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  • Join the rebellion and turn VW away from the dark side

    Blogpost by Andrew Davies - June 29, 2011 at 15:26

    It’s not every day you’re called to step up in defence of your planet – but today is one of those days. A few moments ago we launched a new global campaign to change Volkswagen by turning them away from the Dark Side, and we need your help.

    Despite the green image it likes to portray, VW is at the heart of a group of companies lobbying against new laws which we need to cut CO2 emissions, reduce our oil use and protect places like the Arctic from climate change.

    Only a rebellion can stop them – a mass of people from all across the globe –demanding that they change. We need you to be part of that rebellion.

    So sign the rebel manifesto to turn VW away from the Dark Side.

    On the streets across Europe our activists are busy showing Volkswagen for what it really is: a regressive comp... Read more >

  • Defending our Pacific with the new team in Korea

    Blogpost by Lagi Toribau - June 29, 2011 at 9:41

    It is without a doubt that our oceans are an integral part of human survival and crucial to how Mother Nature goes about her business on a day-to-day basis and maintains. After all, 80% of all the life on Earth lies beneath the surface of our seas.

    Since joining Greenpeace, I have always been fascinated and depressed with how little we truly know about the ocean and the life it supports and yet somehow, we are either too scared to embrace the importance of rescuing our oceans, or likely are we also too ignorant to think beyond the luxuries of all that our oceans give us today.

    As part of my journey as an ocean defender, I have been here in South Korea the last few days to help raise the awareness of the oceans crisis- and about the solutions- to the masses. I am now (wait for it.. wait ... Read more >

  • Thank you from Kumi

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 23, 2011 at 9:57

    Global Greenpeace head Kumi Naidoo and his fellow activist Ulvar Arnkvaern have now been released from custody and are renewing their call for Cairn Energy to release it's Arctic oil spill response plan.

    In this video Kumi talks about how important it is that we continue the fight to protect the Arctic and how thankful he is for the support of the activists arrested before him and the many thousands of people putting their name to the cause. Read more >

  • 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 >

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