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  • Bearing witness to the threatened beauty of Indonesian rainforests

    Blogpost by Cakra Prathama, Greenpeace Indonesia - October 4, 2011 at 9:34

    "For ten days now we have been touring Sumatra to bear witness to the true state of Indonesia’s rainforests - and everywhere we go we see forest destruction. It’s distressing, but at the same time it drives us to keep fighting against deforestation, like that caused by the creation of industrial plantations for pulp and paper by companies like Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). My name is Cakra, I am one of the ‘tiger’s eye’ activists participating in the tour, and although it is tiring, our desire to protect Indonesian rainforests keeps us going.

    This week we travelled to Tesso Nilo National Park, one of the last remaining natural forests in Sumatra, but its existence is under threat. I’ve been imagining the beauty and biodiversity of our rainforests and hoping to see some of it at Tesso Nilo... Read more >

  • 2011 Green Game Changers

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - October 3, 2011 at 10:04

    The Huffington Post has been kind enough to include me in their list of game changers for 2011. It really is an honour to see myself in the company of such amazing and inspiring people – all of whom are doing fantastic work.

    While all of the nominees deserve to be recognised, there is one I would single out, and that is Tim DeChristopher.

    The creativity of Tim’s peaceful protest, the honourable nature of his actions and the courage of conviction he displayed in the face of grossly disproportionate punishment serve as an inspiration to the entire environmental movement.

    Tim and others like him around the world who are taking direct peaceful action to stand up for a better future are the ones making that future a reality. For that reason, my personal vote goes to Tim.

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  • No oil in the Arctic for Cairn, but hazardous chemicals aplenty

    Blogpost by Bex, Greenpeace UK - October 3, 2011 at 9:52

    Yesterday brought the news that yet another Cairn well off Greenland - the sixth so far - has come up dry. The Delta-1 well will be plugged and abandoned and Cairn now has to pin its hopes for this year's drilling season on two remaining wells.

    Cairn's share prices tumbled, again; the company is now worth 37 per cent less than it was six months ago. Not only is it losing value fast, Cairn is also spending millions - around US$600m - in its failing quest to find oil off Greenland.

    Unfortunately, money isn't the only thing Cairn is flushing away.

    The company has also pumped more than 225 tons of hazardous chemicals into the ocean around Greenland this year - that's more red-listed chemicals than the entire oil operations of Norway and Denmark combined.... Read more >

  • Brazil without poverty, is a Brazil with forests

    Blogpost by Daniel Brindis, Greenpeace USA - October 3, 2011 at 9:40

    Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff passes by activists holding a banner reading "Brazil without poverty, is Brazil with Forests". Image: Rodrigo Baleia

    On a sunny afternoon this week, I waited outside Manaus’ ornate 19th century opera house Teatro Amazonas, with a group of Brazilian Greenpeace activists who wanted to send President Dilma Rouseff a message. While we were outside, Dilma was inside, flanked with ministers and senators singing the praises of her new rural welfare initiative ‘Brasil sem miseria’ (Brazil without misery/poverty).

    Addressing rural poverty is a vital cause, yet the irony is that while President Dilma champions this new initiative to relieve poverty, proposed changes to Brazil’s forest code legislation are threatening the livelihoods of forest communities by legal... Read more >

  • Surfing the Detox wave

    Blogpost by Tamara Stark - September 30, 2011 at 9:20

    As you’ve heard, we’re now seeing a growing wave of clothing companies committing to eliminate toxic chemicals from their production processes. Four major clothing brands have recently come onboard and we’re certain that more companies – and perhaps other industries – will soon stop using hazardous chemicals that currently contaminate the world’s waterways and environment.

    Other communities are doing what they can to highlight the fact that our streams, rivers and oceans are at risk and are interconnected – and they’re urging more companies to commit to Detox our waters globally. A friend from the surfing community, noted filmmaker Allan Wilson has put together this short video for us that we’d like to share with you.

    Clean water – a universal right

    The reality is that much more needs ... Read more >

  • ‘Tigers’ expose Asia Pulp and Paper greenwash

    Blogpost by Bustar Maitar, Greenpeace Indonesia - September 28, 2011 at 12:45

    Latest news about Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) owners of New Zealand based Cottonsoft.

    Last week we launched the ‘eye of the tiger’ tour in Indonesia, during which five activists will journey around Sumatra bearing witness to the forest destruction caused by companies like Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). However, a few days ago we discovered we weren’t the only ones planning a tour around Sumatra.

    It turns out that APP had invited a number of international journalists to visit a flagship APP ‘conservation project’ so that they could see for themselves how Greenpeace and other NGOs have got it all wrong about APP’s environmental record. It’s quite amazing - APP seem convinced that if it just spends more money on slick PR and greenwashing its image, it will never have to answer for or change it... Read more >

  • From Chinese Young Pioneer to Greenpeace activist: the story of Tom Wang

    Blogpost by Tom Wang - September 27, 2011 at 10:29

    Tom Wang, Greenpeace campaigner

    My name is Tom Wang. Tom is my English name. I gave it to myself when I was learning English from my British teacher. She couldn't pronounce my Chinese name, Xiaojun. Xiaojun means "a soldier born at dawn". Most people in China can tell from my Chinese name that I was born in the early 1970s, because that was a time when being a soldier to protect our country was the most glorious job for any Chinese boy. Quite obviously, my parents wished that their boy would grow up and become a soldier and make them proud.

    So when I told my mother, in 2005, that I had quit my job as a journalist to work for Greenpeace, her first reaction was "what is Greenpeace?" and then "why?" Before that, I had always been her pride, although I didn't join the military and become a soldier. Instead, I became a co... Read more >

  • Wangari Maathai - 'Mama Trees' passes away

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 27, 2011 at 9:01

    Greenpeace is deeply saddened by news of Professor Wangari Muta Maathai's passing away. It is a sadness we are sharing with people right across the African continent, and the world.

    Professor Maathai was instrumental in the anti-deforestation movement, and a passionate fighter for human rights and social justice for the communities that depend on forest resources. She lived and worked in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Wangari Maathai was also a Nobel Peace Laureate, an environmentalist, and the founder of the Green Belt Movement; a woman who stood up and fought fearlessly for the better management of forests -- and the communities that depend on them -- at a time when no one else would.

    As a consequence of the work she did, Professor Maathai and other Greenband Movement staff and colleagu... Read more >

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