Defending Pacific tuna: on the trail of FADs and pirates

Posted by jossc — 3 September 2009 at 10:29am - Comments

It's only a couple of days since the Esperanza set out on the Defending Our Pacific Tour, but already the crew are deeply engaged in the fight to save Pacific tuna from decimation.

Tuna are the main target of industrial fishing fleets from Asia, USA and the EU. Between them they took over 2.5 million tonnes last year alone - a totally unsustainable amount. And the indiscriminate nature of their fishing methods means that thousands of sharks and turtles also die needlessly in their nets.

Video: updates from the Arctic Sunrise polar expedition

Posted by jossc — 2 September 2009 at 12:26pm - Comments

Two more powerful video blogs from Eric Phillips, polar explorer and survival guide aboard the Arctic Sunrise in Northern Greenland. With years of experience exploring both polar regions, Eric describes the changes he's seeing now compared to previous trips, and outlines some of the latest findings of the research team he's providing expert support for.

Video: saying NO to dirty coal

Posted by jossc — 1 September 2009 at 1:30pm - Comments

Since the Big If pledge launched in March, when Age of Stupid actor Pete Postletwaite promised the UK Energy and Climate Change minister Ed Miliband that he would return his OBE if the government gave the go-ahead for a new coal power station Kingsnorth, thousands of people have joined him in making pledges of their own.

Greenpeace UK has been a core member of the Big If coalition from the start, together with a wide range of other organisations including the RSPB, World Development Movement, Oxfam and the Women's Institute. Because if Kingsnorth and the other 10 plants planned to follow it get built, then we'll have next to no chance of meeting our CO2 reduction targets and reining in runaway climate change.

Video: why six Indians went to jail over climate change

Posted by jamie — 19 August 2009 at 3:49pm - Comments

It's not just on this country that people get so riled about climate change that they're driven into taking drastic action, action such as, oh I don't know, climbing a chimney stack in a coal-fired power station.

A new series of videos from our Indian office (compiled into one above) showcases six activists who explain why they climbed the chimney at Kolaghat power station in October 2007 and spent a few days in jail after their arrest.

Video: Fish on climate change and China

Posted by jossc — 14 August 2009 at 11:21am - Comments

Just in via our Climate Rescue weblog, here's a beautiful little filmic essay on the realities of climate change from Greenpeace China campaigner Xin Yu (otherwise known as "Fish"), made aboard the Arctic Sunrise during the current expedition to monitor a 100 km2 ice island breaking off Greenland's Petermann glacier.

The Yes Men: sometimes it takes a lie...

Posted by jossc — 4 August 2009 at 12:01pm - Comments

Yay - the Yes Men have a new documentary out! The anti-corporate activists, who specialise in posing as top executives of corporations they hate on TV and at business conferences around the globe, hit the big screen later this week with "The Yes Men Fix the World".

Video: A global warning for global warming

Posted by jamie — 29 July 2009 at 10:58am - Comments

If you're missing Flight Of The Conchords after the recent series finished, this video might help ease the pain. Our colleagues in New Zealand have recruited Rhys Darby - otherwise know as Murray the hapless manager - to their Sign On campaign, creating pressure for deep emissions cuts from the NZ government, and Rhys has written a little poem to mark the occasion.

Nick from the office in Auckland says they're keen to hear from New Zealanders based overseas as well, so if that's you head on over to the website and, erm, sign on.

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