Blog: Climate

Why 50 children and their families are playing outside Shell's HQ

Posted by Fran G - 29 July 2014 at 9:41am - Comments
Children with a LEGO blocks spelling Arctic
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These kids are really concerned about climate change

Today, 50 children are playfully protesting about LEGO's partnership with Shell outside the oil giant's HQ in London by building their favourite Arctic animals out of oversized LEGO bricks. It’s an unusual but hopefully creative and exciting way of facilitating peaceful protest, which might need a little extra explanation.

Why my children are taking part in a playful protest against LEGO's partnership with Shell

Posted by Jessica Edberg - 29 July 2014 at 8:48am - Comments
Children building LEGO Arctic animals outside Shell HQ
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Playtime outside Shell's HQ

Jessica Edberg is a mother of two. Her daughter, Lily, aged 7, is taking part in a playful protest today against LEGO's partnership with Shell. 50 kids in total are protesting today by building three giant LEGO Arctic animals outside of Shell's HQ in London. With their parents and guardians, they're calling on LEGO to stop promoting Shell's logo on LEGO toys because kids love the Arctic and don't want Shell to destroy it.

Is Britain up for shale?

Posted by Graham Thompson - 28 July 2014 at 5:49pm - Comments
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Osborne's new solution to the housing bubble.

In twenty years’ time, when Britain is transformed into a green and pleasant Texas with oil and gas fracking wells on every corner, you may find yourself asking ‘when exactly did we agree to let this happen?’ Well, the answer is today. The 28th of July, 2014 saw our government announce the fourteenth licensing round and put Britain up for shale. Is this something you need to worry about? We think so.

How has LEGO responded?

Posted by sara_a - 28 July 2014 at 11:59am - Comments
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Giant LEGO figures with their hands over their ears at the Hong Kong comic fair

It’s nearly a month into the campaign to ask much loved toy-maker LEGO to ditch their arctic-drilling partner Shell. Over 670,000 around the world have joined the campaign so far and LEGO have been the target of Greenpeace actions at their HQs, factory, and in public on several continents, heaping the pressure on them to respond. But since then they have just made one public response on their website, and then used the same text in every media quote and Facebook response. So we’ve looked at their response in detail and have answered it in full here.

In pictures: Seeing light after 33 years of darkness, first fully solar-powered village in India

Posted by Angela Glienicke - 24 July 2014 at 4:03pm - Comments
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A solar powered street lamp seen at the Bishunpur Tolla, Dharnai village.

We just take it for granted: cleaning our teeth with an electric toothbrush in the morning, unlimited texting, tweeting and snap-chatting with our friends on the way to work, safe and well-lit streets, superfast internet access from our desk, the list goes on.<--break->

But for 300 million people in India this is not a given as they are still waiting for electricity.

David Rose is not a credible source - OFFICIAL

Posted by Graham Thompson - 24 July 2014 at 12:46pm - Comments
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The source of denial (joke copywrited to Graham Thompson)

This may not be entirely new or surprising information to you, but the English speaking press around the world has been recycling Rose's Mail on Sunday climate denial nonsense for nearly a decade. Now a decision of the Australian Press Council, published today, means that 'it was in the Mail' is no longer an excuse for publishing climate misinformation.

Massive victory! West Sussex says we're 'not for shale'

Posted by simon clydesdale - 23 July 2014 at 2:01pm - Comments
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West Sussex's decision comes on the back of determined work by local anti-fracking groups

The UK’s fracking juggernaut has just been forced off the road. Just after 12.30pm on Tuesday the planning committee of West Sussex County Council voted unanimously to reject Celtique’s application to drill deep into the heart of Sussex.

No, ex-minister

Posted by Graham Thompson - 21 July 2014 at 1:37pm - Comments
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Paterson 'effigy' shocked to read of his recent demise

Secretary of State for the Environment Mr Owen Paterson has been sacked, and ‘the countryside’ is reportedly FURIOUS. As is traditional, the spokesmen for ‘the countryside’ and their alleged fury are climate sceptics writing in the Telegraph - and none of those climate sceptics writing in the Telegraph is more furious than Owen Paterson himself.

48 hours of action against LEGO - this is just the start

Posted by sara_a - 18 July 2014 at 3:30pm - Comments
Lego petition hand in
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Greenpeace activists re-branded LEGO’s Czech factory

Early on Wednesday morning, on an industrial estate in the Czech Republic, our campaign to convince much-loved toy company LEGO to break their partnership with Arctic oil-drillers Shell, moved into a new phase of escalation. Greenpeace activists re-branded LEGO’s Czech factory - one of their three main production centres around the world - with a Shell logo, an oil spill, and giant unhappy minifigures, cleaning it up. 

Fracking the desolate north: despatches from the frontline

Posted by simon clydesdale - 17 July 2014 at 10:21am - Comments
Lancashire County Councillors greeted with anti-fracking message
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Lancashire county councillors greeted with anti-fracking message today

Another fracking application, another town. I’m not sure the ‘Not For Shale roadshow on tour’ t-shirt is ready to compete yet with the One Direction world tour t-shirt. But we’ve already appeared in Chichester, Midhurst, and today is Thursday so it must be sunny Preston.

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