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In pictures: Fantastic Forests, celebrate Terrific Trees on International Day of Forests

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 21 March 2017 at 11:17am - Comments
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Old-growth spruce-dominated forest in Russia

This year's global celebration's theme is "Forests and Climate Change". The International Day of Forests raises awareness about the alarming rate of deforestation, which not only accounts for 12 to 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions through forest fires, but also threatens the livelihood of Indigenous Peoples.

Why it's time to clean up the car industry

Posted by Mel Evans — 21 March 2017 at 9:38am - Comments
Cars in traffic in London
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Traffic in Putney, London

When Greenpeace kicked off the campaign to phase-out diesel engines last year, my brother Sam was one of the first ones to look concerned. He’d just bought a diesel car second-hand. They’re supposed to be more fuel-efficient than petrol and therefore pump out less CO2 so it had seemed like the greener choice.

Get your voice heard – top five tips for writing to politicians

Posted by Rosie Rogers — 17 March 2017 at 8:56am - Comments
Greenpeace volunteer lobbying council with Fracking placard
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Greenpeace volunteer lobbies local council

In the era of emails and texts, receiving a letter in the post is rare. But that just makes it even more powerful, says our political adviser Rosie Rogers.

Who still banks on destroying Indonesia's forests?

Posted by jamie — 15 March 2017 at 1:07am - Comments
Forest clearance in land owned by a subsidiary of Bumitama Gunajaya Agro, West K
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Many major banks need to act and refuse funding to palm oil companies that destroy forests

A few weeks ago, HSBC took a big step forward in cutting its links with the destruction of Indonesia's forests by pledging to end funding for destructive palm oil companies. But HSBC is not the only bank lending money to palm oil companies pushing further and further into the forest, and the others now have a lot of catching up to do.

A brand new plastic bottle every time you feel thirsty?

Posted by Aakash Naik — 14 March 2017 at 6:09pm - Comments
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I love fizzy drinks, at the cinema with my snacks, at lunchtime always, at dinner, but never with breakfast, honest….

A love for fizzy drinks should never mean our oceans and the creatures who call it home, have to suffer, but every time we use brand new plastic bottles and don’t recycle them, that’s exactly what’s happening. 

In the UK alone we use 35 million plastic bottles every day, but nearly half of these are not recycled.

Cut it out!

Posted by Louise Edge — 13 March 2017 at 12:45pm - Comments
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It can sometimes feel like throwaway plastic is everywhere and cutting it out can seem daunting. Ultimately we need action from companies and governments to stem this tide of plastic waste, but here’s are a few tips on what you can personally do to cut plastic waste during your weekly food shop 

The Final Straw?

Posted by Ariana Densham — 10 March 2017 at 5:14pm - Comments
Greenpeace campaigner collecting drinks straws from a beach in Manila
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Millions of straws are used every day around the world. Many of these are used for just a few minutes, then are simply thrown away. In fact plastic straws are one of the top 10 items found in beach clean ups. 

Don't bottle it!

Posted by Louisa Casson — 10 March 2017 at 3:13pm - Comments
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Plastic bottles are a common sight in our day-to-day lives. Go into a newsagent, supermarket or train station, and you’ll be inundated with choices of bottled water and soft drinks to buy. 

But another all too familiar sight is empty plastic bottles on our streets, in our rivers and on our beaches. Through wind and waterways, these plastic bottles can easily end up in our oceans. 

Wake up and smell the coffee!

Posted by Louisa Casson — 10 March 2017 at 12:27pm - Comments
Coffee cup silhouettes with 'broken' recycling symbols
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Cappuccino, flat white, soya latte, hot chocolate or just a nice cup of tea - whatever your hot drink of choice, if it comes in a takeaway cup unfortunately it’s a bad choice for the planet.

In Pictures: It's World Wildlife Day today!

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 3 March 2017 at 3:50pm - Comments

It’s World Wildlife Day today, a chance to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. Our image collection shows some of the stunning creatures around us that deserve our protection.

<--break->Whether it's flying fish, penguins, elephants or foxes, their habitats need to be protected from threats like climate change, overfishing or deforestation.