We can either all win or we all lose

CANDEIRAS DO JAMARI, RONDÔNIA, BRAZIL: Aerial view of a large burned area in the city of Candeiras do Jamari in the state of Rondônia. © Victor Moriyama / GreenpeaceThis story was originally published in Spanish here. Brazilian actress Alice Braga and Greenpeace partnered this summer to launch Countdown to Destruction, a three-video animated series that … Continue reading “We can either all win or we all lose”

Urgence climatique : incendies dans les forêts de Russie

Avez-vous entendu parler des mégafeux qui ravagent les forêts russes depuis la mi-juillet ? Selon les données de surveillance satellite, la superficie totale brûlée par les incendies de forêt en Russie depuis début 2020 a atteint 21 millions d’hectares – une superficie plus grande que la Grèce. On fait le point. Cet article Urgence climatique … Continue reading “Urgence climatique : incendies dans les forêts de Russie”

Real life migrant workers star in short films about modern slavery at sea

The promise of work on foreign shores usually ignites hopes, dreams, and ambitions. For hundreds of thousands of migrant fishers, mainly from Southeast Asia, who are deployed overseas onto massive fishing vessels each year to help pick and pack tonnes of seafood for global consumption, this job represents a pathway to a better life: the … Continue reading “Real life migrant workers star in short films about modern slavery at sea”

Déforestation : l’inaction coupable d’E.Macron

Le 14 novembre 2018, le gouvernement adoptait une Stratégie nationale de lutte contre la déforestation importée. En mai 2019, le ministère de l’Agriculture annonçait la publication en juin 2019 d’une nouvelle stratégie sur les protéines végétales pour entre autre rendre la France moins dépendants des importations de soja, qui contribuent à la déforestation. En août … Continue reading “Déforestation : l’inaction coupable d’E.Macron”

Fading memories of the atomic bombing – Hiroshima 75 years later

Memories of the atomic bombing are fading – and we must pass them onto future generations. Greenpeace Japan sat down with Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor and former director of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Mr. Harada Hiroshi to listen to his story. People were scattered across the ground in front of me, bodies lying on … Continue reading “Fading memories of the atomic bombing – Hiroshima 75 years later”

How JBS is still slaughtering the Amazon

Industrial meat is taking us to the tipping point. The global system of industrial agriculture fuels the climate emergency and destroys biodiversity. It erodes public health and denies the human rights of workers and communities.  The industrial meat economy – including the production of animal feed as well as the rearing and processing of livestock … Continue reading “How JBS is still slaughtering the Amazon”

The North Sea’s choice: Revolution or Destruction?

Since its beginning in the 1960s, the North Sea oil industry has earned billions of Euros profit and helped fill the coffers of a number of European governments. At the same time these oil and gas operations have contributed to the climate crisis, marine pollution, and endangered marine life. But we need to leave that behind. … Continue reading “The North Sea’s choice: Revolution or Destruction?”

Greenpeace ships tracking the fossil fuel industry in the North Sea

Hamburg, Germany – The Greenpeace ships Esperanza and Rainbow Warrior depart Hamburg today, to start a month-long documentation and peaceful protest tour in the North Sea. Teams on board will gather evidence of the extreme industrialisation of the region by the oil and gas industry, which has been polluting the ocean and fueling the climate … Continue reading “Greenpeace ships tracking the fossil fuel industry in the North Sea”

Cabo Pulmo, an ocean success story for people and wildlife

Twenty five years ago, the biodiversity and beauty of Cabo Pulmo was threatened by overfishing and irresponsible tourism. Now the coral reef in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur is again home to a wide variety of life including several types of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, birds and marine mammals. As we campaign for a global … Continue reading “Cabo Pulmo, an ocean success story for people and wildlife”

Let’s protect people and the planet with reusable face masks

Covid-19 and plastic pollution: one crisis on top of another While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate countries like the United States and Brazil, scientists around the world are reinforcing the importance of wearing face masks to prevent the transmission of the virus.  The increasing use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks … Continue reading “Let’s protect people and the planet with reusable face masks”

Health experts call for reusable PPE to protect people and planet

Washington DC, United States, — Health experts from around the world today endorsed the use of well-made reusable masks or gloves that are properly sanitised in order to protect the environment from pollution as well as our communities from the global COVID-19 pandemic. As countries continue to face shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), the … Continue reading “Health experts call for reusable PPE to protect people and planet”

Flooded cities and millions displaced in pictures

The Guanyinge temple, a 700-year old temple built on a rock, in the swollen Yangtze River in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province. – Heavy rains since June have left at least 141 people dead and missing, forced nearly 15 million people to be evacuated from their homes in July alone, according to the government. … Continue reading “Flooded cities and millions displaced in pictures”

Climate Emergency in Russian Forests – in photos

Russia’s sprawling Siberia region has become a climate crisis hotspot as mega fires continue to burn through Siberian Taiga forests, covering many major Russian cities in haze. Russian authorities have once again failed to provide adequate resources to fight these fires, putting local communities at risk and contributing to climate change. According to satellite monitoring … Continue reading “Climate Emergency in Russian Forests – in photos”

Rainbow in Russia is possible only after the rain. For now.

We all know how important each country or region’s local context is in terms of our individual rights as human beings.  I am 42, and I remember all kinds of different times. In a short period of time in the 90s, Russia was trying to redefine itself. Then there was more hope and more freedom … Continue reading “Rainbow in Russia is possible only after the rain. For now.”

Fires are raging in the Amazon—again

One year has passed since the world was shocked by the images of the fires blazing across the Amazon in Brazil. But since then, the forest hasn’t stopped burning —and 2020 could be even more devastating for the rainforest and the Indigenous Peoples who call it home. Last week, Greenpeace Brazil flew over the state … Continue reading “Fires are raging in the Amazon—again”

Alice Braga featured in video series about the environmental impacts of the industrial food system

São Paulo – Greenpeace Brazil and Brazilian actor Alice Braga have partnered to release “Countdown to Destruction,” a three-video animated series explaining how the production of food commodities such as meat, dairy, soya and palm oil at an industrial scale has led to widespread deforestation across the world. The current industrial food system is a … Continue reading “Alice Braga featured in video series about the environmental impacts of the industrial food system”

Siberia a climate hotspot: Wildfires rage covering Russian cities in smoke

Moscow, Russia – Major Russian cities are shrouded in haze as a mega fires continue to burn through Siberian Taiga forests, in what is becoming an annual occurrence. It’s another year that Russian authorities have failed to stop these fires risking local communities and contributing to climate change.  Greenpeace Russia Wildfire Unit Head Grigory Kuksin … Continue reading “Siberia a climate hotspot: Wildfires rage covering Russian cities in smoke”

Slowing the circular economy

COVID has underlined the deep mutual connection and reliance we have with the natural world. It is also showing that our current socio-economic systems — driven by hectic lifestyles, mindless consumption and putting a price-tag on nature — doesn’t work. It clarifies that linking relentless and voracious economic growth with our personal well-being makes no … Continue reading “Slowing the circular economy”

Greenpace captures images of illegal fires raging in the Amazon

Manaus – Greenpeace Brazil has captured photos of fire hotspots burning throughout the state of Mato Grosso, in the Amazon rainforest. The images were taken as part of flyovers conducted between 7-10 July to document the fires in the Amazon. All of the hotspots are currently considered illegal based on a government ban on fires … Continue reading “Greenpace captures images of illegal fires raging in the Amazon”

UN intervention needed on suspected murder case linked to global tuna trader

New York – The suspected murder of an I-Kiribati fisheries observer in March of this year demands UN intervention to ensure effective and thorough investigation, according to a formal complaint by Greenpeace USA and the Association for Professional Observers (APO).[1] The complaint, submitted on behalf of the family of the deceased fisheries observer Eritara Aati … Continue reading “UN intervention needed on suspected murder case linked to global tuna trader”

Greenpeace delivers over 28 tonnes of emergency supplies to Indigenous communities in Brazil to fight COVID-19 with coalition efforts

Manaus – Greenpeace Brazil has partnered up with health professionals and other organisations[1] to deliver over 28 tonnes of urgently needed medical supplies; including COVID-19 tests, oxygen cylinders, hand sanitisers and personal protection equipment, to remote cities in the Amazon region. The solidarity project, called “Wings of Emergency”, has reached more than 50 Indigenous groups … Continue reading “Greenpeace delivers over 28 tonnes of emergency supplies to Indigenous communities in Brazil to fight COVID-19 with coalition efforts”

[Action] Climat : Macron, Notre Drame

Ce jeudi matin, des activistes de Greenpeace se sont hissés au sommet de la plus haute grue d’Europe de Notre-Dame à Paris à 80 mètres du sol, pour y déployer une bannière portant le message « Climat : aux actes ! ». A qui s’adressent-ils ? Directement à Emmanuel Macron, pour dénoncer son inaction climatique. Cet … Continue reading “[Action] Climat : Macron, Notre Drame”

Real-time counter tracks cost of air pollution during COVID-19

Jakarta, Indonesia – Air pollution is linked to the loss of an estimated 24,000 lives in Delhi, India in the first half of 2020 despite a strict COVID-related lockdown, according to a new tool that uses live air quality data to track the cost of air pollution in real time. The counter, developed by Greenpeace … Continue reading “Real-time counter tracks cost of air pollution during COVID-19”

Le greenwashing de LREM à l’Assemblée nationale

Sans nul doute vert de rage, au lendemain des élections municipales dominées par des coalitions d’écologistes dans de nombreuses grandes villes, Emmanuel Macron a convoqué la Convention citoyenne pour le climat à l’Elysée pour afficher une énième conversion à l’écologie. Après le “tournant écologique” de l’acte 2 du quinquennat, puis celui affiché en février lors … Continue reading “Le greenwashing de LREM à l’Assemblée nationale”

2020, the year of disruption: Climate Crisis, COVID19, Racial Justice, #BlackLivesMatter

I normally jot down my thoughts on paper as a way of clearing my head with the hope that I can decompress all that I’m feeling – this is that.  I have never experienced anything of the same magnitude as what we are currently going through. 2020 is the year of disruption. The year for … Continue reading “2020, the year of disruption: Climate Crisis, COVID19, Racial Justice, #BlackLivesMatter”

What are the Russian authorities trying to hide?

Environmental stories out of Russia have been in the news lately. First, there was one of the largest diesel spills in the Russian Arctic’s history. Then, there is the shocking heating of the Arctic which can be directly connected to climate change, which is driven by the burning of fossil fuels, like diesel. Now — … Continue reading “What are the Russian authorities trying to hide?”

Affaire du Siècle : la réponse de l’État est-elle à la hauteur ?

Près de 16 mois après le début de l’instruction, l’État a enfin répondu aux 2,3 millions de soutiens qui s’inquiètent de l’inaction climatique en France. Alors que les quatre organisations à l’origine du recours en justice (Notre Affaire à Tous, la Fondation Nicolas Hulot, Greenpeace France et Oxfam France) sont désormais soutenues par la Fondation … Continue reading “Affaire du Siècle : la réponse de l’État est-elle à la hauteur ?”

Illegal mining threatens the Amazon and exposes Indigenous Peoples to COVID-19

The rampant spread of the coronavirus in Brazil has already taken the lives of more than 57 thousand people. Meanwhile, illegal miners are going further and further into Indigenous lands in the Amazon, threatening not only the forest, but also exposing Indigenous People to COVID-19. Mining pushes through and devastates the Munduruku Indigenous Land in … Continue reading “Illegal mining threatens the Amazon and exposes Indigenous Peoples to COVID-19”

Faut-il se réjouir de la fermeture de Fessenheim ?

On y est ! Ce 29 juin prochain à minuit, l’arrêt du réacteur numéro 2 de Fessenheim actera la fermeture définitive de cette vieille centrale nucléaire controversée. Après 43 ans d’activité, la doyenne du parc nucléaire français prend une retraite plus que méritée. Conçue pour durer 30 ans avec une marge maximum à 40 ans, … Continue reading “Faut-il se réjouir de la fermeture de Fessenheim ?”

The human cost of oil: How Indigenous and ethnic minorities bear the brunt of disasters

Last month, Russia suffered one of the worst environmental disasters in its history when an oil spill at the Nornickel plant spewed thousands of tonnes of oil into land and water in Taimyr, Siberia, turning the Ambarnaya River red. It is possibly second in scale only to the 1994 Komi pipeline spill, which was by … Continue reading “The human cost of oil: How Indigenous and ethnic minorities bear the brunt of disasters”

Pride month spotlight: How it feels to be a trans activist

The transgender community often receives less spotlight than the rest of the colors in the rainbow.  This Pride Month, we’d like our transgender people to take the center stage by sharing the internal and external pressures faced by transgender people – like Parit Chomchuen.   Parit is based in Greenpeace Southeast Asia’s Bangkok office and is … Continue reading “Pride month spotlight: How it feels to be a trans activist”

It’s time to say goodbye to air pollution

Many parts of the world experienced the joys of cleaner air during the COVD-19 lockdown when human activities were restricted by the lockdown policies. Sadly – but not unexpectedly – as cities and countries begin to ease these policies, air pollution is bouncing back. According to the recent analysis, air pollution in China has already … Continue reading “It’s time to say goodbye to air pollution”

Health experts push back against plastic industry to declare safety of reusables during COVID-19

While the world is rightly preoccupied with tackling COVID-19, oil companies are pushing to produce more single-use plastic than ever before. So what do we need to know about plastic in the age of COVID-19? During these stressful times, we must listen to science not industry lobbyists. The oil and plastics industry wants you to … Continue reading “Health experts push back against plastic industry to declare safety of reusables during COVID-19”

Over 100 health experts defend safety of reusables during COVID-19 pandemic

Washington DC, United States – Over 115 health experts from eighteen countries signed onto a statement today assuring retailers and consumers that reusables are safe during COVID-19, pushing back on claims by the plastic industry. The health experts  — joined by Greenpeace USA and UPSTREAM, both members of the Break Free From Plastic movement — … Continue reading “Over 100 health experts defend safety of reusables during COVID-19 pandemic”

Fisherfolk helping out Thailand’s essential workers is the community spirit we need right now

Wichotsak Ronarongpairee has worked with traditional fishing communities in Thailand for decades. As chairman of the Thai Sea Watch Association (TSWA), a non-government organisation focused on conserving and restoring marine and coastal resources in southern Thailand, he saw the impact COVID-19 was having on small-scale fisherfolk and the community. “During the lockdown, the fish markets … Continue reading “Fisherfolk helping out Thailand’s essential workers is the community spirit we need right now”

Brésil : la déforestation, l’autre épidémie

Au moment où le monde se déconfine prudemment, le Brésil fait face à une explosion à du nombre de cas de Covid-19… mais aussi de la déforestation. Les populations particulièrement touchées par ces deux fléaux sont, comme souvent, les plus vulnérables, au premier rang desquelles les peuples autochtones. Face au cynisme du gouvernement brésilien, qui … Continue reading “Brésil : la déforestation, l’autre épidémie”

Keeping the people’s voices alive and free in the age of pandemic

June 12 was Philippine Independence Day and also the 89th day of quarantine in Metro Manila, thus far the longest COVID-19 quarantine undertaken anywhere in the world.  It’s supposed to end on June 15, but we haven’t even flattened the curve yet. There are still reportedly no mass testing capabilities in the country and the … Continue reading “Keeping the people’s voices alive and free in the age of pandemic”

Food sovereignty now and beyond COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed daily realities in nearly every corner of the world. But for millions of people, fears about access to food have made the crisis even worse. Recently the UN warned of disruption to food supplies and further loss of incomes and livelihoods – up to 1.6 billion workers affected in the formal economy … Continue reading “Food sovereignty now and beyond COVID-19”

No one is safe until we all are: Global solutions for our global biodiversity crisis

Biodiversity loss is one of the main factors likely to increase our future risk of infectious diseases. And, while there are many factors at play and no one incidence can be singularly attributed to biodiversity loss, the COVID-19 epidemic does offer some lessons about the risks we will face in the future and the solutions … Continue reading “No one is safe until we all are: Global solutions for our global biodiversity crisis”

A message for World Oceans Day

There can be no environmental justice without social justice.  A very short sentence, with millions of lives and stories behind it. The story of Fatou Samba and hundreds of courageous women fish processors, fighting against the plundering of the oceans by international industrial vessels sent to suck up the fish populations they rely on to … Continue reading “A message for World Oceans Day”

S. Korea supermarket giant to halve its single-use-plastic packaging by 2025

Seoul, South Korea – Lotte Mart, one of the largest supermarket chains in South Korea, announced its plan today to cut its single-use plastic usage by 50% by 2025, making it the first supermarket chain in Asia to make such a commitment. This announcement comes as a part of Lotte Mart’s ambitious plan that also … Continue reading “S. Korea supermarket giant to halve its single-use-plastic packaging by 2025”

The river runs red – catastrophic oil accident in the Russian Arctic

On the 29th of May, a tank containing diesel oil at the Nadezhda plant on the Taymyr peninsula in the Russian Arctic burst, spilling in excess of 20 thousand tonnes of oil products into the local environment, contaminating more than 20km of local water courses and turning the Ambarnaya River red as it carries the … Continue reading “The river runs red – catastrophic oil accident in the Russian Arctic”

Ecological imperatives – we can’t keep growing like this

Sita, our Australian shepherd, wants to go for a walk along the lake. She doesn’t give a hoot about the pandemic, global economy, or publishing deadlines. I explain to her that I’m working, and she looks at me as if I’ve lost all reason.  While everything seems to have changed, some things remain the same. … Continue reading “Ecological imperatives – we can’t keep growing like this”

226 South Korean local governments declare climate emergency

Seoul, South Korea – Today, 226 out of a total of 228 local governments in South Korea announced a climate emergency declaration at the National Assembly, making it one of the largest joint climate emergency declarations by the local governments in the world. During the ceremony called “Declaration of Climate Emergency in South Korea”,  the … Continue reading “226 South Korean local governments declare climate emergency”

How deforestation and cattle raising threaten biodiversity in Brazil

One of the most successful ways to protect forests and biodiversity is the creation of conservation areas and Indigenous Lands. However, the Brazilian government has put a halt to new Indigenous land demarcations and is systematically dismantling its protection systems, resulting in skyrocketing deforestation rates, in a mad rush for the illegal destruction of the … Continue reading “How deforestation and cattle raising threaten biodiversity in Brazil”

En vélo, Simone !

Nous n’avons eu de cesse de le répéter : il est nécessaire de réduire le nombre de voitures en circulation, qu’elles soient hybrides, électriques, diesel ou essence, pour que la filière automobile soit en cohérence avec les objectifs de l’accord de Paris. Cet article En vélo, Simone ! est apparu en premier sur Greenpeace France.

Global pulp and paper company linked to endangered Sumatran tiger’s death

Jakarta, Indonesia – A critically endangered Sumatran tiger trapped in a snare in a pulp concession operated by Sinar Mas Group’s Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) – one of the world’s biggest paper producers – has died after days without access to food and water. PT Arara Abadi, the concession where the tiger was found, … Continue reading “Global pulp and paper company linked to endangered Sumatran tiger’s death”