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Can the Cosmetics Industry help win a microbead ban?

Posted by FariahSyed — 13 June 2016 at 10:34am - Comments
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On World Oceans Day, while we handed in our BanTheBead petition, I took a trip down to Parliament to attend the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) inquiry into the environmental impact of microplastics. The EAC is a group of MPs from all parties who come together to review and attempt to resolve environmental issues such as climate change, flooding and air quality and last Wednesday, they looked at microplastics.<--break->

 

Taking Microbeads straight to No10!

Posted by Fiona Nicholls — 9 June 2016 at 1:27pm - Comments
312,239 signatures on the microbeads petition
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Yesterday, on a rainy summer’s day we took the petition urging David Cameron to ban microbeads to Number 10 Downing Street, complete with 312,239 of YOUR signatures!<--break->

Palm oil giant IOI has lost customers for destroying forests, but will it change?

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 9 June 2016 at 11:12am - Comments
A Greenpeace investigator bears witness in an IOI palm oil concession
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Bearing witness in an IOI palm oil concession, April 2016

IOI - one of the largest palm oil companies in the world - is having a difficult time right now.

Not only has it recently lost its sustainability certification, but as a result its customers are leaving in droves. And with good reason: our new report shows how IOI's operations have led to the destruction of forests and peatlands in Borneo, despite repeated promises to protect these areas.

The One Thing You Need to Do Today

Posted by India Thorogood — 5 June 2016 at 8:08pm - Comments

Have you registered to vote in the EU referendum? It only takes two minutes (I promise) and all you’ll need is your name, address and date of birth. Click here right now, to make sure you can vote on 23rd June.

In pictures: Every Day Is World Environment Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 5 June 2016 at 8:10am - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: © Markus Mauthe / Greenpeace

Every year on the 5th of June, World Environment Day is celebrated throughout the world, raising awareness and urging people to take positive environmental action to protect nature.

<--break->This collection of our archive images gives you just a glimpse of the beauty and wonders of the world around us, and shows us just how important it is to make every day a World Environment Day. They also document some of the environmental problems around the world.

How to vote in the EU Referendum

Posted by India Thorogood — 3 June 2016 at 1:00pm - Comments

On the 23rd June the UK will vote on whether or not to leave the European Union.

Here’s all the information you’ll need to register to vote, get to the polling station and put a cross in one of the boxes!  

So first things first…. 

  1. Can YOU actually vote in the EU referendum?

Yes, if you are registered to vote in the UK, are 18 or over on 23 June 2016 and are:

Baby fish are hooked on plastic junk food

Posted by alice.hunter — 3 June 2016 at 10:15am - Comments
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Perch larvae that has ingested microplastic particles

Today brought yet more evidence that putting plastic in the ocean is probably not the best idea humankind has ever had.

Fishing for plankton is ridiculous.

Posted by Willie — 1 June 2016 at 4:04pm - Comments
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Plankton is justifiably outraged.

In the ocean, plankton is food.

There are two types of plankton – tiny plants (phytoplankton) and tiny animals (zooplankton).

Zooplankton includes some eggs and larvae of things like fish and crabs, as well as some minute animals that feed on phytoplankton. That makes them the first link in any food chain, and the basis for all of the ocean’s food webs.

Taking 400,000 people on a trip to the Indian Ocean

Posted by Tom Lowe — 1 June 2016 at 2:18pm - Comments
Greenpeace activists confront supply vessel Explorer II
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Greenpeace activists confront supply vessel Explorer II by blacking out their lights with eco-paint

If John West’s owner Thai Union doesn’t start protecting the oceans and those who work on them, we’ll continue to shut down their supply chains, explains Tom Lowe, who has just returned from the Greenpeace ship the Esperanza’s tour of the Indian Ocean.

Three ways you can tell Sainsbury's to drop John West!

Posted by alice.hunter — 31 May 2016 at 4:11pm - Comments
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John West tuna is caught using unsustainable fishing devices

We’ve sent thousands of emails, hundreds of tweets and inundated their Customer Service phone line with calls - but Sainsbury’s still won’t speak out against unsustainable fishing.