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  • War and Money

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - April 19, 2016 at 11:57

    "Who is doing this? Who is killing us? This great evil. How did it steal into the world?
    We were a family. How did it break up and come apart?"
    – Private Witt's thoughts, The Thin Red Line, by Terrence Malick. 

    Records from the first century portray Jewish peasants – men, women, and children – marching on the governor in Caesarea, protesting atrocities of the Roman army, prostrating on the ground, and offering their lives en masse. Since the dawn of warfare, there have been peace movements. World War I, a century ago, was supposed to be "The war to end war," but the world has since remained in the grip of almost perpetual warfare. In 1971, inspired by the Quakers, Greenpeace's first campaign confronted nuclear weapons testing in Alaska, but we certainly cannot claim to have abolished militar... Read more >

  • How one woman galvanized a community to fight the landfills plaguing her town

    Blogpost by Juraj Rizman - April 19, 2016 at 11:55

    The Goldman Environmental prize is one of the world's largest awards to recognise grassroots environmental activists. Its winners are people from around the world who have made significant efforts to protect the natural environment, often at great personal risk. You can read about some of their incredible achievements here.

    This year, one of the winners is Zuzana Čaputová, a public interest lawyer who spearheaded a successful campaign to shut down a waste dump that was poisoning the land, air and water in her hometown.

    Jaroslav Pavlovič and Zuzana Čaputová, both from Pezinok initiative

    I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with Zuzana, supporting her in the fight for a fairer and safer environment in the ancient town of Pezinok, Slovakia.

    As Zuzana led the "Dumps don't belong in towns" (Skládka do mesta nepatrí) movement, Greenpeace Slovakia sup... Read more >

  • 5 lesser-known threats to the fragile Arctic Ocean

    Blogpost by Emily Buchanan - April 19, 2016 at 11:46

    You probably know that climate change is melting Arctic ice with astonishing speed. And while some hear a warning bell, others see a business opportunity. As Arctic ice disappears, oil companies and fishing fleets are moving further north than ever before, keen to exploit the unexplored ocean opening up at the top of the world.

    The Arctic is under threat from destructive industrial fishing. Image Credit: Eve Lloyd KnightAll rights reserved. Image Credit: Eve Lloyd Knight

    You probably also know how wrong it is to take advantage of melting ice to drill for more of the stuff that caused the problem in the first place. But did you know that industrial fishing presents its own set of risks?

    Here are some of the lesser-known ways destructive fishing fleets threaten the Arctic Ocean:

    1. Bottom trawling

    Bottom Trawling. Image Credit: Eve Lloyd Knight

    Bottom trawlers are a kind of heavy fishing gear that gets dragged along the se... Read more >

  • Heading to sea to stop destructive fishing

    Blogpost by François Chartier - April 19, 2016 at 11:40

    Greenpeace Esperanza Indian Ocean 2016, Children wave to the Esperanza as the ship prepares to depart from the port of Diego Suarez. 15 Apr, 2016  © Will Rose / Greenpeace

    The smell of fish is all around the Greenpeace Esperanza. We’ve been docked in Diego Suarez in Madagascar, getting ready to take on the tuna giant Thai Union again. Fittingly, there’s a fish processing factory right next to the ship. The symbolism gets even better. As we sail out, there’s a rainbow in the sky.

    Tackling the issues of unsustainable tuna fishing

    Greenpeace has been tackling overfishing for years, and last fall we appealed to Thai Union the biggest tuna company in the world  to switch to fish caught sustainably and under humane working conditions. Over 300,000 of you joined that call, making sure Thai Union heard it loud and clear. Now the Esperanza is riding that incredible wave of support into the Indian Ocean.

    Thai Union has tried to fix the dents in its reputation,... Read more >

  • New Zealand’s clean rivers damned by industrial dairying

    Blogpost by Gen Toop - April 15, 2016 at 14:06

    Industrial dairying is failing. It’s failing people who want to swim in clean rivers, its failing our tourism industry, it’s failing our climate, and it’s failing farmers.

    A Landcorp dairy farm 2008

    The high input industrial dairying model requires more water, chemical fertiliser and supplementary feed to produce tonnes of low value milk powder from ever-growing herds of cows.

    This increases our climate emissions, degrades our land and pollutes our rivers, two thirds of which are already at times, too polluted to swim in safely. (1)

    It also puts farmers into huge amounts of debt and in some cases bankruptcy. New Zealand dairy farmers are collectively burdened with a staggering $38 billion worth of debt. When the price of milk is low the pressure then mounts on many farmers and their families.

    As New Zealand dai... Read more >

  • 3 (unpalatable) facts you need to know if you eat sashimi

    Blogpost by Yen Ning - April 15, 2016 at 7:34

    One in three pieces of sashimi is from fish caught by Taiwanese fishing vessels. If you eat imported seafood, chances are you’ve eaten Taiwan caught fish, so when we’re talking Taiwanese seafood, we’re talking about an industry that has an impact on all of us.

    Tuna transshipment on the high seas in the Indian Ocean.Tuna transshipment on the high seas in the Indian Ocean. Read more >

    In a race to make as much profit as possible, Taiwan’s fishing industry has long been linked to environmental abuse. But what is becoming clearer is that where there are environmental abuse, human rights abuses follow - and that’s what we’ve found in Taiwan’s fishing industry. A year long investigation released by Greenpeace East Asia has painted a terrifying image of what happens when a industry is virtually given free rein on the high seas.

    Here are three things you need to...

  • Time for global business to stop profiting from Amazon destruction

    Blogpost by Tica Minami - April 14, 2016 at 7:44

    Huge hydropower dams in the Amazon rainforest aren't just bad for Indigenous communities, biodiversity and the climate – they're bad for the companies involved. Here's why.

    (left) Tapajós River in the Amazon Rainforest. 23 Feb, 2016 © Valdemir Cunha / Greenpeace. (Right) Construction of the Belo Monte Dam project, near Altamira. Belo Monte is a controversial hydropower plant on the Xingu River. 12 Feb, 2012 © Daniel Beltrá / Greenpeace

    The Amazon is the world's largest remaining area of tropical rainforest, but every day it gets a little smaller – while big business profits get a little bigger.

    Over 750,000 km² of Amazon rainforest (an area larger than all of France) has already been destroyed by industrial agriculturecattle ranching, illegal logging and infrastructure projects.

    And new threats keep coming: this time in the Tapajós River basin, one of the most biodiverse areas of the Amazon rainforest.

    Munduruku in Tapajós River in the Amazon Rainforest. 22 Feb, 2016.  © Valdemir Cunha / Greenpeace

    What's happening in the Tapajós?

    The Brazilian government is planning a massive hydropower project for the Tapajós basin – over 40 medium or ... Read more >

  • On September 18, 2013, two Greenpeace International activists were arrested during a peaceful protest in the Russian Arctic. A week later, the entire 30-member crew of their ship was in a Russian jail awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism and piracy. The story of the Arctic 30, as they came to be known, was one heard around the world, and one that Peter Willcox writes about in his new book "Greenpeace Captain." Read an exclusive excerpt here.

    The following was excerpted with permission from chapter 19 of “Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet,” by Peter Willcox with Ronald Weiss. Available from Thomas Dunne Books. Copyright © 2016.

    Maggy had been watching a live Greenpeace feed in our home in Maine, anxiously awaiting the moment when my head would p... Read more >

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