Posted by John Sauven — 16 March 2011 at 6:37pm
Today many people are struggling to recover from the effects of the earthquakes and tsunami. The focus now for everybody should be on saving lives and supporting people in Japan. Our thoughts are also with the heroic engineers working to reduce the impact of the nuclear accident at Fukushima.
Melting icebergs in the path of rigs in the Arctic, the latest oil frontier
Disquiet around fuel prices always makes ministers sit up and take notice. This is the fourth time in a decade that spiraling oil prices have left politicians facing angry motorists demanding ministers do something about petrol prices.
Posted by John Sauven — 18 October 2010 at 12:22pm
Jeff Swartz, CEO of Timberland wrote recently in the Harvard Business Review, 'You can tell a lot about how your day is going to unfold by the number of e-mails that are waiting for you ... On June 1, 2009, they kept coming, and coming, and coming.'
The emails flooding Jeff Swartz's inbox were coming in response to a newly released Greenpeace report about deforestation in the Amazon. The gist of the report was that (a) Brazilian cattle farmers are illegally clear-cutting Amazon rainforests to create pastures, and (b) the leather from their cows might be winding up in shoes - including Timberland's.
Posted by John Sauven — 28 October 2009 at 1:07pm
Originally published on Comment is Free, John sets out how we could use the levers of the economy to shape a greener future.
Talk is cheap, and valued
accordingly. At some point ministers will need to translate their
climate rhetoric into the language of real change – money. Since 1997
the proportion of government revenues derived from green taxes has actually fallen.
The cost of motoring (despite the tabloid headlines) has fallen by 13 per cent
in real terms since 1997, while bus and coach fares have increased by
17 per cent above inflation.
For most of us, political speeches are a dull
drone in the background while the message that always comes through
loud and clear is spelt out in pounds and pence. If we're serious about
confronting climate change – and everyone actively involved in the
debate claims to be – then some taxes are going to have to rise.
Posted by John Sauven — 11 October 2009 at 11:33pm
Dear Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg,
Dozens of Greenpeace volunteers scaled the walls of the Palace of Westminster yesterday and spent the night on the roof to welcome you back from your summer break. The threat of climate change is so grave that it requires radical action and we believe that what we are doing here today is necessary to send a clear message to the country's politicians. If we don't change the politics and take real action here and internationally we will lose our chance to save the climate.
Posted by John Sauven — 11 October 2009 at 4:21pm
With parliament coming back, a general election looming and the Copenhagen climate summit just weeks away, this is the time for rhetoric to stop and action to start. That’s why we’ve written this manifesto. The policies show that we can protect the environment while also protecting our economy. We want all politicans to steal our policies.
By using the big economic levers we can have sustainable recovery, create green jobs and cut emissions. But for this to happen politicans need to set aside short term party politics and work together to tackle the really important issues. And frankly, if any political party doesn’t adopt these policies, we should be asking them why not?
Posted by John Sauven — 14 April 2009 at 1:25pm
This blog by Greenpeace UK exective director John Sauven first appeared on the Guardian's Comment Is Free.
Today reports have begun to circulate that police have carried out what according
to the Guardian "is thought to be the biggest pre-emptive raid on
environmental campaigners in UK
history, arresting 114 people believed to be planning direct action at a
coal-fired power station". The arrests don't really come as a huge
surprise to me. What we are witnessing today is a massive increase in police
surveillance of environmental
campaigners and an increasing number of environmental groups being
infiltrated by informers.
Posted by John Sauven — 2 March 2009 at 3:47pm
Our executive director John Sauven is writing today about green investment and starting the office off on a spring blog relay. Over the next couple months we'll be asking different Greenpeace staff and volunteers to write for our blog each day so that you can find out a bit more about the many different people, ideas and roles behind our campaigns.
Since the 'big crunch', world leaders have been forced to think the unthinkable.
Even Peter Mandelson, who once said he was "intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich", now questions New Labour's unbridled, unregulated capitalism.
He recently explained: "Partly through our need to reassure that we were no longer the 1980s Labour party, partly because there was a new economic orthodoxy prevailing in the economy, we emphasised or played up our belief in markets, profits, even privatisation as a model."