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  • Smog is India's new Instagram filter

    Blogpost by Sudhanshu Malhotra - November 14, 2016 at 16:18

    India’s capital, Delhi, is right now the most polluted city in the world. According to a WHO report, 12 out of 22 of the world’s most polluted cities are in India. It’s a public health disaster, but it wasn’t always like this.

    Winters in Delhi have always had a special appeal to me. I have grown up in its famous mist, shivering in the cold breeze. Riding on my father's scooter to Shahjahan road for chaat (Indian snacks) would be an adventure the whole family would look forward to in the winters. I don't think it was the chaat we all craved for though, it was always the freezing rides through the Lutyens Delhi - the old colonial part of Delhi.

    Years later, my memories of winters revolved around long heated discussions with friends at the local chai wallah (roadside tea stall). Winter was... Read more >

  • One year later and no justice: Communities affected by dam disaster speak out

    Blogpost by Fabiana Alves - November 10, 2016 at 16:46

    The word JUSTIÇA (justice) appears at the ruins of Bento Rodrigues school in Mariana, Brazil. The message is the school's last lesson and a remembrance of those who perished and those whose lives were affected by the mud that destroyed the Rio Doce basin. 5 Nov, 2016 © Yuri Barichivich / Greenpeace

    This past Saturday – 5 November, 2016 – hundreds of people gathered at the ruins of the Bento Rodrigues school in Mariana, Minas Gerais state, Brazil. They were there out of remembrance, and to call for justice.

    Exactly one year before, two nearby dams holding mining waste collapsed, sending a wall of contaminated mud into the surrounding community. Without any warning, the Bento Rodrigues school, along with the homes and livelihoods of thousands, were utterly destroyed. Twenty-one people were killed.

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    That was only the beginning of this environmental catastrophe. 25,000 Olympic pools-worth of toxic mineral waste and mud released by the dams flowed into the nearest waterway – Brazil’s Rio Doce. Over the course of weeks, the contaminated material slowly worked its way to the Atlantic ...

  • I survived the strongest typhoon to ever hit the Philippines. But my family didn’t.

    Blogpost by Joanna Sustento - November 10, 2016 at 16:43

    Imagine this…

    “Super Typhoon Haiyan is moving over the Philippines this weekend bringing with it winds close to 200 miles per hour…” – ABC World News

    An elderly couple walk past rubble left by the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City. An elderly couple walk past rubble left by the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City. 

    November 7, 2013, just like any other day, I wake up to the music of the Beatles playing on the stereo. My 60-year-old parents are avid fans, especially my mom, Thelma. I go out of my room to the dining table and find my father, Cesar, taking a sip of his morning coffee as he discusses current events with my elder brother, Julius. Being lawyers, their discussion eventually turns into a debate, and the only person who can pacify the situation is my nephew, Tarin who is calmly eating his breakfast - eggs, banana and sweet potato dipped in peanu...

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  • The Paris agreement has catapulted us all into a new reality. Governments have signed it, now they must act on it. And meanwhile, a global movement of people against fossil fuels is moving ahead - and you can be a part of it. We are the generation that ends fossil fuels!

    Here are four ways people just like you are leading the charge towards a safer, greener and more peaceful future.

    1. Typhoon survivors take on world’s biggest polluters

    Around 15,000 Filipinos march in Quezon City demanding climate justice ahead of the 2015 COP. 28/11/2015 © Jed Delano / Greenpeace

    Typhoon survivors, advocates and NGOs (including Greenpeace Southeast Asia) in the Philippines made history last year when they lodged a legal complaint with the country’s Human Rights Commission (CHR). This triggered an investigation into the world’s biggest polluters’ failure to reduce carbon emissions and responsibility for increasing the risk of cli... Read more >

  • I was at eye level at the UN and the world moved

    Blogpost by Naomi Ages - November 6, 2016 at 12:41

    It’s early in the morning on Friday 4 November and I am standing outside the United Nations in New York. A year ago, I was a relative newcomer to Greenpeace, preparing to attend the COP in Paris. The Greenpeace team was mobilising to push governments to adopt an ambitious international climate agreement.

    Naomi Ages at work during the COP21 in Paris. 10/12/2015 © Christophe Calais / Signatures / GreenpeaceNaomi Ages at work during the COP21 in Paris. 10/12/2015 © Christophe Calais / Signatures / Greenpeace

    Fast-forward to 12 December 2015, when the team gathered in the media centre to watch country after country commit itself to the Paris Agreement, a remarkable step forward in international cooperation to tackle climate change. It was a moment of great hope and a moment where we knew we’d have to recommit ourselves to make sure action followed.

    Which brings me back to Friday morning. UN ... Read more >

  • Samsung, it's time to walk the talk

    Blogpost by Jude Lee - November 6, 2016 at 12:39

    Samsung is at a cross-roads. In the aftermath of the Galaxy Note7 fiasco the tech giant has admitted they need a fresh start. However, this doesn't just have to be a fresh start to advertise a new Galaxy S8, it could also represent a fresh start for the consumers and the planet.

    Product Shot: Samsung Galaxy Note7. DATE:1 Nov, 2016  © Jungyeob Ji / GreenpeaceMillions of Samsung Galaxy Note7 are being recalled. Greenpeace East Asia asks Samsung not to dump or burn their recalled flagship smartphones and demands the company to be transparent, and officially release their disposal plan for the defected Galaxy Note7.

    Earlier this week Greenpeace revealed the waste that could be generated if Samsung does not reuse components from the 4.3 million faulty Galaxy Note7 phones it produced. Tonnes of cobalt, gold, silver, tungsten and more that could be lost if not dealt with pr... Read more >

  • The inevitable transformation - why swift action is needed to stay below 1.5

    Blogpost by Jennifer Morgan - November 4, 2016 at 19:14

    Last year, 197 countries adopted the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. Today (November 4th) it comes into force, in one of the fastest ratifications of any international agreement.

    In 2015 at COP21 in Paris, Greenpeace activists create a solar symbol around the world-famous Arc de Triomphe, by painting the roads yellow with a non-polluting water-based paint to reveal the image of a huge shining sun.In 2015 at COP21 in Paris, Greenpeace activists create a solar symbol around the world-famous Arc de Triomphe, by painting the roads yellow with a non-polluting water-based paint to reveal the image of a huge shining sun.

    A huge global movement has driven this momentum - from enlightened city governments to global leaders to forward-thinking businesses and corporations. But a critical role has been played by ordinary people, who have applied pressure, petitioned their governments and demanded a clean, safe climate.

    The Paris Agreement is historic not only because of the urgency and the spee... Read more >

  • Will 4.3 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones end up in the trash?

    Blogpost by Jude Lee - November 1, 2016 at 21:12

    Right now Samsung is considering dumping 4.3 million brand new Galaxy Note 7 phones following nearly 100 cases of exploding phones around the world. That is equivalent to almost 730,000 kilograms of hi-spec technology! While Samsung made the right call in taking their phones out of circulation to avoid more accidents or injuries, the question is now what are they going to do with this huge mountain of phones?

    Greenpeace is calling on the global tech leader to see an opportunity in this crisis and show leadership. Samsung must act transparently to ensure these gadgets don’t end up in the trash but are instead dismantled and separated, and that the precious materials they contain are reused.

    What do we know so far?

    1. Samsung produced 4.3 million Galaxy Note 7 phones and sold 1.8 millio...

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