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Why do whales strand on beaches?

Posted by Willie — 26 January 2016 at 1:19pm - Comments
Sperm whales washed up on skegness beach
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Sperm whales washed up on a Skegness beach

Shocking and sad images have been all over the media in the past few days as some massive sperm whales have washed up dead on British beaches. Normally humans and these deep water leviathans live far apart, so it’s understandable that we are surprised and distraught to encounter them like this. But why does it happen? And what can you do?

Anti Third Runway Activists Get Their Day In Court

Posted by Ella Gilbert — 25 January 2016 at 12:20am - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Plane Stupid

This is a guest blog by Ella Gilbert. She is one of 13 activists put on trial at court for protesting a third runway at Heathrow Airport

Last July, I was part of a Plane Stupid direct action on Heathrow’s Northern runway. The action was part of long-running campaign against the third runway at Heathrow, and against UK airport expansion more generally. 

Where Does Greenpeace Stand on Seal Hunting?

Posted by Jon Burgwald — 22 January 2016 at 12:19pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace

Late last year, I was interviewed about Greenpeace’s position on seal hunting by the American news channel MSNBC. I think it’s important to clarify where we stand on this important subject.

Greenpeace is completely against the commercial hunting of seals for profit. We always will be.

Make for change - resources for kids who want to help protect the environment

Posted by Fran G — 20 January 2016 at 12:53pm - Comments
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Want to get your kids excited about the planet? Look no further!

5 Small Things That Explain The Big Problem with Microbeads

Posted by India Thorogood — 18 January 2016 at 4:27pm - Comments

Wondering how you can get your friends to bin the dodgy plastic face scrubs? Want to get them to sign our petition to David Cameron? Here's 5 things that'll explain it all in no time at all.

1. This straight to the point cartoon:

What are microbeads and why should we ban them?

Posted by India Thorogood — 14 January 2016 at 12:57pm - Comments
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Washed your face with an exfoliating face scrub recently? Brushed your teeth with some smooth mint toothpaste? Unfortunately then, you may have unknowingly used a product containing gross, polluting plastic. Although we’re often made to believe these products are good for us, both beauty experts and ethical campaigners are criticising the use of tiny pieces of plastic called microbeads.

Greg Clark: The man behind Lancashire’s fracking furore

Posted by Hannah Martin — 13 January 2016 at 12:36pm - Comments
by-nc. Credit: Flickr/Department for Communities and Local Government

In the coming months we'll find out if fracking will be allowed in Lancashire. Even though in June last year the local county council voted against shale gas drilling, David Cameron's Westminster government has since intervened and decided that one minister - Greg Clark - will have the final say.

New Year's plastic resolution: 5 simple ways to help the ocean.

Posted by Willie — 7 January 2016 at 12:22pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Poldhu Beach Watcher/BBC News

The New Year’s storms have brought a lurid, unmissable reminder to UK beaches, with thousands of bright pink detergent bottles being churned up by the sea. As waves of highly-visible plastic trash hit British beaches, it’s a timely reminder of a much bigger problem: we are turning our oceans into plastic soup. It’s been estimated recently that about EIGHT MILLION TONNES of plastic ends up in the ocean each year.

2015: What did we achieve?

Posted by India Thorogood — 5 January 2016 at 5:20pm - Comments

Quite a lot, as it turns out.

In pictures: 2015, What a year!

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 18 December 2015 at 1:39pm - Comments
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Actress Emma Thompson and John Sauven, Executive Director of Greenpeace UK, join tens of thousands of people for the People's March for Climate Justice

2015 has been an eventful year as ever and these pictures can only attempt to illustrate a fraction of our campaign highlights. It's been a year of people power, whether we were campaigning outside Shell or taking to the streets during the climate conference in Paris. <--break->

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