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  • Cottonsoft's 'green' labeling called into question

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - October 21, 2011 at 13:24

    With an abundance of ‘green’ labelled paper and furniture products available, we consumers have more power than ever to support a growing market for wood and paper products that do not come at the cost of biodiversity, the regulation of our climate, or the livelihoods of forest communities.

    But, with so many green labels on the market, with numerous claims about the well managed forests that our products come from, we need to ask ourselves what lies behind these claims.

    Back in August, you may recall that we exposed Cottonsoft – one of New Zealand’s best known toilet paper brands who are now owned by notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper – for it’s links to deforestation in Indonesia. Forensic testing by one of the world’s leading labs in the US confirmed that rainforest ti... Read more >

  • Send your message of solidarity to Japanese women staging anti-nuclear sit-in in Tokyo

    Blogpost by Laura Kenyon, Greenpeace International - October 21, 2011 at 13:18

    Everyday, the people of Japan continue to live with the consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The aftermath has brought many scary realities to day-to-day life: the nuclear contamination of food supplies, the existence of radiation hotspots in public areas, children returning to schools where dangerous radiation levels have been detected.

    In response, women from the Fukushima area are organizing a three-day sit-in, beginning on October 27th, in front of the Ministry of Economy in Tokyo,where they will protest against nuclear power and the threat to life it represents, not only to Japan, but to the whole planet. They are asking for your support, and you can send a message directly to the women via this e-mail address:

    Here is the message of suppo... Read more >

  • Rainbow Warrior sets sail with a hold full of stories

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - October 20, 2011 at 16:01

    The new Rainbow Warrior

    We've set sail. The world's first crowd-funded, hyper-efficient, purpose-built environmental activist sailing ship has left harbour in Bremen and we're on our way to Hamburg.

    To all of you who made this voyage possible, you have the thanks of some very happy and inspired crewmembers who are quite literally learning the ropes as we begin the maiden voyage. We'll be putting the ship through its paces, sea trialling the sail rig as we make a thank-you tour to show off the ship that 100,000+ donors bought piece by piece. Ports of call include Hamburg, Amsterdam, London, Stockholm, Marseilles, Genoa, Barcelona, then across the Atlantic to the Amazon and the Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero, before heading to New York.

    We'd like you to come along and find your own way around this historic ship, me... Read more >

  • John Sauven, Executive Director Greenpeace UK

    Blogpost by John Sauven, Executive Director Greenpeace UK - October 20, 2011 at 12:32

    I’ve been working with Greenpeace for more than 20 years and until now I had never been deported from any country. Until last week, that is, when I tried to enter Indonesia to spend time with our staff in Jakarta in support of their work against deforestation. During my visit I was due to meet with a number of government officials, the UK ambassador, and one of the country’s largest palm oil producers. I was also planning to bear witness to the deforestation caused by Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) in Sumatra for myself. I had the correct visa, issued from the Indonesian embassy in London, but apparently that doesn’t count for much when you are part of an organization fighting against companies who have powerful connections in government. After getting off the plane in Jakarta I arrived at ... Read more >

  • Medical and Military Experts agree on climate action

    Blogpost by Anna K - October 20, 2011 at 12:24

    Medical and military experts agree that when it comes to climate change, just as in their own fields, “Prevention is the best solution”.

    Today in London, leading doctors, scientists and security experts met to discuss the ‘Health and Security Perspectives of Climate Change‘.


    You can follow tweets from the conference: #healthandsecurity
    Conference program and speakers:

    They urged governments to enact legislation to stop the building of new, unabated coal-fired power stations. (‘Unabated’ means no new coal-fired

    power stations unless they have Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) underground. And because we know that ‘clean coal’ doesn’t exist, this would actually mean no new coal.) Like Greenpeace, they advocate for a phase out of existing coal...

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  • Giving deforestation the boot at Italian shoe fair

    Blogpost by Jamie - Greenpeace UK - October 20, 2011 at 12:20

    Italian fashion: stylish and sophisticated, but unfortunately may be linked to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. As cattle ranching is responsible for about 80 per cent of deforestation in Brazil, it is likely that Brazilian shoe leather comes from areas of cleared rainforest. So a team of Greenpeace activists have set up an alternative photoshoot today outside a major industry event in Italy to remind the world's shoe and leather companies that we can't walk all over the Amazon.

    The catwalk and fashion shoot appeared at the Linea Pelle show in Bologna where attendees were greeted with the message "Salvati la pelle". In Italian, 'pelle' means life as well as leather, so it translates as either 'save your skin' or 'save your leather' – take your pick.

    Top Italian models glided ... Read more >

  • Voting now open in our VW film competition!

    Blogpost by Richardg - October 20, 2011 at 9:50

    Volkswagen claims to be an eco-friendly company, but in reality it's lobbying against the laws we need to stop climate change and make cars more efficient.

    Last month, we challenged film makers from around the world to help us expose the real VW. We gave people just two weeks to write, shoot and edit their films, but it didn't stop us getting some truly amazing - and hilarious - entries.

    Head over to the film competition website and vote for your favourites!

    Volkswagen spends more on advertising in the UK than any other car company, so we asked people to make a one minute 'subvert' - a fake advert which used VW's marketing against it.

    People chose to interpret that in loads of different ways. We had amazing versions of Volkswagen's latest animated advert, Think Blue: Symphony. ... Read more >

  • Elvis appears in Tauranga court today

    Blogpost by Nick Young - October 19, 2011 at 10:23

    As the shipwrecked Rena lies in the Bay of Plenty and its spilled oil washes ashore, Elvis Heremia Teddy is to appear in a Tauranga court today because he took a stand to protect his home coastline from oil spills.

    Ironically he’ll appear at the same time as the Captain of the Rena.

    In April as skipper of the small vessel San Pietro, and as part of the Stop Deep Sea Oil flotilla Elvis, along with his small crew and tribal leader Rikirangi Gage sailed the te Whanau a Apanui fishing vessel in front of the Petrobras deep sea oil survey vessel in the deep waters of the Raukumara. This is an area he and his family have fished for generations and rely on for their livelihood.

    The planned deep sea oil drilling, at depths of up to double that of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon well would put t... Read more >

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