The price of dissent: government attacks put Greenpeace India in danger of closure in one month

Posted by Ashish Fernades — 6 May 2015 at 2:38pm - Comments
"You can't muzzle dissent in a democracy" - Delhi High Court
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Deprived of funds, Greenpeace India may close in less than a month

In less than a month, Greenpeace India is in danger of closing.

It’s not because everyone in the country can now enjoy the benefits of an unpolluted environment. Far from it. Instead, a department of our own government – the Ministry of Home Affairs - is attacking us.

Breaking the link between transport and oil

Posted by petespeller — 24 October 2011 at 2:43pm - Comments
Traffic in London
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A new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research argues that breaking the link between road transport and oil is not only possible, it would benefit the economy, create jobs and reduce carbon emissions.

Tell the government to buy sustainable fish

Posted by Willie — 9 March 2011 at 4:46pm - Comments
Hugh and Jamie during filming of the Fish Fight series
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Hugh and Jamie during filming of Fish Fight outside Westminster

"Greenest government ever." That’s the phrase that’s already been used to slap the current UK administration a fair few times. It’s an ambitious claim, but it seems even on the black-and-white issues UK ministers can’t quite bring themselves to go green.

We take the government to court over oil drilling

Posted by jamess — 12 November 2010 at 1:07pm - Comments

We've taken the government to the High Court in a bid to stop offshore drilling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Our lawyers filed a claim at the Royal Courts of Justice this morning seeking to stop the issuing of new licences for deep sea drilling until the causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion have been properly established.

Chevron gets permission for deepwater drilling – first in UK since BP disaster

Posted by tracy — 1 October 2010 at 9:52am - Comments

We've just found out that the government gave Chevron permission to begin deepwater drilling in the waters west of Shetland late last night. This is the first deepwater oil drilling in UK waters since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. We expect Chevron will begin drilling in the next few days.

In the last week our activists spent 50 hours in the water in front of Chevron's drill ship, 100 hours on their anchor chain, and over the last 24 hours 16,000 people sent emails to Climate and Energy Secretary Chris Huhne urging him not to grant Chevron the license. It's been a Herculean effort by all and we can't thank you enough for your support.

The government's decision to open up drilling in ever more difficult and dangerous places to reach is totally irresponsible move and shows clearly that they've not learned the lessons from the BP oil disaster. That's why we're preparing to take them to court.

Chevron could get government permission to start deepwater drilling today

Posted by tracy — 30 September 2010 at 11:12am - Comments

Chevron's drill ship is poised to begin exploratory oil drilling in the remote deep water Lagavulin site west of Shetland as soon as the government gives them permission. And that could happen later today.

Our activists on board the Greenpeace ship Esperanza have done all they can over the last week to stop the Stena Carron drill ship from getting to Lagavulin, now we urgently need your help to put direct pressure on the UK government to stop the drilling.

Please write to Energy Secretary Chris Huhne and tell him that he must not give Chevron final permission to begin drilling at Lagavulin.

Announcement on Heathrow expected tomorrow

Posted by jamie — 14 January 2009 at 6:41pm - Comments

So we've heard that, at long last and after much faffing around, the government will finally announce its decision on that third runway tomorrow. I have to add the 'probably' caveat as it's been delayed many times before but I doubt anyone will be slack-jawed if they give Heathrow expansion a big thumbs-up.

Despite the enormity of this decision, and the ramifications for people around the world, Gordon Brown has refused to promise a vote in the Commons on the issue. John Randall MP referred back to the day Plane Stupid sat on the roof of the house when he waggishly reminded Brown what he said at the time.

The story of Plane Stupid and the flying mole

Posted by bex — 9 April 2008 at 2:17pm - Comments

The wrong un

Image from Plane Stupid

I don't know if you've been following this story about the mole who tried to infiltrate Plane Stupid recently but if you're anything like me, you'll be less surprised at the fact that someone's tried to infiltrate a direct action group working on aviation than at the fact that somebody's felt the need to invent the word 'threatscape'.

Toby Kendall / 'Ken Tobias' (the spy concerned, who listed Top Gun as his favourite movie on Bebo, along with 'war movies' and 'revenge movies') works / worked for 'security' firm C2i International. C2i apparently works closely with clients "to understand their unique threatscape" before delivering "appropriate and proactive solutions".

Evasion and newspeak: government action vs ecological reality

Posted by bex — 11 March 2008 at 5:37pm - Comments

Alex Steffen of Worldchanging recently wrote an excellent piece called Who Will Tell the People? And How? about the yawning chasm between the reality of climate change and the failure of government to bring in the massive changes needed. Talking about US emissions cuts, he writes:

We're running into a situation here where the acceptable political action is to move from A to C, but where realism demands that - if we want to dodge a catastrophic collision with ecological reality - we move from A to say Q. And that gap, between C and Q, is large enough to lose a future in.

As you're reading this blog, you probably don't need reminding about the catastrophic collision with ecological reality Steffen mentions. With stakes this high, the changes needed (Steffen's A to Q) are profound, fundamental and cross all facets of human existence - from our energy and transport systems to, dare I say it, our social and economic systems.

Secrets and lies

Posted by nathan — 18 January 2008 at 10:33am - Comments

It really doesn't come as any surprise to learn that, whilst Gordon Brown's government were claiming to be having an honest and open conversation about the future of nuclear power with the British public, secret deals had already been done in Whitehall which would pave the way for a new fleet of reactors.

At the weekend, the Independent on Sunday revealed that, whilst the first nuclear consultation (which was slammed by the High Court for being flawed, misleading and inadequate) was underway, Brown's energy adviser Geoffrey Norris held at least nine secret meetings at Number 10 with the bosses of nuclear energy companies such as EDF, Eon and BNFL.

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