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  • The Video Sealord and the Global Tuna Industry Don’t Want You to See

    Blogpost by Phil Crawford - November 17, 2011 at 11:33

    Today we've released shocking  footage of ocean life dying in gruesome ways at the hands of industrial tuna fishers in the Pacific Ocean. When I first saw it I was outraged by the obscene waste of ocean life shown and I think most New Zealanders will be too.

    This is the same destructive fishing method used by the fishing fleets that supply Sealord, New Zealand's biggest canned tuna brand. The widespread use of fish aggregation devices (FADs) with purse seine nets is to blame for high levels of bycatch and even threatens the very future of the fishery itself by catching large numbers of baby tuna. Local tuna brands Pams and Greenseas know this and are phasing out tuna caught this way.

    The footage was shot by a New Zealand helicopter pilot turned whistleblower, who undertook aerial reconnai... Read more >

  • Radiohead's Thom Yorke: "This is no hippy tugboat"

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - November 17, 2011 at 10:45

    When we heard that Thom Yorke was going to be aboard the Rainbow Warrior from Amsterdam to London, you could spot the Radiohead fans: they were the ones who fell over onto the helideck like planks. OK, I exaggerate. One hit that stuttering staccato "Creep" power chord on air guitar. Another was literally jumping up and down. Another tweeted "Thom Yorke aboard. Must not embarrass self." Harmony, one of our New Hands on Deck, eloquently texted a world record number of repetitions of "OMG OMG OMG OMG."

    Rainbow Warrior under sail

    Of course, once in his presence, we were all, you know, cool. He was aboard as our guest, our way to say thank you for support he's given Greenpeace and for his contributions to efforts against climate change and his work on fair trade issues -- we tried to give him a great experi... Read more >

  • Drilling through the lies

    Blogpost by Simon Boxer - November 16, 2011 at 13:03

    Brazil’s first taste of a deepwater oil drilling blowout this week has demonstrated one thing above all else – just like you can’t trust the nuclear industry neither can you trust the word of big oil.

    Petrobras, the Brazilian oil company intending to drill for oil in up to 3100 metres of water off New Zealand’s East Cape, is the part-owner of the affected oil field northeast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the oil blowout has occurred.

    On the 8th November a deepwater drilling rig (SEDCO 706) being operated by US oil giant Chevron was drilling an appraisal oil well in 1,150 metres water depth. It appears that the drilling operation over pressurised the well and fractured the surrounding rock which opened up cracks in the sea floor that oil started to flow through into the Atlantic oce... Read more >

  • Alive and kicking in Indonesia

    Blogpost by Nur Hidayati - November 16, 2011 at 10:09

    Don't Nuke Asean

    Since our office was threatened with closure by the South Jakarta district authority last week, our staff pulled out all the stops to keep the office open. We have had great support from Indonesian civil society leaders who see this attack on Greenpeace as an attack on the rights of the wider movement. We have worked closely with other organisations like Indonesia’s Legal Aid Foundation and WALHI/FoE Indonesia to get clarity from the government about the situation.  We have also provided the government with the paperwork that proves our legal registration to operate in Indonesia. and our building use permit, approved by the local sub-district and our landlord.

    Read last week's blog about the threatened closure here...

    Our meetings with government officials over the past days ha... Read more >

  • Stories from the Rainbow Warrior: Jailhouse Rockstar

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - November 15, 2011 at 9:13

    He infiltrated the Greenpeace ship Esperanza masquerading as an assistant cook. Nobody knew, nor were they supposed to know, his true identity. 

    Spy? Provocateur? Nope. In this case, it was a rock star. 

    When Paul Simonon, former bassist for The Clash, told Frank Heweston, Action Team Coordinator for Greenpeace UK, that he wanted to join a Greenpeace ship's crew and make a stand against Arctic oil drilling, Frank told him that if he wanted the real experience, he couldn't join the ship as a rock star passenger.


    He'd need to become a member of the crew, and earn his acceptance. He'd need to take a lowly job -- assistant cook would do nicely, and not tell anyone who he was. He'd need to scrub toilets and swab decks. 

    The strategy was so effective that some of his fell... Read more >

  • Rainbow Warrior: the boat that rocks

    Blogpost by Tamara Stark - November 15, 2011 at 9:05

    It was an incredibly moving sight last night as we walked by Tower Bridge and saw the Rainbow Warrior III, at anchor on the Thames, come into view. Lights illuminated her majestic 50-metre tall masts, and a full moon shone down on the river as we headed into the Design Museum for a gathering of supporters and friends to mark the inaugural visit of the ship to the UK – and the 40th anniversary of the birth of Greenpeace.

    The atmosphere alone would have made it a very special occasion, but little did many people realise what was in store. Our friends from the band The Good, the Bad and the Queen had decided to perform a set of their music for the occasion, from an impromptu stage set up on the helideck of the Warrior.

    As the band struck up, everyone moved to the quaysi... Read more >

  • You can close our office, but you can’t stop us

    Blogpost by Nur Hidayati, Greenpeace Indonesia - November 14, 2011 at 8:35
    We have  been warned that we may have to move out of our office in Jakarta early next week. This is the office that has been leading our campaign to stop Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) destroying the rainforests of Indonesia.

    But, in this latest attempt to disrupt our work, we’ve been told  that we have breached some local building regulations. We’ve got the documents to prove otherwise, but it seems that these may count for little.

    Last year, when we started our campaign to end forest destruction by targeting parts of the palm oil industry, we experienced attacks on our work in Indonesia. We saw this as evidence that we have pushed the right buttons. And earlier this year, after we launched our global campaign against the world’s most notorious rainforest destroyer, APP, we again exper...
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  • Stories from the Rainbow Warrior: Episode 5

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - November 14, 2011 at 8:21

    Rien Achterberg has seen Greenpeace ships come and go for 38 years. He was aboard the first Rainbow Warrior when she was bombed in Auckland harbour by French agents trying to foil our campaign against nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific.

    Here's an interview he did for us aboard the Sirius, a now-retired ship that served Greenpeace for many years, and whose analogue controls and old diesel engines serve as a stark contrast to our sparkling new, all-digital, hyper-efficient, activist sailing ship, the Rainbow Warrior. 

    Pablo and Seychelle, London

    What remains constant between then and now? What's the line connecting Rien Achterberg and Pablo and Seychelle, the New Hands on Deck who are currently aboard the Rainbow Warrior? Rien got it right: Ideals. Spirit.

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