Let’s Look Up

Don’t Look Up quickly broke  Netflix viewing records upon being released late in December, and the film has become a lightning rod for opinions about global heating, AKA climate change. The film by Adam McKay (The Big Short, Vice) stars Jennifer Lawrence as grad student Kate Dibiasky and Leonardo DiCaprio as Dr. Randall Mindy, two … Continue reading “Let’s Look Up”

Climat, emplois, sécurité : Total greenwashing à Grandpuits

Nos militants et militantes et celles et ceux d’organisations membres du collectif Plus jamais ça sont ce matin aux côtés de salariés de la raffinerie de Grandpuits, alors que se tient l’audience de la cour administrative d’appel de Paris sur leur recours contre le plan de sauvegarde de l’emploi proposé par Total. La multinationale des … Continue reading “Climat, emplois, sécurité : Total greenwashing à Grandpuits”

Ecology? Look it up! You’re still involved

This year has been the 50th Anniversary of Greenpeace; 2022 will be the 50th anniversary of the Limits to Growth study. During this era, a half-century ago, citizens around the world began seeing signs of a pending ecological crisis, and began to talk about it.  This image, below, could be considered the first Greenpeace public … Continue reading “Ecology? Look it up! You’re still involved”

10 victoires qui riment avec espoir

Comme l’air ou l’eau, l’espoir est une ressource naturelle : nous en avons besoin chaque jour pour avancer… et nous avons parfois l’impression d’en manquer. Alors pour faire le plein d’énergies positives et de courage pour 2022, voici 10 victoires que Greenpeace et ses alliés ont obtenues en France et dans le monde en 2021. Haut les … Continue reading “10 victoires qui riment avec espoir”

The world is ditching plastics with reuse and refill laws and practices

Thanks to pressure from millions of people around the world, governments are finally beginning to acknowledge that the only way to tackle the plastic pollution crisis is through shifting towards a system based on reuse.  Slowly we have seen reuse and refill business models advance around the world, but it’s time for us to act … Continue reading “The world is ditching plastics with reuse and refill laws and practices”

How Greenpeace monitors impact within its volunteer and activist communities

Ever joined a volunteer group in your city, a rally to protest against a big polluter or a forest cleanup day? You might have noticed that each initiative brings in a huge amount of “behind the scenes” work, with many people helping out to make sure everything runs smoothly.  At Greenpeace, we call this “mobilisation“, … Continue reading “How Greenpeace monitors impact within its volunteer and activist communities”

Their unheard voices: The fishermen of Fukushima

In April 2021, the Japanese government decided to discharge radioactive water stored inside the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station into the Pacific Ocean. TEPCO’s plan is to build a pipeline along the ocean bed and release diluted processed radioactive water 1 km off the coast of Fukushima. In November, Greenpeace conducted its 33rd Fukushima … Continue reading “Their unheard voices: The fishermen of Fukushima”

A year of record-breaking extreme weather

I heard about it but ignored it.  I saw it coming but just ignored it. I saw that it was happening in the Poles. But no one lives there, so I wasn’t bothered.  I heard that it’s happening on some remote island, but it’s so far away. But now, suddenly, it’s hitting too close to … Continue reading “A year of record-breaking extreme weather”

2021’s incredible moments in pictures

Throughout the year, Greenpeace was able to capture incredible moments that show the courageous spirit and determination of the many activists and volunteers who took action for people and the planet even in the midst of a raging pandemic. We saw climate activists stepping up and challenging world leaders to take drastic and bolder measures … Continue reading “2021’s incredible moments in pictures”

10 inspiring environmental victories of 2021

Hope is a natural resource too, and it can sometimes feel in short supply. Here are 10 important and inspiring wins for people and the planet this year: let’s joyfully celebrate them and renew our strength to keep pushing for change in 2022. Forward! 1. Netherlands – Court orders oil giant Shell to cut emissions … Continue reading “10 inspiring environmental victories of 2021”

TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil to do seismic testing in whale grounds, Greenpeace report shows

Scientists surveying the Mediterranean Sea have found at least four different species, including sperm whales and three species of dolphins, in an area close to the island of Crete, where TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil are set to start seismic tests to explore for oil and gas, a new Greenpeace Greece report shows today. Sperm whales are … Continue reading “TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil to do seismic testing in whale grounds, Greenpeace report shows”

A Global South perspective on the fight against the climate crisis

After a few weeks reflecting on the United Nations Global Climate meeting better known as COP26, I must say that its outcomes left me with strongly mixed feelings. From my perspective as a Climate and Oceans Campaigner from Senegal, Africa, the COP26 results were quite frankly a death sentence for communities across the globe. Instead … Continue reading “A Global South perspective on the fight against the climate crisis”

Shell in South Africa: fossil fuels at full blast

Hundreds of Capetonians showed up to the Muizenberg Beach (South Africa) protest against Shell’s oil and gas exploration during the national day of action. © Fixer FilmsJust weeks after world leaders failed us at COP26 by not committing to urgent action to end the climate crisis, the controversial South African Minister of Minerals and Energy … Continue reading “Shell in South Africa: fossil fuels at full blast”

‘This monster machine is built for profit: nothing else’ – activists scale vast deep sea mining vessel as governments meet to discuss fate of seafloor

Rotterdam, The Netherlands – As world governments gather to discuss whether to allow deep sea mining to go ahead, Greenpeace activists have scaled a vast 228m deep sea mining vessel in Rotterdam port preparing for mining trials next year.  Twenty activists from Greenpeace Netherlands, Greenpeace Germany and Greenpeace Switzerland approached the towering vessel, starkly named Hidden … Continue reading “‘This monster machine is built for profit: nothing else’ – activists scale vast deep sea mining vessel as governments meet to discuss fate of seafloor”

Meet 12 climate activists changing the world

The climate crisis is impacting millions around the world unequally and catastrophically threatening future generations. Yet the voices of those most impacted by the climate crisis – particularly Indigenous communities – are the ones often ignored or silenced. But these activists especially refuse to remain quiet. They mobilized and held their own at debate tables … Continue reading “Meet 12 climate activists changing the world”

Animations we loved this year — 7 short films that inspire action

Who doesn’t admire a well crafted animation? Especially one that lifts the spirit and emboldens you to uproot oppressive systems and make way for a better world. Here are seven short animated films we loved in 2021. Stories that make us angry and sad in parts, but also fire our hearts and inspire action for … Continue reading “Animations we loved this year — 7 short films that inspire action”

Has the zombie apocalypse of forest fires begun?

We have all seen the dramatic, terrifying images of wildfires tearing at devastating speed through forested areas all over the world, from the Amazon to California and throughout Europe. But what we don’t very often see – likely because it’s much more difficult to capture with a camera, – are the equally devastating peat fires … Continue reading “Has the zombie apocalypse of forest fires begun?”

Stories from our volunteers

We are grateful for and inspired by our volunteers who are fighting for a better world and encouraging others to tackle the issues that our planet is facing. From organising peaceful protests and fighting forest fires, to painting banners and working on digital content to spread awareness, Greenpeace volunteers come from all ages and backgrounds … Continue reading “Stories from our volunteers”

CitizenClimate: Veronica

Global citizens taking action for the sake of the planet. The Citizen: Veronica, housewife and mother of two children, 11 and 8. Lives in Jakarta, Indonesia.  The Action: Veronica was one of the plaintiffs in the air pollution lawsuit by Jakarta residents against President Joko Widodo, the Jakarta governor, and other senior government officials to … Continue reading “CitizenClimate: Veronica”

Photographic memories II

A photographer looks back at Greenpeace’s early years From 1974 to 1982, I served as photographer on Greenpeace campaigns. Here are a dozen more photographs from those years along with some memories that they evoke: Whale campaign announcement, Vancouver, 1975 © Greenpeace / Rex WeylerGreenpeace, originally an anti-war group, had been active in local ecological … Continue reading “Photographic memories II”

The true cost of Black Friday

The end of the year is near: a change in seasons and celebrations of traditional holidays around the world. For many, that means an increase in consumption habits. Big brands sit back and wait for consumers to think they are making a smart decision just because the price is low, forgetting that the lower the … Continue reading “The true cost of Black Friday”

Meat marketing: We’re not loving it

What does “being a man” have in common with eating meat? Or “being a good mother” with cooking meat for dinner?  Nothing! But the meat industry wants us to believe otherwise, or at least it seems that way if we take a look at their advertising campaigns.  The 7 myths of Big Meat’s marketing According … Continue reading “Meat marketing: We’re not loving it”

This is what illegal mining in the Amazon looks like

Illegal mining in the Amazon – a threat to local communities’ health and livelihoods – continues to advance in the region. Last week, rumours that gold was found in the Madeira River, in the south of the Amazon, caused hundreds of rafts to head to the region, causing panic to those who know how destructive … Continue reading “This is what illegal mining in the Amazon looks like”

Rapport : Que cache la pub pour la viande ?

Greenpeace dévoile aujourd’hui les résultats d’une recherche menée dans six pays européens, dont la France, analysant la communication des industriels de la viande auprès du grand public.  Sept sémioticiens et sémioticiennes ont passé au crible les stratégies publicitaires de 51 marques (ou organisations professionnelles) de viande. Le constat de ces spécialistes de l’analyse des signes … Continue reading “Rapport : Que cache la pub pour la viande ?”

‘From Crafting Headlines to Influencing them’: Greenpeace Africa Head of Communications’ Decade of Activism

Greenpeace Africa Head of Communication Mbong Akiy Fokwa Tsafack (left) reflects on her highlights at Greenpeace over the last decade © Theo Mosienyane, Shane Robinson, Pape Diatta Sarr My love affair with Greenpeace Africa started in January 2011 when I joined the organisation as a full-time employee, though I had flirted with the organisation as … Continue reading “‘From Crafting Headlines to Influencing them’: Greenpeace Africa Head of Communications’ Decade of Activism”

Stop à la précarité énergétique !

À Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis), Grenoble (Isère) et Villeurbanne (Rhône), la Fondation Abbé Pierre, Alliance Citoyenne et Greenpeace se sont mobilisées mercredi 10 novembre aux côtés des citoyen·nes contre la précarité énergétique. Au carrefour des enjeux sociaux et écologiques, la précarité énergétique est une forme de mal-logement qui devrait être une priorité du gouvernement. C’est pourquoi, mercredi … Continue reading “Stop à la précarité énergétique !”

Cantines et menus végétariens, objectif atteint !

Durant quatre ans, Greenpeace France a lutté pour l’introduction de davantage de menus végétariens dans les cantines scolaires françaises. Retour sur une campagne victorieuse, rendue possible par l’implication de centaines de milliers de personnes. La restauration dans les cantines, enjeu environnemental et sanitaire majeur La surproduction et la surconsommation de viande ont de lourdes conséquences … Continue reading “Cantines et menus végétariens, objectif atteint !”

A stand against the climate crisis is a stand against gender violence

The climate crisis and environmental degradation are fuelling gender-based violence. Women and gender minorities at the forefront of environmental resistance movements are a prime target of violence. They are threatened, intimidated, attacked, or killed while defending their homes, communities, land, livelihoods, and ecosystems vital for biodiversity and the climate. This International Day against Violence against … Continue reading “A stand against the climate crisis is a stand against gender violence”

Greenpeace solidarity statement with Wet’suwet’en People

Toronto, 23 November 2021 – Greenpeace International and Greenpeace Canada stand in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people, Gidimt’en Checkpoint and Unist’ot’en Camp who are defending their waters and lands against the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline and other unwanted and dangerous pipeline projects.  Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace International Executive Director said: “Canada has made international commitments on respecting … Continue reading “Greenpeace solidarity statement with Wet’suwet’en People”

Detoxing fashion supply chains is a game changer, but without regulation climate damage by the industry continues – Greenpeace

Hamburg, Germany – The global fashion industry will not address its destructive impact on the climate without regulation, according to a new report by Greenpeace Germany — Self regulation: a fashion fairytale.[1] An assessment of 29 leading brands, including Nike, adidas, H&M, G-Star and Primark, finds that voluntary commitments are nowhere near enough to slow … Continue reading “Detoxing fashion supply chains is a game changer, but without regulation climate damage by the industry continues – Greenpeace”

Self regulation: a fashion fairytale

A new Greenpeace Germany report shows that Detoxing fashion supply chains is a game changer but without regulation climate damage by the industry continues. Ten years after Greenpeace launched its Detox My Fashion campaign, securing pledges from 29 leading brands to eliminate hazardous chemicals, with some also committing to tackle over-production by “slowing the flow … Continue reading “Self regulation: a fashion fairytale”

Numbers don’t lie: Amazon deforestation increased despite Brazil’s greenwashing attempt at COP26

No amount of greenwashing by the Brazilian government can obscure the truth: The Amazon is being destroyed at a historic rate. The country’s PRODES monitoring system shows there was a 21.97% increase in deforestation compared to the previous year and the highest rate of forest destruction since 2006. Between August 2020 and July 2021, Brazil … Continue reading “Numbers don’t lie: Amazon deforestation increased despite Brazil’s greenwashing attempt at COP26”

Amazon Deforestation rate highest since 2006

São Paulo – ​​The official deforestation rate in Brazil, released today by the PRODES satellite monitoring system, points out that 13,235 km², an area 17 times the size of New York City, was cleared in the Amazon between August 2020 and July 2021. On  average, the last three years under Bolsonaro (2019-2021) saw a 52.9% … Continue reading “Amazon Deforestation rate highest since 2006”

Will the EU finally end its complicity in global deforestation?

Once again, government officials and politicians are returning home from the climate negotiations at COP26 in Glasgow with their bags full of promises and pledges to tackle the climate crisis, including lofty pledges to stop deforestation by 2030. We’ve been here before, and we all know that we can’t afford to waste another decade watching … Continue reading “Will the EU finally end its complicity in global deforestation?”

#RealZero video series shows how offsetting is the biggest book keeping trick of the century

Stills from the Dangerous Lies video series which exposes the consequences of carbon offsets which polluters keep lobbying for. © Studio BirthplaceDespite pressure from across civil society, world leaders have given the offsets scam a boost at the UN Climate Change Summit COP26 in Glasgow – the dangerous loopholes opened endanger Indigenous Peoples, nature and … Continue reading “#RealZero video series shows how offsetting is the biggest book keeping trick of the century”

The Japanese government and the Fukushima nuclear disaster – History repeating itself?

Did you know that there are global agreements against the dumping of nuclear waste into the world’s oceans? They are called the London Convention and London Protocol (LC/LP) and the latest meeting of the government signatories and observers, including Greenpeace International, has just finished under the auspices of the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO). … Continue reading “The Japanese government and the Fukushima nuclear disaster – History repeating itself?”

Stop aux trafics radioactifs

Ce mardi matin, des activistes de Greenpeace France ont bloqué l’accès ferroviaire du site de stockage d’Orano à Pierrelatte dans la Drôme pour dénoncer l’irresponsabilité de l’industrie nucléaire et du gouvernement français dans la gestion des déchets radioactifs. Depuis janvier 2021, au moins quatre transports d’uranium usé ont été effectués entre la France et la … Continue reading “Stop aux trafics radioactifs”

COP26: More than expected, less than hoped

The gavel has come down at COP26, officially ending this year’s UN Conference on Climate Change. The 1.5 C goal stays alive, and the new Glasgow Agreement recognises the need for deep emissions cuts in this decade but the new climate deal is a long way from the action we need now.  Greenpeace activists raise … Continue reading “COP26: More than expected, less than hoped”

COP26 ends in Glasgow

Glasgow, 13 November 2021 – Reacting to the conclusion of COP26 in Glasgow, Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan said:  “It’s meek, it’s weak and the 1.5C goal is only just alive, but a signal has been sent that the era of coal is ending. And that matters. “While the deal recognises the need for … Continue reading “COP26 ends in Glasgow”

LATEST TEXT PUBLISHED AT COP26 – GREENPEACE RESPONSE

Glasgow, Scotland – Reacting to publication of the latest draft decision text at COP26 in Glasgow, Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan said:  “The key line about fossil fuels is still in the text. It’s weak and compromised, but it’s a breakthrough, it’s a bridgehead and we have to fight like hell to keep it … Continue reading “LATEST TEXT PUBLISHED AT COP26 – GREENPEACE RESPONSE”

Global survey shows hardly any support for net-zero pledges with carbon offsets

We need urgent action to phase-out fossil fuels and cut emissions fast. Yet as nations began wrapping up the difficult talks at the UN Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26 in Glasgow, false solutions, such as net-zero offsets and carbon markets ended up on the agenda. Now climate negotiators and youth activists are debating … Continue reading “Global survey shows hardly any support for net-zero pledges with carbon offsets”

Article 6 negotiations risk blowing hole in Paris Agreement

New text released this morning for the Article 6 Paris Agreement rulebook gives the go ahead to entrenching carbon offsetting, which opens up major loopholes for double counting of emissions and a way out of real emissions reductions, that could blow the 1.5C limit.  Louisa Casson, Climate Campaigner Greenpeace U.K. “The new Article 6 text … Continue reading “Article 6 negotiations risk blowing hole in Paris Agreement”

New COP26 final decision text – Greenpeace response

Want to do more? #Climate UN Climate Change Conference At COP26 the world can get back on track, but some big things need to happen, and fast. Read More × Glasgow, UK – Commenting on the new COP26 final decision text published by the UK Presidency this morning (Friday), Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan … Continue reading “New COP26 final decision text – Greenpeace response”

Carbon offsets are a scam

Carbon offsetting is truly a scammer’s dream scheme.  It’s a bookkeeping trick intended to obscure climate wrecking-emissions. It’s tree planting window dressing aimed at distracting from ecosystem destruction. It is the next big thing in greenwashing — and we must not be fooled.  The climate crisis is real, and we all need real solutions Meanwhile, … Continue reading “Carbon offsets are a scam”

China USA Statement at COP26 – Greenpeace Response

Glasgow, Scotland – Commenting on news of a bilateral US-China climate agreement in Glasgow, Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan said: “It’s always welcome news when the world’s two biggest emitters cooperate on climate change, and a reset of their relationship on this crucial issue is overdue. The climate crisis will only be solved if … Continue reading “China USA Statement at COP26 – Greenpeace Response”

Major global economies and car manufacturers fail to sign even the weakest of agreements on electric vehicles at COP26

Want to do more? #Climate UN Climate Change Conference At COP26 the world can get back on track, but some big things need to happen, and fast. Read More × Glasgow, Scotland – A raft of transport announcements on zero emissions vehicles landed at COP26 this morning but fell far short of what’s needed to … Continue reading “Major global economies and car manufacturers fail to sign even the weakest of agreements on electric vehicles at COP26”

New COP26 Draft Decision Text – Greenpeace Response

Want to do more? #Climate UN Climate Change Conference At COP26 the world can get back on track, but some big things need to happen, and fast. Read More × Glasgow, Scotland – Commenting on the new draft final decision text published today in Glasgow, Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan said: “This draft deal … Continue reading “New COP26 Draft Decision Text – Greenpeace Response”

Climate Action Tracker update is “devastating”

Glasgow, Scotland – The respected Climate Action Tracker today releases its annual global update – calculating the impact on the future global temperature rise of recent emissions announcements. The CAT analysis found that taking into account 2030 pledges alone, the global temperature increase will be at 2.4C in 2100. From analysing what countries are actually … Continue reading “Climate Action Tracker update is “devastating””

Greenpeace sues Volkswagen for fuelling the climate crisis and violating future freedom and property rights

Braunschweig, Germany – Greenpeace Germany today filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen (VW), the world’s second largest car manufacturer, for failing to decarbonise the company in line with the 1.5°C goal agreed in Paris. At the end of October, VW rejected Greenpeace’s legal demand to reduce its CO2 emissions faster and to phase out internal combustion … Continue reading “Greenpeace sues Volkswagen for fuelling the climate crisis and violating future freedom and property rights”