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  • Are there human rights abuses in your seafood?

    Blogpost by Anchalee Pipattanawattanakul - December 21, 2016 at 9:29

    Migrant workers from Cambodia and Myanmar are being used as forced labour in the Thai fishing industry. Using tricks of deception, non-binding verbal agreements and induced debt, these workers catch fish both for human consumption and the pet food industry. Now, a new report from Greenpeace Southeast Asia exposes how crackdowns on human rights abuse in the Thai fishing industry has forced vessels to operate further...decreasing their chances of being caught and continuing their illegal practices out of sight, out at sea.

    Burmese workers sort freshly-landed fish at the public fishing port in Ranong, southern Thailand.Burmese workers sort freshly-landed fish at the public fishing port in Ranong, southern Thailand.

    Last year, the Associated Press exposed human rights violations in Thailand’s notorious fishing industry, sending shockwaves around the world. At the heart of the tragedy lay... Read more >

  • More than 200 people took to the waters outside of Cancun, Mexico with the Message “People for biodiversity” with a call to world leaders meeting at United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity to recognize and respect the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. 11 Dec, 2016  © Greenpeace

    Greetings from Cancun, Mexico where I am attending the 13th meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), perhaps more easily understood as the “summit for life on Earth".

    That the meeting is held in Mexico is highly appropriate. Mexico is one of the megadiverse countries on planet Earth – it is one of 17 countries that harbour 70% of the world’s wildlife. Different climatic zones mean Mexico possesses a wide range of habitats and ecosystems with a huge number of associated species.

    Mexico is a nature lover’s paradise, except that Mexico’s natural environment, like everywhere else, is under increasing pressure from a wide range of human activities – from the relentless march of modern industrial agriculture that is creating sterile, poisoned monocultures to the prolifera...

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  • "Our forest is shedding tears" — a Munduruku woman fights for Indigenous rights

    Blogpost by Vânia Alves - December 16, 2016 at 15:04

    On November 27, the Munduruku Indigenous People traveled from their home in the Amazon to Brazil’s capital to demand the official recognition of the Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land on the Tapajós River. The Brazilian government is planning a series of dams that would flood portions of the Amazon rainforest and threaten their way of life. Maria Leusa Munduruku spoke with Vânia Alves from Greenpeace Brazil about the journey from her home to Brasília to demand protection of their traditional lands. Here is her story:

     Demarcation Demand for Munduruku Protest in Brasilia - Portrait of Maria Leusa Kabá Munduruku. 29 Nov, 2016.  © Otávio Almeida / Greenpeace

    These are days of struggle for the Munduruku people. I left home with the other women on November 20, for a meeting about our participation in the struggle for Indigenous rights. We spent four days preparing ourselves for the protest and for the meetings that we would have in Br...

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  • The Anthropocene Debate

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - December 13, 2016 at 11:58

    “A hushed hundred million years from now, all that we consider to be the great works of man – the sculptures and the libraries, the monuments and the museums, the cities and the factories – will all be compressed into a layer of sediment not much thicker than a cigarette paper?”

    Elizabeth KolbertThe Sixth Extinction

    Two fruit flies hover around our compost bucket, normal in summer, but we are now into December, mid winter in Canada, and I have never before seen fruit flies after October. A little Anna’s hummingbird darts around the rose bush, all ablaze in pink roses. Global warming signs? Maybe: A neighbour recently found a flying fish (Cheilopogon papilio) washed up on the beach. We don’t generally see flying fish on Canadian beaches, and this species is rarely seen North of 26°N. W... Read more >

  • Too long to wait: Russia’s Dvinsky Forest could be lost in a decade

    Blogpost by Erika Bjureby - December 13, 2016 at 11:54

    Home to eagle-owls, wolverines, brown bears, rare plants and animals, the Dvinsky Forest is one of the last remaining Intact Forest Landscapes in the European part of Russia.

    Forest stream. Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia. 13 Sep, 2016 © Igor Podgorny / GreenpeaceIntact Forest Landscapes (IFL) in Russia are huge forest areas that are free from settlements, infrastructure and economic activities, and a haven for wildlife

    An Intact Forest Landscape is mostly untouched by human activities, like industrial logging. It is not scarred by roads or other infrastructure and it is large enough to maintain healthy biodiversity.

    Following a Greenpeace campaign in 2001 (article in German), for the next 15 years and after several agreements between logging companies and NGOs, logging in the core of this beautiful and precious forest was stopped. And, in 2011, regional authorities incl...

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  • So long as there’s climate change, every day is human rights day

    Blogpost by Yeb Sano - December 10, 2016 at 18:27

    When I decided to embark with others on a 1500 km, 60-day pilgrimage from Rome to Paris, culminating at the COP21 climate talks in 2015, the urgency I felt wasn’t just scientific or political, it was also very personal. After so many failed negotiations, this was our chance to make a strong statement that world leaders needed to hear: we need action on climate change and we need it now.

    Yeb Sano (front) during his People's Pilgrimage in 2015Yeb Sano (front) during his People's Pilgrimage in 2015.

    The pilgrimage actually reaches further back than 60 days, back to November 2013. As the Climate Change Commissioner for the Philippines then, I made an impassioned speech in front of hundreds of dignitaries from 190 countries at the UN Climate Summit in Warsaw, Poland.

    As I delivered my intervention about the threat of climate change to communities... Read more >

  • Ladies and gentlemen, meet The Great Northern Forest

    Blogpost by Juha Aromaa - December 7, 2016 at 14:32

    The Great Northern Forest has many names.

    Scientists see The Great Northern Forest as the boreal forest ecosystem - the global coniferous forest blanketing the northern hemisphere. The Russians traditionally call it “Taiga”. If you could look at the planet from above, it is the green crown circling the Arctic, the enormous green belt that keeps the earth breathing.

    The Great Northern Forest, the boreal forest ecosystem circling the Earth © GreenpeaceThe Great Northern Forest, the boreal forest ecosystem circling the Earth

    Right now, in December, the forest is covered with snow and it will melt sometime in March or April, in the most northern parts even in May.

    In January, in the Russian Siberian region of Yakutsk, the average high temperature is 35 degrees below zero Celsius! Around Helsinki, Finland, it’s a bit milder with an average temperature of six degrees below free... Read more >

  • Protecting what protects us

    Blogpost by Daniel Mittler - December 7, 2016 at 14:30

    Sunrise Over Reef in Komodo National Park 17 May, 2014  © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

    The diversity of nature is essential to ensure our planet remains habitable. That is why we need to stand up to all those who endanger the global web of life – those who plunder the Commons for private gain.

    Back in 1992, governments agreed to conserve and fairly share the global biodiversity we all depend on. Since then, 196 countries have signed on to the Convention on Biological Diversity (the United States being the most prominent exception). This year, from December 4 to 17, governments from all over the world will meet for the biannual “Summit for Life on Earth” in Cancún, Mexico.

    They have work to do. Biodiversity is falling at an alarming rate, with a two-thirds decline in animal species forecast for 2020 (compared to 1970).

    Proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus), also known as long-nosed monkeys, in Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan. Proboscis monkeys are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. 10 Sep, 2013  © Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace

    When governments met in 2010, they said that they...

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