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5 things you didn’t know about Volkswagen

Posted by Saraa — 1 August 2011 at 4:15pm - Comments
VW is not the green company it wants you to think it is
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VW is not the green company it wants you to think it is

Last week we showed you evidence of VW actively lobbying in the US against the laws we need to protect our planet.

Here are some more facts about Volkswagen that the company doesn't put on its billboards.

Tim DeChristopher - a new hero

Posted by Kumi Naidoo — 29 July 2011 at 10:28am - Comments
Tim DeChristopher sentenced to two years in US prison
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Tim DeChristopher - sentenced to two years in US prison

The environment and the world have a new hero, a reluctant hero perhaps, but someone who in good conscience could not stand by and watch a grave injustice take place without trying to prevent it. Without taking a stand at a risk to his own liberty. His name is Tim DeChristopher, and he joins the pantheon of brave men and women who have made a difference – brave men and women whose actions ricochet and multiply into widespread social change.

Volkswagen's Dark Side: caught red-handed in the US

Posted by jamess — 28 July 2011 at 4:20pm - Comments
Volkswagen is lobbying against environmental laws in the US and Europe
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Volkswagen is lobbying against environmental laws in the US and Europe

Since we launched our campaign to turn VW away from the Dark Side the response has been phenomenal. Over a quarter of a million people have joined the Rebellion and a huge proportion – over 40,000 of them – are Volkswagen drivers.

VW’s official response so far has been to act ‘surprised’ and point to their most efficient cars as proof of their environmental credentials.

250,000 people call on Volkswagen to change

Posted by Richardg — 26 July 2011 at 5:29pm - Comments
Stormtroopers in London on the campaign launch
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Stormtroopers in London on the campaign launch

This morning something momentous happened.

Our Jedi-o-meter hit 250,000.

One quarter of a million people - from all corners of the galaxy - calling on Volkswagen to stop blocking progress on climate change.

That Cairn social media gagging order in full

Posted by bex — 22 July 2011 at 12:26pm - Comments
Cairn's tugs drag icebergs out the way of its Arctic oil drilling rig
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Cairn tugs drag icebergs out of the way of its Arctic drilling rig

A lot of people on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere have been asking us a lot of questions about the interdict (injunction) - most of which we can't answer; we're gagged from saying anything that might be interpreted as asking others to do certain things on our behalf. We're so gagged that we probably can't even tell you what those certain things might be, in case that's seen as suggesting you do them.

So, in the public interest, we've decided to publish the full interdict (pdf). Feel free to download it, share it and discuss it; we'd be interested to hear your thoughts (although obviously we may not be able to reply).

VW film: A YouTube U-Turn

Posted by jamess — 20 July 2011 at 12:01pm - Comments
Still from our film challenging Volkswagen's environmental record
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Still from our film challenging Volkswagen's environmental record

We still have to turn VW away from the Dark Side, but we’ve scored a small victory for internet freedom along the way.

A few days into our campaign while our Volkswagen film was the most shared ‘ad’ in the world, YouTube suspended it after a complaint from Lucasfilm.

BREAKING: Cairn obtains legal interdict: ‘Twitter ban’ and 'gagging order' for Greenpeace

Posted by bex — 19 July 2011 at 7:35pm - Comments

Update: Read the interdict in full

In its latest move to cover up the truth about its Arctic drilling, Cairn Energy has obtained an extraordinary, wide-ranging legal interdict (injunction) against us, gagging us from posting Tweets and Facebook updates containing photos of yesterday's occupation of their Edinburgh headquarters.

Cairn occupation is over, but the campaign goes on

Posted by bex — 18 July 2011 at 8:22pm - Comments

It's been a long day but, around 12 hours after our intrepid Polar bears occupied Cairn Energy's HQ, the last of them has now been removed by police. Around 20 people have been arrested in all, and most of them remain in custody here in Edinburgh.

Cairn occupation still going strong

Posted by jamie — 18 July 2011 at 1:27pm - Comments
Image removed by Cairn Energy
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Image removed

Read the original post and follow live updates here.

We assembled at about 8am this morning near to Cairn Energy's offices in Edinburgh. It was a strange gaggle of people in suits and an army of polar bears. Such a gathering was going to attract attention so we couldn't hang about - we crossed Festival Square which was starting to get busy with people heading for work and straight through the doors of Cairn's office building. 

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