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Let's stop feeling so guilty about global warming

Posted by Emma Thompson — 7 August 2014 at 12:08pm - Comments
Emma Thompson and Gaia Wise on sea ice in the Arctic
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We're told that it is all our fault, global warming — we want the fuel, we want our cars, and that the oil industry is merely responding to the needs of a greedy public. But that's simply not fair. Most of us want to live cleaner lives, but our governments don't make these things easily available.

LEGO: Help children save the Arctic

Posted by Fran G — 5 August 2014 at 10:27am - Comments

No-one loves LEGO as much as a seven year old who’s just built their first masterpiece. But everyone who has played with the toy carries the joy of their inner child on through life. That’s why LEGO is such a desirable brand for Shell to piggyback on.

'Green taxes' are voluntary!

Posted by Graham Thompson — 4 August 2014 at 4:02pm - Comments
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It's OK George, it's just the green ones.

There’s been a lot of misleading nonsense in parts of the UK press about energy bills. The Mail, in particular, have reprinted numbers which the Press Complaints Commission had already forced them to correct, then been forced to correct them again, then printed them again. Honestly. I mean, not honestly, completely dishonestly and with intent to mislead, I would imagine, but they really did that.

Return of the Arctic Sunrise

Posted by faiza_oulahsen — 1 August 2014 at 3:25pm - Comments
Faiza Oulahsen, one of the Arctic 30,  in front of the Arctic Sunrise
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Those last days on the Arctic Sunrise in September 2013, gave me one of my most precious memories. That might sound odd to you: armed men with balaclavas abseiling down from a helicopter and holding some of the crew at gunpoint; unable to communicate with the outside world, our movements limited to a few rooms of the ship; unaware of the emotional rollercoaster that was lying ahead of us.

Crackdown and arrests of activists: a first-hand account

Posted by Vivek Goyal — 30 July 2014 at 3:59pm - Comments
Peaceful protest in India
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Peaceful protest in India

Last month, Emma Gibson wrote about her visit to the forest in Mahan, India. Villagers and Greenpeace staff have been facing threats and intimidation there because of their attempts to stop the forest being cut down in pursuit of the coal that lies underneath.

Things are really hotting up now, with fresh arrests and intimidation occurring in the lead up to a village meeting and vote called the Gram Sabha. At the Gram Sabha villagers will be asked to vote to on giving up their historic rights to live and work in the forest in order to make way for a coal mine.

Why 50 children and their families are playing outside Shell's HQ

Posted by Fran G — 29 July 2014 at 9:41am - Comments
Children with a LEGO blocks spelling Arctic
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These kids are really concerned about climate change

Today, 50 children are playfully protesting about LEGO's partnership with Shell outside the oil giant's HQ in London by building their favourite Arctic animals out of oversized LEGO bricks. It’s an unusual but hopefully creative and exciting way of facilitating peaceful protest, which might need a little extra explanation.

Why my children are taking part in a playful protest against LEGO's partnership with Shell

Posted by Jessica Edberg — 29 July 2014 at 8:48am - Comments
Children building LEGO Arctic animals outside Shell HQ
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Playtime outside Shell's HQ

Jessica Edberg is a mother of two. Her daughter, Lily, aged 7, is taking part in a playful protest today against LEGO's partnership with Shell. 50 kids in total are protesting today by building three giant LEGO Arctic animals outside of Shell's HQ in London. With their parents and guardians, they're calling on LEGO to stop promoting Shell's logo on LEGO toys because kids love the Arctic and don't want Shell to destroy it.

Is Britain up for shale?

Posted by Graham Thompson — 28 July 2014 at 5:49pm - Comments
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Osborne's new solution to the housing bubble.

In twenty years’ time, when Britain is transformed into a green and pleasant Texas with oil and gas fracking wells on every corner, you may find yourself asking ‘when exactly did we agree to let this happen?’ Well, the answer is today. The 28th of July, 2014 saw our government announce the fourteenth licensing round and put Britain up for shale. Is this something you need to worry about? We think so.

How has LEGO responded?

Posted by sara_a — 28 July 2014 at 11:59am - Comments
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Giant LEGO figures with their hands over their ears at the Hong Kong comic fair

It’s nearly a month into the campaign to ask much loved toy-maker LEGO to ditch their arctic-drilling partner Shell. Over 670,000 around the world have joined the campaign so far and LEGO have been the target of Greenpeace actions at their HQs, factory, and in public on several continents, heaping the pressure on them to respond. But since then they have just made one public response on their website, and then used the same text in every media quote and Facebook response. So we’ve looked at their response in detail and have answered it in full here.

The evidence flying over their heads

Posted by victoriah — 28 July 2014 at 11:18am - Comments
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Out in the water in the Arctic, the evidence of commercial fishing's impact is staring me in the face, with beady eyes.