Greenpeace US Executive Director Phil Radford is taken into custody by police after Greenpeace deployed a banner from a construction crane near the State Department in 2009.
Nobody takes going getting arrested lightly, but when you’ve tried everything else, and the people with power have refused to listen or are dragging their feet, sometimes the only reasonable thing to do is to press harder with every peaceful tool you can conjure to make change, even when that lands you in a jail cell. Around the world, people are standing up to fight the dirty energy projects that pose the greatest threat to the climate as if lives depend on it – which, of course, they do. Continue reading →
Crowds have moved together to achieve amazing things for all of humanity for centuries. Yesterday, a truly historic crowd of more than 1 million people gathered on the national mall to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in our nation’s capitol. Continue reading →
The world is quickly reaching a Point of No Return for preventing the worst impacts of climate change. Continuing on the current course will make it difficult, if not impossible, to prevent the widespread and catastrophic impacts of climate change. The costs will be substantial: billions spent to deal with the destruction of extreme weather events, untold human suffering and the deaths of tens of millions from the impacts by as soon as 2030.
President Obama has to support renewable energy in his second term over oil, coal and natural gas.
Here in DC outside of Greenpeace US’s headquarters, everyone’s getting ready for President Barack Obama’s big inauguration day this Monday. There’s a buzz in the air, street vendors selling hats with bedazzled “Obamas” and stern warnings from the city’s Metro system about packed trains and long lines.
While we congratulate President Obama in his second term, we’ve got a bit of a to-do list for him. Actually, make that a “Need-To-Do” list. And it’s not actually for us. It’s for the future of every living thing on this planet including President Obama and his family. And the other guy’s. Continue reading →
Boxes of bottled water are loaded onto the Greenpeace ship Esperanza after Typhoon Pablo.
I hope I am wrong. But in 2013, we can expect to witness more devastating extreme weather events, fueled and supercharged by the destructive power of a warming planet brought about by climate change.
I hope to witness – and be part of – the exponential growth in popular pressure to force governments to take steps to avert catastrophic climate change. I hope to see even more unusual allies joining the global movement demanding climate action. Continue reading →
The world’s journalists have been jostling and vying with each other to describe and witness the stunning, but also deadly, extreme weather that has gripped the planet in recent months.
The focus has often been the tumbling of records: 2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States, the UK had its second wettest year on record and Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology added extra colour to its temperature maps.
The following is a guest blog by Josh Silver, executive director of Represent Us, campaign to pass the American Anti-Corruption Act which would overhaul campaign finance, impose strict lobbying and conflict of interest laws, and end secret political money. Unchecked campaign finance hinders the work of groups like Greenpeace to motivate our elected officials to get things done for our people and our planet while in office. The interests of lobbyists gets in the way of actual public representation in the White House and on Capitol Hill.
The election spending numbers are in and they broke all the records. President Obama and Governor Romney each raked in more than $1 billion, independent groups spent $1 billion more and super PAC king Sheldon Adelson told the Wall Street Journal that next election he’ll double the $100 million he spent this time. The total tab for federal elections? More than $6 billion. Continue reading →
Greenpeace International’s Arctic Campaigner Ben Ayliffe talk to Greenpeace Radio host Kert Davies about Greenpeace’s fight to keep Shell Oil out of the Arctic and protect that critical region for the health of the whole planet.