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  • With love from the Arctic

    Blogpost by Lizzie Sullivan - August 18, 2017 at 12:36

    Greenpeace kayakers have stopped an oil rig drilling in the Norwegian Arctic. I know, because I’m there right now.

    My name is Lizzie. I’m a web developer from New Zealand, and I’m here on the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise with people from all over the world to take action against new arctic oil drilling.

    Lizzie Lizzie Sullivan

    We stopped them drilling for several hours by kayaking into the oil rig’s exclusion zone and attaching a large floating globe to the rig’s anchor chain. The globe carried messages from people all over the world to the Norwegian Government demanding an end to the drilling.

    As a result, Norwegian authorities have arrested our whole ship, including all 35 activists and crew, and we're currently being towed back to Tromso on the mainland.


    The Norwegian Governm... Read more >

  • The world is on fire

    Blogpost by Konstantin Fomin - August 14, 2017 at 17:48

    A huge wildfire is raging in Greenland. 150 km from the Arctic Circle and just 50 km away from Greenland's ice sheet, large swathes of tundra have been burning for over a week.

    Nobody has seen anything like this in recent times.

    Sentinel-2 imagery from 3 August,  Anton Beneslavskiy

    Satellite imagery of Greenland, 50 km from the ice sheet, 3rd August 2017

    In the last few years, catastrophic fires have been increasing around the world. From Indonesia to Canada, South America to Africa, Southern Europe into Siberia, and now Greenland too. Many are fatal.

    As you read this, over 1.6 million hectares of Russia are on fire. Forest fires of this scale are unmanageable and blazes like these have become the new normal in Russia.

    Forest Fires in Siberia, 2014Forest fires blazing in Siberia, 2016

    Why do they keep getting worse? 

    Lack of forest management, insufficient funds fo...

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  • In May this year, two brothers, Vázquez and Agustín Torres, were murdered near Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. They were Wixárika (Huichol) leaders, working to preserve their land from incursion by cattle ranchers and drug cartels. This tragedy of greed and corruption serves as an alarm bell for activists attempting to preserve our natural world.  

    Murdered Wixárika leader, Miguel Vázquez Torres (Photo by Nelson Denman) Murdered Wixárika leader, Miguel Vázquez Torres (photo by Nelson Denman) 

    The worldwide crisis on Indigenous land is as urgent as climate change or biodiversity loss. Approximately 400 million Indigenous peoples, with 5,000 distinct cultures, represent most of the world’s cultural diversity. Their land is threatened by mining and logging companies, ranchers and farmers, oil exploration, and now by the drug cartels too. Read more >

    In spite of the 2007...

  • It took two years of relentless campaigning and nearly 700,000 concerned people from around the world, but today we are sharing the good news that together we convinced the world’s largest tuna company to clean up its act!

    Tuna giant Thai Union, which owns brands such as John West, Chicken of the Sea, Petit Navire, Mareblu, and Sealect, has committed to a series of changes to its business that will help to protect seafood workers, reduce destructive fishing practices, and increase support for more sustainable fishing. This marks a major shift for the corporation, and sends a signal to the entire fishing industry to do better for the oceans and seafood industry workers

    How did this happen?

    As the world’s biggest tuna producer, one in five cans of tuna sold globally are canned by Thai Unio... Read more >

  • Today at the UN Headquarters in New York, a global treaty banning nuclear weapons has been adopted. 

    This is an historic moment: according to the treaty, to possess and develop nuclear weapons is now illegal under international law.

    ctivists release peace doves during the Hiroshima atomic bombing 60th anniversary in Japan, 2005. © Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-HibbertActivists release peace doves during the Hiroshima atomic bombing 60th anniversary. (2005)

    The treaty will be open for signature by states on September 20th.

    Over the last three weeks, 140 countries have engaged in final negotiations of the new treaty.  The nine states with nuclear weapons (US, Russia, China, France, UK, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea) have been boycotting the meeting in an attempt to rob the process of its legitimacy. NATO members have also stayed outside of the negotiations, and on the wrong side of history. Their absence is sadly...

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  • BP’s next disaster? Not on Spongebob’s watch!

    Blogpost by Mal Chadwick - July 4, 2017 at 12:55

    BP are at it again. 

    The company that devastated the Gulf of Mexico with its Deepwater Horizon disaster wants to drill for oil near the pristine Amazon Reef. What could possibly go wrong?  🤔

    Home to pink corals, sunset-coloured fish and over 60 species of sea sponge, the Reef has been described as an ‘underwater rainforest’ near the mouth of the Amazon River - and we’re only just discovering how special it is.

    But if BP’s extreme drilling causes a spill, it could spell disaster for the Reef and the wider area. We can’t let this happen.

    So starting today, we’re turning up the pressure on BP - working together to defend the Reef from risky, spill-prone oil drilling.

    And now we’ve got some help from an unlikely source. The Amazon Reef has a new champion - a celebrity advocate who’ll stan...

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  • What’s happening in Poland’s last remaining ancient forest will make you furious

    Blogpost by Marianna Hoszowska - June 30, 2017 at 13:00

    Would you put your body on the line to stop some of Europe’s oldest trees from being cut down? That’s what hundreds of activists are doing to protect the Białowieża Forest in Poland.

    Fifth blockade of the Białowieża Ancient Forest Photo Rafał Wojczal, 2017Fifth blockade of the Białowieża Ancient Forest Photo Rafał Wojczal, 2017

    This forest is unique. It’s one of the last remaining parts of the immense ancient forest that once stretched across all of lowland Europe. It sits on the eastern border of Poland and stretches into Belarus.

    It’s one of only 4 European forests on the UNESCO World Heritage List. But only 35% is protected from logging.

    Last year, the Polish environment minister (and former forester), Jan Szyszko, allowed a threefold increase in logging in the Bialowieza Forest. Even worse, in 2017 he amended the country's law to effectively remove a...

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  • How much longer can we take our water for granted?

    Blogpost by Amanda Larsson - June 28, 2017 at 13:45


    The first message I sent home from New Zealand was about tap water.

    Sounds weird. True story.

    Having spent the previous five years drinking London water (you know, the kind of hard water that means endless scrubbing to get crusty, yellowy limescale off your appliances; that leaves floating little flakes of yuckiness on the surface of your cuppa), I just couldn’t get enough of soft, clean NZ water.

    Together with the obligatory ‘I love how they say thanks to the bus driver’ and ‘why am I getting sunburned when it’s cloudy?’, it featured front and centre in my earliest observations of my new home.

    In my first few months in NZ, I sent back envy-inducing photos of turquoise beaches, alpine glaciers, clear blue lakes and streams you’d be rude not to swim in. I’m a terrible photog... Read more >

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