Posted by bex — 8 April 2008 at 11:21am
Help create the biggest and loudest NO the world has ever seen!
The campaign against Heathrow expansion is already huge; there've been rallies, directactions, flash mobs and an incredible 70,000 responses to the consultation (more on that shortly).
But an agenda for colossal airport expansion and colossal climate change demands a colossal response, and we want to make sure the plans to expand Heathrow receive the biggest and loudest NO the world's ever seen. Literally. A great big NO spelt out by human bodies, which we'd like to set a new world record as the biggest and loudest NO in the world.
Posted by jamie — 8 April 2008 at 11:21am
We had Fossil Fool's Day last week with plenty
of action around the country to highlight the dangers posed by coal, but the
dreadful punning doesn't stop there. Continuing the theme, next Tuesday is
April Biofool's Day which admittedly falls on the 15th rather than
the 1st, but that's because the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation
(RTFO) - which will overnight increase our consumption of biofuels - begins to
make its presence felt.
On the day, the good folks at Biofuelwatch and
the Campaign against Climate Change are organising a protest outside the home
of a certain Mr Gordon Brown, Number 10 Downing Street. You can join the crowds
outside Number 10 from 6pm and further details are on the websites of both
organisations. If you can't get there, you can still do something - write to
transport secretary Ruth Kelly with your concerns about this rush towards
Meanwhile, concerns about biofuels are rising
up the political ladder, as last week UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called
for a review on global biofuel policies. Our government currently has the
indirect impacts with biofuels under review but the results aren't due for some
time, and certainly not before Biofool's Day next week.
Images have a way of penetrating the mind and conveying information more immediately and powerfully than reams of words and, as far as images of our planet go, they don't come much more powerful than Google Earth.
The application - which has already done its fair share of enabling people to use technology for the good of the planet - has launched a new Outreach programme, encouraging us at Greenpeace and other organisations to use the application to
spread global awareness.
Posted by bex — 4 April 2008 at 12:08pm
Welcome to our very first Greenpeace podcast! It's going to be a fortnightly affair, so make sure you subscribe.
In this episode, we head down to Aldermaston's nuclear weapons factory on the 50th anniversary of the first legendary march - and meet a few of the folks who were there the first time around. Greenpeace's James Turner joins hundreds of flash mobbers at Heathrow's Terminal 5 on its opening day to find out why so many people are saying "enough's enough" when it comes to airport expansion. And climate change writer and campaigner Mark Lynas tells Joss Garman what he thinks of new runways, new coal, new mayors and the need for mass action. The podcast is presented by our very own James Turner.
This week came the sad news of the passing of another warrior; Lyle Thurston - one of 12 crewmembers on the original Greenpeace campaign - has died of pneumonia at the age of 70 in Victoria, BC, Canada.
The Independent describes him today as "a pharmacist and doctor, though
that's not to say he wasn't... a hippie, a
radical ecologist and a rebel who preferred ballet and opera in an era of
rock. While living in a commune of doctors and lawyers in Deep Cove, north
of Vancouver, in a house they called "the party mecca", he became
widely known as "the Doc" after he took to setting up a makeshift,
free-of-charge medical tent at rock concerts to treat kids who had
overdosed. It was the Sixties. He was kept busy."
And Rex Weyler remembers him on our international website:
Posted by jossc — 3 April 2008 at 1:58pm
Today sees the long overdue publication of the Draft Marine Bill. The Bill presents a key opportunity not just to improve the management of our national waters, but to begin the concerted action that is needed to protect marine biodiversity and reverse the decline in our fish stocks.
But the Marine Bill is only a tool, not the finished product.
Posted by jossc — 2 April 2008 at 2:41pm
Greetings from the black hole: protesters at Ffos-y-Fran open cast pit in South Wales
Climate change campaigners marked the third annual "Fossil Fool's Day" on Tuesday with a series of protests around the world highlighting the need for us all to reduce the amount of carbon we burn. Here in the UK the focus was very much on coal, and sending a message to ministers that if new coal plants like Kingsnorth are built, they'll ruin any realistic chance that we have of meeting our commitments to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and represent a devastating failure of the government's resolve to tackle climate change. Key events included:
the shutting down one of Europe's largest open cast coal mines at Ffos-y-Fran in South Wales;
Posted by bex — 2 April 2008 at 11:23am
Thousands joined hands to surround Aldermaston base on Easter Monday
On the Easter weekend of 1958 - a few weeks after the birth of CND - thousands of people braved the icy weather and marched from London to the nuclear weapons factory at Aldermaston in Berkshire to protest the building of nuclear bombs. The march marked the birth of the peace movement in Britain.
Posted by jamie — 2 April 2008 at 9:19am
The undercover experts down the road at the Environmental Investigation Agency have released this short video exposing the trade in illegal timber from the forests of Laos. Shady deals and corruption allow large amounts of dodgy lumber to be processed in Vietnam and Thailand, where it's made into products like garden furniture for export to (among other places) the UK. Yet another reason why we need laws in Europe to ban the import of illegal timber.
Posted by jamie — 1 April 2008 at 12:18pm
BP greener than Greenpeace? Our survey said 'uh-uh'
During my semi-regular trawl through news
stories featuring the word 'Greenpeace' last week, one in particular leapt out:
'BP tops Greenpeace in green brands survey'. But despite the apparent awfulness
of that headline, I don't think it's as bad as it looks.
The survey - conducted by Marketing Week and
YouGov - delved into the minds of professional marketing gurus to find out
which brands they thought were the most eco-friendly. Asked which brand they
thought was greenest, M&S came out tops, with names like Innocent, Ecover
and the Body Shop also in the top ten. Greenpeace came tenth, one
place behind BP but what that headline didn't mention was that BP also garnered
fourth place in the list of brands doing the least for the environment,
alongside many of our other friends of Shell, ExxonMobil, E.on, British Airways
and BAA. So it seems opinions are split as to the oil giant's green