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  • Fukushima nuclear disaster: 5 years on and no end in sight

    Blogpost by Junichi Sato - March 11, 2016 at 8:38

    On the Rainbow Warrior

    Last month I joined the magnificent crew of the Rainbow Warrior, a team of experts, and Greenpeace colleagues from around the world. For two days we sailed along Fukushima’s beautiful, rugged coast working under rough conditions as the ship swayed along one-meter swells, and doing our best not to succumb to seasickness.

    For 14 years I’ve been with the environmental organisation and throughout my career have experienced the stereotypical life of a “Greenpeace-er” – I’ve been arrested for revealing rorts in the whale meat market, helped stop toxic plastics in infant toys, worked to stop ocean dumping of industrial waste, and of course have had many unique opportunities on the Rainbow Warrior. Now, as I prepare to leave my position as Executive Director of Greenpeace Japan, I realise that t...

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  • Today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama set a landmark precedent on the protection of Arctic waters.

    In addition to several strong measures aimed at reducing methane emissions and improving adaptation actions for northern communities to climate change, the leaders agreed to make consistency with international and domestic climate goals a key test for proposed commercial activities in Arctic waters, including offshore drilling projects.

    This is a great day for the Arctic! 7.6 MILLION people around the world are calling for permanent protection in this important region and today we took one major step closer. 

    If you haven't already you can join the movement here:

    Already defending the Arctic? Help the movement grow and celebrate by s...

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  • What’s in your Whiskas?

    Blogpost by Kate Simcock - March 9, 2016 at 10:38

    Is your cat eating bad tuna?

    It’s #NotJustTuna as we know it – as sandwich filling or sushi - it’s also what our pets are eating.

    Haunted by stories of human rights abuse, worker exploitation and destructive fishing, tuna giant Thai Union ships hundreds of thousands of cans of cat food to Mars each year containing tuna and other seafood.  

    Although more famous for peddling Mars bars, Mars is also the largest pet food company on the planet. It owns many of the pet food brands you’ll see in the supermarket or at your vet, including Whiskas, Iams and Dine. And they all use tuna and other seafood sourced from Thailand.

    Many of the tuna products are top shelf gourmet cat food, with names like ‘Tuna Fillets and Whole Prawns in a Seafood Sauce’ and ‘Tender Tuna’’, and they’re marketed with i... Read more >

  • International Women's Day: The stories I will tell my daughter

    Blogpost by Jen Maman - March 8, 2016 at 8:55

    As women we hear and tell many stories. We carry these stories with us – ones that happened to us, to our mothers, sisters, friends.

    My mother-in-law told me a story. She grew up in a small village in southeast Turkey. None of her older sisters went to school. When she completed primary school, she was expected to stay at home and help her mother, but she wanted to continue her education. Every day, she asked her father to register her. To distract her, he asked her instead to clear rocks from his fields. His plan didn’t work – she cleared every rock, and then kept asking. She went on to complete her education and become a teacher.

    My grandfather told me a story. He met my late grandmother working in a melon field. He was 17 years old – a new immigrant from Morocco. She was 16 – a new imm...

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  • Following big oil into the darkness

    Blogpost by Stefan Kerschbaumer - March 8, 2016 at 8:49

    Saturday 3/6/2016, 7:30 a.m. My alarm clock rings, it’s time to get up. The narrow corridors inside the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise are unusually empty. Almost the entire ship crew is up on deck working double time to get the ship ready to set sail.

    Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise leaves the harbour of Tromsø headed for the oil fields off the Norwegian coast.

    Before I get down to my daily work I have breakfast with the rest of the crew in the dining room. Even as a vegan there are plenty of choices; the ship’s cook is doing an amazing job. At 8 a.m. it’s time to grab a rag; after all we have alleyways, bathrooms and toilets to keep tidy. Everyone joins in, no matter what position he or she is in. Suddenly I feel a movement, it’s subtle, barely perceptible over the din of the engine, but our voyage has begun. We leave the harbour of Tromsø headed for the oil fields off the Norwegian coast.


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  • Climbing Fitz Roy in Patagonia without PFCs

    Blogpost by David Bacci - March 6, 2016 at 9:07

    After successfully climbing Cerro Torre, my next goal was to climb the route opened by the legendary Italian climbers Casimiro Ferrari and Vittorio Meles in 1976, called Pilar Este on the Eastern Face of Fitz Roy in Patagonia, on the border of Argentina and Chile.

    The route is 1,400 metres of extremely difficult and technical vertical granite. The exposure, the difficulty of the route and the extreme climate of Patagonia have repelled many attempts to repeat this route over the last 40 years. But my friend Matteo and I wanted to give it a try.

    @David Bacci/Greenpeace 

    So on the 16th of January we loaded our backpacks with food and gear and started the journey towards Paso Superior. The weather forecast looked grim for Monday night but it seemed like it would be fine for the rest of the week. After a six hour c... Read more >

  • We kicked out Shell, but there’s a new threat to the Arctic

    Blogpost by Mads Flarup Christensen - March 3, 2016 at 21:40
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    Together we kicked out Shell, 7 million people across the world stopped Shell’s expansion into the Arctic last year. Later in the year nations came together in Paris and signed a historical agreement for the climate. These events are clear signs that the world is entering into a new era, where fossil fuels are placed in a museum, making room for a sustainable future. we move away from the depletion of natural resources and environmental degradation, and move towards a sustainable use of natural resources and environmental protection.

    Global warming opens the Arctic to destructive fishing fleets

    The Arctic is warming at a rate of almost twice the global average and is one of the main drivers behind dramatic sea ice loss in ... Read more >

  • Palm oil: who’s still trashing forests?

    Blogpost by Annisa Rahmawati - March 3, 2016 at 18:53

    How ‘clean’ is the palm oil used by major brands around the world? Today, we’re releasing the results of our investigation into which companies are keeping promises to stop deforestation in Indonesia for palm oil. Take a look now to see who’s keeping up - and who’s lagging way behind.

    The biggest forest fires of the century tore through Indonesia just six months ago. They reduced millions of hectares of of vibrant, living tropical rainforest and peatland to smoking ash - and with it, some of the last habitat of Indonesian orangutans.

    Forest fires in West Kalimantan, September 2015.Forest fires in West Kalimantan, September 2015.

    A forest fire in Indonesia may seem like a far away issue, but for the past ten years, our investigations have exposed how the everyday products in our cupboards and on our bathroom shelves have direct links...

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