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Our environment, our heritage

Blog entry by Hellen Dena | September 24, 2012

Happy Heritage Day, South Africa! Heritage is defined as something we inherit or rather, something that’s passed down from generation to generation. For some people, Heritage Day means a time to respect their traditions, while for...

Protecting Noa’s Ark

Blog entry by Mike Baillie | September 20, 2012

Noa is a fisheries inspector from Mozambique, an easy-going man with soft features who really lights up if you talk to him about his work. He like’s to wear stripes. Mozambique’s ocean fisheries cover an area of almost 600,000 km2 and...

Shark Finning isn’t News

Blog entry by Mike Baillie | September 21, 2012

I saw six sharks being cut up for their fins yesterday. And as monstrous as it was, it won’t make headlines, it isn’t News: currently the fins of  between 26 million and 73 million sharks are sold a year, that’s up to 8,000 sharks...

Changing the way we change our environment

Blog entry by Dianne Mc Alpine | August 29, 2012

Becoming a green consumer is easier than you think. I used to be one of those people who thought very little about the effect I was having on the environment around me in my daily life. I was always passionate about preserving it,...

A World of Wild Weather

Blog entry by Mike Baillie | July 11, 2012

Stories of extreme weather events are almost a daily feature of news headlines around the world. Droughts, wildfires, heat waves, severe and widespread flooding: wild weather is becoming the new normal, and climate experts say these...

Together we can save the Arctic

Blog entry by Richard George, Greenpeace International | June 21, 2012

The Arctic is under threat. As you read this, oil companies and politicians are plotting to carve up the icy north, extending their national territories and searching for drill sites. But with your help, we can draw a line in the...

Experiencing Rio+20 from onboard the Rainbow Warrior

Blog entry by Nick Mokobane | June 21, 2012

I cannot believe tonight is officially my last nightwatch shift here in Rio onboard the Rainbow Warrior. It has been an incredible, informative and inspiring stay here. An experience filled with many sweet and bitter moments. ...

Coming together to stop nuclear weapons

Blog entry by Jen Maman | March 25, 2013

Earlier this month, more then 130 governments, UN agencies and the global Red Cross Movement met in Oslo at the invitation of the Norwegian government, to discuss the humanitarian, environmental and developmental consequences of...

We're sorry, you're not allowed to read this

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | January 18, 2012

As South Africa grapples with the very controversial Secrecy Bill, censorship is also a hot topic further abroad. And just like the Secrecy Bill, the US Stop Online Piracy Act could be disasterous for the work Greenpeace does. Below is...

Climate Adaptors: How African Farmers Face up to Climate Impacts

Blog entry by Mike Baillie | September 18, 2012

When I think about climate change in Africa, the word that comes to mind is ‘injustice’ – the reality that those least responsible for climate change, are the one’s most exposed to its impacts. Simultaneously, they’re the...

Looking Beyond the Dolphins

Blog entry by Mike Baillie | August 22, 2012

I was walking along the side of the ship, looking out across the sea onto the shore. There was quite a strong wind blowing, enough to fill three of our sails, but the waves hadn’t picked up yet. I leaned over the side and said how much...

It’s SUNiversity time in Oshwe, DRC

Blog entry by Augustine Kasambule | July 5, 2012

Oshwe is a small forest community deep in the indigenous rainforests of the DRC. Although administratively classified as an urban area, it has all the characteristics of a rural community. It is supplied with manufactured goods,...

Why Greenpeace Takes Direct Action

Blog entry by Melita Steele | June 26, 2011

Non-violent direct action is at the heart of what Greenpeace does in our mission to expose crimes against the world we live in, and find real solutions. Internationally, these actions are probably what Greenpeace is best known for.

The oldest UNESCO World Heritage Site in Africa, the Virunga National Park is under...

Blog entry by Mike Baillie | March 20, 2012

The Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated along the border of DRC and Uganda. The Park is a haven for over 218 mammal and 706 bird species, a beautifully lush environment where biodiversity...

Silence and contamination, legacies of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Blog entry by Laura Kenyon, Greenpeace International | February 27, 2012

Nearly a year after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, it’s time to take a look at its legacy and take an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the people who continue to suffer the impacts. We’re calling for a nuclear free,...

Another coal-fired power station to fuel South Africa’s addiction?

Blog entry by Melita Steele | February 24, 2012

Did you also see the headlines: “How the budget affects you; Budget and your pocket; Budget and you”, which I passed on my way to work yesterday morning? Every year South Africans pay close attention to the Finance Minister’s budget...

Kusile: Climate Killer

Blog entry by Monica Davies | November 7, 2011

Today, Greenpeace Africa has brought something very far away from the minds of most South Africans to the top of talking trends. "Confronting Kusile" is the phrase making the rounds online this morning, and it's got many regular South...

We Don’t Need Kusile Power Plant in South Africa: Here’s Why...

Blog entry by Monica Davies | November 7, 2011

South Africa has a fossil fuel addiction. Our drug of choice? Coal. And at a time when actions affecting the climate in any way should be taken with great care, our government continues blindly to cultivate its infatuation with this...

Dramatic Arctic Art

Blog entry by Juliette H | September 7, 2011

We sometimes feel like we're repeating ourselves when we talk about  Arctic sea ice - because we are. In recent months, sea ice extent has been again reaching record lows - right now, it's at a  second-low record, just behind the 2007...

BREAKING: Polar Bears occupy Cairn's HQ

Blog entry by bex | July 18, 2011

Update:  Cairn gets legal 'gagging order', requiring some Facebook & Twitter updates from our polar bear action be removed. A few moments ago, fifty polar bears entered Cairn Energy's Edinburgh headquarters and occupied it. Their...

Sharing Ideas On Global Warming

Blog entry by Vivek Rampersand | December 2, 2011

Delegates from Africa, Europe, India and China this week had an opportunity to share experience and exchange ideas on the contentious subject of global warming. I attended the meeting, which took part on the side-lines COP17. ...

Need For Urgency In Addressing Climate Change

Blog entry by Nasreen Khan | December 1, 2011

When I arrived at the venue for COP17, the first thing that caught my attention was the overflowing information that was exhibited at the Climate Change Response Expo. It encompassed more than 100 exhibitors, showcasing innovative...

Public Eye Awards: The Fight Against Unscrupulous Companies Continues

Blog entry by Monica Davies | January 10, 2012

On January 27th, the Berne Declaration and Greenpeace will again present the Public Eye Awards to the most irresponsible companies in terms of respect for human rights and the environment. Voting runs until January 26 at midnight.

The Official Use Me More Theme Song

Blog entry by Monica Davies | December 8, 2011

Turning to the sun is an urge as old as mankind itself. Like the sunflower, we turn to it for life, warmth and light - three words which could easily be used to describe the music of the newly-formed group, Jika Nelanga (which means...

COP17, Where are we now?

Blog entry by Ferrial Adams | December 2, 2011

It’s mid-way through COP17 and the big question on everyone’s minds is “how is it all going?” Usually after a week of talks it’s possible to assess the possible outcomes of the talks. However, there seems to be rather slow progress on...

‘Unite Against Climate Change’: Thousands expected to join Durban climate march on 3...

Blog entry by Melita Steele | December 2, 2011

The third of December will mark the crucial mid-point of the COP17 climate negotiations . It will also be the day that people across the world come out onto the streets of Durban to demand action from world leaders inside the ICC.

Climate Change Has No Borders

Blog entry by Prudence Wanko | December 1, 2011

Following the successful launch of Greenpeace's climate impacts documentary , in Durban last night, a member of the documentary ground team writes about her experience travelling to Mali for The Weather Gods:   Gwelekoro may...

Coal: The Dirty Truth, a view from COP17

Blog entry by Caroline Chisholm | November 30, 2011

Burning coal is driving climate change – and Africa’s people are on the frontline. So, as the continent’s largest CO2 emitter, and the 12th largest in the world, South Africa is a major player on the global polluter’s stage. More than...

Top Spot for HP in New Guide to Greener Electronics

Blog entry by Eoin Dubsky, Greenpeace International | November 9, 2011

We just released a new version of the  Guide to Greener Electronics . This time ranking 15 gadget and electronics companies on energy, greener products and sustainable operations. HP takes the lead at 5.9 out of a possible 10 points,...

Come and Share the Sun at our Renewable Energy-Powered Picnic

Blog entry by Monica Davies | November 9, 2011

This weekend, Greenpeace will be casting some bright, solar-powered light over all the ways we can use renewables now! We're hosting a renewable energy-powered picnic at Soweto's Mofolo Park from 10am on Saturday 12 November. We...

Confronting Kusile: An Activist's View

Blog entry by Michael Baillie | November 7, 2011

This morning i'm writing from the top a 110m high crane inside the construction plant of Eskom's next collosal coal-fired power station, Kusile. I'm here with five other climbers to highlight the true cost of coal power in South...

Giving South Africans their first light with solar power

Blog entry by Monica Davies | October 31, 2011

If you thought power cuts from our inadequate centralized energy supply were annoying, imagine if the power were always cut - no light at night, no hot water for dishes or clothes, and no easy heat in winter. Such is the reality for...

What Is The Future Of The Forests? DRC Youth Answer With Aplomb

Blog entry by Monica Davies and Augustine Kasambule | October 25, 2011

In September, we reported on The Future Of Forests In Poetry competition that Greenpeace Africa is holding in the DRC as an initiative to educate and mobilize the Congolese youth to preserve their precious trees. The first leg of...

Panama Climate Talks: The Pressure is On For COP17 and South Africa

Blog entry by Ferrial Adam | October 10, 2011

The UNFCCC talks in Panama ended on Friday 07 October 2011. The talks did not deliver any major surprises as was expected for this very-low-expectations-technical-meeting. An outcome of Panama is that we now have a draft text that...

Greenpeace Puts the POW in Solar Power With Youth Training Camp

Blog entry by Monica Davies | September 28, 2011

Saying ‘we need to use renewable energy more’ is easy, but have you ever seen it in action? Watching a consumer object go from zero to fully powered simply because it’s been put in reach of the sun’s rays can fill most people with a...

Save The Tiger's Home: a call for governments to implement zero deforestation policies

Blog entry by Monica Davies | September 19, 2011

In July, we reported the sad story of an endangered Sumatran tiger dying in a trap in an Asian Pulp & Paper (APP) plantation after being snared for six days in total without food or water. The shocking images brought home the toll...

Puma Leaps Ahead of Nike and Adidas in Detox Challenge

Blog entry by EoinD | July 26, 2011

Hats off to Puma, the third largest sportswear company in the world, for publicly committing today to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals from its entire product lifecycle and across its whole supply chain by 2020. The...

How to lose a foot on fieldwork

Blog entry by Zhong Yu - East Asia Action & Investigative Unit | July 20, 2011

Zhong Yu has worked for Greenpeace China for over seven years and has witnessed some of the most devastating environmental disasters there from rapid glacier retreat on the Himalayas, the 2008 Sichuan earthquake to  last summer’s...

While they negotiate, we continue with operation business unusual

Blog entry by Nobuhle Luthuli | December 12, 2011

It is quite evident that the 17 years of policy drafting are insufficient for a united agreement against climate change.  Today is the last day of the COP17 conference and we still hear statements like “we will consider being subject...

Shaping a Common Future

Blog entry by Nasreen Khan | December 8, 2011

This week, I had the privilege of interacting with dynamic young minds from different youth groups, present at the conference. Those that stood out most were members from African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC), United...

Kyoto Protocol Ship Must Not Sink Into African Ocean

Blog entry by Nobuhle Luthuli | December 2, 2011

From the sessions I have attended so far, I fear for the worst.  I have a sense that there is indecisiveness and lack of commitment by developed countries to make a second commitment to the Kyoto Protocal (KP) . As a young African...

This is what APP’s new sustainability commitments look like

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | September 28, 2012

Asia Pulp and Paper has spent the last few weeks telling customers around the world that the company’s latest sustainability pledges mean that this time, the changes the company has announced are genuine. To the untrained eye new...

Google wrests control of Cool IT climate Leaderboard

Blog entry by Gary Cook, Greenpeace International | February 8, 2012

The tussle for the top of our Cool IT Leaderboard has taken its latest twist, with Google grabbing the top spot ahead of 20 other tech companies, including Cisco and Ericsson. Pitching global IT companies against each other to find...

"Listen to the people" inside UN climate talks

Blog entry by Mike Baillie | December 9, 2011

Today at the UN climate negotiations in Durban the whispers of polluting companies were drowned out by the  roar  of the crowd demanding governments “ Listen to the people not the polluters !”  As the talks draw to a close in the...

Where are the Climate Heros?

Blog entry by Mike Baillie | December 5, 2011

I grew up watching the  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  and  Superman : superheroes who’d regularly save the day from the evil guys. I quickly realized that in real-life, there aren’t many superheroes, although there  are  a good number...

The Face Of Climate Change in Africa

Blog entry by Olivia Langhof and Rianne Tuele | December 2, 2011

As COP17 delegates sit in air-conned conference rooms and discuss climate change over coffee in the Baobab cafe, millions of people across Africa have never heard about the COP, KP, REDD or ’15. They are living with what delegates only...

Tutu Calls on Canada to be a Climate Leader

Blog entry by Tzeporah Berman and Monica Davies | December 1, 2011

During the COP17 climate talks earlier in the week, it was leaked that the Canadian government would be pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol this year.  Santa won’t be delighted to hear that news (the North Pole may soon be ice-free in...

IPCC report: Extreme weather is fuelled by climate change

Blog entry by Brian Blomme, Greenpeace International | November 22, 2011

For the first time, climate scientists have teamed up with experts in disaster risk management on a report on climate change, which found that the consequences of climate change on people around the world are going to increase. The...

The Wind-Chime Project: Let The Wind Power Your Voice

Blog entry by Mike Baillie and Monica Davies | November 17, 2011

Although the wind is a powerful source of renewable energy, actually showing that power can be tricky at times. Luckily, hearing the wind is a different story altogether, and what better way to hear the wind’s power, than by...

Eskom’s public response to the True Cost of Coal report

Blog entry by Melita Steele | November 7, 2011

South Africa has a coal addiction. But just because something is a habit, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t quit. It didn’t take Eskom long to respond to the staggering results of our recent report “The True Cost of Coal in South Africa:...

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