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  • Solar is changing lives in Brazil. Here’s how.

    Blogpost by Rebecca Field - February 9, 2016 at 15:45

    Around the world, solar power is transforming communities and changing lives. From India to Canada, this clean and abundant energy source is creating jobs, providing clean water and powering schools.

    In Brazil, the solar revolution is just beginning, but it is already making a difference for people across the country. Watch these snapshots of just some of the benefits solar is providing for Brazilians.

    Potable water

    Drinking water was scarce for this community in Rio Grande do Norte. But today, solar power helps supply clean, fresh water to over 200 people.

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    Brighter classrooms

    This school was the first to receive solar panels in Brazil. There is now hot water on tap, the classrooms are brighter and students are teaching their parents and communities about the importance of investin...

  • Refugee turtle

    Blogpost by Nikos Charalambides - February 9, 2016 at 15:42

    The news passed quietly, but not without significance. I heard that a wounded and weakened loggerhead sea turtle washed ashore on the rocky Farmakonisi Island in the Aegean Sea, where it lay for several days slowly losing its strength.

    Soon after, at the same isolated beach, a few hundred souls fleeing persecution and violence washed ashore after their boat capsized. Turtle and stranded refugees met each other there, exhausted from their long journeys.

    The refugees had suffered their own losses, while the turtle was weakened and suffering hypothermia from the wintry waters. When another boat arrived to carry the people to safety on the island of Leros, media reports say the turtle went with them.

    At Leros their paths separated.

    The sea turtle pictured at the Archelon Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Athens on Sunday, January 31. Credit: Alex Vamvakoulas / GreenpeaceThe sea turtle pictured at the Archelon Sea Turtle Rescue... Read more >

  • New Zealand, not John Keyland

    Blogpost by Sophie Schroder - February 5, 2016 at 16:31

    The fact that TPPA protestors managed to bring Auckland’s entire CBD to a standstill yesterday is a testament to just how powerful a tool people power is.

    Even better, it shows us it’s a card we all have in our back pockets.

    While outwardly John Key was arrogant enough to dismiss the thousands upon thousands of people who descended on Central Auckland as nothing but a “rent-a-crowd”, internally it must be a cause for concern that the TPPA protests have now escalated to a level that some say has rarely been seen in New Zealand since the 1981 Springbok tour.

    Alongside the tens-of-thousands strong traditional march down Queen Street, another few thousand protestors demonstrated clever organisation and innovation by creating a peaceful “TPPA Free Zone” around Sky City Convention Centre, ... Read more >

  • After 20 years, Canada's Great Bear Rainforest gets the protection it needs

    Blogpost by Eduardo Sousa - February 3, 2016 at 16:15

    Banners on logging machines. Greenpeace activists occupy logging machines protest against clearcutting of Great Bear rainforest by Western Forest Products. 21 May, 1997 © Greenpeace / Mark Warford

    At long last, today we celebrate the protection of the Great Bear Rainforest – one of the largest remaining coastal temperate rainforests on earth.

    Greenpeace Canada began protesting against the destruction of the Great Bear Rainforest in the mid-1990s – exposing the story to the world through blockades, protests and banners. Along with other environmental organisations and Indigenous leaders, Greenpeace shined a light on the impacts of forest destruction on First Nations communities who have lived there for thousands of years and on wildlife like the rare white spirit bear. We used this spotlight to pressure logging companies and the local government to change their approach. And it worked! 

    After customers around the world threatened to cancel contracts that would cost millions and ...

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  • The North Face and Mammut can't take PFC pollution back

    Blogpost by Mirjam Kopp - February 3, 2016 at 16:09

    Nature lovers and long-time customers across the globe are asking outdoor brands Mammut and The North Face to stop using hazardous chemicals to produce their gear.

    The past 4 days alone have seen almost 100 protests in 13 countries around the world. From Hamburg to London, and Stockholm to Hong Kong, Greenpeace volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts stood up in flagship stores to expose the toxic addiction of Mammut and The North Face.

    Detox Action in Front of a North Face Store in Budapest. 25 Jan 2016 © Bence Jardany / Greenpeace

    How are the brands responding?

    Since the release of product testing results last week, The North Face has announced that they will eliminate PFCs from apparel by 2020!

    This may look like a partial victory, but it is not enough. We can't accept hazardous chemicals in our sleeping bags, backpacks, tents, shoes and other outdoor gear either. The North Face c... Read more >

  • Answer? A fresh water crisis.

    Gone are the days of Aussies telling Kiwi sheep jokes. In the past 20 years, sheep,  pine trees and shrub have made way for more and more cows,  mostly for intensive dairying.   At the same time our lakes, rivers and aquifers are becoming more and more polluted.  

    You don’t have to be the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment to put two and two together there. (Although she did do that in this report).

    5 million cows and their impact on our fresh water could easily become just another statistic if it wasn’t for everyday Kiwis willing to step up and take action to protect our waters.

    Recently shocked trampers snapped shots of cows standing in lakes and rivers in Canterbury and Otago and sent them in to the media, clearly showing just how inadequate ... Read more >

  • Great news for outdoor lovers: high performance without PFCs is possible

    Blogpost by Chiara Campione - February 2, 2016 at 10:07

    "Going PFC-free in one of the world's most extreme and challenging natural environments is possible. I can do it". This was the idea David Bacci – an Italian professional climber – submitted to us when we asked the outdoor community for ideas to make the PFC threat more visible to the public and challenge the outdoor sector to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their products. We thought it was the perfect way to show the world that PFC-free alternatives do work.

    David asked us to help him find some PFC-free gear for the challenge, so we decided to borrow some clothing from Páramo, a UK brand that doesn't use PFCs in any of its products.

    Now, a few months later, David has successfully completed two of the most intense climbing trails in the world, reaching the Patagonian peaks of Cerro ... Read more >

  • Coal is widely considered a dead industry here in New Zealand, where yonks ago we discovered the benefits of hydro dams far outweighed unprofitable, unsafe, dirty mines.

    We like to think that coal is one of those outdated things that’s still dug up and pumped out into the atmosphere elsewhere - probably in “less developed” countries than our own.  

    But the truth is, while other countries are starting to kill coal completely – just yesterday the Prime Minister of Vietnam announced the country would drop all further coal-fired power plant projects – here at home we’re trying to revive it.

    On Monday, it was revealed that several of New Zealand’s electricity industry leaders have been conducting backdoor meetings with Huntly Power Station owner Genesis Energy in an attempt to subvert an earl... Read more >

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