The cattle industry is renowned for being the single biggest cause of deforestation globally and a few years ago, Greenpeace confronted the industry’s practices in Brazil. With your help we achieved a huge victory within months of launching the campaign and it seemed the cattle industry was ready to clean up its act.
But Brazilian company JBS, the world’s biggest meat producer, has failed to stick to its promises and has forced us back into the saddle again. Continue reading →
Yesterday was a dramatic day here on board the Rainbow Warrior and in the capital of Brazil too. Our ten day blockade was suspended to give space for a meeting in the capital which we hoped would be an important step towards cleaning up the pig iron trade and stopping slave labor and deforestation from entering the supply chain of big car companies like GM and Ford. Continue reading →
I’ve written a few blogs since I’ve been on the Rainbow Warrior, but my time in Brazil has given me enough material for thousands more. I worked as a journalist before Greenpeace and that is how I have approached this trip, trying to tell you the stories that happen every day in this magical country and do some justice to the people who live in it. Continue reading →
Eight days into this blockade, and our climbers are standing firm. They’re helping to expose forest crimes like illegal logging, slavery and the loss of indigenous land by sitting on the anchor chain of the Clipper Hope cargo ship here in the port of Sao Luis, Brazil. Continue reading →
Actress and human rights activist Q’orianka Kilcher today joined the Greenpeace occupation of the anchor chain of a cargo ship in Brazil to protest the invasion of indigenous tribal land and illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest. The occupation is in its seventh day now and continues. Continue reading →
Less than a year old, and the Rainbow Warrior is causing trouble already. But being a Greenpeace ship that’s just what nature intended.
Five days into a major direct action here in the Amazon and the new ship is holding up well. We’ve been painting banners below deck, taking urgent media calls from the campaign office and eating Walter’s fantastic food in the shiny new mess. Occupying an anchor chain for nearly 140 hours has required all the tools at our disposal, and we’ve been hoisting inflatable boats on and off the ship like clockwork. The Bosun’s workshop has seen sawing, chopping, gluing and creative improvisation (we’re cooking up a pretty dramatic little number right now – watch this space). The conference room has been turned into a makeshift recreational area, allowing the crew somewhere to listen to music and chill out in between shifts for the action. Continue reading →