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  • Wangari Maathai - 'Mama Trees' passes away

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 27, 2011 at 11:01

    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 >

  • "I'm the eye of the tiger"

    Blogpost by Rusmadya Maharuddin, Greenpeace Indonesia - September 23, 2011 at 12:05

    Greenpeace tiger activists encounter a truck carrying logs from a natural forest on the first day of the "tiger tour", where they will travel through Sumatra to bear witness to the real condition of Indonesia's forests. Image: Ulet Ifansasti

    The Sumatran tiger is a graceful and prestigious animal. It’s the ‘King of the Jungle’, a symbol of the richness of the forest, and an inspiration in Indonesian culture. To survive in its forest home the tiger has to run fast and have sharp eyes. But now, the Sumatran tiger’s survival is threatened because that forest is being destroyed.

    There are only around 400 Sumatran tigers remaining the wild; one of these few remaining died in July when it became trapped in a hunting snare. We don’t know how many more are suffering or dying because of the defo... Read more >

  • Moving Planet: September 24th!

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 23, 2011 at 10:36

    Emergency mobilisation tomorrow - Saturday, September 24th, people. Get your skates on. Its big it's urgent, it's global.

    At more than 2000 events in 175 countries, folks who are fed up with our politicians ignoring the big red flashing "Check Engine" light on the planet's dashboard are getting out of the car and walking, biking, skating, pogo-sticking to events where we'll be declaring, loud and clear, that it's time to move this planet beyond fossil fuels.

    This Saturday 24th September, is partnering with dozens of organisations around the world, including Greenpeace, for a global day of action, Moving Planet. We're not literally moving to a new planet, but we are rallying to move the planet beyond fossil fuels.

    We're doing that with people power - on bikes, skateboards or... Read more >

  • Frozen in time

    Blogpost by Frida Bengtsson - September 23, 2011 at 9:32

    I will never forget Pyramiden, an abandoned Russian mining town on Svalbard that I visited last year. Walking over green grass unheard of in the Arctic and passing by building complexes that could be the homes of hundreds of people. The feeling that those who lived there had just gone out on a day-trip and would be coming back soon.

    The citizens of Pyramiden won’t be coming back, they haven’t been on a day-trip and no children will be playing in the playground. Miners are no longer walking back from their shifts and no more ships load coal. The last coal miners and their families left Pyramiden in 1998 and it seems they left in a rush without bringing their belongings, as though they were threatened by a disaster and had very little time to pack. The town was a Soviet dream, f... Read more >

  • How to move a stuck planet?

    Blogpost by Aaron Packard - September 21, 2011 at 12:37

    Thousands of people around New Zealand will be rallying for solutions to climate change on September 24th, as part of the global day of action, Moving Planet. Come on your bike, skateboard or on foot to embrace a future beyond fossil fuels writes Aaron Packard, Oceania Region Coordinator.

    A couple of weeks ago, during the Pacific Island Leaders Forum, I was invited by Oxfam to a small meeting of Pacific-focused NGOs with the European Union Climate Ambassador, Connie Hedegaard. After some quick introductions, she cut straight to the chase - "I am extremely concerned about Durban [the next Conference of Parties in December], that really big emitters seem to have agreed on one thing only - and that is not to make progress".

    In other words, the global negotiations are as stuck as th... Read more >

  • The World’s Biggest Carbon Bomb

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - September 21, 2011 at 12:33

    Deep Green is Rex Weyler's monthly column, reflecting on the roots of activism, environmentalism, and Greenpeace's past, present, and future. The opinions here are his own.

    And the fuses that threaten to set it off

    Rex WeylerThree long fuses lead back to the world’s biggest carbon bomb: The Canadian Tar Sands. The fuses are pipelines – existing and proposed – that run from the black sludge lakes and devastated landscape of northern Alberta, Canada to marine ports where oil producers hope to ship tar sands crude oil to world energy markets.

    Releasing the ancient tar sands carbon into Earth’s atmosphere threatens every man, woman, and child on Earth as well as every other creature. NASA climatologist Dr. James Hansen has warned that if the tar sands is fully exploited, “it is game-over for E... Read more >

  • Detox is SEO Hot Right Now!

    Blogpost by EoinD - September 21, 2011 at 12:15

    Will you help us grab a top position in Google for "Detox"? If everyone with a blog reading this would link to our Detox campaign page - using the link word Detox (just like that) - we could rise to a top spot in web search results within a few weeks.

    Detox mannequins have been strutting their stuff from Berlin to Beijing, calling out the clothing companies with their steely stares. (Photo: (c) Gordon Welters / Greenpeace)

    I'll explain...

    Almost ten years ago, rumours began to surface about American hip hop artist Dr. Dre creating an epic "Detox" album. As it has a few times in the past decade, buzz about the album is now reaching fever pitch. Just Google it and see for yourself.

    Less than three months into our Detox water pollution campaign, some of the world'... Read more >

  • Deni celebrate their forest homeland in the Brazilian Amazon

    Blogpost by Paulo Adario, Greenpeace Brazil - September 20, 2011 at 12:01

    Greenpeace volunteers helped the Deni, a people indigenous to the Brazilian Amazon, demarcate their homeland: 1,6 million acres of fantastic forest. Image: Greenpeace

    September 11, 2001 was not only a day of major tragedy in the US, which changed the world we are living in, it was also a day of hope for the Deni. The Deni are an indigenous group living in semi-isolation in a very remote part of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, whose land at that time was sold illegally to a logging company without their knowledge.

    After waiting for more than 10 years for the Brazilian government to recognize their traditional territory, the Deni asked for help from Greenpeace. That day at 10am in the morning, the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise was in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state. Reporters were ... Read more >

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