Success! You made Nestlé drop dodgy palm oil! Now let's bank it with HSBC

Posted by jamie — 17 May 2010 at 10:28am - Comments
Nestle won! HSCB next!
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace

You'll never guess what. Nestlé has only gone and agreed to our campaign demands! And you've made this possible. We really, seriously could not have done it without you. Now we need to move straight on to the next big player in the palm oil industry - banking giant HSBC.

Heathrow third runway cancelled: we won!

Posted by jossc — 13 May 2010 at 11:20am - Comments
by-nc. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace

Handing in the Airplot deed at No 10 this morning

Fantastic news - climate-wrecking plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport have been axed.

The Cameron/Clegg government confirmed yesterday evening that it will not only scrap the third runway at Heathrow, but also refuse additional runways at Gatwick and Stansted. So all our Airplot campaigning has finally won out - and a huge thank you is due to all you Airplotters, and everyone who's written to their MP or taken part in one of the many protests demanding that the plan be shelved.

A defining moment for the palm oil industry as Unilever breaks link with forest destruction?

Posted by ianduff — 11 December 2009 at 2:34pm - Comments

As world leaders line up in Copenhagen to agree a new climate treaty, we've also been working hard to secure a result that will have a positive impact on the global climate - by protecting Indonesia's forests.

Today we're publicly releasing new evidence that Sinar Mas, Indonesia’s biggest palm oil producer, has been persistently engaging in widespread illegal deforestation and peatland clearance. We presented presented the evidence in this dossier to one of their biggest customers, the giant Unilever corporation. Now Unilever has decided to stop buying palm oil from Sinar Mas.

You actually helped stop deforestation in the Amazon. Good work.

Posted by christian — 16 October 2009 at 10:51am - Comments

Ever feel powerless? Worried that the problem is too big? Worried that you can't have an impact?

(Timberland are a big shoe company who, after being told to sort out their supply chain by you lot, helped us put pressure on big cattle companies to stop their businesses destroying the Amazon rainforest. This guy is their CEO.)

Another amazing success in our Amazon cattle campaign

Posted by christian — 5 October 2009 at 5:32pm - Comments

Cattle ranched on deforested areas of the Amazon. There's going to be less of this, thanks to you

In what our executive director is calling "a significant victory in the fight to save the Amazon," four of the largest cattle companies in the world are joining forces to ban the purchase of cattle from areas of cleared rainforest in Brazil.

This success is the culmination of our Slaughtering The Amazon campaign, which began back in June. The report which launched the campaign showed that cattle ranching is the single biggest driver of deforestation in the Amazon, and that four-fifths of the areas that have been deforested now have cattle on them.

Kleenex clean up their act over ancient forests

Posted by christian — 5 August 2009 at 3:48pm - Comments

Kimberley Clark victory

Over the past five years, our Kleercut campaign has pressured Kimberly-Clark, (the makers of Kleenex tissues) to help save Canada's Boreal forest.

Today, in what can only be described as 'a tremendous victory for ancient forests' the company has announced a new policy that places it among the industry leaders in sustainability, and which brings the Kleercut campaign to a successful completion.

Clarks join Nike, Adidas, Timberland and major cattle companies to help prevent Amazon destruction

Posted by christian — 4 August 2009 at 8:53am - Comments

Last night another piece of the reaction to our Slaughtering the Amazon report fell into place, as British shoemaker Clarks agreed not to source leather products from Amazon deforestation.

The long, hard slog to protect Canada's Great Bear Rainforest

Posted by tamarastark — 3 April 2009 at 4:13pm - Comments

The Koeye river delta in the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia

Saved! The Koeye river delta in the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia © Mauthe/Greenpeace

Tamara is communications director here in the UK, but in a previous life was a Greenpeace forest campaigner in both Canada and China.

An era ended for me this week when the government of the Canadian province of British Columbia finally protected my extraordinarily beautiful Great Bear Rainforest. Today, more than one-third of the largest intact area of temperate rainforest left in the world is legally off-limits to logging - an area half the size of Switzerland. For many people it's a pretty emotional moment.

I say "my" somewhat facetiously, because clearly I'm conscious of the fact that this is a global treasure that belongs to us all. And yet because I'm from British Columbia, and because the Great Bear campaign is where I cut my teeth as a campaigner, it feels a bit like it is my forest. It was a long, hard slog to get to this week, I must say, but along the way we 'baby' campaigners certainly learned a lot.

Success! Polish coal mine construction halted

Posted by jossc — 13 March 2009 at 11:10am - Comments

Greenpeace climbers make their point at Jozwin II B open cast mine site last December

Greenpeace climbers making their point at the Jozwin II B site last December

Great news just in from Poland, where work on the giant Jóźwin IIB open-cast pit and coal mine near Konin has been suspended. Following a legal challenge submitted last December by Greenpeace, a Polish court has ruled that there were problems with the environmental assessment process undertaken before work began on the site. Construction has now been halted while the process is reviewed.

This is a big victory - Jóźwin IIB was the site for our most recent Climate Rescue Station, set up last winter to remind delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in nearby Poznań that tackling climate change and building new coal-fired power stations are fundamentally incompatible aspirations. It will be particularly well-received by many of the peaceful activists who were attacked by mine workers at the end of last year during the protests.

Success! Philips make a recycling policy u-turn

Posted by jossc — 26 February 2009 at 3:27pm - Comments

An old Philips TV at a scrap yard in Ghana

An old Philips TV at a scrap yard in Ghana

Last week we broke the shocking story about what actually happens to our electronic waste; instead of being safely recycled in the UK or Europe, much of it is instead being exported as 'second-hand goods' to places like Nigeria, China and India. Once there it's either sold for scrap, illegally dumped, or broken apart for recycling by some of the poorest people in the country, with no safety measures to protect them from the dangerous toxic chemicals like mercury, cadmium and lead which the e-waste contains.

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