June 2017

Plastics beach clean on the Isle of Mull

Posted by Frank Hewetson — 23 June 2017 at 10:26am - Comments
Child on a beach holding old bottle caps
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Our beach clean began with a 2 hour drive up the most amazing coastline from Fionnphort to Ulva on the Isle of Mull (having stopped by Beluga II in Tobermory) to meet up with 3 very small local primary schools.

Cath and Janey from Marine Conservation Society arrived just after us, having had the same problems finding this quite beautiful and remote beach, only to find the school kids hard at work - getting stuck in to clearing up the seriously large amount of plastic waste.

Coca-Cola's marketing strategy = a gift for the End Ocean Plastics campaign

Posted by Louisa Casson — 22 June 2017 at 2:16pm - Comments
Picture of a Coke bottle on a beach
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Oh the irony. As part of a millennial-focused marketing strategy to associate Coca-Cola with beach holiday fun and sunkissed selfies, Coke last month launched its summer campaign. This year’s gimmick? Coke bottles labelled with exotic beach destinations and a competition to win glamorous holidays every day.

Why ironic? Because it's these very plastic bottles that are polluting the beaches and rivers of many of these holiday hotspots.

5 Worrying Facts About the DUP and The Environment

Posted by India Thorogood — 20 June 2017 at 12:28pm - Comments
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Despite ongoing national crises such as the Grenfell fire — and the fact that Brexit talks are due to begin this week — Theresa May is yet to form a strong and stable government. Lacking the necessary number of Conservative MPs, she will continue talks with Northern Irish party the DUP this week.

Coca-Cola - Myth busting Coke's claims on ocean plastics

Posted by Louisa Casson — 20 June 2017 at 11:11am - Comments
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As thousands of Greenpeace supporters have piled the pressure on Coca-Cola, the mega brand is starting to take notice - but Coke’s answers aren’t yet good enough.

7 reasons why sea sponges are the coolest

Posted by Emily Buchanan — 16 June 2017 at 4:44pm - Comments

Sea sponges. They’re not exactly the cuddliest of creatures. They don’t have eyes, limbs, ears, a mouth or even a brain. They can’t move and some of them look a bit like Wotsits.

What I learnt on board the Beluga

Posted by Louisa Casson — 14 June 2017 at 1:26pm - Comments
Puffins flying around cliffs with the sea in the background
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This week hasn’t been a normal “day at the office”. I’ve spent the last few days on board the Beluga II, the Greenpeace boat currently sailing around the Scottish coast to document and investigate the impact of ocean plastic pollution on Scotland’s internationally significant wildlife.

When Coca-Cola washes its hands of the ocean plastic problem, this is where the problem washes up

Posted by Luke Massey — 12 June 2017 at 4:08pm - Comments
Picture of empty Coca-Cola bottles on a beach in Scotland
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Last week I was standing over a pile of plastic Coca-Cola bottles, on a remote beach in Mull on the west coast of Scotland. 

UK Election: Our voices are even more powerful now

Posted by John Sauven — 9 June 2017 at 12:50pm - Comments
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Greenpeace doesn’t play party politics but we don’t stay quiet when it comes to holding political (or corporate) leaders to account. Our number one priority is protecting our natural environment, the foundation of a healthy life for all. That means stopping plastic going into our oceans and killing marine life. It means ending air pollution impacting our children’s health. It means dealing with climate change by investing in clean, renewable energy. It means ending the destruction of rainforests and other important ecosystems that all life depends on for its survival.

In Pictures: Campaigning to end Ocean Plastics, the Beluga II Tour so far

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 7 June 2017 at 1:08pm - Comments
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Greenpeace has brought its ship the Beluga II on an expedition of scientific research around Scotland

Last month our ship the Beluga II set sail on a two-month scientific expedition around Scotland investigating the impact of ocean plastic pollution on some of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes and wildlife.

6 things you can do about air pollution

Posted by Fran G — 7 June 2017 at 11:03am - Comments
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We’ve all heard the stats by now: Air pollution is terrible for our health and is linked to strokes, heart disease and diabetes in adults. Children are particularly at risk of lung diseases like asthma and more than 1,000 nurseries across the UK are close to roads with illegal levels of air pollution. Diesel cars emit 10 times more harmful fumes than trucks or buses.

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