January – documenting the climate crisis and Covid solidarity
As a new president was inaugurated in the US, parts of Indonesia were hit by serious flooding. Seasonal heavy rainfall and massive land clearing for palm oil and coal mining resulted in water levels rising up to two meters in South Kalimantan, inundating hundreds of houses and forced thousands residents to flee their homes and find shelter on higher ground.
February – protecting our oceans
Greenpeace built a new underwater ‘boulder barrier’ about 30 miles off the coast of Sussex. The barrier is designed to stop destructive fishing in what’s supposed to be a protected part of the ocean, and expose the government’s failure to look after its so-called Marine Protected Areas all around the UK.
Working from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, activists placed granite boulders across 55 square miles of seabed in the Offshore Brighton Marine Protected Area. These boulders will deter destructive industrial ‘bottom trawlers’ from fishing in that area, because they risk damaging their fishing gear if it comes into contact with the boulders.
Meanwhile, Greenpeace crews monitored underdocumented fishing fleets in the Indian Ocean.