Also by John Sauven

Nuclear Energy – a fading dream

Posted by John Sauven — 12 March 2012 at 11:50am - Comments
Greenpeace activists climb Suffolk's Sizewell B nuclear power station to demonst
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Greenpeace activists climb Suffolk's Sizewell B nuclear power station to demonstrate the lack of security

The meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant one year ago was all the more terrible because it struck Japan as a natural disaster was unfolding.

Freezing to death: action highlights excess winter fuel deaths

Posted by John Sauven — 22 November 2011 at 12:45pm - Comments
fighting the freeze action outside parliament 2011
by. Credit: David Sandison / Greepeace
Activists create a living room outside of Parliament

This morning, outside of the Houses of Parliament, activists from both Greenpeace and the National Pensioners Convention undertook the first of what I hope will be many joint initiatives. With sofas and tables they created a life size living room, covered with frost to highlight the 25,700 excess winter deaths that were announced today.

McKinsey's bad advice is threatening rainforests - it can't be trusted

Posted by John Sauven — 10 November 2011 at 4:10pm - Comments
Devastated forest land in an Asia Pulp & Paper concession, Sumatra April 2010
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Advice from consultancy firm McKinsey will lead to more deforestation, not less as it claims

This week, the Guardian uncovered evidence of global consultancy firm McKinsey profiting from the shake-up to the NHS. At the same time, McKinsey was paid £250,000 a year by the UK government for advice on the transition towards health secretary Andrew Lansley's vision for the service.

Barred from Indonesia for working in support of president’s efforts to stop deforestation

Posted by John Sauven — 17 October 2011 at 3:35pm - Comments
Sumatran elephant
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If deforestation isn't halted in Indonesia, Sumatran elephants face an uncertain future

I’ve been working with Greenpeace for more than 20 years and until now I had never been deported from any country. Until last week, that is, when I tried to enter Indonesia to spend time with our staff in Jakarta in support of their work against deforestation.

Chernobyl: 25 years on

Posted by John Sauven — 26 April 2011 at 12:11pm - Comments
Nearby village Rosochovz. People are not allowed to move into the area, only lea
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Nearby village Rosochovz. People are not allowed to move into the area, only leave.

Twenty five years ago today, the peace and tranquillity of the small Russian town of Pripyat was shattered when reactor number four at the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded.

Japan needs our support

Posted by John Sauven — 16 March 2011 at 6:37pm - Comments

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.

Britain's chronic dependence on oil

Posted by John Sauven — 7 March 2011 at 4:16pm - Comments
Melting icebergs in the path of rigs in the Arctic, the latest oil frontier
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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.

Negotiators face a steep climb to rescue climate agreement

Posted by John Sauven — 29 November 2010 at 1:22pm - Comments

It isn't making the big headlines we saw last year, but the need for a global climate agreement is more obvious than ever as climate impacts accelerate.

Business and government can make swift changes when they want... or are forced to

Posted by John Sauven — 18 October 2010 at 12:22pm - Comments

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.

Reverse the decline in green taxes

Posted by John Sauven — 28 October 2009 at 1:07pm - Comments

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.

Executive director of Greenpeace UK.