The cattle battle: How one supermarket is stepping up to stop Amazon destruction for beef

One major Brazilian supermarket chain has just committed stop selling beef linked to Amazon destruction and human rights violations – because Brazilians demanded it.

Smoke from man-made forest fires clears land for cattle or crops. Cattle graze nearby. 12 Aug, 2008  © Greenpeace / Daniel Beltrá

Today Grupo Pão de Açúcar – one of Brazil’s major supermarket chains and owned by Casino supermarkets in Europe – announced huge changes to the way it buys and sells beef. After years of claiming ignorance about its supply chain, it is now taking action to keep beef linked to deforestation and labour abuse from its shelves.

This is a big deal for Brazil and the planet. Here’s why: 

Cattle grazing in former rainforest land south of Santarem and along the road BR163. 11 Feb, 2012  © Daniel Beltrá / Greenpeace

1. Stopping deforestation for beef is crucial for the Amazon and the climate.

The cattle sector in the Brazilian Amazon is the largest driver of deforestation in the world, responsible for one in every eight hectares destroyed globally. After rainforest is burned or clear-cut for timber, ranchers quickly move cattle into the newly deforested areas to feed on the fast-growing grass. There are already more cows than people in Brazil, and millions of those cows are in the Amazon region – occupying about 60 percent of all deforested land.

The impacts of cattle in the Amazon aren’t limited to Brazil’s borders. The Amazon rainforest stores huge amounts of carbon, helping to keep Earth’s climate in balance. Deforestation destroys the forest buffer we rely on, impacting the climate for all of us.

Up until last year when Greenpeace Brazil exposed the practices of Brazilian supermarkets, the companies were selling beef linked to this destruction with little consequence. Now, as Pão de Açúcar commits to transparency and strong policies to guide its beef purchasing, the supermarket is sending a clear signal to all its suppliers that beef connected to deforestation is no longer acceptable.

Cattle and ranchers in Indigenous land, some of the many found during Greenpeace field research. 8 May, 2010  © Rodrigo Baléia / Greenpeace

2. Amazon beef and labour abuse are connected. Addressing deforestation means addressing workers’ rights, too.

Livestock production in the Brazilian Amazon isn’t just the leading cause of deforestation. It also has historically relied on slave labour and is often connected to the invasion of Indigenous Lands.

To address this, Grupo Pão de Açúcar’s has proposed a 100 percent transparency program for the beef sold in its stores that would block meat from farms involved in slave labour and clashes with traditional communities, in addition to deforestation.

Activists take action in Pão de Açúcar stores in São Paulo, and apply labels on meat products reading “Do you know where this meat comes from?” The aim is to make customers aware about the relation between deforestation, cattle raising and the meat that lands on their table. 18 Nov, 2015  © Zé Gabriel / Greenpeace

3. Pão de Açúcar’s change of heart shows that consumer voices make a difference.

When thousands of customers of Pão de Açúcar made it known they wanted an end to beef linked to deforestation, labour abuse and invasion of Indigenous Lands, the company listened.

Consumers have the right to know if they are contributing to the destruction of the Amazon or the violation of human rights. The question now is how long it will take other supermarkets in Brazil to start listening, too. 

Protesters holding the Zero Deforestation Flag down the Brigadeiro Luís Antônio street. About 2,300 people gathered at the Global Climate March in São Paulo, during bad weather. 29 Nov, 2015  © Zé Gabriel / Greenpeace

What’s next?

Much remains to be done to ensure that meat across Brazil is not connected to the deforestation, slave labour and illegal occupation of land. And people in Brazil and around the world need to eat less meat to ensure a stable climate. But from supermarket aisles to the halls of Brazil’s National Congress, Brazilians are showing that real change for forests is possible. Just last year, more than 1.4 million Brazilians pledged their support for a law that would make Amazon deforestation of any kind illegal!

Greenpeace will continue monitoring Pão de Açúcar to ensure the company keeps its promise. Now, we need to push the rest of industry in the same direction. 

Wide view over the Amazon Rainforest, Rio Negro, Serra de Araca, Brazil. 14 Apr, 2012  © Markus Mauthe / Greenpeace

Adriana Charoux is an Amazon campaigner at Greenpeace Brazil.

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Protecting the chorus of nature: When international companies threaten the Amazon

Before I joined Greenpeace, I lived in the Amazon rainforest for several months. I still remember waking up every morning and listening to the amazing sound of birds and insects. It felt as if the trees were singing along in a chorus of nature. And every morning the chorus sang a new song.

It was in moments like these that I began to understand that it is not nature that needs people, but people who need nature to survive. It is only when people harm nature that our ecosystems needs a voice to speak and humans to fight for them.

Symbolic Dam Protest at Andritz AGM in Graz  © Greenpeace

That is why I stood today in a little town in Austria called Graz with about 50 other Greenpeace activists and two representatives of the Munduruku Indigenous Peoples. 

You might ask what the Austrian city of Graz has to do with the Amazon. Austrian company Andritz, whose annual general meeting is taking place right now, is headquartered in Graz. Andritz is a global supplier of plants, equipment and services for – among other things – hydropower stations. It is one of the few companies in the world that can supply mega-dams with turbines and generators.

But there is a big problem with mega-dams in sensitive ecosystems like the Amazon: they threaten humans and the natural environment. The Brazilian government is planning to build around 40 hydropower stations in the Tapajós basin in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. The first and biggest one is called São Luiz do Tapajós. If built, it would destroy the homes of many diverse species and threaten the livelihoods of the Munduruku Indigenous Peoples. Andritz has already indicated an interest in this project.

This doesn’t come as a surprise. In the past Andritz has been part of projects like Belo Monte in the Amazon and Ilisu in Turkey. Both mega-dams have had far-reaching consequences for these regions – destroying biodiversity and the homes of thousands of people. And these are only two horrifying examples Andritz has been part of. If Andritz decides to join this new planned mega-dam, then the Austrian company will be partly responsible for a project that is a threat to this unique and crucial part of our planet.

Construction of Belo Monte Dam, on the Xingu River, Pimental Site. Altamira, Pará, Brazil. 18 Oct, 2014  © Carol Quintanilha / Greenpeace

Andritz has been acting irresponsibly, disregarding people and planet, for far too long. This is why we stood up in Graz today – to tell Andritz to step away from the São Luiz do Tapajós project. Enough is enough.

Right now, the Amazon rainforest needs voices to speak up for it and keep companies like Andritz away. We are strongest when we come together. This is why Greenpeace has joined forces with the Munduruku Indigenous Peoples and why two Munduruku are here today in Graz as well.

Together, we can remind companies that it is us that need nature and not the other way around. So when I return to the Amazon rainforest, I hope I’ll be able to wake up in the morning and hear the chorus of nature instead of the sounds of destruction.

Lukas Meus is the Amazon spokesperson for Greenpeace Austria and Central and Eastern Europe. 

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Reflections on MSF, Lesbos and refugees

Greenpeace spent four months assisting Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) carry out its humanitarian and aid work on the Greek island of Lesbos, including the rescue of refugees in distress at sea. As Greenpeace transitioned out of the collaboration, some of the Greenpeace crew reflected on the refugee crisis in the Aegean Sea.

Stan VincentStan Vincent – Greenpeace operational co-ordination

I spent three stints of roughly three weeks each on the island. Starting in October-November, it was a scene of crazy mayhem of almost biblical proportions. Later, in January, it had become more orderly – call it a lower level of craziness. Now, in March it is the beginning of the end for Greenpeace’s role and it has become pretty quiet.

I think it’s very important to point out how good the collaboration between MSF and Greenpeace has been. As the humanitarian emergency unfolded in Europe, we had RHIBs sitting idle in warehouses and people capable and willing to use them.

We could have debated whether we were a humanitarian organisation or we could have done something real. In the end, we did something real. We should always remember we exist in the real world and sometimes you just need to do what is right.

When Greenpeace arrived on Lesbos we represented the only NGO offshore actor with boats to carry out rescue activities. The Spanish group Proactiva only had two jet skis, but nonetheless was doing amazing stuff. Gradually other organisations such as Sea-Watch, Proactiva and the Dutch Boat Refugee foundation also brought in RHIBs.

The collaboration between MSF and Greenpeace was mostly amazing. This is not the first collaboration we’ve entered into with MSF but is definitely the longest and closest between two similar, but very different organisations. The MSF-Greenpeace crews made a great team and this should not be underestimated.

Ries MentinkRies Mentink – Greenpeace boat driver

Q: How long did you spend on the island?

1 month – beginning of December till beginning of January

Q: What motivated you to join the mission?

When I first heard of the plan for Greenpeace to collaborate with MSF in Lesbos, I was immediately supportive of the idea. This is great, we can help! I too wanted to put my skills to good use. It seemed to me such an obvious contribution that Greenpeace could make. We have the boats, the expertise and well-trained boat drivers able to handle stressful situations.

This is such a big crisis and I feel that everyone and every organisation is obliged to do whatever is in their power/capacity to support these people. This was the best thing Greenpeace could have done.

Q: How well do you think you have helped the refugees? What more could be done?

I feel that in a little way we were able to make this dangerous long journey a bit safer, a bit more humane – we did the utmost best that we could with our capacity and within the limits imposed by authorities. I feel proud when I think of the amount of lives we saved, the amount of smiles we managed to evoke when people realised that we were there to help them. We gave them a humane and warm welcome.

The only thing I feel that we could have done even more is to highlight the inhumanity of our governments and the impact their decisions have had on people so desperate to flee from war and oppression that they’re prepared to take such extreme risks to reach Europe.

Q: What are some of the defining memories you have?

I remember a wooden boat with approximately 150 people on board and how it ran aground just five metres from land. The people could not disembark due to the deep waters and the lifeguards tried to help, but the water was simply too deep and cold.

We had a jet-boat and were the only ones that could get close enough to help the people make it safely to shore. We were able to pick them up and transport them to shore, where groups of people were waiting to carry them from our boat.

There were lots of children on board and as we helped them onto our boat, we tried to make contact, smile and make the moment a bit more pleasant by playing with them, some of them got really excited and laughed out loud. This touched me very much.

I have been warmed, touched and inspired by the amazing coordination between all the teams on the water and with those on land who would transport the refugees to shelter, warm clothing, food and water.

Q: What do you think of the collaboration between MSF and Greenpeace?

It’s been excellent, I always had a respect for MSF and their work, but that has grown so much during our collaboration. MSF is hands on; they are there in very difficult and dangerous situations. We worked very well together and it soon felt as one team and not two NGOs working together.

Christine WeissChristine Weiss – Greenpeace volunteer boat crew member 

When I think about Lesbos, I think about the life jackets all along the coastline and how it could seem completely normal for them to be there. I also think of the boat wrecks and how they also seem to have been there forever. I think of the fishermen removing floating tyres, clothing and bags out of the water instead of fish or of locals helping to build warm shelters, providing internet and preparing food.

People have been dying every day because they are trying to cross an invisible border between two points of land. It’s just 6 nautical miles … nobody has to die here. If you stand on the hill on Lesbos you can almost see the entire Turkish coastline.

I spent seven weeks on Lesbos as a volunteer with Greenpeace International and it changed me, but not in a bad way. It’s made me more sensitive in several different ways. I pulled people out of the water after their boat capsized. Most of them survived. I was constantly looking for totally overcrowded boats to bring them safely to shore. I had people in my arms and sometimes they were crying.

Now I am back, back in Germany. I am back in my flat, with my bed, a heater and almost everything I need. I switch the radio on and people are talking about how ‘WE’ can deal with the refugee crisis … and I am wondering who is ‘we’? They are talking about Germany not Greece. I go to the supermarket and people are talking about the refugee camp between the metro station and the way home and they are feeling unsafe, unsecured. And I am left wondering, how has this happened? How can we be afraid about people who have faced so much and are in so much need? ‘We’ should deal with that!

The most frequently asked question since I have returned home is: “Did you see dead people?” That’s a difficult question. I had people in my arms who died soon after and I had people in my arms who lost a husband, a child or their whole family. So yes, I saw a lot of death.

But what I also saw and what is more important is that I saw people who are alive and happy about it. After the long journey by foot, after spending everything they had for a ticket in a rotten wooden boat which later capsized, after all they had been forced to endure, after they escaped the bombing in their own country they are happy – happy to be alive!

And I am happy to have been a part of it. And thankful for the hugs and kisses I get and for all the feelings I get in return. Thank you, you beautiful people. Thank you, I will never forget you!

Stan Vincent is an Operational Co-ordinator for Greenpeace UK, Ries Mentink is boat driver for Greenpeace Nordic, and Christine Weiss is a Greenpeace volunteer boat crew member.

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Standing watch in solidarity with refugees

Ι’m sitting on a bench facing the sea, so many thoughts, so many decisions I have to make. Let the wind take them all.

It’s another day among many I’ve spent here at the joint Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-Greenpeace observation point overlooking the most important landing point for the refugee rescue operations at sea in the northern part of Lesbos.

Located on a hill, we have great visibility. My role is to spot refugee boats and communicate with our rescue boats. You guide them to assist the refugees – people who are seeking to escape war and live a normal life like we do in Europe.

Mariadina Lills

This is a journey that thousands of people make every day because staying in Syria means almost certain death. Their only chance of salvation is to leave, but here on Lesbos I’m thinking, is that journey actually safer?

The role that we take on here is not easy. You need your heart, your soul, your mind, your solidarity, your belief and your passion. You are here to save lives.

On this day my shift started at 11 am, but before we left the hotel the medical team had raced off to the nearby village of Petra, responding to an emergency with a child.

Later, at the observation point, I was still wondering what had happened with the child, but soon heard that a woman ‘also’ died … Also? What does ‘also’ mean?

And then I understood. They had confirmed that both the child and a woman had died. But what happened? You continue to wonder…

As the refugee boats arrive on shore you see how emotional the people are: some will cry, others pray and some sing and laugh – happy to be safe.

But that child and the woman didn’t make it, joining thousands of others who died trying to cross the sea. It’s because the boats are overcrowded, because they can’t swim, because they’re afraid of the sea, because the weather is bad, because the quality of the boats is bad, because the boats have engine problems or the life vests are of poor quality.

They take the risk to find a better world. They have hope and courage and they want to live. We can give them that opportunity – we can give them safe passage.

The most beautiful experience so far was a day when we spotted a boat almost 10 nautical miles away from our position. It was far away and we could only see a small shape moving slowly south.

We knew it wasn’t another rescue boat, so we told our rescue boats to check it out, but the boat was moving and the weather was hazy. After 10 minutes, we lost sight of them.

But we knew the boat was there and we waited, we waited a long time until finally, we heard the message: ‘confirmed refugee boat’.

It was the best feeling! Relief! Our boat team told us that everyone was happy and the boat was in good condition. It’s so nice when you hear really good news – it’s even better when you don’t expect anything.

But it’s never a routine day at the observation point. Every day is a challenge. You have to face life and death together with the refugee boats. You have to deal with new boats, new people and different weather conditions.

Our actions help us counter the fear and racism; your solidarity helps to unite humanity. Every experience is a life lesson. You want to stay until the end.

But when will governments turn away from greed and power? I also wait for when people will be able to live freely, with peace and love, when the war will be over.

No child deserves to suffer like this. No one should be forced to wait on a freezing beach, waiting for a call to the land or medical support in the middle of the night.

We are all humans and we have to treat everyone humanely. Let your heart speak. Let your heart help whoever is in need.

Mariadina Lilis started working on Lesbos with Greenpeace as a volunteer in December and is now employed by MSF as Greenpeace prepares to withdraw from joint operations.

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Stories from Lesbos

For a week, a month or even longer, Greenpeace staff and volunteers have been lending their maritime expertise to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to help rescue refugees in distress at sea.

They come from all over the world, from different countries, cultures and backgrounds but they have one thing in common: the Island of Lesbos, the frontline of Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since WWII. It’s also an island where MSF and Greenpeace crew alike can rely on each other like family members.

Camille Ghislain presents below a selection of stories from some of the many people working with MSF and Greenpeace to provide safe passage across the Aegean Sea.

Chris PettsChris Petts – boat driver

“We have the chance to be born on the right side of the border, at the right time.”

Chris Petts is a photographer who comes from the UK but lives in Paris. He arrived on Lesbos on February 26 to work as a boat driver.

“The images I saw in the news and on social media made me think that someone had to do something. I was also pushed by the fact that I have five children and every time I see a child endangered or even worse: dead, I think I’m lucky that it’s not me and not my children. We have the chance to be born on the right side of the border, at the right time.”

Chris, like many others, went to Lesbos with a sense of wanting to ‘pay something back’.

His best memory from Lesbos comes from assisting a refugee boat at sea for the first time. Never before had he seen such broad and genuine smiles – the moment when the refugees were told they were in Greek waters and that clean, dry clothes awaited them on the beach 20 minutes away.

Chris reiterates that Greenpeace is providing a short-term solution to save lives but what is really needed is a long-term solution: “It doesn’t matter how effective we are, there are still people drowning.”

Oussama OmraneOussama Omrane – cultural mediator

“The Greenpeace and MSF collaboration is like putting Messi and Ronaldo in one team together, victory is assured.”

Oussama is a cultural mediator working for MSF. He arrived on Lesbos on January 13. He is the connection point between the refugees and rescuers at sea or the on-land NGO support staff. It’s not just about translating one language to another – you have to be calm, find the right words and know the refugee’s culture, he says.

While out on the water during the joint MSF-Greenpeace boat operations, Oussama says his presence was often the only clear way for refugees to interact with and communicate to the rescue boats, often in tense and difficult situations.

He says that MSF was a life-changing experience and that being able to work with Greenpeace on this mission had made him “a better man”. Working side by side with both organisations has helped him learn so much and surpass his own boundaries.

Daniel RudieDaniel Rudie – boat crew

“We have to do things spontaneously.”

As a boat crewmember, Daniel’s role has been to facilitate the work of MSF medics and translators by ensuring the boat gets them to where they need to be at sea in any situation.

For him, it’s obvious that MSF and Greenpeace have played an essential role in helping people on Lesbos:

“Greenpeace is uniquely qualified to be able to act quickly, because of the boat training that we have and experience. In the past Greenpeace has also performed some similar refugee-type missions, such as after big typhoons.”

Mariadina LilisMariadina Lilis – radio operator

“We are all humans and we have to treat everyone humanely. Let your heart speak. Let your heart help whomever is in need.”

The story of Mariadina starts in a refugee camp in Athens where she was working as a volunteer one day per week. On December 20, she was given the opportunity to go to Lesbos and start volunteering for the Greenpeace mission.

“In the beginning it was only for 10 days,” she recalls, but three months later, she is still on Lesbos as an active member of the team and now employed by MSF.

Perched high on top of the hills overlooking the small stretch of water between Lesbos and Turkey, Mariadina works as a boat spotter from the observation point and communicates with the rescue boats on the water.

For her, the collaboration between MSF and Greenpeace in Lesbos is the perfect match. It combines the right people with the right skills. This makes the best mix ever, she says.

Mike HarmsMike Harms – boat driver

“Everybody is on the same line. We can trust each other very quickly. We are all from different horizons, but in the end, we are all a big family, with the same goal.”

Mike came to Lesbos because he had the strong feeling he really had to go. After asking permission from his manager and wife, he arrived on Lesbos on February 26.

As a boat driver, he’s been learning a lot during his stay. He will never forget feeling like a member of one big family, of how MSF and Greenpeace have created a strong feeling of team spirit.

Hussein KhaliliHussein Khalili – cultural mediator

Hussein works with MSF as a cultural mediator. It’s a new role introduced by MSF because of the unprecedented situation on Lesbos.

Usually MSF tries to works with local staff, but due to the unique situation on Lesbos – where refugees can come from many different places, such as Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq or Pakistan – they needed to employ people with both the language and cultural knowledge of the people they were trying to help.

Besides his work with the refugees in Lesbos, Hussein also wants to highlight the great generosity the locals of Lesbos have shown in the midst of the crisis.

“On the island, fishermen saved a lot of lives, but there are also many residents who opened up their arms and doors to the refugees,” he says.

Unfortunately, the locals of Lesbos are facing severe financial hardship this year.

The island lives on tourism, but tourist bookings have dropped drastically due to the refugee crisis (some suggest bookings have dropped 70% to 80% compared with last season). As a result, many locals fear financial ruin.

It’s why Hussein and a group of volunteers have created a new project for the summer: an art festival, focusing on the island’s heritage to attract another type of tourism – ethical tourism.

Grant OakesGrant Oakes – boat coordinator

“I don’t think you can separate humanitarian from environmental work”

When Grant was 11 he already knew what he wanted to do when he was older: fight for the environment on a Greenpeace boat. His dream came true and he has been navigating with Greenpeace for 20 years.

Grant works in Lesbos as a boat team coordinator. For him it was clear that Greenpeace should be active on the island because as it has the necessary expertise, resources and logistical support network for maritime operations.

“I don’t think you can separate humanitarian from environmental work, both impact each other directly. I think whenever there is a need, especially a need like this and because we have the capability to assist, we should always consider deploying effort and resources to it.”

He will never forget December 16 when a boat carrying about 85 people capsized off the northern shores of Lesbos. MSF and Greenpeace crews responded, helping to save 83 people. Tragically though, two people died.

On that day, Grant and his team participated in the rescue operations.

“It was chaotic. We didn’t know how many people were in the water … we just had to respond and everybody did an amazing job.”

Anwahr AthahbAnwahr Athahb – cultural mediator

“It is not their choice. No one will do this – quit their home, their job, their family if they are not forced to do it.”

Anwahr speaks Arabic and is often the first point of contact with the refugees. It’s a special situation for her because she was also a refugee when she was younger.

Her best memory from Lesbos was the time she went to Mantamados, a transit centre run by MSF where new arrivals are offered first assistance. She had the opportunity to talk to the people there and listen to their touching stories. All of them have a different story on how they fled the country but harsh reality has brought them together on the same island.

“These well educated people possessed a job and a home, but have been forced to leave everything behind,” she explains. She will never forget the smile on the children’s faces.

Olga DarkadakiOlga Darkadaki – boat spotter

“I have to keep on acting and advocating for a safer passage”

Olga is a passionate environmental activist working for Greenpeace. She felt compelled to come to Lesbos after hearing about the experiences of her Greenpeace Greece colleagues.

She will always remember the first time that she saw from the observation point how the MSF-Greenpeace crews assisted an overloaded refugee boat after arriving on the scene before any others.

“I remember seeing from the telescope how ‘our guys’ waved and smiled and then received so many smiles back. I was far from the actual scene, yet I could see their emotions and felt so happy at that moment, proud, relieved and hopeful.”

Olga stresses how the experience in Lesbos has given her faith in humanity and perspective on life: “It has made me feel part of this crisis, which means that I can no longer just read the news and move on. I have to keep on acting and advocating for a safer passage and humane treatment, even after leaving.”

Camille Ghislain is a Social Media Officer for Greenpeace Belgium.

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Lumileds New LED Demonstrates Superior Resistance to Harsh Environments

Today Lumileds introduces the Luxeon HR30 LED, a mid power device that withstands harsh chemical environments and is designed with robust packaging and industry-best materials to operate for over 100,000 hours of continuous operation. This LED addresses the tremendous need for dependable lighting that will operate in hazardous environments (such as chemical plants, power generation facilities and natatoriums) and be able to withstand extremes of temperature and operating current.

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A big deal for our ocean

Today governments from all over the world will meet at the United Nations in New York to develop a new treaty to save our oceans. We will be there to ensure clear rules for the creation of sanctuaries that will give our oceans the protection they desperately need.

Whale Shark in Cenderawasih Bay  © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

The ocean belongs to all of us. There’s no other place on the planet that is as rich in diverse, beautiful, weird and wonderful creatures. This fragile treasure is threatened by overfishing, habitat destruction and expanding extractive activities such as oil and gas exploitation and deep-sea mining. The added pressures of climate change and increasing ocean acidification is damaging our ocean’s ability to perform its vital functions. As the first UN Oceans Assessment points out: urgent global action is needed to protect the world’s oceans from the many threats they face.

Two thirds of our oceans are outside national borders and belong to all of us. Currently there is nothing in place that could create and manage ocean sanctuaries in these waters. It’s like the wild west, where the ocean and the seabed are open to reckless exploitation. The existing ocean laws focus more on the right to exploit, than on the duty to protect.

As a result, less than one percent of these waters are protected. This is far from what scientists say; that 30 percent or more of the oceans should be protected through a global network of ‘ocean sanctuaries’ if we want to stop the loss of marine life, rebuild fish stocks and resilience to climate change.

Starting today we have an extraordinary opportunity to turn this situation around and protect the vast expanses of ocean which are currently so vulnerable. After ten years of dragging their feet, governments are finally going to assemble the building blocks for a new ocean treaty. A treaty that must change the current system from one that focuses on exploitation to one that ensures the conservation of ocean life for generations to come.

You made this happen.

Reef Investigation in Apo Island  © Steve De Neef / Greenpeace

For far too long, the future of our oceans has been discussed away from public scrutiny with very little progress. Greed has driven the opposition of countries profiting from ocean exploitation. But you stood up and said NO MORE to this. 

And they listened.

There’s still a lot of work to be done in the coming years to get this deal in place and make sure it’s as strong as it needs to be. We need you to keep up the pressure and demand that ocean protection is at the heart of this treaty.

Stay tuned and follow us (#ThisWay2Treaty) as we will be at the UN headquarters on your behalf. We will be your ears and voice during these negotiations, showing decision makers that people are watching and expect them to take action to protect our ocean.


Magnus Eckeskog is an oceans campaigner with Greenpeace Nordic


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Diodes Announces New Triac-Dimmable LED Driver with Excellent Dimmer Compatibility

Diodes Inc’s new AL1697 LED driver targets line-powered, triac-dimmable LED lighting applications. This device provides compatibility with leading‑ and trailing‑edge triac dimmers using a single-stage, high power-factor dimming circuit that complies with the NEMA SSL-6 dimming curve, delivering optimal line and load regulation. This integrated MOSFET eliminates the need for an auxiliary winding, which lowers BOM cost and enables a smaller PCB, making this an attractive and competitive solution for driving LED lamps up to 15W.

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