No one is too small to make a difference – Kylian’s story

Vital Ocean Voices is a series of stories from people living in coastal communities around the Indian Ocean, providing first hand accounts of the impacts of destructive fishing, pollution and climate breakdown. Kylian, seven years old, has always refused to cut his lovely long hair. Visiting Aigrettes Island (Mauritius) he is fascinated by the wildlife. … Continue reading “No one is too small to make a difference – Kylian’s story”

Événements climatiques extrêmes, à quand les réponses ?

Les pertes sont immenses. Des centaines de personnes, sans compter celles encore portées disparues, sont décédées dans les inondations qui ont dévasté la Belgique, l’Allemagne et d’autres pays d’Europe ces dernières semaines. Une tragédie qui se répète également aux quatres coins de la planète, comme au Nigéria, en Inde ou en Chine. Cet article Événements … Continue reading “Événements climatiques extrêmes, à quand les réponses ?”

Ocean health at heart: how communities in Seychelles are driving mangrove rehabilitation

Vital Ocean Voices is a series of stories from people living in coastal communities around the Indian Ocean, providing first-hand accounts of the impacts of destructive fishing, pollution and climate breakdown. In the face of impending climate change impacts, and the pressing need to build resilient ecosystems, a community based group called Anse Royale Watershed … Continue reading “Ocean health at heart: how communities in Seychelles are driving mangrove rehabilitation”

Pua Lay Peng, a frontline defender against plastic pollution in Malaysia

I first met Pua Lay Peng, a local activist leading a grassroots environmental group called Persatuan Tindakan Alam Sekitar Kuala Langat (Kuala Langat Environmental Action Group), in 2018. The group from Jenjarom, a town in Selangor, Malaysia, had put out a call on social media for help with the imported plastic waste problem in their … Continue reading “Pua Lay Peng, a frontline defender against plastic pollution in Malaysia”

TotalEnergies : de l’influence au dérèglement climatique

Alors que la crise climatique bat son plein, que les catastrophes naturelles s’enchaînent à un rythme effréné en faisant toujours plus de victimes (dôme de chaleur au Canada, inondations en Allemagne, Belgique, Chine), la multinationale Total (nouvellement renommée TotalEnergies) s’obstine dans un modèle économique destructeur basé sur les énergies fossiles. Chaque année, TotalEnergies émet 450 … Continue reading “TotalEnergies : de l’influence au dérèglement climatique”

Amazonie : écocide en cours

La situation de l’Amazonie empire d’année en année : la plus grande forêt tropicale au monde perd tous les ans des milliers de kilomètres carrés sous la pression de la politique destructrice de Jair Bolsonaro, des industries agricoles et d’extraction des ressources naturelles. Il n’y a plus de temps à perdre : il faut agir … Continue reading “Amazonie : écocide en cours”

In Cameroon, plastic pollution is making floods even deadlier

Nathalie Wamja is a Greenpeace Africa volunteer based in Douala, Cameroon. She is very active in trying to stop the destruction plastic pollution is causing in her city – hundreds of people lose their homes each year due to flooding caused by blocked drainage. © Nathalie Wamja / Greenpeace AfricaThere are recurring floods in my … Continue reading “In Cameroon, plastic pollution is making floods even deadlier”

An Uncomfortable ‘New Normal’

Devastating floods in Europe. Temperatures soaring to 45ºC in Canada. Mudslides in Japan. Cloud bursts in India. Floods in New York subways, central China and Uganda, and a sweltering heatwave in Morocco. No, I’m not describing scenes from a science fiction film or an intro to an abstract report on climate change. This is real … Continue reading “An Uncomfortable ‘New Normal’”

More trains, less planes, mobility for all

What’s happening Earlier this month, activists from Greenpeace Spain installed a 12 metre long train model in the Barcelona-El Prat airport to protest the impact of the airline sector and the planned expansion of the airport. The expansion of the Barcelona-El Prat airport would cause tremendous damage to precious wetlands and cost 1.7 million euros. … Continue reading “More trains, less planes, mobility for all”

The woman who lives with the sea

Vital Ocean Voices is a series of stories from people living in coastal communities around the Indian Ocean, providing first hand accounts of the impacts of destructive fishing, pollution and climate breakdown. Against a backdrop of extreme poverty and a marine environment changing beyond her control, Kokoly lives on a knife edge. This is her … Continue reading “The woman who lives with the sea”

No time or forest to lose

Illegal deforestation in the Gran Chaco forest region continues. A Greenpeace Argentina team conducted an overflight last week and discovered unlawful deforestation in the Chaco province of Argentina.  Flyover deforested land in Chaco region of Argentina. © Alejandro Espeche / GreenpeaceThe deforestation of 10,329 hectares was detected by comparing satellite images from November 2020 to July … Continue reading “No time or forest to lose”

Loi climat : loi blabla

Fausses promesses, mépris du processus démocratique initié, manque d’ambition et de réalisme face à l’urgence climatique, voilà un bon résumé de l’histoire de la loi Climat et résilience. Depuis la publication du rapport des 150 de la Convention citoyenne pour le climat, jusqu’au vote définitif du texte à l’Assemblée nationale ce 20 juillet 2021, la … Continue reading “Loi climat : loi blabla”

Aurelie’s Legacy: Generations of Ocean Protection

Vital Ocean Voices is a series of stories from people living in coastal communities around the Indian Ocean, providing first hand accounts of the impacts of destructive fishing, pollution and climate breakdown. Aurelie, a scientist from Mauritius and daughter of a fisherman, always felt a strong connection with the ocean. Growing up by a beach she … Continue reading “Aurelie’s Legacy: Generations of Ocean Protection”

Vital Ocean Voices 

The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise was recently on a four-month voyage in the Indian Ocean to investigate destructive fishing vessels and conduct critical research in unique ecosystems. But the very islands, coastlines and communities of Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar are teeming with vital stories to be told from the very heart of the ocean. Madame … Continue reading “Vital Ocean Voices “

Global heatwaves are fossil fuel-driven climate chaos

Unprecedented danger will be the new normal if we don’t take urgent action to stop fossil fuel-driven climate change. From Canada and the United States to Russia and even the Arctic, record-breaking heatwaves are putting lives, livelihoods, and communities at risk. The soaring temperatures not only pose individual health dangers, but they also put entire … Continue reading “Global heatwaves are fossil fuel-driven climate chaos”

Indigenous communities in danger of being erased from the map in Brazil

“We were already on this land before Brazil was Brazil,” —Eliseu Lopes, Indigenous leader After living on and fighting for their lands for centuries, the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil are endangered by a legal loophole called Marco Temporal that could legalize theft of their lands—unless the Brazilian Supreme Court stops it. The profit-hungry … Continue reading “Indigenous communities in danger of being erased from the map in Brazil”

The Rainbow Ocean: 6 Ocean Species to Celebrate Pride Month With

Greenpeace has been associated with the rainbow since we first began, it’s an emblem of hope and diversity on all of our ships, and it’s in the name of our flagship – after all, we are all Rainbow Warriors. As Pride month draws to a close we wanted to wave that rainbow to celebrate our … Continue reading “The Rainbow Ocean: 6 Ocean Species to Celebrate Pride Month With”

Oil and chemical giants lobbying against rules on microplastic chemicals, investigation reveals

London, UK – Trade groups representing the world’s biggest oil and chemical companies have been opposing a ground-breaking new proposal to regulate toxic and persistent chemicals in microplastics, according to documents obtained by Unearthed, Greenpeace UK’s investigative platform.  “We know that microplastic is everywhere, from Arctic sea ice to tap water, and that it’s linked … Continue reading “Oil and chemical giants lobbying against rules on microplastic chemicals, investigation reveals”

50 years of Greenpeace: Q&A with Rex Weyler

With Greenpeace’s 50th anniversary on the horizon, I was asked to host a series of virtual “mailbag” calls connecting activists across generations and regions. The outpouring of interest — and questions — from those at Greenpeace today was moving. While I could not address all the great questions and comments in one article or one … Continue reading “50 years of Greenpeace: Q&A with Rex Weyler”

3 questions sur la papeterie Chapelle-Darblay

Chapelle-Darblay était la seule usine en France à produire du papier journal 100% recyclé, jusqu’à sa fermeture il y a un an. Contrairement aux récentes promesses du gouvernement, le maintien des activités du site est loin d’être acquis et la lutte sociale et environnementale se poursuit. Alors que les repreneurs ont jusqu’au 30 juin pour … Continue reading “3 questions sur la papeterie Chapelle-Darblay”

Lanceuses et lanceurs d’alerte : protégeons-les !

Chaque semaine ou presque, de nouveaux scandales écologiques, politiques ou sanitaires émergent. Derrière eux, des personnes qui lancent l’alerte courageusement : exposer la vérité se fait souvent au prix de sévères représailles. La loi doit mieux protéger les lanceurs et les lanceuses d’alerte, dans notre intérêt à tous et toutes ! Cet article Lanceuses et … Continue reading “Lanceuses et lanceurs d’alerte : protégeons-les !”

A leader’s legacy. A people’s victory.

A three-hour drive south of the Thai capital of Bangkok will take you to the idyllic coastal city of Prachuab Khiri Khan (PKK), famous for its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, and amazing seafood. Its community-based tourism is quite notable.   Aerial view of Prachuab Khiri Khan region’s coastline. © Yvan Cohen / Greenpeace Despite growing … Continue reading “A leader’s legacy. A people’s victory.”

Green(washing) finance: sustainability funds fail to live up to their name

Switzerland/Luxembourg – Sustainability funds hardly redirect capital to sustainable activities compared to conventional funds, according to a new study commissioned by Greenpeace Switzerland and Greenpeace Luxembourg, and published today. Exposing these misleading marketing practices, Greenpeace demands policy-makers to secure binding standards to fight greenwashing and keep sustainability funds in line with the Paris Agreement climate … Continue reading “Green(washing) finance: sustainability funds fail to live up to their name”

Centrale du Tricastin : le risque nucléaire au jour le jour

Que se passerait-il en cas d’accident grave à la centrale nucléaire du Tricastin ? En fonction des conditions météorologiques, toute la France mais aussi l’Europe pourraient être touchées : Montélimar, Valence, Lyon, Marseille mais aussi Bordeaux et Paris ou encore Munich, Milan et Barcelone. C’est ce que révèlent les cartes de dispersion de la radioactivité … Continue reading “Centrale du Tricastin : le risque nucléaire au jour le jour”

Living through Sri Lanka’s biggest marine disaster

The apocalypse is here. These were the first thoughts that ran through my mind when news about the X-Press-Pearl began filtering in. Yellow shorelines were blackened with charred debris and hazardous cargo littered Sri Lanka’s coast. A few days later, waves and waves of tiny plastic pellets called ‘nurdles’ began washing up on western and … Continue reading “Living through Sri Lanka’s biggest marine disaster”

Youth take Arctic oil to European Court

Oslo, Norway – Six young climate activists, along with two major environmental organisations from Norway, are filing a historic application to bring the issue of Arctic oil drilling to the European Court of Human Rights. The environmentalists argue that, by allowing new oil drilling in the midst of a climate crisis, Norway is in breach … Continue reading “Youth take Arctic oil to European Court”

The roots of Greenpeace

This September 2021, Greenpeace will celebrate 50 years of environmental activism, dating from the launch of the first Greenpeace campaign to stop a nuclear bomb test in Alaska.  Leading up to the anniversary, Greenpeace will reflect on — and we will see media coverage about — the early campaigns, and subsequent years of lessons, risks, … Continue reading “The roots of Greenpeace”

G7 leaves vulnerable behind in COVID-19 and climate emergency

Cornwall, United Kingdom, 13 June 2021 – At the conclusion of the G7 Summit, Greenpeace is calling for faster and more ambitious action to respond to COVID-19 and the climate emergency. Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International said: “Everyone is being hit by COVID-19 and worsening climate impacts, but it is the most vulnerable who … Continue reading “G7 leaves vulnerable behind in COVID-19 and climate emergency”

En Afrique de l’Ouest, le drame du poisson volé

En collaboration avec Changing Markets, Greenpeace Afrique a publié un rapport sur les conséquences dévastatrices du commerce de farine et d’huile de poisson en Afrique de l’Ouest, ou comment les industries européennes de l’aquaculture et de l’alimentation animale détournent la nourriture des communautés d’Afrique de l’Ouest. Cet article En Afrique de l’Ouest, le drame du … Continue reading “En Afrique de l’Ouest, le drame du poisson volé”

The resistance to extractivism in Latin America

This past May, Greenpeace International hosted a live conversation with a panel of dynamic speakers about extractivism in Latin America and the communities that are resisting it.  The chat was part of a Roundtable Discussion series, put together in collaboration with activists, leaders, and groups around the world to highlight the intersectionality of the climate … Continue reading “The resistance to extractivism in Latin America”

Yemen’s FSO SAFER: it’s not if, it’s when, and the impact could be huge

The FSO SAFER is one of the world’s largest tankers and is anchored 60 kms north of the port of Hodeidah, a key lifeline for aid supplies to much of Yemen’s population. With 1.1 million barrels (over 140,000 tonnes) of oil on board, the 400,000-tonne tanker had no maintenance since 2014, because of the six-year-long … Continue reading “Yemen’s FSO SAFER: it’s not if, it’s when, and the impact could be huge”

Proud to be Rainbow Warriors

All over the world, many cities and countries celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride in June. That’s when, 52 years ago, the Stonewall Riots happened in New York City, an event that marked the history in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Since the beginning, Pride celebration was rooted in protests against inequality and an unjust, patriarchal and heteronormative … Continue reading “Proud to be Rainbow Warriors”

Letter to President Biden and President Putin: the US and Russia must embrace a just and green transformation

June 9 2021 Dear President Biden, Dear President Putin We are writing to you today, on behalf of millions of Greenpeace supporters, regarding a matter of vital importance – the climate emergency. Millions of families in Russia and the US are already experiencing the intense impacts of climate change. Devastating fires, melting permafrost and extreme … Continue reading “Letter to President Biden and President Putin: the US and Russia must embrace a just and green transformation”

Tons of toxic microplastics are covering Sri Lanka’s western coastline

What happened? Sri Lanka is facing one of the worst environmental disasters in its history after tons of plastic pellets have washed ashore near its capital devastating kilometers of pristine beaches and threatening marine life. The pellets, microplastics the size of lentils, are the type used as raw materials in the production of single-use plastic … Continue reading “Tons of toxic microplastics are covering Sri Lanka’s western coastline”

Seven reasons why you should intensify your relationship with green and public spaces

The global Covid-19 pandemic has, for many, fundamentally changed our relationship to the outdoors. Even though green and public spaces have always been an important part of cities, multiple lockdowns have given us a new sense of just how important it is to get out of our homes and to be in contact with nature.  … Continue reading “Seven reasons why you should intensify your relationship with green and public spaces”

Seven reason why you should intensify your relationship with green and public spaces

The global Covid-19 pandemic has, for many, fundamentally changed our relationship to the outdoors. Even though green and public spaces have always been an important part of cities, multiple lockdowns have given us a new sense of just how important it is to get out of our homes and to be in contact with nature.  … Continue reading “Seven reason why you should intensify your relationship with green and public spaces”

4 films about illegal fishing – one of the world’s most lucrative and dangerous industries

Under the cover of night, away from prying eyes, the activity takes place. It’s worth billions of dollars but the price that it comes with is tainted with reports of murder, slavery, corruption, and deception of the most evil kind. Sounds like the premise of a brand new Netflix series, but instead this is the … Continue reading “4 films about illegal fishing – one of the world’s most lucrative and dangerous industries”

Why Net Zero and Offsets won’t solve the climate crisis

This is a historical moment – a crisis that requires governments to act together in an unprecedented way to ensure a future for all life on Earth. It can all be done, if we only choose to do so.  Instead, what we are seeing from governments is a plethora of excuses, greenwashing, and inaction. Within … Continue reading “Why Net Zero and Offsets won’t solve the climate crisis”

UN must act to prevent major oil spill catastrophe in Yemen

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Greenpeace called for swift action from the United Nations (UN) to resolve the long outstanding environmental and humanitarian threat posed by the FSO Safer, ahead of today’s UN Security Council meeting during which Inger Andersen, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Reena Ghelani, the Director of Operations and … Continue reading “UN must act to prevent major oil spill catastrophe in Yemen”

West Africa to Europe fishmeal, fish oil imports expose broken food system

Dakar, Senegal – Every year, European companies contribute to a tragic diversion of fresh fish essential in maintaining food security for over 33 million people in the West African region. This is the conclusion of a new report by Greenpeace Africa and Changing Markets, Feeding a Monster: How European aquaculture and animal feed industries are … Continue reading “West Africa to Europe fishmeal, fish oil imports expose broken food system”

A year after the Norilsk disaster, where are Russia’s oil risks and what needs to be done?

What happened? Almost everyone in Russia has heard about the Norilsk accident. In May 2020, more than 20 thousand tonnes of diesel fuel seeped into the soil and water on the Taymyr peninsula in the Russian Arctic and the Ambarnaya River ran red.  The Ambarnaya River runs red with a layer of petrochemicals. © Anonymous … Continue reading “A year after the Norilsk disaster, where are Russia’s oil risks and what needs to be done?”

Indigenous Amazon village attacked by illegal miners

It is not only the precious lands of Amazon Indigenous Peoples that are under threat. Their homes and their lives are in jeopardy whenever they stand up for their communities and for the forest. Wherever Indigenous Land Defenders work to protect their homes — as well as the world’s most vital ecosystems — they find … Continue reading “Indigenous Amazon village attacked by illegal miners”

A serving of hope and solidarity from Manila’s community pantries

Under the scorching afternoon sun, 21 year-old Joemar Pauig digs for fully-grown taro and purple yam from the shallow earth. Accompanied by his mother and younger brother, he loads the root crops on his horse for their descent from their hilltop farm in Daraitan, Rizal, east of Manila.  “I go up here to harvest every … Continue reading “A serving of hope and solidarity from Manila’s community pantries”