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“What on earth have human rights got to do with Greenpeace?”

Posted by India Thorogood — 10 December 2015 at 5:17pm - Comments
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Happy International Human rights day! Today the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is 67 years old.

But if you're wondering what today has to do with Greenpeace then you're not alone. When we launched our most recent tuna campaign - which shone a light on the abuse of tuna fishers - a few people cried  "ssh, that's not your job!"

New report reminds us that every European country needs to phase-out coal

Posted by Diana Vogtel — 4 December 2015 at 5:19pm - Comments
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This week the UN climate summit kicked off in Paris. And on the first day of the talks, world leaders spent hours making long speeches about how they plan to rein in carbon emissions and help limit global warming.

In pictures: Soils and Climate Change on World Soil Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 3 December 2015 at 4:53pm - Comments
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Andrei Yesengi - an indigenous Nenet man - in front of a thermokarst lake, which was drained due to the melting of the permafrost and erosion caused by climate change

As world leaders meet at the COP21 climate talks in Paris, World Soil Day is celebrated around the world on 4th December. World Soil Day aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives.

Soil is essential for life. It’s the basis for food, fuel and fibre production, as well as providing services vital for human well-being, like helping to remove pollutants from water. We should be protecting soils, instead the world’s soil is being degraded by the impacts of climate change and polluted by dirty fuels like coal.

Climate stories: environment, colonial legacies and systemic change - Part 2

Posted by Anna Lau — 1 December 2015 at 5:08pm - Comments
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Feliciano Valencia, member of the Colombian group ACIN

In part one of this series guest blogger Anna Lau explained the importance of tackling legacies of colonialism if we are to achieve meaningful action on climate change. In part two, Anna recounts what she has learnt from a grassroots movement in Colombia which is doing just that.

Dear Leaders - The eyes of the world are watching you!

Posted by Aakash Naik — 30 November 2015 at 7:06pm - Comments
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It's finally happening, COP21 aka the most important meeting ever, is finally underway. 

Leaders from around the world have reached Paris and will have a chance to come together, cooperate and put together a plan that seriously combats the worst effects of climate change.  

You might have switched on your TV screens this week and seen the news presenter say something about COP21, that’s because hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have shown leaders and the media, that the climate isn't an issue they can continue to ignore anymore. 

Don't believe everything you read in the papers.

Posted by Graham Thompson — 30 November 2015 at 5:54pm - Comments
Viscount Ridley explains where that £27 billion went.
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Are we certain we are not overreacting, m'lud?

Like the good little ecomodernist he is, Viscount Ridley (AKA Matt King Coal, science correspondent for Murdoch’s Times, owner of Britain’s biggest open-cast coal mine and the man who inherited and then broke Northern Rock) has been busy recycling old myths into comment pieces, for the Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Britain’s leading firms have a suggestion for Cameron’s Paris speech

Posted by Stefano Gelmini — 28 November 2015 at 1:49pm - Comments
When Cameron visited Greenpeace in 2007 he spoke of the need for green energy. Now his policies fail to match his words

With global climate talks set to being in Paris next week, David Cameron's speech writers must have spent a few sleepless nights thinking of what the prime minister could say as he stands up in front of his fellow world leaders on Monday.

New petition: Government must respect Lancashire council's decision to say no to fracking

Posted by Richard Casson — 27 November 2015 at 7:27pm - Comments
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'Frack Free Zone' signs along Blackpool Promenade, Lancashire

You might have heard today that the government has announced it will 'call in' the decision over fracking in Lancashire. What this means is that, depsite Lancashire county council voting against the shale gas industry back in June, the government now intends to have the final say.

The Long March Back to the 20th Century

Posted by Graham Thompson — 26 November 2015 at 12:58pm - Comments
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Whilst the influence of George Osborne on energy and environment policies has long been of concern, the progress made on the international stage by Blair and Prescott, and on the domestic front by Miliband’s Climate Change Act, plus the restraining influence of the Lib Dems during the coalition, have meant that that the UK’s progress on climate issues has been substantial enough to take time and effort to undo.

However, Osborne has the time, and appears to be putting in the effort.

Everything you need to know about the Climate March this Sunday

Posted by Holly Dove — 26 November 2015 at 12:11pm - Comments
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Join the march!

Why are we marching? 
To make sure politicians - especially David Cameron - hear our message that people and planet must come first. As he heads to the Climate Negotiations (COP21) in Paris, we want him to have the image of thousands of people marching for our planet in his mind. 

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