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  • Brazilian forest code: the battle continues

    Blogpost by Tatiana Carvalho - February 7, 2012 at 14:36

    Greenpeace activists at the COP 17 in Durban, dressed as trees, call on President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff to “Save the Amazon, Stop the chainsaws.”

    At the end of 2011, before government officials closed up shop for the holidays, President Dilma demanded final approval on the new Forest Code in Brazil. This new proposal condemns the Brazilian forests and is a deal between government and agribusiness that was made in back rooms and secret meetings. But strong public pressure against the dangerous new code and a lack of consensus inside the Congress prevailed and the final vote was left to 2012.

    The Brazilian Congress returned to work yesterday, and the stage is set for the battle for the Amazon to resume.

    Please take action: Tell Dilma to stop the new Forest Code


    The new Code is on the agenda of the Chamber of Deputies to be voted on March 6th, but it could be delayed again, because some deputies are not happy ... Read more >

  • Kumi Naidoo Image courtesy of the Occupy Davos camp

    At the World Economics Forum in Davos last week, no one was denying that we face serious economic, social and environmental crises. When even the Financial Times runs a series of articles on "Capitalism in crisis", it´s obvious that it’s not just the "Occupy WEF" protesters, who I joined in their igloos outside the meeting, that are asking fundamental questions about how we do business.

    What Davos failed to do, however, is provide adequate answers. The talk was mainly about symptoms, not the core of the problem. No question, issues such as the size of the Euro firewall or bankers’ bonuses are important. But if we are to deliver an economy that brings prosperity for all - without destroying the planet, we need to achieve a much more fundamental change than putting together few hu... Read more >

  • VW: 500,000 Jedi can't be wrong

    Blogpost by jamie - February 3, 2012 at 8:49

    Our VW campaign has passed a significant milestone, as the Jedi ranks swell to over 500,000. That's an incredible half a million people demanding that Volkswagen gets behind the sort of climate laws we need to save our planet.

    So thank you for signing up, recruiting your friends and keeping up the pressure on VW - it's been absolutely amazing.


    It seems an appropriate time to take a quick look back over the last six months and pulling together the timeline above, I realised how much we've acheived. VW is the largest car company in the world, as well as one of the largest companies full stop, so this campaign was never going to be a short one. But we know the pressure you've been piling on is having an effect within VW and in the rest of the car industry.

    We still wan... Read more >

  • China says 'no' to genetically engineered rice

    Blogpost by nyoung - February 2, 2012 at 9:13

    It took seven years, teams of young campaigners and hordes of devoted supporters, but September 2011 the Chinese government finally said it was suspending the commercialisation of genetically-engineered (GE) rice.

    See the full story in Greenpeace East Asia's online magazine.

    The origins of rice cultivation can be traced to the valleys of China's Yangtze River, with some estimates putting it at over 7,000 years ago. In that time, rice has become an integral part of Chinese life and culture. It dictates the lives of millions of farmers in the Chinese countryside, feeds over a billion Chinese citizens each year and is synonymous with Chinese cuisine and culture. And Yunnan, in southwestern China is where much of this rice originates from.

    Back in 2004, the GE rice campaign was one ... Read more >

  • The big picture behind ‘Big Miracle’

    Blogpost by Martin Lloyd - January 30, 2012 at 23:13

    We Saved the Whales:  Big Miracle

    “This is Campbell Plowden, Whale Campaign Coordinator for Greenpeace.  I’d like to let you know that the Soviet Union is going to send two icebreakers to help clear a path for the whales trapped in Alaska.”  

     24 years ago Greenpeace found itself caught up in the midst of a Cold War drama, as the American and Soviet governments came together to rescue three gray whales trapped in the sea ice off the Alaskan coast. The amazing story has been transformed into the feature film ‘Big Miracle’ by Universal Studios, starring Drew Barrymore as a Greenpeace activist.

    To get the inside story on what really happened we got in touch with Campbell Plowden, who, in 1988 was head of the Greenpeace USA Whales Campaign. In a fascinating extended account, Campbell, now working to protect the Ama... Read more >

  • Kumi Naidoo on the Rainbow Warrior

    If I bump into Professor Klaus Schwab, who started and still runs the World Economic Forum here in Davos, I will challenge him on the purpose of the event. Schwab has described the WEF as “a platform for collaborative thinking and searching for solutions, not for making decisions”.

    The Davos meeting may not be a bastion of democratic or transparent democracy and participation, but it is a place where solutions should be discussed and plans made to tackle the cacophony of crises that our planet in faces. But important decisions can also be taken here, decisions by corporations, politicians or CEOs.

    The time has come for this gathering of powerful people to address the escalating public frustration over growing inequity both between and within countries. It is time they explained ... Read more >

  • Is European tinned-tuna giant Bolton the latest company to change its tuna?

    Blogpost by Oliver Knowles - January 27, 2012 at 9:13

    Oliver Knowles onboard the Rainbow Warrior

    European tinned-tuna giant Bolton has started 2012 with a press release full of highly ambiguous language about its environmental commitments. The release appears designed to both get Greenpeace off the company’s back and to convince customers that it is working to achieve maximum s

    ustainability in it

    s tuna supply chain. In the press release, Bolton claim to be aiming for ‘100% sustainable tuna by 2017’. But what does this mean?  On closer inspection, it seems that Bolton is failing to make a clear commitment to adopt responsible fishing methods, such as pole and line and fishing without the use of destructive Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs).

    Our question to Bolton is – are you committing to source only from pole and line or FAD-free fishing in line with your previous commitm... Read more >

  • Historic Human Overshoot

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - January 26, 2012 at 13:39

    In nature, any successful species can overshoot a habitat, consuming resources faster than Earth’s ecosystems can replenish them. On Earth today, indicators such as species extinctions, soil loss, and global warming – tell us that humans have reached this state of overshoot on a global scale. In seeking solutions, we may benefit from some historical perspective. 

    University of British Columbia professor Dr. William Rees and his colleague Mathis Wackernagel originated the “ecological footprint” analysis, now universally used to measure personal, family, or regional ecological impact. Rees estimates that humans now use about fifty percent more resources in a year than Earth can replenish. In 2010, Rees wrote “The Human Nature of Unsustainability” for the Post Carbon Reader, expl... Read more >

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