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  • John Sauven, Executive Director Greenpeace UK

    Blogpost by John Sauven, Executive Director Greenpeace UK - October 20, 2011 at 12:32

    I’ve been working with Greenpeace for more than 20 years and until now I had never been deported from any country. Until last week, that is, when I tried to enter Indonesia to spend time with our staff in Jakarta in support of their work against deforestation. During my visit I was due to meet with a number of government officials, the UK ambassador, and one of the country’s largest palm oil producers. I was also planning to bear witness to the deforestation caused by Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) in Sumatra for myself. I had the correct visa, issued from the Indonesian embassy in London, but apparently that doesn’t count for much when you are part of an organization fighting against companies who have powerful connections in government. After getting off the plane in Jakarta I arrived at ... Read more >

  • Medical and Military Experts agree on climate action

    Blogpost by Anna K - October 20, 2011 at 12:24

    Medical and military experts agree that when it comes to climate change, just as in their own fields, “Prevention is the best solution”.

    Today in London, leading doctors, scientists and security experts met to discuss the ‘Health and Security Perspectives of Climate Change‘.


    You can follow tweets from the conference: #healthandsecurity
    Conference program and speakers:

    They urged governments to enact legislation to stop the building of new, unabated coal-fired power stations. (‘Unabated’ means no new coal-fired

    power stations unless they have Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) underground. And because we know that ‘clean coal’ doesn’t exist, this would actually mean no new coal.) Like Greenpeace, they advocate for a phase out of existing coal...

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  • Giving deforestation the boot at Italian shoe fair

    Blogpost by Jamie - Greenpeace UK - October 20, 2011 at 12:20

    Italian fashion: stylish and sophisticated, but unfortunately may be linked to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. As cattle ranching is responsible for about 80 per cent of deforestation in Brazil, it is likely that Brazilian shoe leather comes from areas of cleared rainforest. So a team of Greenpeace activists have set up an alternative photoshoot today outside a major industry event in Italy to remind the world's shoe and leather companies that we can't walk all over the Amazon.

    The catwalk and fashion shoot appeared at the Linea Pelle show in Bologna where attendees were greeted with the message "Salvati la pelle". In Italian, 'pelle' means life as well as leather, so it translates as either 'save your skin' or 'save your leather' – take your pick.

    Top Italian models glided ... Read more >

  • Voting now open in our VW film competition!

    Blogpost by Richardg - October 20, 2011 at 9:50

    Volkswagen claims to be an eco-friendly company, but in reality it's lobbying against the laws we need to stop climate change and make cars more efficient.

    Last month, we challenged film makers from around the world to help us expose the real VW. We gave people just two weeks to write, shoot and edit their films, but it didn't stop us getting some truly amazing - and hilarious - entries.

    Head over to the film competition website and vote for your favourites!

    Volkswagen spends more on advertising in the UK than any other car company, so we asked people to make a one minute 'subvert' - a fake advert which used VW's marketing against it.

    People chose to interpret that in loads of different ways. We had amazing versions of Volkswagen's latest animated advert, Think Blue: Symphony. ... Read more >

  • Elvis appears in Tauranga court today

    Blogpost by Nick Young - October 19, 2011 at 10:23

    As the shipwrecked Rena lies in the Bay of Plenty and its spilled oil washes ashore, Elvis Heremia Teddy is to appear in a Tauranga court today because he took a stand to protect his home coastline from oil spills.

    Ironically he’ll appear at the same time as the Captain of the Rena.

    In April as skipper of the small vessel San Pietro, and as part of the Stop Deep Sea Oil flotilla Elvis, along with his small crew and tribal leader Rikirangi Gage sailed the te Whanau a Apanui fishing vessel in front of the Petrobras deep sea oil survey vessel in the deep waters of the Raukumara. This is an area he and his family have fished for generations and rely on for their livelihood.

    The planned deep sea oil drilling, at depths of up to double that of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon well would put t... Read more >

  • The teaspoon and the bucket

    Blogpost by Steve Abel - October 18, 2011 at 16:48

    Salvers of the Rena chillingly describe her as a “dying ship”. Bad weather will hit the Bay of Plenty again tonight and could cause the final break up of the vessel. Pumping of oil finally began again last night but a fractional 90 tonnes was removed of the over 1,000 tonnes that it’s hoped remain in the fuel holds of the Rena. So far at least 350 tonnes of the ships total original load of 1,700 tonnes of fuel oil has spilled into the precious Bay of Plenty and tarred her beaches, wetlands, rocky shores and multifarious species.

    Now the Rena is set to join the wildlife fatalities her grounding has caused. But if she breaks and the remainder of that oil is released we will see four times the volume of oil already spilled entering the environment.. It must be remembered that what we c... Read more >

  • This morning, a team of Greenpeace activists were met by an overwhelming police presence at the Port of Taranaki.

    Early this morning the Polarcus Alima - a survey vessel chartered by the US oil giant Anadarko - slipped in to the Port of Taranaki.

    They no doubt hoped to keep a low profile before embarking on their scheduled assignment to explore for deep sea oil reserves off the coast of Raglan but we cannot let this go unnoticed. This is the pointy end of the looming deep sea oil rush in New Zealand coastal waters.

    Greenpeace had a small team there to meet it with a peaceful protest but the police seem unusually interested in preventing anything coming between Anadarko and New Zealand’s promised deep sea oil reserves. How did they know we were coming? We’re not sure. But what is clear ... Read more >

  • No drill - No spill

    Blogpost by Dean Baigent-Mercer - October 17, 2011 at 11:17

    ‘Where has the oil gone?’ we asked ourselves. First it was coating the beaches, rocky shorelines, birds and seals then the rest in the sea disappeared. There was little official information we could get and media reports suggested it was heading south somewhere between Whakatane and Whangaparaoa Bay (where our flotilla opposing deep sea oil drilling set off earlier this year).

    Fortunately a friend emailed me that a hui was called at Te Kaha Marae for officials to inform and discuss a localised response.

    So while Greenpeace volunteers worked on Matakana Island to clear oil with hapu, a small team headed to Te Kaha. On the way there I saw with new eyes coastal areas most vulnerable to contamination as we travelled east and contemplated how everything could change by the end of this week i... Read more >

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