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  • Today Kumi Naidoo, the global head of Greenpeace, has been deported from Greenland after four days in jail for his part in a month of direct action on Cairn Energy's Arctic oil rig Leiv Eiriksson. 

    Kumi, like the other 20 activists arrested and deported in the past weeks, is banned from Greenland for one year - but this is far from over. As Kumi said, it is shaping up to be “one of the defining environmental battles of our age.”

    The Arctic is a global commons. It’s our duty as world citizens to come together to shield it from the ravages of oil exploitation and global warming, isolate it from the din of nationalist squabbling, and keep it safe for future generations.

    But, with the consent of Arctic nations, big oil seems poised to rush in. The need for oil is strong and the promise o... Read more >

  • Actions speak louder than words

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 21, 2011 at 10:32

    Today eleven activists appear in a Danish court facing serious charges for a  simple act of protest in Copenhagen a year and a half ago, while Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo remains in a Greenlandic jail for his stand against Arctic oil drilling.

    Bearing witness and non-violent direct action are among the founding principles of Greenpeace. For 40 years, from pole to pole, on every continent and every ocean, Greenpeace has been bringing about change through these core values.
    Direct action can be spectacular and have immediate results - but bearing witness, while usually less dramatic, can have even more remarkable results.

    The power of bearing witness comes from the story it tells and the empowerment it brings to those who see the story, and then feel compelled to ac... Read more >

  • A Father's day letter for Kumi in jail

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 20, 2011 at 10:50

    Kumi Naidoo - the international head of Greenpeace is currently in a Greenlandic jail following his stand against Cairn Energy's reckless oil drilling here in the Arctic. His daughter Naomi sent him this letter in jail for Father's day.

    Dear Dad,

    As my friends and flatmates go to visit their fathers on father's day, I am both proud and saddened to know that you are being held in custody in Greenland after standing up against the madness of Arctic oil drilling. Watching the videos of you braving the freezing water cannons to scale that massive Arctic oil rig, I can truthfully say that I will spend this father's day being proud to be your daughter.

    There are many reasons why I am glad you are my father. First, you made sure that as a child I became aware of issues of social, economic, gend... Read more >

  • UPDATE: 11:45AM – Kumi has been arrested and is being taken to Greenland in a helicopter.

    As he climbed the 30 metre ladder rig operators tried to stop him making it to the platform by dousing him with a freezing jet of water fired from a powerful water cannon.

    But, despite being soaked to the skin and freezing cold, Kumi made it to the top to deliver the 50,000 strong petition and demand that Cairn immediately halt drilling operations and leave the Arctic.

    In a final radio transmission to the Esperanza he said: Read more >

    “It looks like I’m being arrested now. They say I’m going to be taken to Greenland, but what happens after that I don’t know. I did this because Arctic oil drilling is one of the defining environmental battles of our age. I’m an African but I care deeply about what’s happe...
  • This week, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made public the full text of its renewables report, which details a revolutionary vision for reducing Greenhouse emissions by using renewables to replace fossil fuels, and phasing out nuclear power along the way.

    Before any ink even had a chance to dry, however, the report was already under attack from some desperate commentators who appear to have a strange, fundamental disbelief in the possibility of a clean energy future.

    According to the IPCC’s ‘Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation’ (SRREN), by harnessing just 2.5% of viable renewable energy sources,  with currently available technologies, its possible to provide up to 80% of the world’s energy demand by 2050. In order to achieve t... Read more >

  • Barbie & Mattel’s deforestation habit goes ‘viral’

    Blogpost by Laura K. - June 16, 2011 at 16:34

    Breaking up in public isn’t easy. But Ken and Barbie, who split last week over Barbie’s rainforest wrecking, have done so in a very, very public way. Ken’s video interview that broke the scandal has now been seen over one million times! And over 200,000 of you have written to Mattel asking that they stop packing their toys in rainforest destruction.

    But, despite this huge interest, it looks like the toy cupboard’s most famous on-off relationship will remain off for a little while longer – Barbie and Ken are still spending time apart, as Mattel hasn’t yet made a clear commitment to removing forest destruction completely from its supply chains.  

    Instead they turned off the comments on Barbie’s Facebook page. But that hasn’t stopped people speculating on when Barbie will finally get help for ... Read more >

  • Berlusconi's Italy is a strange place and amidst the madness today comes a little no nukes sanity. The people were asked and the people have spoken: Italy should have a nuclear power free future. This is great news and I cannot help singing the old Patty Smith's song: this is a great day and it's time to celebrate.

    In the past weekend Italians' were called to cast their vote on four referendums, one of which was about the production of nuclear energy in Italy. The answer has come loud and clear: almost 57%  Italians went to vote and the vast majority of them, almost 95%, have chosen for a future free of nuclear energy.

    25 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and just three months since the earthquake and Tsunami wreaked havoc at the Fukushima nuclear complex, Italy, regardless the rec... Read more >

  • Polar bear to starboard

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 14, 2011 at 9:51

    We were trying to put two people ashore in Iqaluit - a small and isolated settlement on the East Coast of Canada. Why we were doing that is a story for another day but while we were there, something unforgettable happend.

    We  were drifting amongst the ice floes waiting for a break in the weather. The engines were silent and the fog was thickening around us when the cry went up - POLAR BEAR!

    As rare as they are, we’d actually seen one the previous day too. But it was in the distance,  between us and our navy escort, eating a seal. It may have been the same bear but this time came much closer.

    It was a few hundred meters away when we first spotted it coming steadily towards us through the maze of ice and water. It jumped the gaps where the ice floes weren’t touching in big splashing le...

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