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Anita the trailblazer

Posted by John — 11 September 2007 at 3:35pm - Comments

The founder of the Body Shop was a pioneer who never compromised principle for profit. The world needs more Roddicks.

Anita Roddick campaiging with Annie Lennox and Vivienne Westwood
Anita Roddick campaiging with Annie Lennox and Vivienne Westwood

Anita Roddick was a truly original trailblazer. A successful businesswoman in a world where, still today, that is a rare exception. And it came with a great sense of humour and a gift for storytelling. Her ability to communicate was the driving force behind the success of the Body Shop. But her legacy will really be in an area where she was so ahead of her time: how business could and should be done so that it takes into account people and the environment.

Design for light

Posted by jamie — 11 September 2007 at 11:30am - Comments

The design for Jason Bruges's installation using energy efficient light bulbs

So far in our light bulb campaign, we've bashed companies like Woolworths for not being proactive enough in sweeping inefficient incandescent bulbs from their shelves, but we're also working on more positive angles to demonstrate the plus-points of energy saving light bulbs or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). One of the frequent excuses used for not switching to CFLs is that they're unattractive/ungainly/ugly/inconvenient (delete as applicable), but that's not so. They now come in an exhaustive variety of shapes, sizes and colours and can be just as aesthetically pleasing as old-fashioned bulbs.

Jason Bruges certainly thinks so. One of the UK's top interactive installation designers, he’s currently working with us on a new work to demonstrate the versatility of CFLs. He's no stranger to low-carbon design projects - his recent installation at the South Bank in London, Wind to Light, featured mini-wind turbines powering hundreds of LEDs, and his studio's latest work will be the front of house feature at this year's 100% Design at Earls Court Exhibition Centre later this month.

What is the government hiding about nuclear power?

Posted by tracy — 7 September 2007 at 7:32pm - Comments

Sellafield nuclear reactor

As a matter of law the government must keep an open mind on new nuclear power until after the "fullest public consultation." It claims that it "will consider carefully the responses we get and this will enable us to take a decision on nuclear power later in the year".

One day. One thousand people. That is what the government considers full public consultation on the fate of the country and the survival of the planet.

GM quarantine in Romania

Posted by jamie — 5 September 2007 at 4:30pm - Comments

A Greenpeace volunteer sprays a car leaving Braila island, Romania

How's this for a creative and exciting example of direct action - it's a blockade but with a difference. Earlier this morning in Romania, Greenpeace volunteers quarantined a whole island where GM soya crops are being grown, which is illegal under EU law. Vehicles leaving Braila island were hosed down by people wearing white biohazard suits to prevent genetic contamination spreading to the mainland. Even a donkey and cart were washed and made GM-free!

YouTube group hug

Posted by jossc — 31 August 2007 at 3:01pm - Comments

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August in pictures

Posted by jossc — 31 August 2007 at 11:15am - Comments

08 August - India. Water is sprinkled on activists chained and arm locked to blockade the gates of the Surya Light bulb manufacturing unit in Kashipur. The Surya factory produces energy wasting incandescent bulbs.

This may still be the 'silly season' as far as our national press are concerned, but that hasn't prevented a lot of good work being achieved by Greenpeace campaigners around the globe.

Blockading incandescent light bulb manufacturing plants in India; halting a coal shipment to Canada's largest power station; protesting against the construction of a new nuclear power plant in Brazil; lobbying the Thai government to prevent them lifting a ban on GM crop field trials - these are just some of the practical steps we've been taking to help bring about the cleaner, greener world we all want to see.

Threats and intimidation down Amazon way

Posted by jamie — 30 August 2007 at 2:48pm - Comments

As the narrator of this startling video states, "working in the Amazon forest is not for the faint of heart." In the past, people from campaigning organisations have been bullied by land owners and workers, facing intimidation, violence, death threats and even murder.

How the World Bank and HSBC are investing in deforestation

Posted by jamie — 29 August 2007 at 1:53pm - Comments

Timber being sawn up in Bandundu province, DRC

Back in April, at the World Bank's spring meeting, there was much talk about the plight of the Congo rainforest. We'd just published a big report detailing how in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) logging titles were being granted in breach of a moratorium that the bank had been instrumental in establishing. The report launch was so high profile, we were able to force DRC's rainforest high onto the agenda of the World Bank meeting and have also managed to secure another session at the upcoming autumn meeting.

Update: Amazon land settlements suspended

Posted by jamie — 29 August 2007 at 9:39am - Comments

There have been further developments in the Amazon. As we reported last week, Greenpeace Brazil published its investigation into deals between a Brazilian government agency and logging companies over areas of rainforest under the guise of a land settlement programme.

Halting the Arctic 'goldrush'

Posted by jossc — 28 August 2007 at 1:01pm - Comments

Polar bears: running out of time and space?

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