Human Rights

Cheap seafood costs too much in human suffering

Posted by Willie — 14 December 2015 at 1:09pm - Comments
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Children and teenagers sit together to be registered by officials during a raid on a shrimp shed in Samut Sakhon, Thailand.

About 8 years ago, I had the joy of doing a live news interview from a fish processing factory in Grimsby. Being in a fish processing factory in Grimsby was fine, it was wearing a hair net on national TV that wasn’t.

The story being discussed was seafood brand Young’s decision to ship UK-caught shrimp all the way to Thailand and back, a move that was ‘better’ in terms of CO2 emissions, and cheaper for consumers.

But what price do we pay for cheap seafood?

Customer outrage over tuna giants John West and Thai Union

Posted by Ariana Densham — 21 October 2015 at 10:56am - Comments
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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on John West's broken sustainability promise

Tuna has finally gone mainstream, following the outcry in the media that John West* has broken its sustainability and traceability promises. 

We’ve reached millions of people, from This Morning with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, to The Times front page and countless other newspapers, everyone is outraged by the embarrassing progress John West has made meeting its sustainability promise to customers. 

Shell admits funding Niger Delta "warlords"

Posted by BenAmunwa — 2 May 2012 at 12:46pm - Comments
Mother and child in Oru Sangama following military raid
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Mother and child in Oru Sangama following military raid

A guest blog from Ben Amunwa, campaigner with oil industry watchdog Platform. 

A recent video published online shows a Shell executive admitting that the oil giant could easily be funding what he describes as “warlords” and militants in Nigeria. You can watch the video here, (see 57mins - 1hr). The admission comes soon after the announcement that 11,000 Nigerians are due to take Shell to court in London over two major oil spills in the town of Bodo in 2008 to 2009. Shell has refused to pay adequate compensation for the destruction caused to the environment and livelihoods of local residents.

The price of oil: Shell in the Niger Delta

Posted by jamess — 7 October 2011 at 3:00pm - Comments
UN confirmed that Shell's oil spills could take 30 years to clean up
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UN confirmed that Shell's oil spills could take 30 years to clean up

A guest blog from Ben Amunwa, campaigner with oil industry watchdog Platform

This time last year I was standing in a vast pool of oily water. It used to be a fish pond for local villagers, but now everywhere was coated with oil and the stench of petroleum was overpowering. A light rain was falling.

Help expose Chevron's human rights hitmen

Posted by Mike Gaworecki — 25 March 2011 at 5:39pm - Comments
Chevron human rights hitmen
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You might remember in September some of our activists swam in front of a drill ship, operated by oil giant Chevron, in an attempt to stop them drilling the first deep water well in the UK since the Gulf of Mexico spill. Chevron are showing a complete disregard for the environment by pressing on with their plans to drill in deep water. By their own admission, a Macondo style blow out at Chevron's deep water well to the west of Shetland would reach the shores of Norway and Greenland. And Chevron's cavalier attitude doesn't stop there.

Shell coughs up to keep human rights trial out of court

Posted by jamie — 9 June 2009 at 2:46pm - Comments

Shell has ducked out of the major international trial it faced over human rights abuses in Nigeria, and last night opened its wallet to fork out $15.5m (£9.6m) in a last minute settlement. After 13 years of bringing this case to court, it's a relief for the relatives of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others executed for campaigning against Shell's human rights abuse and environmental crimes in the Niger Delta.

From human rights to the environment

Posted by saunvedan — 6 May 2009 at 4:28pm - Comments

Whatever it is that makes an environmentalist is the same, fundamentally, as that which makes a human rights activist. I would have disagreed with this thought until not so long ago - before joining Greenpeace, in fact. Fresh out of University College London with a Masters in Human Rights, I was out to change the world. Only when I joined Greenpeace did I realize that there was no point changing the world if we cannot sustain one in the first place.

Deep Green: The dispossessed of Diego Garcia

Posted by jamie — 22 August 2008 at 12:37pm - Comments

Deep Green - Rex Weyler

Here's the latest in the Deep Green column from Rex Weyler -author, journalist, ecologist and long-time Greenpeace trouble-maker. The opinions here are his own, and you can sign up to get the column by email every month.

The dispossessed

In 1969, Marie Aimee took her two children for medical treatment, a six-day voyage across the Indian Ocean from their home on Diego Garcia island to Port Louis, Mauritius. Her husband, Dervillie Permal, stayed behind to work at a coconut oil factory and tend the family garden and animals.

After visiting the doctor and picking up supplies in Port Louis, Marie and her children arrived at the quay for the trip home. However, a British Government agent refused to allow them onto the boat, stranding Marie and her children in Mauritius. Throughout the following weeks, other marooned islanders appeared, congregating in a local slum, living in boxes or tin shacks. Two years later, Marie's husband arrived in Port Louis with one small bag and a chilling story.

Lean, green killing machine

Posted by jamie — 12 August 2008 at 11:51am - Comments

In a story not as weird as the environmentally-friendly bullets one but still somewhat unnerving, it appears the US military is gunning for an increase in the amount of energy it derives from renewable sources. Military chiefs want to see 25 per cent come from the likes of wind, wave and solar by 2025 and while it accounts for 1.5 per cent of US energy consumption, the biggest impact could be the civil application for military developments in technology and efficiency so the rest of the country could be following in its khaki-coloured wake.

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