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A polar bear nursery, a Russian oil company and one of the most beautiful islands on...

Blog entry by Maria Favorsky | 12 November, 2014

Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean is a distant land of polar bears and whales, northern lights and shining ice. It's also a nature reserve and one of only two UNESCO Natural Heritage sites in the Arctic. It should be the most peaceful...

Today LEGO dumped Shell - Here's why it matters to us all

Blog entry by James Turner | 9 October, 2014

LEGO's decision to break its 50 year partnership with Shell is – as they say in America – kind of a big deal. Despite their best attempts to downplay its significance, this was a multimillion dollar partnership that had delivered real...

From the North Pole to the United Nations - gaining ground in protecting the Arctic

Blog entry by Josefina Skerk | 19 September, 2014 4 comments

I'm trembling with excitement. Together with a small delegation I just handed over a message to one of the world's top political figures. And it’s all because of you. I don't usually hang out in New York City, rubbing shoulders with...

The writing's on the wall, now act on it!

Blog entry by Kaisa Kosonen | 28 August, 2014 1 comment

News stories are circulating about a draft IPCC climate science report – a summary report for policymakers – which condenses three full reports of climate research. The summary report will officially be released in early November,...

If it wasn't for us, the oil companies would be totally out of control

Blog entry by Laura Kenyon | 26 August, 2014

Come and spend two weeks traveling the oil fields of the Komi Republic and you can see two hundred different places contaminated in one way or another by the oil industry: rivers, swamps, forests, and green fields. Many of the...

Norway in sneak attack on the Arctic

Blog entry by Sune Scheller | 18 August, 2014 2 comments

The Esperanza has been in Svalbard, in the Arctic, for a few weeks now and we recently became aware of something urgent and disturbing. A seismic company called Dolphin Geophysical, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, ...

How the peaceful protest at Prirazlomnaya made positive change in Russia

Blog entry by Maria Favorskaya | 8 August, 2014 5 comments

The dramatic Greenpeace International action at Prirazlomnaya in September 2013 is mostly infamous for causing a lot of problems for the 28 activists, two freelance journalists and the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise. But what media...

Dear LEGO employees,

Blog entry by Ian Duff | 22 July, 2014 1 comment

Hi. My name is Ian and I'm a campaigner with Greenpeace. I'm also a new dad and a big fan of LEGO. She's a little young now, but I know that in a few years my baby girl will be building her own dreams out of your colourful little...

Are big companies using spurious copyright claims to try to stop our viral film...

Blog entry by James Turner | 12 July, 2014 2 comments

This week we released a short creative film which explores the relationship between Shell and LEGO, the world's most popular toy company. We're calling on LEGO to ditch its co-branding deal with Shell, a company that wants to drill in...

Why is Shell's PR team quietly removing details about its deal with LEGO?

Blog entry by James Turner | 10 July, 2014

The internet is a funny thing. Earlier today I innocently posted a link to a video about how valuable Shell's deal with LEGO is.  According to @irisworldwide , LEGO's promo deal with Shell is one of the biggest in the company's...

A small flag stopped the Norwegian coastguard from ending our protest. Now a...

Blog entry by Ana Mules | 30 May, 2014 3 comments

Our brave activists have now delayed the giant oil rig Transocean Spitsbergen for over 80 hours, first by occupying the rig and now by occupying the drill site with the ship Esperanza. And as long as they stay there, Statoil can’t...

Save Bear Island – Save us from oil addiction

Blog entry by Sune Scheller | 16 May, 2014

As I write this the Esperanza is sailing north along the Norwegian coast with a dedicated crew and activists, committed to put an end to oil companies' reckless race to drill for oil in the Arctic. I am glad to be one of them. This...

How can we support sustainable development in Greenland?

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | 4 February, 2014 2 comments

In the small town of Aasiaat in Western Greenland, the sleigh dogs are becoming restless and fewer in numbers. Located on one of the many islands at the edge of the picturesque Disco Bay, the dogs have played an important role in...

A small victory for the Arctic, a huge step for the Komi Peoples

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | 21 January, 2014

The Indigenous Peoples of Russia’s Komi Republic are celebrating a rare victory today, after one of the oil companies that has been polluting their traditional land , was finally held to account. Lukoil, one of the oil companies...

Getting the Arctic 30 home

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 2 December, 2013 9 comments

Australian activist Colin Russell has finally been released from a St. Petersburg detention center, the last of the Arctic 30 detainees to be freed on bail after the seizure of the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise more...

Ranking the climate culprits

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 22 November, 2013

There's a clear parallel between the behaviour of the fossil fuel giants and tobacco companies: tobacco companies went to extraordinary lengths to suppress the knowledge that smoking caused cancer, activities that eventually resulted...

"Dear Vladimir...": Ex-Beatle Sir Paul writes to Putin calling for Arctic 30 release

Blog entry by Elena Polisano | 14 November, 2013 5 comments

Support for the Arctic 30 just went pop. In a really good way. And Sir Paul McCartney just made a sure-fire bid to become my favourite Beatle. Today on his website Sir Paul published a personal letter to Vladimir Putin, in which the...

Support from the Amazon to the Arctic

Blog entry by Anne Dingwall, Security Advisor | 13 November, 2013 29 comments

A small group of us had been working in Manaus, deep in the Amazon, for two years. We were exposing illegal logging operations and making some enemies in the process. The Amazon was isolated and violent. Assassinations of...

A day of tribute to all environmental heroes

Blog entry by Hilde Stroot | 10 November, 2013 2 comments

Celebrate all the ordinary people doing extraordinary things to safeguard our future. My friends and colleagues — the Arctic 30 — remain in their cold cells for defending the Arctic, but they are not alone. The environmental...

Dear Alex

Blog entry by Amrekha Sharma | 25 October, 2013 3 comments

Alexandra Harris, activist aboard the Arctic Sunrise and member of the Arctic 30, has been in a cell in Murmansk for more than a month on charges first of piracy, and now of "hooliganism" in response to their non-violent protest...

Strong EU support for Arctic 30 does not go unnoticed

Blog entry by Joris den Blanken | 25 October, 2013

Parliaments in democracies the world over are places of vigorous discussion and sometimes fierce debate. Views on either side of the political spectrum are often radically divergent. With members from political parties in all of the...

Arctic 30 say thank you for your support

Blog entry by Birgitte Lesanner | 25 October, 2013 2 comments

Many of you, all around the world, have been kind enough to show your support for the Arctic 30 who continue to be detained in Russia with dark prospects. From the little news we get out of the Murmansk detention centre, one thing is...

In Russia, the future of the Arctic is up for debate

Blog entry by Martin Lloyd | 6 November, 2013

The Russian public are far less sure than Gazprom about the question of drilling in the Arctic. In a poll produced by Russian research agency FOM , 42% said drilling and mining in the Arctic was not appropriate. Just behind the 45%...

Don’t believe the hype – hooliganism is hardly better than piracy

Blog entry by Jess Wilson | 23 October, 2013 18 comments

Earlier this evening Russian authorities offered the Arctic 30 — currently being held in a freezing jail in Murmansk — what looked like a legal olive branch by dropping piracy charges and replacing them with ones of "hooliganism."* ...

Dutch request maritime court to order release of Arctic 30

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 22 October, 2013 7 comments

The Netherlands lodged a lawsuit against Russia today at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, seeking the release of the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise and its passengers. This is an...

Battling extreme weather on Mt Everest to join the call to #FreeTheArctic30

Blog entry by Zhong Yu | 18 October, 2013 5 comments

I've been to Mount Everest thirteen times, mostly to climb, but twice to investigate glacial evidence of climate change. This year I thought I came back to ride. My friend Nancy and I rode 1,500 kilometres on bicycles over the course...

6 men in balaclavas break into grounds of Greenpeace office in Russia

Blog entry by James Sadri | 18 October, 2013 20 comments

Security camera footage from the Greenpeace office in Murmansk - where campaigners and lawyers are working to free the Arctic 30 - shows six men in balaclavas jumping the fence and breaking into the grounds of the shared building. ...

Award-winning photographer dedicates prize to Denis Sinyakov and Arctic 30

Blog entry by Daniel Beltrá, Freelance Photographer | 17 October, 2013 4 comments

It was a very special night for me: I received second place at the prestigious Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year. My prize was for a series of photographs I had taken for Greenpeace International as John Novis had commissioned...

Mothers of the disappeared want the Arctic 30 to come home

Blog entry by Dannielle Taaffe | 16 October, 2013 37 comments

Google them and the words 'bravery', 'audacity', and 'justice' are among the first to pop up. Thousands of articles, stacks of books and scores of songs – even one by U2 - have been dedicated to them. The Mothers of the Plaza...

WATCH: Thousands of people in nearly 50 countries stand in solidarity with Arctic 30

Blog entry by Cassady Sharp | 9 October, 2013

It’s a rare and beautiful thing when people all across the world unite in defense of peaceful protest and action on climate change. That’s what happened this past weekend when thousands of people took part in solidarity events for the...

We rebut Gazprom's absurd claims about the Arctic 30

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 8 October, 2013 1 comment

In a recent news item on the BBC , Artur Akopov, chief of operations on the Prirazlomnaya, made a number of absurd claims about the safety of the peaceful Greenpeace action on the side of Gazprom's giant oil platform. In a ...

An assault on the very principle of peaceful protest

Blog entry by Jess Wilson | 3 October, 2013 18 comments

It is bitterly ironic that as the world celebrated Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday as International Non-Violence Day, 30 non-violent, peaceful protestors sat locked up in jail cells in Russia. Yesterday, 13 activists and one freelance...

Faiza: "The uncertainty is driving me crazy"

Blog entry by Faiza Oulahsen | 2 October, 2013 81 comments

"I have no idea how this will end, how long it will take. The uncertainty is driving me crazy," writes Greenpeace Netherlands campaigner Faiza Oulahsen in a letter from her cell in Murmansk, Russia. She writes about her experiences...

Free the Arctic 30, and lock up fossil fuels

Blog entry by Truls Gulowsen, Head of Greenpeace Norway | 29 September, 2013 6 comments

On Friday, peaceful activists from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise  woke up in a freezing jail cell in Russia for trying to protect the Arctic and fight global warming. At the same time the UN panel on Climate Change released its...

World’s top climate scientists give us hope for a better future if we act now

Blog entry by Stephanie Tunmore | 27 September, 2013 2 comments

Thirty crew members of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise are in prison in Russia, because they took peaceful action against oil drilling in the Arctic, intending to change the grim future we are constructing for ourselves and the...

Arctic 30 to be held in Russian jail pending piracy investigation

Blog entry by Jessica Wilson | 27 September, 2013 53 comments

UPDATE OCT 2: Today, 13 activists and a freelance video journalist were formally charged with piracy under Article 227 of the Russian Criminal Code. The maximum sentence, if convicted, is 15 years in a Russian jail. Greenpeace...

Q&A: Gazprom and the Arctic

Blog entry by Damian Kahya | 24 September, 2013

The fight over the Arctic's oil and gas reserves has intensified - but what is actually going on? We've put together a short Q&A. What's happened? Russian authorities summoned the Dutch ambassador to Moscow (the Sunrise flies a...

Why does Gazprom seem to be making ridiculous claims about our safety pod?

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 20 September, 2013 73 comments

Greenpeace International has a long and proud history of peaceful protests in defence of the environment, but right now Russian authorities are holding 30 of our activists on board the Arctic Sunrise for opposing the reckless oil...

(Ice) breaking news: last week an oil tanker hit an ice floe in the Russian Arctic

Blog entry by Elena Polisano | 12 September, 2013 2 comments

Our researchers just discovered a very dangerous collision in the Russian Arctic. Last week, a tanker that was not built for freezing waters was 'holed' by an ice floe and had to wait for seven days for help. Yep — holed, as in its...

Creative forces behind environmentalism, lit by the Mediterranean sun

Blog entry by Arin de Hoog | 21 June, 2013

Cannes and Greenpeace; not normally two things you'd link together. This year, however, Greenpeace made its presence known as the Southern French town glitzed and glamoured its way through summer film and media festivals. Greenpeace...

Our cards are on the table

Blog entry by Mads Christensen | 6 June, 2011 22 comments

Sometimes talk is not enough. Sometimes people need to stand up and act. The oil industry has throughout history shown a lack of respect for people and the environment. Now here in the frozen north they are doing it again. Cairn...

How LEGO got awesome to #SaveTheArctic

Blog entry by Ian Duff | 9 October, 2014 26 comments

Today we got the awesome news: after a three-month campaign supported by more than a million people worldwide, LEGO has announced it will not renew its contract with Arctic destroyer Shell. This is fantastic news for LEGO fans and...

7 ways fishing trawlers are bad news for the seabed

Blog entry by Carl Safina | 8 July, 2016 3 comments

I’m writing this in the high Arctic at 78º North Latitude in early July, aboard the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise where I’m a guest for a few days, with 24-hour daylight and gleaming glaciers in the valleys of snow-capped coastal...

The melting Arctic ice calls for protecting what I love

Blog entry by Jennifer Morgan | 29 June, 2016

Last week I visited the Svalbard archipelago in the northern Barents Sea to bear witness to the rapid changes occurring in the Arctic. In many ways, the Arctic is the frontline of dramatic environmental changes that will impact...

New Wikileaks Revelations Shed Light On Arctic Oil 'Carve Up'

Press release | 12 May, 2011 at 20:26

New revelations by the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks show how the scramble for resources in the Arctic is sparking military tension in the region – with NATO sources worried about the potential for armed conflict between the alliance and Russia.

President Vladimir Putin announces first shipment of Arctic oil from controversial...

Press release | 18 April, 2014 at 17:27

Amsterdam, 18 April 2014 - Russian President Vladimir Putin today announced that state owned energy company Gazprom is ready to send the first ever shipment of oil from offshore Arctic waters to Europe.

Greenpeace International files official petition for release of Arctic Sunrise ship

Press release | 3 March, 2014 at 13:59

Amsterdam, 3 March 2014 - Greenpeace International today filed a formal petition with the Russian Investigative Committee regarding the release of the ship Arctic Sunrise, following the news that the Committee has extended its investigation into...

Russian authorities say Arctic 30 cannot return home

Press release | 13 December, 2013 at 10:39

Amsterdam, 13 December 2013 - The Russian authorities have told the Arctic 30 that they cannot leave the country, defying the ruling of an international court which ordered that they should be allowed to go home immediately.

Eyes of Arctic 30 turn to Russian parliament on eve of amnesty vote

Press release | 17 December, 2013 at 14:35

Amsterdam, 17 December 2013 - A crucial vote in the Duma (Russian parliament) tomorrow could see the end of legal proceedings against the Arctic 30.

Russian parliament votes for amnesty for Arctic 30

Press release | 18 December, 2013 at 10:57

Amsterdam, 18 December 2013 - The Greenpeace activists who spent two months in jail after a peaceful protest in the Arctic have expressed relief after the Russian parliament voted to grant them amnesty. But they also declared: “There is no...

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