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Patents on life are dangerous, but we do not oppose embryonic stem cell research

Posted by Emily Williams — 17 October 2014 at 3:25pm - Comments

Following recent media coverage, we would like to clarify our stance on stem cell research.

Firstly, I want to be absolutely clear that we are not against stem cell research.

We champion environmentally responsible and socially just solutions, including scientific and technical innovation. Here's an explanation on why we challenge 'patents on life'. 

Without even realising it, I became a campaigner

Posted by Barbara Galassi — 15 October 2014 at 3:14pm - Comments
Greenpeace staff and community campaigners with the Icelandic ambassador to the
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Greenpeace Save the Arctic delegation with the Icelandic Ambassador

One morning last June my computer beeped.

All right, I thought, it is just an email. But it was not ‘just’ an email.

It was a Greenpeace email asking to sign a petition to save the Arctic. I signed it, shared it on Facebook and went on with my day. I thought that that was all I could do about it.

We're using GPS trackers to expose illegal logging in the amazon

Posted by Richardg — 15 October 2014 at 1:39pm - Comments
Logging truck in the Amazon
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My colleagues - and friends - in Brazil spent two months placing GPS trackers on illegal loggers in the Amazon. It's dangerous - but it helps us expose their crimes to the world.

We're using GPS trackers to expose illegal logging in the amazon

Posted by Richardg — 15 October 2014 at 1:39pm - Comments

My colleagues - and friends - in Brazil spent two months placing GPS trackers on illegal loggers in the Amazon. It's dangerous - but it helps us expose their crimes to the world..

LEGO dumped Shell - here's why it matters to us all

Posted by James Turner — 9 October 2014 at 3:00pm - Comments
Children building LEGO Arctic animals outside Shell HQ
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Children stage a playful protest outside Shell's London HQ

LEGO's decision to break its 50 year partnership with Shell is – as they say in America – kind of a big deal. Despite their best attempts to downplay its significance, this was a multimillion dollar partnership that had delivered real benefits to the oil giant over the years. That LEGO chose to break it in response to a huge wave of public pressure is both a major blow to Shell and the cultural influence of the oil industry itself.

Cunning cephalopods: 8 sneaky squid, octopus and cuttlefish

Posted by Danielle Boobyer — 9 October 2014 at 1:24pm - Comments
Octopus sitting on the sea bed
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Octopus celebrating Cephalopod Week

With cunning ways of evading predators and snaring their prey, cephalopods are the ninjas of our oceans. From the scary 'vampire squid from hell' to the adorable Dumbo octopus, here’s eight quirky ocean-dwellers which show why caring about these fascinating animals should go beyond #CephalopodWeek.

How LEGO got awesome to #SaveTheArctic

Posted by Anonymous — 9 October 2014 at 9:01am - Comments
LEGO characters celebrate Lego dumping Shell
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We did it! LEGO has dropped Shell

Today we got the awesome news: after a three-month campaign supported by more than a million people worldwide, LEGO has announced it will not renew its contract with Arctic destroyer Shell.

This is fantastic news for LEGO fans and Arctic defenders everywhere. And it’s a huge blow to Shell’s strategy of partnering with beloved brands to clean up its dirty image as an Arctic oil driller.

So how did we win this victory for the Arctic? Let’s take a look back at the top five moments of our campaign:

Being part of something bigger: working together to Save the Arctic

Posted by Helen Falconar — 8 October 2014 at 11:53am - Comments
Greenpeace staff and community campaigners in front of the Embassy of Iceland
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Greenpeace Save the Arctic delegation outside the Embassy of Iceland

‘You will take care, won’t you?  You know what these Greenpeace people are like’. With this farewell advice from my partner, I left the quiet and safety of my Somerset home for the hurly-burly of London. I was going on a Greenpeace mission! But what could be more innocuous or respectable than being part of a small team delivering the Arctic Declaration and Save the Arctic petition to the embassies of Arctic states?

Double forests victory!

Posted by Richardg — 3 October 2014 at 4:07pm - Comments
double of image of women protesters in Mahan and mechanical forest destruction
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Double forest celebration

In the fight for a greener and more peaceful planet, moments of overwhelming celebration are rare. This is one of them! (actually, two of them...)

Supreme court order kills Essar’s plans

Posted by Akshey Kalra — 25 September 2014 at 1:59pm - Comments
Women peacefully protesting in Mahan
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Peaceful Forest Protest in India

If you haven't heard so far, the Supreme Court of India cancelled 214 coal blocks allocated to private companies since 1993, deeming them illegal. And one of these coal blocks brings us to the story of Mahan, one of the oldest Sal forests in Asia and livelihood to more than 50,000 people.

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