Solarizing Greece is a way out of the crisis

Oil is Fueling Greek Debt Banner in Rhodes. 26 Jul, 2015 © Konstantinos Stathias / Greenpeace

Greece is facing a depression on a scale arguably comparable to the US Great Depression of the late 1920s. Huge unemployment rates and a dramatic drop in family incomes of over 40 percent have Greek citizens pondering what the impacts will be of the new bail-out agreement. Unending austerity and lack of hope are all it seems the future has to offer.

But there is a way to start changing things for the better. With energy poverty emerging as one of the most dramatic symptoms of the recession – six out of every 10 households are struggling to pay their energy bills – it is high time that Greece seized upon its greatest and still largely unexploited asset: the Sun.

The new ‘Solarize Greece’ campaign by Greenpeace Greece aims to bring together all those who dream of a brighter and more sustainable future, not only for Greece but for all European countries. Its objectives are to help Greece kickstart solar power as a driver of the economy, to rid the country of the burden of fossil fuels that are holding it down economically and for Greece to fight its way back out of the crisis.

Solar power has worked minor miracles for Greece before. In the turbulent decade of the 1970s that saw two major global energy crises, the Greek government offered tax incentives to households for solar water heaters, and a national policy was aimed at saving power. That led to hundreds of thousands of households installing solar heaters and significantly reduced energy bills. Equally important, a new industry was born and soon solar heaters became one of Greece’s finest export products. It seemed then that the Sun had done its part to help Greece work its way out of a tight spot.

Now, crushing national hardship together with climate change are urgent and even more compelling reasons for revisiting solar photovoltaic (PV) power and, this time, on a massive scale.

Greece’s short-lived ‘PV Spring’ of 2009-2013, driven by a feed-in tariff scheme, provided a glimpse of the country’s real solar potential. Within five years installed solar capacity jumped from 47 to over 2,500 megawatts. A total of €4.5 billion was invested in modernising the energy sector and created around 50,000 jobs. In all, around 100,000 Greek families benefitted from the rise of the solar PV industry in one of the European countries most renowned for its sun.

Today, Greece is in a position to do much more.

Driven by the rapid fall in the costs of solar power, new legislation allows Greek citizens to generate cheap solar power for their own consumption, rather than selling it to the power grid. It means that, despite all of its economic hardships, Greece can seize on the enormous comparative advantage it has in solar power relative to northern European states. The tremendous untapped solar potential is a way to combat energy poverty and to cheaply kickstart economic growth.

Hundreds of thousands of households and small and medium enterprises could generate their own power at a fraction of the cost that they buy it from the grid. Tens of thousands of new jobs can be created.

With the costs of solar energy and storage expected to fall even further in the near future there is the potential for Greece to save billions of Euros on its fuel import bill – money that would stay within the country and be redirected to where it matters most: sustainable investments, social welfare policies, saving pensions, and stimulating prosperity.

So where could Greece find the funds for this initiative? Currently, through their electricity bills, Greek consumers pay around €800 million a year to subsidise oil imports to provide power to the country’s many islands. This is a huge amount by Greek standards, and one that is equivalent to the newly proposed cuts in pensions from the national budget in 2015.

This burden is set to increase as yet more oil-related power investments are scheduled for the islands. If these polluting and expensive projects are selected over investments in renewable energy and improvements in the power grid, Greek consumers will continue to throw away money for decades to come. That would not only steal resources from the economy but also compromise the chances of recovery.

Greenpeace Greece sees a different energy future, and that is what its crowdfunding campaign is all about. Installing solar power in Greece’s oil-dependent islands will bring relief to low-income households in need; it will help reduce oil consumption and pollution; and it will save money for Greek consumers on the mainland. Above all, it would be an example of a fair social policy that has tremendous developmental potential. Even more crucially, the campaign aspires to set in motion a transformation based on solarizing the entire Greek economy.

We are talking here about a domino effect, as a step that addresses austerity and provides a brighter future. If we can muster the support for solar power for Greece’s islands, why not for the whole of Greece?

Solarizing Greece would be a step in assisting the country to again stand on its own feet, on its own terms. And a step that could have significant repercussions for the rest of the sun-bathed Mediterranean region.

For Greece, untapped solar power means untapped sustainable economic development.

The Sun is not only for tourist holidays. Greece has an opportunity to show the rest of Europe the true power of solar energy.

Kumi Naidoo is Executive Director of Greenpeace International.

This blog first appeared on the Huffington Post.

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Edison Opto Unveils Advanced PLCC High Efficiency LEDs

In addition, for 5630 package product, Edison Opto introduces the advanced PLCC 5630B HE Series which has higher efficiency (188 lm/W @ 4000 K) and greater brightness (it reaches 34 lm @ 65 mA, 4000 K) than the previous products, providing customers with a better and brighter lighting environment. The slim size of PLCC 5630B HE series makes it flexible to be used in a variety of applications such as commercial lighting, residential lighting and hospitality lighting.

Edison PLCC 2835 HE and 5630B HE Series have passed LM-80 verification, providing quality and lifetime guarantee which help LED luminaires to enter market quickly. Edison Opto continues developing high quality products toward 200lm/W and expects to provide customers more energy efficient and high efficiency lighting solutions.

More Information about the company and our products can be found at

About Edison Opto:
Edison Opto has established the headquarters in New Taipei City, Taiwan since 2001. Edison Opto is specialized in designing and producing high-power LEDs. In order to satisfy customers’ high standard requests for quality, Edison Opto established a LM80 approved laboratory which is certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Edison Opto creates the LDMS service program which can provide customized professional design and production services. Edison Opto has established factories in Dongguan and Yangzhou. Besides, in order to expand the service domain, Edison Opto has established a subsidiary in USA. Edison Opto provides customers with complete product support and prompt delivery services.

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These are the videos the tuna industry doesn’t want you to see

This week, Greenpeace USA released five new video testimonials from Pacific tuna fishermen detailing the horrible conditions they’ve worked under. The interviews—conducted in a South Pacific port earlier this year—reveal incidents of abuse, inadequate or nonexistent pay, food and sleep deprivation and even murder.

As investigation after investigation after investigation continue to expose the poor state of the fishing industry, it’s becoming clearer than ever that consumers can’t trust the seafood they are feeding their families. In the case of these particular fisherman, the horrific human rights abuses at sea are directly connected to the tuna industry, confirming that tuna companies have major work to do in order to clean up their supply chains and win back the trust of their customers.

Watch these stories of abuse at sea

Trigger warning: these videos contain descriptions of violence that may be disturbing to some viewers.

Fishermen are often subject to bullying or intimidation for speaking up, meaning the harrowing stories captured below are hard to come by.

Three of the videos feature current or recent tuna fishermen from Indonesia, whose identities have been masked for their protection. The other videos feature an unmasked fishermen from Fiji, who details abuse from his time on a tuna boat ten years ago, revealing just how long these issues have been prevalent in the industry. Many of the men our team spoke with would not go on camera for fear of retribution against themselves or their family.

These are the stories that major tuna companies want to hide. Don’t let them. Join us and demand change in the tuna industry.

“If the people above you are hitting you, then we are not being treated as humans, but more like animals.”

“It was about one and a half years we worked for nothing. No salary at all.”

“I feel sorry for my friend. He was thirsty at 1am and there wasn’t any water. So he drank water from the air conditioner.”

“I saw his fingers, they were missing. I asked what happened.”

“So you’ll have two to three hours sleep then you’ll start again in the morning.”

Targeting tuna

These brave individuals and others like them are shining a light on the long history of abuse and slavery on tuna fishing vessels. Greenpeace has worked on tuna sustainability issues for years, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that we must all work together to address the deeply ingrained human rights issues within the industry, as well.

Labour abuses and slavery that destroy the lives of workers and their families, and overfishing that destroys ocean life are both issues that stem from an out of control and under-regulated industry. Greenpeace and a range of allies across the environmental and human rights movements are working to transform the tuna industry into one that is both just and sustainable.

As consumers, we should all be questioning where our tuna comes from.

In both the recent New York Times investigation and an Associated Press investigation in March, Thai Union—owner of Chicken of the Sea and soon Bumble Bee in the United States—was directly implicated for major human rights abuses and slavery at sea. This raises a glaring red flag that the largest tuna producer in the world has undeniable connections to this issue.

These stories—and the thousands of others like them that have gone untold—are a call to action for the tuna industry. Now more than ever, leaders must emerge to show that they take these issues seriously and are committed to addressing them in their global supply chains. There are a variety of solutions that companies and governments can begin implementing today that can address both the human rights abuses that are rampant and sustainability concerns.

Tuna fishing has become destructive for people and the oceans—and it must be reformed immediately to protect both. It’s time to change our tuna.

Add your name to demand change in the industry. And follow us over the next two months as the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior visits tuna fishing grounds in the South Pacific to find out more about where your tuna really comes from.

John Hocevar is the Ocean Campaigns Director at Greenpeace USA

This blog originally appeared on Greenpeace USA

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BREAKING: Greenpeace US activists stop Shell vessel as it attempts to leave port for the Arctic

The next big step in the fight to save the Arctic is happening right now.

Greenpeace US activists have suspended themselves from St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon to block a Shell Oil vessel from leaving port for Alaskan waters. The climbers have enough supplies to last several days, and are prepared to stay in Shell’s way as long as possible.

Follow here for breaking updates from the scene of this incredible display of people power, and don’t forget to say #ShellNo yourself. Tune into the conversation on social media using #ShellNo, #PeopleVsShell, and #SaveTheArctic.

What’s At Stake?

Why exactly have these activists chosen to put themselves in between Shell and the Arctic?

Shell is almost ready to drill in the Arctic, but a vessel containing a vital piece of drilling equipment – without which it is not permitted to drill – has a gaping hole in it. So it had to come down to Portland to get patched up. The climbers blocking its way are now what stands in between Shell and an Arctic oil catastrophe.

Shell isn’t just threatening polar bears and walruses with its drilling plans. By tapping into a new source of oil – only accessible because of melting ice – it’s threatening the entire world with worsening climate change. And here’s the real irony: Shell wouldn’t even be in Portland if it weren’t for its own incompetence. Its ice-breaker vessel, the Fennica, was damaged within weeks of leaving for the company’s drilling site in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea.

With billions of dollars and the US government in its pocket, Shell thinks it can get away with anything – even in the Arctic. But people around the world – including right here in Portland – are proving otherwise. Thanks to people power, the movement to save the Arctic is growing stronger every day, and we can win.

Shell would love for this fight to stay quiet, unseen and unheard by the millions of people worldwide who have spoken out against Arctic drilling. We can’t let that happen.

Raise your voice and say #ShellNo. Tell President Obama to reject Arctic drilling today.

Ryan Schleeter is an online content producer for Greenpeace USA.

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Tiger Day is about more than just saving tigers

It's International Tiger Day

International Tiger Day is a day to celebrate, raise awareness and protect the animals, and their natural habitat. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Here are ways you can help.

The lion may be the king of the jungle, but it’s the tiger that holds mystique and charisma. From the Chinese zodiac, to Buddhism, and even Rocky Balboa (cue trumpets), the largest of the cat species has been a symbol of strength and power throughout history and across cultures.

But unfortunately, the survival of these majestic beasts is in danger. Today, there are only 3,200 tigers living in the wild globally; and very recently it was announced that there are only 100 tigers left in Bangladesh’s largest mangrove forest. In Indonesia, there remain as few as 400 Sumatran tigers, while both Bali and Javan Tigers are already extinct. The main culprit for this rush towards extinction is forest clearing for palm oil and pulpwood plantations to be used to make many of the products we use every day.

Sumatran Tiger in Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation. 2 Nov, 2013 © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

Habitat loss is behind the dwindling number of tigers left in the wild. But it’s not all doom and gloom! Here are ways you can help.

Look for forest-friendly products

Over the years, Greenpeace has successfully moved companies like Procter & Gamble, Mars, Unilever, Mattel and Nestle to commit to No Deforestation policies. In June, Indonesian paper giant APRIL finally agreed an immediate stop to pulping rainforests. Make sure to look for products with a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo and check out Greenpeace’s friendly guide to buying sustainably.

Be aware of ‘dirty’ palm oil

Celebrities like Joaquin Phoenix, Kellan Lutz and Gillian Anderson have joined Greenpeace to call for an end to everyday products being manufactured through forest destruction. Check out our short animation to see how deforestation from palm oil is threatening the Sumatran Tiger in Indonesia.

Protect Paradise!

Already over 700,000 people have signed our petition to demand tiger- and forest-friendly products. But we need more support! Help us reach our goal and put your name down to protect the forest home of tigers and many other wildlife and demand a forest-friendly future.

Shuk-Wah Chung is a Content Editor at Greenpeace East Asia.

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US pharmacy giant making wrong choice for the Boreal Forest

Northern Lights in the White Mountains of QuebecInhale, exhale. The Boreal Forest impacts every breath you take.

Spanning North America, Russia, Japan and Scandinavia, the Boreal is the world’s largest carbon absorbing ecosystem, purifying the air you breathe and keeping the climate stable.

The Boreal is also home to incredible biodiversity – from woodland caribou in Canada to the Siberian tiger in Russia. And it is the traditional territory of many First Nations and Indigenous Peoples.

But despite its importance to people and the planet, it goes largely unprotected.

What’s happening to the Boreal Forest?

The Boreal Forest faces many threats: from climate change-fueled forest fires to oil development. But in Canada, one force is cutting out the heart of the forest: destructive logging.

A major player in this forest destruction is Resolute Forest Products – a pulp, paper and lumber company that’s turning the endangered Boreal forest into products like throwaway flyers.

For years, Resolute has been needlessly destroying critical habitat of the endangered woodland caribou and at times logging in Indigenous Peoples’ territories without their consent. Right now, Resolute is even suing Greenpeace Canada and staff for C$7,000,000 to stop them from telling you about what the company is doing in the Boreal forest.

The good news is there’s something we can do for the Boreal that can change Resolute’s destructive practices: speak up.  

Speaking up for the Boreal Forest matters

The voices of consumers are powerful in convincing companies to take their impact on forests seriously.

Because of public outcry, large companies like Kimberly-Clark, Procter & Gamble and Hewlett-Packard have adopted policies that minimize their impact on endangered forests.

And these changes put pressure on suppliers like Resolute. Just this year, Post-It Note company 3M committed to a forest-friendly paper policy and then told Resolute – one of its paper suppliers – to shape up or lose business. We continue to monitor the situation and will ensure 3M lives up to this element of its new policy soon. But to make big changes for the Boreal Forest, we need even more large companies to commit to buying paper that isn’t connected with forest destruction and demand better from suppliers like Resolute.

That’s why Greenpeace USA and Greenpeace Canada are challenging another major Resolute customer to step up and adopt a meaningful paper policy.

Rite Aid – the third-largest drugstore chain in the United States – has been making the wrong choice for forests by not managing where its paper comes from. The millions of pounds of paper it purchases for flyers and advertisements each year could be connected to destruction of the Canadian Boreal Forest.  

And despite repeated outreach to Rite Aid back in April, the company continues toignore this serious problem.

Take action

The Boreal Forest matters to all of us. That’s why all of us need to tell Rite Aid to do the right thing for forests. Write a message to Rite Aid on Facebook, or tweet at the company. Let Rite Aid know that there’s no excuse for ignoring what the best science tells us: that the Canadian Boreal Forest is at risk and Rite Aid’s paper supplier, Resolute, is making a bad situation worse.

When we convince companies like Rite Aid to act responsibly, we move one step closer to a world where the Boreal Forest is protected and managed responsibly – a world without deforestation and forest degradation.

Amy Moas is a Senior Forests Campaigner at Greenpeace USA

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Solarnia: How to sustain paradise

Something truly amazing has happened in the last few days.

In Italy, Spain, Croatia, Greece and Hungary, local residents, tourists, activists and volunteers have been teaming up to worship the sun. Their sun-soaked countries hosted creative peaceful protests that demanded the protection of the Mediterranean solar paradise against the threats of new dirty fuel projects financed by their governments and authorities. 

We call this vulnerable Mediterranean solar paradise “Solarnia”.

In Italy, hundreds of volunteers wanted to make sure that their demands made sense.

So, they visited 20 cities and asked the people there what they would choose given two options: living in a place threatened by the risk of oil spills or a place where solar is the only energy source in their country.

Volunteers ask people on the beach if they would choose oil or sun for their holidays. Photo from Bari, Italy © Mario Nuzzi

The responses, based on common sense, were pretty clear: solar energy is the way to go.

However, for certain governments, the answer is, apparently, not so clear. So, our Croatian friends made sure our demands were made very visible. Literally.

Projection of the message "Quit Dirty Energy - Plenty of Sun". Photo from Dubrovnik, Croatia by © Nevio Smajic

We really didn’t want our message to go unnoticed. This is why we recruited an artist in Spain to build a huge sand sculpture on the beautiful Canary Islands, which clearly symbolized and expressed the locals’ call to make a change and switch to a new bright future made of clean, safe energy.

Artist Etual Ojeda reveals a sand sculpture of a group of people rising a wind turbine as a symbol of people pushing for a new future made of renewables. Photo from Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. © Sergio Bolaños

Meanwhile, Greenpeace Greece had started up a crowdfunding project aimed at installing solar panels for families in need and to support the economy in a sustainable and long-term way.

Greenpeace activists spread a 600sqm arrow banner pointing at a Greek oil-fired power plant under construction in the island of Rhodes, to reveal one of the most unacknowledged causes of the Greek crisis; the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuels. Photo from Rhodes, Greece by © Panos Mitsios.

But, the Mediterranean isn’t just for the locals – it’s for everyone. Everyone has a stake in keeping this paradise a solar paradise and we should all join forces to protect it.

This is why, in Hungary, a press conference was organised to speak up against the dirty energy madness and also to get the public to take a clear and decisive stand against them.

That’s why, many people decided to jump on a boat (not a real one this time!) to pass on their messages and to show what a future without solar energy would look like.

Press event at the launch of Hungary's online and offline push, showing the activists in front of our photo wall. Photo from Budapest, Hungary by © Attila Polyak

For those who know us, we never give up the fight for a bright future, but we can’t do it by ourselves. We need the support of everyone in the world.

Over 27,000 people already took a stand to make our Solarnia dream come true, we can’t wait to hear your voice added to the call.

So, What can you do to make the Solarnia dream come true?

1. Add your voice and sign the petition.

2. Tell your friends that you are against oil drilling and for renewable energy, like wind and soalr.

3. Take selfies on the beach (or wherever) and share them on your social media channels with the #SolarParadise hashtag.

Let’s make our messages very visible and stay tuned for more fun activities to come!

Cristiana De Lia is a Communications Coordinator with Greenpeace Central Eastern Europe.

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Edison Opto Introduces High Efficiency 2835 and 5630B Series

In addition, for 5630 package product, Edison Opto introduces the advanced PLCC 5630B HE Series which has higher efficiency (188 lm/W @ 4000 K) and greater brightness (it reaches 34 lm @ 65 mA, 4000 K) than the previous products, providing customers with a better and brighter lighting environment. The slim size of PLCC 5630B HE series makes it flexible to be used in a variety of applications such as commercial lighting, residential lighting and hospitality lighting.

More Information about the company and our products can be found at

About Edison Opto:
Edison Opto has established the headquarters in New Taipei City, Taiwan since 2001. Edison Opto is specialized in designing and producing High-power LEDs. In order to satisfy customers’ high standard requests for quality, Edison Opto established a LM80 approved laboratory which is certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Edison Opto creates the LDMS service program which can provide customized professional design and production services. Edison Opto has established factories in Dongguan and Yangzhou. Besides, in order to expand the service domain, Edison Opto has established subsidiary in USA. Edison Opto provides customers with complete product support and prompt delivery services.

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12 photos that got the world’s attention

The Quaker concept of bearing witness is one of the guiding principles of Greenpeace. Nowhere is this more manifest than in the images we produce.

One of the founders of Greenpeace, Bob Hunter, proposed the notion of ‘Mind Bombs’ – when an image is so powerful it is like a bomb going off in your head.

Today, in a world saturated by images, a photograph still has the power to move one to action. We take a look back through the lens at some of the Greenpeace images that have helped to change the world for the better.

Crew of the Greenpeace - Voyage Documentation (Vancouver to Amchitka: 1971). 22 Sep, 1971 © Greenpeace / Robert Keziere

In 1971, the environment movement became a modern cultural phenomenon with the formation of Greenpeace. Since then, the world has seen the environment become one of the planet’s major concerns – never more so than today when we face catastrophic climate change.

This is a photographic record by Robert Keziere of the very first Greenpeace voyage, which departed Vancouver on 15 September, 1971. The aim of the trip was to halt nuclear tests in Amchitka Island by sailing into the restricted area.

The crew on board the ship formed the original group that became Greenpeace. Clockwise from top left, they are: Hunter, Moore, Cummings, Metcalfe, Birmingham, Cormack, Darnell, Simmons, Bohlen, Thurston, and Fineberg.

Nuclear Waste Barrel Hits Inflatable in Atlantic Ocean. 6 Sep, 1982 © Greenpeace / Pierre Gleizes

Non-Violent Direct Action was foundational to Greenpeace as it became a movement of people willing to put their lives on the line for a greater good.

In this photo, Greenpeace activists in inflatable boats protest against the dumping of nuclear waste by dumpship Rijnborg. Two barrels are dropped from the dump ship on top of a Greenpeace inflatable causing it to capsize and seriously injure Willem Groenier, the pilot of the inflatable.

The dumping of nuclear waste at sea is now illegal thanks to actions such as these.

Aftermath of Shipwreck after the Rainbow Warrior Bombing in New Zealand. 11 Jul, 1985 © Greenpeace / John Miller

In 1985, the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior was bombed by French secret service agents, tragically killing Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira. The ship and crew were in Auckland protesting nuclear testing in the Pacific.

The bombing of the Rainbow Warrior caused global headlines, making people around the world realise the powerful forces that groups like Greenpeace were up against.

Dismantling World Park Base. 1 Feb, 1992 © Greenpeace / Timothy A. Baker

After a long and seemingly impossible campaign, Antarctica was declared a World Park, proving that dedication and never giving up will deliver results. This photo captures the final day of establishing the World Park Base in 1992.

Action at Brent Spar Oil Rig in the North Sea. 16 Jun, 1995 © Greenpeace / David Sims

This photo depicts Greenpeace’s second occupation of Shell’s disused North Sea oil installation in two months in 1995.

With the campaign against the Brent Spar oil platform we saw how good strategies and determined action can change the world – the dumping of toxic materials in the North Sea is now banned.

Whaling Expedition (Southern Ocean - 1999). 8 Jan, 2000 © Greenpeace / John Cunningham

Greenpeace brought the reality of whaling to the world – and photography was an incredibly powerful medium for this communication.

Here, a Greenpeace inflatable boat hooks onto a Japanese whaling boat while it is pulling a caught whale on board.

Toxics E-Waste Documentation in China. 8 Mar, 2005 © Greenpeace / Natalie Behring

Here, a small Chinese child is sitting among cables and e-waste, in Guiyu, China. This photo helped bring the world’s eyes to the impacts of electronic waste.

Much of modern electronic equipment contains toxic ingredients. Vast amounts are routinely and often illegally shipped as waste from Europe, the US and Japan to countries in Asia as it is easier and cheaper to dump the problem on poorer countries with lower environmental standards.

This practice exposes the workers and communities involved in dismantling e-waste to serious, environmental problems, danger and health hazards. Greenpeace is strongly urging major manufactures to exclude toxic materials from their products.

Climate Action Kingsnorth Power Station. 8 Oct, 2007 © Will Rose / Greenpeace

This activist, part of the 2007 Kingsnorth action in the UK, went through a lengthy and historic trial resulting in acquittal.

In the trial, the judge summated that the activists were taking action for the greater good of humanity by preventing CO2 emissions. The case has since been used as a precedent and shows a shift towards global climate justice.

Firefighters Tragedy in Dalian. 20 Jul, 2010 © Lu Guang / Greenpeace

In 2010, workers attempting to fix an underwater pump after a pipeline blast at the Dalian Port, China, ran into trouble. During oil spill cleanup operations, the workers struggled in thick oil slick, and tragically, one firefighter was killed.

This image travelled the world as a defining photo of the dangers faced by workers associated with extractive industry.

Philippine Purse Seine Fishing Operation. 12 Nov, 2012 © Alex Hofford / Greenpeace

Diver Joel Gonzaga of the Philippine purse seiner ‘Vergene’ at work using only a single air compressor hose to the surface, in and around a skipjack tuna purse seine net, in the international waters of high seas pocket.

Fish stocks are plummeting around the world, especially tuna stocks. Photos like this help capture and communicate the impact of overfishing.

Oiled Brown Pelicans in Louisiana. 20 Jun, 2010 © Daniel Beltrá / Greenpeace

This powerful photograph shows adult brown pelicans waiting in a holding pen to be cleaned by volunteers at the Fort Jackson International Bird Rescue Research Center in Buras.

These birds were covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead disaster. The BP-leased Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded on 20 April, 2010 and sank after burning.

Action against Gazprom's Arctic Drilling. 18 Sep, 2013 © Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace

The photo which brought the world’s attention to the extreme measures the Russian authorities would take to protect their Arctic oil interests: a member of the Russian coast guard points a gun at a Greenpeace International activist as peaceful protestors attempt to climb the Prirazlomnaya, an oil platform in Russia’s Pechora Sea which is operated by Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom.

The activists were there to stop the Prirazlomnaya from becoming the first rig to produce oil from the ice-filled waters of the Arctic.

Greenpeace is a movement of people like you, standing up for our forests, oceans, and climate. Together, we’re working towards a green and peaceful future where humans intellect results in sustainable innovation, not greed and destruction.

Your world needs you – get involved.

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Undaunted, undefeated and unstoppable

undaunted undefeated and unstoppable

Greenpeace India ought to be finished by now. We’ve had our accounts frozen, our reputation smeared and our staff banned from travel. Mr. Rajnath Singh, the Minister of Home Affairs has done everything he can to shut down our offices, harass our staff and force us to close.

But we’re still here.

Wondering why? Because we’re still working for cleaner air, safe food and cheap, clean energy for all Indians. Thousands of people have helped us by donating time, ideas or money. Our staff have offered to work for free, while other groups have offered us desk space and even train tickets to keep our work alive. And at the end of May, we won temporary relief in the courts, a financial lifeline that will enable us to restart our campaigns.

But despite the court judgment, the attack on our rights of freedom of speech, and freedom of association resumed within a week, with a new investigation into our legal registration as an Indian society.

This morning, a media article cited Home Ministry sources referring to a notice from the registrar of societies in Tamil Nadu threatening the cancellation of Greenpeace India Society’s registration over an alleged breach of the state government’s regulations around registered societies. Greenpeace India has today issued a statement refuting these allegations.

Among the various allegations listed in that article, it was also said that Greenpeace India had not yet responded to the Registrar.

This is false.

So once again – in the spirit of transparency – here is the correspondence between Greenpeace India and the relevant authorities. You can decide the truth of the matter for yourselves.

Despite having been under constant attack from the Ministry of Home Affairs for over a year, we have found relief in the judicial process, and we have tremendous respect for the courts that have repeatedly upheld our rights to speak out on issues that matter to ordinary Indians.

Now, we are faced with a new threat from the registrar of societies in Tamil Nadu – a threat that appears to be on direction from the Ministry of Home Affairs – and we will turn to the courts again.

Greenpeace India has followed due process, preparing our paperwork and waiting for an appropriate opportunity to present our case in court. We are taking legal counsel and, as per correct protocol, will challenge these malicious allegations from the Tamil Nadu registrar in court. Only when the case has been accepted, we will be able to share more details.

Today’s malicious charges have once again proved a distraction from the very real projects we need to run to promote solar powered street lights, to reduce dangerous levels of air pollution, to protect India’s forests and to campaign for safe food and ecological agriculture.

The Ministry of Home Affairs continues with its pursuit of trying to persecute us with paperwork, forcing us to respond to ridiculous charges from every quarter, apparently hoping to prevent us from campaigning for a better India for everyone.

But he will fail. Greenpeace India cannot be silenced.

In fact, there are 101 things that Greenpeace India would rather be doing, than continuously having to defend ourselves in court. We’d like your help in pulling together a list that we’ll send to Rajnath Singh – please post your ideas / thoughts in comments below. Keep them positive and non-violent.

You can also help by telling Mr. Rajnath Singh, and the Ministry of Home Affairs to stop the attacks on Greenpeace India.

Vinuta Gopal is the interim Co-Executive Director at Greenpeace India.

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