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In pictures: countdown to extinction

Wed, 2019-07-10 10:27
Global brands like Mondelēz, Unilever and Nestlé are failing to meet their commitment to zero deforestation by 2020 and continue to destroy forests for goods like soy, palm oil and cattle.

According to a recent Greenpeace report the area planted with soy in Brazil has increased by 45% since 2010 and more than half of the most biodiverse Savannah’s in the world, the Cerrado, has been destroyed for commodities such as soy and corn for export. Forests help regulate the Earth’s climate by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere, they also provide a home for traditional communities and countless species. The images below illustrate the beauty of the Cerrado and what is at stake if the agribusiness continues to expand. The six-banded armadillo, also known as the yellow armadillo, pictured in Miranda, Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil is one of the many species threatened by the expanding agribusiness. The Acaba Vida Waterfall, photographed near the “Ring of Soy”, in Bahia state. The southern crested caracara, also known as southern caracara or carancho, in Formosa do Rio Preto, Bahia state, Brazil, is one of many species in the Cerrado threatened by the agribusiness expansion fuelled by a high production of soy and corn for export. The Cerrado is the second largest biome in Brazil, occupying 22% of the national territory. Despite being the most biodiverse savannah in the world, more than half of its area has already been destroyed, due to the reckless advance of an agriculture model aimed to produce commodities, such as soy and corn, for export. This image shows an area for soybean plantation in the “Ring of Soy”, which holds several farms, storage, processing and distribution centers in the cities of Luís Eduardo Magalhães, Riachão das Neves, Formosa do Rio Preto and Barreiras, Bahia state, in the Cerrado. The Cerrado biome is a very diverse and vast tropical savanna ecoregion of Brazil. It contains forests, plains, savannas and huge amount of natural resources.
For centuries, local traditional populations have been living in its fields and plains without destroying the natural landscape, sourcing their livelihood from all its richness. But the agribusiness expansion movement is risking its survival and the availability of natural resources, causing conflicts over land and even water. This aerial view shows an unit of Cargill in the municipality of Barreiras, in the western part of the state of Bahia. The giant anteater photographed in Miranda, Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil is a species threatened by the expanding agribusiness. The Roseate spoonbill is another species in the Cerrado threatened by the agribusiness expansion. A grain truck is crossing an industrial scale soybean plantation in the “Ring of Soy”. Brazil is the largest exporter of soybeans in the world. Soybean cultivation has accelerated the deforestation of Brazilian biomes such as the Cerrado, June 2019. Greenpeace Canada activists peacefully demonstrate at the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Global Summit in Vancouver, Canada.

Right now, all over the world, people are demanding the world’s biggest companies end forest destruction. We’re living in a climate emergency, and our forests are a vital way to combat it. Stand with thousands all over the world, and tell companies to put our planet before their profits.

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How an instagram hashtag is inspiring thousands to protect the oceans

Tue, 2019-07-09 14:05

If you follow artists and illustrators on Instagram, it is likely you’ve come across the #DrawThisInYourStyle challenge, where artists recreate others illustrations in their own unique style. 

Now the hashtag is being used to help bring to life a small, unique and unknown part of the ocean which is at risk from the mining industry. 

Discovering the Lost City 

In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, over 750 metres below the water, sits a place called the Lost City. Discovered just 20 years ago, it’s called the Lost City because the giant chimney shaped hydrothermal vents make it look like an abandoned metropolis. 

Its discovery has opened up a new chapter for science,  challenging what people thought about life on earth. Some are even asking if it holds the key to where life started

But, the discovery of the unique ecosystems has attracted the interest of mining industries. 

The areas around the big venting chimneys also contain rare earth minerals. The deep seabed mining industry wants to scoop, dredge, and destroy places like the Lost City with gigantic machines that look like something straight out of a sci-fi horror film. 

All of the beauty the Lost City holds could be irreversibly damaged – before anyone even fully understands what is there. 

#TheLostCityInYourStyle Challenge 

Art has always been able to show the beauty and wonder of far away places. That’s why we put the call out to artists across the globe to help bring the Lost City and all its wonders to people everywhere.  

The incredible Quentin Blake (yes, the one who illustrated all those books written by an author named Roald Dahl) and Charlie Adlard (best known for his work on The Walking Dead comic books) kicked off the challenge. 

Charlie Adlard 
Instagram:  © Charlie Adlard instagram: @charlie_adlard

Their creations show the beauty and strangeness of the Lost City. Strange animals with character and beautiful colours and formations usually hidden under the dark ocean depths. 

Quentin Blake
Instagram: © Quentin Blake instagram: @quentinblake

Quentin also depicts the looming threat of the deep sea mining industry. A drill cracking open the earth without a creature in sight. 

© Quentin Blake instagram: @quentinblake

Other artists also took up the challenge. Either choosing to showcase the beauty and the threat or focusing in on the magical place of the Lost City to inspire its protection. Take a look… 


Alain Bardet
Instagram: © Alain Bardet instagram: @alain_bardet © Alain Bardet instagram: @alain_bardet Bo Xu

Bryce Wymer
Instagram: © Bryce Wymer instagram: @brycewymer Catalina Estrada
Instagram: © Catalina Estrada instagram: @catalinaestrada © Catalina Estrada instagram: @catalinaestrada Chris Riddell
Instagram: © Chris Riddell instagram: @chris_riddell © Chris Riddell instagram: @chris_riddell Claude Pelet
Website: © Claude Pelet website: Daniel Frost
Instagram: © Daniel Frost instagram: @danielfrostillustration Emma Shoard
Instagram: © Emma Shoard instagram: @emmashoard © Emma Shoard instagram: @emmashoard Essy May
Instagram: © Essy May instagram: @essy_may Fábio Moon
Instagram: © Fábio Moon instagram: @fabiomoon Gabriel Bá
Instagram: © Gabriel Bá instagram: @gabriel_ba Gael de Meyere
Website: © Gael De Meyere website: Gemma Correll
Instagram: © Gemma Correll instagram: @gemmacorrell Guillaume Bianco
Instagram: © Guillaume Bianco instagram: @guillaumebianco Hubert Reeves
Website: © Casanave Reeves Vandermeulen Jan Bosschaert
Website: © Jan Bosschaert instagram: @janbosschaert Johan de Moor
Instagram: © Johan De Moor instagram: @johandemoor4645 Kate Isobel Scott
Instagram: © Kate Isobel Scott instagram: @kateisobelscott Katharine Mary Hill
Instagram: © Katharine Hill instagram: @katharinemaryhill Kristjana S Williams
Instagram: © Kristjana S Williams instagram: @kristjanaswilliams © Kristjana S Williams instagram: @kristjanaswilliams Lauren Rolwing 
Instagram: © Lauren Rolwing instagram: @LaurenRolwing © Lauren Rolwing instagram: @LaurenRolwing Marcus Walters
Instagram: © Marcus Walters instagram: @marcuswalters © Marcus Walters instagram: @marcuswalters Margaux Carpentier
Instagram: © Margaux Carpentier instagram: @margauxcarpe Max Gustafson
Instagram: © Max Gustafson instagram: @gustafson.max Max Lewko
Instagram: © Max Lewko instagram: @maxlewko © Max Lewko instagram: @maxlewko Nina Cosford
Instagram: © Nina Cosford instagram: @ninacosford © Nina Cosford instagram: @ninacosford Olivier Boiscommun
Instagram: © Olivier Boiscommun instagram: @olivier_g_boiscommun Pascale Hecquet
Website: © Pascale Hecquet website: Pâté
Instagram: © Pâté instagram: @pate_on_toast Peyo
Instagram: © Peyo instagram: @smurfs.official copy Sally Fisher
Instagram: Sally Fisher instagram: @sallyfisherart Sally Fisher instagram: @sallyfisherart Sam Dunn 
Instagram: © Sam Dunn instagram: @xsamdunnx Shoko Lee
Instagram: © Shoko Lee instagram: @shokoleeartist Tanya Saunders
Instagram: © Tanya Saunders instagram: @makeandpaint © Tanya Saunders instagram: @makeandpaint Tom Cole
Instagram:  © Tom Cole instagram: @tomclohosycole Virginie Morgand 
Instagram: © Virginie Morgand instagram: @virginie.morgand Yan Le Pon
Website:  © Yan Le Pon website: Get involved
  • Draw the Lost City in your style, then post it on Instagram or Twitter using #TheLostCityInYourStyle and #ProtectTheOceans.
  • Sign the petition for a strong Global Ocean Treaty
  • Learn more about the campaign to Protect The Oceans

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Categories: Activist News

NVDA training 20 July

Fri, 2019-07-05 14:29

At Greenpeace, we are currently organising some non-violent direct action (NVDA) trainings aimed at redressing the lack of support for People of Colour taking action in the environmental movement. So please do fill out this form, if you are able to participate in the July 20th training.

The trainings will be run by a diverse team, including experienced People of Colour and trans activists, and the first of these will take place on 20 July at Greenpeace UK in Islington. Would you like to take part? Can you pass this on to other people of colour you think might be interested in taking part in the training?

Greenpeace NVDA trainings prepare activists to take part in our well-supported direct actions and campaign activities, and it is necessary to take part in one of these trainings before participating in one of our actions.

This NVDA training has been planned in consultation with the Greenpeace UK People of Colour group, who are working on a series of interventions into Greenpeace UK’s climate justice based diversity and representation in campaigns. In doing this training we are seeking to address and change the fact that the environmental movement is a space for predominantly white and middle class voices. As part of our personal and organisational belief in climate justice, it is extremely important to us that those most affected by intersectional injustices are well-supported to take action and challenge power.

This NVDA training will seek to explore and address the barriers to direct action faced by people of colour, working from the input of participants alongside people from the Greenpeace UK People of Colour group, many of whom are already trained in NVDA. These might range from the reactions of the public, police and the institutionally racist criminal justice system to the challenges involved in speaking to family members about participation in protest or interaction with the police.

In the context of discussions within the wider social justice movement about the XR protests’ minimal arrestee support, misleading outputs on the criminal justice system and police interactions and lack of acknowledgement of the particular barriers for POC participating in direct action, Greenpeace wants to offer its wide-ranging actions support and resources to People of Colour who want to take action for climate justice.

Greenpeace takes its duty of care to all our activists extremely seriously. If activists choose to participate in one of our actions, they will have access to substantial ground support, police liaison, all food and travel costs covered, arrestee support, legal support, payment of fines and more.

How Greenpeace supports activists:
* activist support team at all actions, including legal support and police liaison
* arrestee support attending police stations in case of arrest: there will always be a team of people waiting with food, drink, cash and assistance for onwards travel
* arrestee support communications with partners, family, friends and housemates in case of arrest
* a solicitor from our lawyers will always attend any police station
* all court costs and any fines covered

It is also important to note that Greenpeace avoids arrest and prosecution where possible by negotiating with the police. Action Coordinators are onsite at all NVDAs to liaise with the police on behalf and in constant consultation with activists. There are always multiple roles available, including many with an extremely low risk of arrest. Activists are always part of a larger group and buddied up in pairs for the duration. We aim to reduce the personal impact of taking part in NVDAs wherever possible. We take action to challenge corporate and government power responsible for injustice in our world, and seek to avoid any valorisation of arrest and trial. Furthermore, the Greenpeace brand has proved helpful in securing minimal charges and lenient sentences, if any.

What Greenpeace the NVDA training will cover:
* direct action techniques
* non-violent communication
* psychological preparation for actions
* talking to friends and family about having been arrested, especially with needs of POC in mind
* legal advice and Q+A with Raj Chada from HJA, very experienced in protest and the law and the particular experience of POC in the criminal justice system

The trainings will be trans inclusive and for majority POC, and although some white self-identifying women (trans, intersex and cis) and genderqueer people might attend.

If you would like to participate then please email Nadia, the GPUK training co-ordinator, at [email protected] and fill out this form.

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