Top news: Rainbow Warrior II radiation monitoring obstructed by Japanese government; Greenpeace volunteers take action in Sweden and Hungary; researchers produce green index of the Royal Wedding.

Greenpeace Ship Rainbow Warrior Conducts Radiation Monitoring of Sea Life in Japan

Greenpeace Ship Rainbow Warrior Conducts Radiation Monitoring of Sea Life in Japan 
© Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert / Greenpeace

#RoyalWedding: In case you’ve missed it (hard to manage!) the whole world seems to be watching the Royal Wedding today. While everyone is guessing how the bride’s dress will look, the experts from Landcare Research were more curious about how “green” the royal wedding actually is. The researchers added together “lavish flowers and hundreds of guests” and calculated that the occasion will generate more than 12 times as much greenhouse gases than Buckingham Palace in a whole year, totaling 6,765 tons of carbon dioxide. Now, let’s just hope it will be just “once in a lifetime” thing for Kate and William.

#RainbowWarrior: The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior II - with a radiation monitoring team on board - arrived in Tokyo. Radiation monitoring was obstructed by the Japanese government when they refused to grant Greenpeace permission to carry out independent radiation monitoring within the country’s 12 mile territorial waters. The obstruction has been reported by the media worldwide from Germany and Singapore to Thailand. Greenpeace radiation expert Ike Teuling highlighted the importance of the monitoring: “We need to extend our research into the marine environment Japan relies upon so heavily to feed itself.”    

#Volunteering: Greenpeace campaigns wouldn’t be possible without the actions of our volunteers; and they do such an amazing job:

In Sweden, a group of volunteers produced a very cute video message for Mark Zuckerberg. Do you want to see a sun, wind and wind turbines happily dancing around? Then have a look at the message to Facebook.

In Hungary, local Greenpeace volunteers organised a trash collection in the forest close to the city of Szeged. We love these stories about students, teachers and full-time mums devoting their free time to creating change locally.

That’s it for today’s news.

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