currently attending the annual meeting of CCAMLR Commission, where discussions are underway for a representative network of marine protected areas across the Southern Ocean by 2012.

    Although it’s spring here in Hobart, Tasmania, the sometimes-chilly weather reminds me that there is only 3,500km (2000 miles) of ocean between where I am and Antarctica. The city has strong connections with the icy continent at the bottom of our blue planet. James Clark Ross and Roald Amundsen are just two of the famous polar explorers whose expeditions stopped in Hobart on the way south.  Today, Tasmania is no less important to Antarctic research and is home to the Australian Antarctic Division and importantly, the secretariat for the Convention for the Conservation of Ma... Read more >

  • Asia Pulp and Paper's sinking reputation forces more companies to jump ship - including Hasbro

    Blogpost by Jamie Woolley, Greenpeace UK - November 1, 2011 at 11:19

    Logos of major companies who have recently cancelled contracts with APP

    There's further bad news for Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) as yet more companies around the world ditch their contracts with the unscrupulous forest-trashing company. Hot on the heels of Mattel and Lego, today Hasbro announced a new paper-buying policy.

    Hasbro's new policy says it will avoid controversial sources of paper fibre, and has explicitly requested that suppliers avoid dealing with APP. Hasbro has also committed to boost its use of FSC-certified and recycled paper in toy packaging.

    So the list of companies refusing to do business with APP is continually growing and also features many well-known brands. Here are some more recent additions:
    •    Tchibo, the world's fifth largest coffee roaster
    •    Montblanc, maker of luxury pens
    •    The Warehouse, the largest department store group in ... Read more >

  • Facebook's New Datacentre: a renewable-powered friend?

    Blogpost by Anna K - October 31, 2011 at 15:53

    Today the tech and business media are all a-twitter about Facebook, after news that company will start constructing its first datacentre outside the United States, close to the Arctic Circle, in Luleå, Sweden.

    By locating the datacentre in Luleå, it can use free cooling from the frigid local climate and be close to renewable hydropower in the region.

    If you 'like' Facebook's news, let them know at our Facebook: Unfriend Coal page. And invite your friends to join the campaign - it isn't over yet!

     

    This is big news for our Unfriend Coal Campaign: over the past 20 months 700,000 of us have campaigned online and around the world for a greener Facebook. One of the big reasons for putting pressure on Facebook was that the company chose to power its first two self-owned data center... Read more >

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