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  • Remembering Hiroshima, in Fukushima

    Blogpost by Sakyo Noda - August 9, 2011 at 14:48

    Usually, there are not many things on my plate on August 6th, other than spending a really hot summer’s day remembering the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Wherever I am, it's natural to send condolences to the victims and pray for peace and a world without nuclear weapons.

    But on the morning of this August 6th, I rushed to a kindergarten in Fukushima City, where continuing, and much needed sampling work by a team of Greenpeace radiation specialists would be carried out.

    We had visited the same kindergarten in June and at that time, heavy machinery was removing topsoil to reduce the radiation level in the playground. Since then, both the school and the parents have been monitoring radiation levels not only in the playground, but also indoors and the surrounds of the school, ... Read more >

  • Greenpeace film competition: turning the cameras on VW

    Blogpost by James - Greenpeace UK - August 9, 2011 at 9:46

    Our international film competition launches on 17 September 2011

    Volkswagen says it wants to be the most eco-friendly car manufacturer in the world. But it’s spending millions trying to stop laws to make cars more efficient and cut climate change emissions.

    On September 17, Greenpeace is launching an international film competition. We need your help to expose the real VW – the one behind the billboards.

    Help us turn the cameras on Volkswagen.

    You’ll have two weeks from the launch date to make a one minute film on the competition brief. That brief is secret for now, but we promise you it’s going to make you want to fuse your creativity with your conscience.

    The best films will be screened at a special event at the Curzon Soho in London (and you’ll be invited along). They’ll be seen by thousands of people around the world and be a key part of our cl... Read more >

  • 5 things you didn’t know about Volkswagen

    Blogpost by Saraa - August 4, 2011 at 18:18

    Last week we showed you evidence of VW actively lobbying in the US against the laws we need to protect our planet.

    Here are some more facts about Volkswagen that the company doesn't put on its billboards.

    1. Only 6 per cent of Volkswagen's sales in 2010 were of its most efficient models

    VW is not the green company it wants you to think it is

    Shocking, but true. So next time you see one of their car ads, where they boast about their environmental credentials (you can’t miss them, the company spends more on advertising in the UK than any other car manufacturer), remember that despite their aim "to be the most eco-friendly car manufacturer in the world", they do not use their most efficient technology in most of their vehicles.

    Read more in our repor... Read more >

  • Create a revolution in your wardrobe - part one

    Blogpost by Louise - August 4, 2011 at 12:53

    Has our Detox campaign made you think about your clothes and their hidden consequences? You may already heart second hand, throwaway fashion makes you ill, and your mantra is quality not quantity. But how else can you align your sartorial and sustainable sides? Here's our first set of tips to help decrease your fashion's footprint.

    Workers at a denim washing factory in Xintang, search wastewater for stones, to create stonewash denim.

    Sign the petition to ask Nike and Adidas to Detox water pollution now >>

    Writer Lucy Siegle's latest book To Die For says that today people buy roughly four times the number of clothes they were in 1980. That’s an average expenditure of £626 pounds a year on clothes, adding up to 28 new kilograms ... Read more >

  • Design for Detox: Challenge Nike and Adidas by getting creative!

    Blogpost by Josh S - August 3, 2011 at 11:23

    Adidas spoof logo

    We’re giving you the chance to redesign the Nike and Adidas logos to better reflect their truly toxic practices, help them see the error of their ways and challenge them to become champions of a toxic-free future.

    A logo is one of the most important elements of a brand’s identity; they spend millions designing it, millions protecting it and millions plastering it anywhere they think it’ll be seen. They use it to indentify themselves to customers and strive to attach it to the values and qualities they want to be indentified with. 

    But, all too often, the values that logo attempts to embody are terribly contradicted by the actions of the company itself. Nike and Adidas portray themselves as healthy, clean, ethical team-players; but, our ‘Dirty Laundry’ report and Detox campaign have ex... Read more >

  • APP rehomes a tiger after cutting down its forest home

    Blogpost by Jamie - August 3, 2011 at 10:08

    Cleared forest in Sumatra, which was once tiger habitat

    Cleared forest in Sumatra, in what was once tiger habitat

    The news from Indonesia today that Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has moved a tiger from one part of South Sumatra province to another in order to protect it. This is supposed to prove that company has green stripes. But, as with anything emanating from the APP publicity machine, scratch beneath the surface and you'll find an altogether different tale.

    We know how much APP likes to paint itself as nature's friend, as in its recent adverts. So as part of attempts to give itself an air of responsibility, APP has sponsored the capture, relocation and release of a Sumatran tiger - remember, only about 400 of these magnificent creatures remain at large.

    The female tiger in question, named Putri (or Princess in Indonesia), has been removed... Read more >

  • How to lose a foot on fieldwork

    Blogpost by Zhong Yu - August 2, 2011 at 14:23

    Zhong Yu has worked for Greenpeace China for over seven years. She writes about the undercover research behind our latest report exposing the terrible impact that China’s growing textile industry is having on the country’s rivers. Read more >

    Every time I go out to do fieldwork, I lose a pair of shoes. Last year, investigating the July 2010 Dalian oil spill, I destroyed two pairs. This year, at a waste water discharge pipe on the Fenghua River, I destroyed a pair of shoes and one foot.

    What can I say. I know that every bit of personal protection is necessary for Greenpeace campaigners doing fieldwork, but sometimes it’s just too eye-catching. To avoid attracting attention, I pretend to be someone out for morning exercises. I put on my running shoes and join the old grandpas and grannies out ...

  • Why is the world's largest forest certification scheme still standing by APP?

    Blogpost by Andy - Greenpeace UK - August 1, 2011 at 10:19

    A dead Sumatran tiger, found trapped on an APP concession, is carried away by fo

    Earlier this week, we released some sad, shocking footage showing the slow and gruesome death of a Sumatran tiger that became trapped within an Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) concession in Sumatra's Riau province. The video footage also revealed that in the same APP area, recent forest clearance had taken place in an area identified as tiger habitat.

    This episode is not only tragic in conservation terms, it highlights the role of the world’s largest forestry certification body - the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) - in greenwashing APP’s reputation by certifying some of its very questionable products.

    Incredibly, APP products containing timber from the area where this tiger died could actually receive the PEFC stamp of approval and be sold around the world as s... Read more >

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