Blog: Oceans

Are basking sharks eating plastic? We went to find out.

Posted by Luke Massey — 31 May 2017 at 4:24pm - Comments
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Crew on the Beluga II search for basking sharks on the west coast of Scotland

“Basking sharks!”

At 5am, these words shatter the silence in the sleeping quarters on the lower deck of the ship.

The crew burst into life, wrestling on clothes, cameras, binoculars.

Up on the helm, eyes pace back and forth across the expansive blue of Gunna Sound – a known feeding ground for these gentle giants off the west coast of Scotland – searching for the elusive fins which moments before pierced the water.

And then… nothing.

Do the manifestos commit to end ocean plastics?

Posted by Louisa Casson — 22 May 2017 at 10:50am - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Kajsa Sjolander / Greenpeace

No matter which party possible MPs belong to, or which constituency they are campaigning to represent, they all have a responsibility to help end ocean plastics.

Onboard the Beluga II

Posted by Marcela Teran — 19 May 2017 at 12:00pm - Comments
A picture of Marcela, member of GPUK oceans team, onboard the Beluga II boat
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Marcela onboard the Beluga II

Last week I had the privilege to sail along the east coast of Scotland on board Greenpeace’s ship the Beluga II. This is the start of a two-month expedition documenting and investigating the impact of plastic in some of the most stunning and biodiverse areas of the UK.

An uninhabited island deep in the South Pacific falls prey to a plague - of plastic.

Posted by Louisa Casson — 16 May 2017 at 12:42pm - Comments
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One of many hundreds of crabs that now make their homes out of plastic debris washed up on Henderson Island. Photograph: Jennifer Lavers / The Guardian

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Bon Voyage! The Beluga II Sets Sail!

Posted by TishaBrown — 12 May 2017 at 9:50am - Comments


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Ocean plastic crisis

Plastic Pollution - Why Coca-Cola need to take responsibility too

Posted by Louisa Casson — 13 April 2017 at 12:28pm - Comments
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One of the best things about working on Greenpeace’s campaign to end ocean plastics is the chance to have lots of conversations with all sorts of people about the issue - whether on local radio stations or with pedestrians walking past the 2.5 tonne sculpture we installed outside Coca-Cola’s London HQ this week.

5 Reasons Why We're Outside Coca-Cola's HQ

Posted by Louisa Casson — 9 April 2017 at 7:48pm - Comments
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This morning, we've installed a piece of art right to the doorstep of Coca-Cola’s European office, to hold the soft drinks giant accountable for ocean plastic pollution. 

What soft drink companies are saying

Posted by Louisa Casson — 7 April 2017 at 10:35am - Comments
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It’s been three weeks since Greenpeace launched our expose on the gigantic plastic footprint of the soft drinks industry - and their lacklustre action to protect our oceans from the blight of throwaway plastic bottles. 

A sustainable fishing industry is a fair fishing industry

Posted by Rosie Rogers — 29 March 2017 at 12:20pm - Comments
Greenpeace's boat the Rising Tide arrives in Shoreham Harbour on its national to
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“We will defend our hard-won Common Fisheries Policy reforms. We will continue to devolve management...and rebalance the UK’s inland water quotas to smaller, specific locally-based fishing communities”

- 2015 Conservative Party manifesto

A brand new plastic bottle every time you feel thirsty?

Posted by Aakash Naik — 14 March 2017 at 6:09pm - Comments
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I love fizzy drinks, at the cinema with my snacks, at lunchtime always, at dinner, but never with breakfast, honest….

A love for fizzy drinks should never mean our oceans and the creatures who call it home, have to suffer, but every time we use brand new plastic bottles and don’t recycle them, that’s exactly what’s happening. 

In the UK alone we use 35 million plastic bottles every day, but nearly half of these are not recycled.

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