Greenpeace International Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action. Thu, 22 Apr 2021 17:26:38 +0000 en hourly 1 Greenpeace: Leaders’ meagre steps on climate are walking us to catastrophe Thu, 22 Apr 2021 17:26:35 +0000 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Despite a raft of announcements, the Leaders Summit on Climate has left us stranded in a world of rising tides, melting glaciers, and deforestation. Even with new national climate commitments from the United States, United Kingdom, China, Canada, and Japan, world governments are yet to outline a clear and solid pathway to the 1.5 oC commitment under the legally binding Paris.

Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International:

“Governments are shuffling about with the climate crisis, when they are capable but unwilling to run towards the real solutions to prevent climate breakdown and align with 1.5 oC. Leaders appear to be adamant about failing us, themselves and the planet, by not upholding the legally binding Paris Agreement. Governments have left us waiting for action long enough and cannot leave it to COP26. There has to be an urgent just and green transition from fossil fuels, while nature – as our biggest defence against the climate crisis – must be protected and restored. 

“The Net-Zero Banking Alliance is a very weak voluntary initiative. Among the flaws, targets don’t need to be aligned with 1.5C or cover off-balance sheet activities such as underwriting. Regulators have to step in to transform the banking sector from leading on greenwashing to leading on climate.”

Janet Redman, Director Climate Campaign, Greenpeace USA:

“While we are eager for President Biden to bring the US back into the global community fighting climate change, we simply can’t claim climate leadership or achieve climate justice with the current pledges from the White House. Science and justice demand that we stop fossil fuel expansion now, make a plan for winding down fossil fuel extraction, and invest in workers and communities as we transition to a 100 percent renewable economy. To Build Back Better, Joe Biden must Build Back Fossil Free.”

Li Shuo, Senior Climate & Energy Policy Officer in China, Greenpeace East Asia:

“It’s positive to see global efforts and collaborations, with East Asia a part of this important process, of tackling climate change. But with the domestic conditions of faster emission reduction becoming mature for China, Japan and South Korea, ambitious NDC targets are needed ahead of COP26. The three key emitters in the region must also support developing countries to expand renewable energy and phase out coal.”

Keith Stewart, Senior Energy Strategist, Greenpeace Canada: 

“Canada is a rich country yet its target is less than Canada’s fair share of the global effort and less than what the U.S. is proposing. Trudeau’s proposed target is less ambitious than what climate science requires, with no commitment to phasing out fossil fuels at home or abroad. He should be proposing at least a 60% reduction in emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels, alongside the immediate elimination of fossil fuel subsidies and a plan for a just transition for workers as we phase out fossil fuels.” 

Fabiana Alves, Climate and Justice Coordinator, Greenpeace Brazil:

“U.S. President Joe Biden should listen to Indigenous Leaders, former Brazilian Environmental Ministers, and nearly 200 groups and not sign any environmental deal with Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro’s commitments to not end illegal deforestation until 2030 not only falls short of what is needed for a safe climate, but he is not to be trusted because he has continued to aggressively dismantle environmental protections and prevent environmental enforcement in Brazil. He added the commitment to climate neutrality by 2050, but his policies are the reason why Amazon deforestation and burnings continue to reach record numbers. Bolsonaro also highlights the carbon market as a solution, giving fossil fuel companies a way to ‘compensate’ for their pollution with forests, instead of actually reducing it.”

Greenpeace UK’s head of climate, Kate Blagojevic, said: 

“This summit has seen more targets than an archery competition. And while this momentum is important, much more global ambition is still needed if we are to stand a chance of meeting necessary climate goals. Targets, on their own, won’t lead to emissions cuts. That takes real policy and money. And that’s where the whole world is still way off course. Boris Johnson may walk away from this summit pretty pleased, with the UK still on top of the international league table when it comes to rhetorical goals. But his government is still entertaining the idea of multiple airport expansions, more oil and gas drilling and new coal mines. It still doesn’t have a credible plan to decarbonise our homes and has earmarked tens of billions of pounds for new road building. We’ll need to see one heck of a change in direction on domestic policies if we’re to have any chance of delivering on these commitments – and convincing the rest of the world to do the same.”

Melita Steele, Programme Director, Greenpeace Africa, said:
“African leaders must do more than just be at the table of biodiversity and climate summits. We need them to be serious about tackling emissions at home and unequivocal about protecting their country’s natural biodiversity in order to tackle a climate crisis which has the continent seeing worse and worse extreme weather impacts every year. Protecting biodiversity at home means making hard decisions, such as banning new fossil fuel infrastructure and making sure local communities and Indigenous People are empowered to protect their ancestral lands. For non-African leaders at the summit, while our Presidents may push for financial support, because African countries are particularly attuned to the impacts of climate change which is perpetrated by the West, there can be no resilient green recovery without debt relief.”

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Climate leadership requires fossil fuel phase out and nature protection Wed, 21 Apr 2021 09:46:40 +0000 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Against a backdrop of Covid-19 and high geopolitical tensions, President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate starts tomorrow. The summit brings together representatives from the world’s major economies, including 17 countries which together represent 80 percent of global emissions, to discuss how to enhance ambition to keep the goal of limiting warming to 1.5oC.

Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International:

“History has to be made at Biden’s Earth Day Summit. True climate leadership requires laws and regulations to phase out fossil fuels, end deforestation, and restore nature. Our survival depends on real climate action – voluntary net-zero targets and offsets are just delaying tactics. 

“To get closer to the 1.5 pathway, significant political will and action are required. The world’s richest countries must do more than just halve their emissions by 2030, having profited from extractive and polluting industries leading to the climate crisis. It’s time for the wealthiest nations to repair the damage and show solidarity with vulnerable countries.”

International cooperation on climate change is needed and the recent joint statement by the US and China, and the UK’s new 2035 climate target, bring hope but it can’t end there.

Janet Redman, Director Climate Campaign, Greenpeace USA:

“To be a true climate leader, Biden has to show his commitment to addressing today’s interlocking public health, racial inequity and climate crises. That means slashing US carbon pollution by beginning the transition away from fossil fuels now, while ensuring no worker or community is left behind. 

“Science and justice demand that we reduce emissions by 70% from 2005 levels by 2030 on the road to zero emissions by mid-century. The White House can get this done by removing government subsidies to fossil fuel companies, investing in an equitable and sustainable economic recovery, and stopping fishy carbon offset deals like the one Biden is considering with Brazil right now.”

China’s emerging economic recovery from COVID-19 is cause for concern for the climate. Coal plants are being built at a faster pace with steel and cement production at a historical high. 

Li Shuo, Senior Climate & Energy Policy Officer, Greenpeace East Asia:

“China struck a cooperative tone with the US through their recent joint statement on the climate crisis, now Beijing needs to further strengthen its own ambition. It is in China’s economic and environmental interest to depart from coal, both domestically and in overseas investment, and take actions to peak emissions earlier. In alignment with the carbon neutrality goals of China, Japan and South Korea, more concrete actions from the three East Asian major economies will ultimately help contribute to the global low carbon transition.”

Silvia Pastorelli, Climate & Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace European Unit: 

“The EU no longer has bragging rights at climate summits. Copying the language of climate marchers won’t make European governments global power brokers. Climate leadership means credible climate targets that are in line with science and the Paris Agreement. It means no more fossil fuel subsidies, no more offsets and no more false solutions. And it means a just transition that leaves no-one behind, based on proven solutions like renewables, energy efficiency, clean mobility and ecological farming.”

Ahead of the summit the UK announced a 78% emissions reduction target by 2035, including international aviation and shipping emissions.

Rebecca Newsom, Head of Politics Greenpeace UK: 

“When it comes to high level climate targets, it looks like Boris Johnson will make the boldest pledge of all. But, targets are much easier to set than they are to meet, so the hard work begins now. In order to actually deliver on this commitment, new measures to slash emissions from homes and transport should already be well underway. So unless the government’s policies and spending commitments urgently fall in line with its ambitions, there will still be awkward questions for Boris Johnson at the global climate talks in the Autumn.”

To protect the climate we need to enhance nature protection.

Fabiana Alves, Climate and Justice Coordinator, Greenpeace Brazil:

“President Biden must stop the deal with Bolsonaro. It’s impossible to protect the forest by giving funds to someone responsible for record levels of Amazon deforestation and human rights violations, and it also risks giving fossil fuel companies an avenue for ‘offsetting’ their pollution. The best way to protect the Amazon is to defend the rights of Indigenous Peoples and traditional communities, who are not being consulted and listened to by this government.”

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Tencent beats out Alibaba, Baidu in Greenpeace’s China tech industry ranking Wed, 21 Apr 2021 02:00:55 +0000 Beijing, China – Tencent took the top spot among cloud providers in Greenpeace East Asia’s latest clean energy scorecard for China’s tech sector, beating out Alibaba, which fell to fourth place. Chindata Group once again scored first in the data center operator category.

“China’s internet sector is powered primarily by coal, and the industry’s energy consumption continues to rise. Over the past year, more Chinese companies have begun to procure renewable energy and to disclose greenhouse gas emissions data. However, the pace of clean energy adoption is not nearly fast enough, especially when we consider that China’s biggest tech company, Alibaba, and its biggest independent data center operator, GDS, have yet to issue renewable energy or carbon neutrality commitments,” said Greenpeace East Asia climate and energy campaigner Ye Ruiqi.

Key findings:

– Tencent ranked first among China’s cloud providers due to the company’s overall progress, including its positive record on transparency, increase in renewable energy procurement and recent announcement that it would work toward carbon neutrality.? By contrast Alibaba fell from first to fourth place in the cloud provider category as a result of its poor performance on clean energy use and lack of transparency.?

To date only one major Chinese tech company, data center operator Chindata Group, has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Last year Chindata signed contracts to develop 1.3 GW of wind and solar projects in Shanxi and Hebei provinces, making the company one of the top three renewable energy buyers worldwide in 2020. At the same time, data center operator GDS fell from second-ranked data center operator to sixth due to a lack of carbon neutrality commitments and poor transparency.

As of April 2021, 13 of China’s 22 biggest tech companies have begun to actively procure renewable energy, compared to just 8 companies in 2019. However, only two major Chinese tech companies have recorded renewable energy usage rates that are higher than 3%: Chindata (51%) and Baidu (9%).

China’s data center industry is a significant and growing source of CO2 emissions. Energy consumption from the sector is on track to increase by 66% between 2019 and 2023, at which point electricity consumption from the industry is projected to rival that of Australia. In 2018, data centers in China were powered 73% by coal.

Greenpeace urges that China’s internet companies set targets for 100% renewable energy use and achieve carbon neutrality (scope 1-3) by 2030. Carbon offsets are not a substitute for the reduction of fossil fuel emissions. Companies must scale up procurement of wind and solar energy, and actively disclose energy use data and greenhouse gas emissions data.

“Tech giants like Alibaba and GDS have an opportunity to drive China’s shift to a low-carbon economy, but currently they are falling behind their competitors. Ultimately, we need all of China’s major tech firms to achieve 100% renewable energy use and carbon neutrality across the value chain by 2030 – this would lend strong momentum to China’s national climate commitments,” said Ye.



English version of the report (abridged) is available here.
Full report in Chinese is available here.

Researchers used publicly available information to analyse China’s 22 largest cloud and data center companies, comprising 74% of China’s IaaS public cloud market and over 78% of China’s data center market. Companies were rated on energy transparency, energy efficiency and carbon reduction, renewable energy performance, and government and industry influence. Market segment figures calculated are calculated based on 2019 data.


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Swedish ‘sustainable’ forestry is threatening our home and livelihood Tue, 20 Apr 2021 08:13:01 +0000 Reindeer herding is not just a profession. It is something you live with around the clock and all year round, generation after generation. Our families have lived in these lands and have been continuously carrying on with forest Sámi reindeer herding for many hundreds of years.

Forest and reindeer documentation in Muonio. ? Rasmus T?rnqvist / Greenpeace
Katarina Sev?, reindeer herder, member of the Council of Mounio Sámi reindeer herding district. ? Rasmus T?rnqvist / Greenpeace

But in recent years, the land needed for reindeer herding has decreased more and more, due to extensive logging. This affects the reindeer directly. The food disappears. The vital hanging lichen – the emergency feed – is becoming increasingly rare. You can see how the reindeer have changed in recent years. Their antlers have become worse and the average weight of the reindeer has decreased. The behavior of the reindeer is changing. It’s devastating – and it’s awful to see. If the forests were to disappear, then there is no future for the reindeer and reindeer husbandry at all.

Forest and reindeer documentation in Muonio. ? Rasmus T?rnqvist / Greenpeace
Ronny Nystr?m, Reindeer herder, former forestry negotiator, Mounio Sámi reindeer herding district. ? Rasmus T?rnqvist / Greenpeace

Although we have used these forests for centuries, most of them are today held by the state owned forest company Sveaskog. A couple of years ago, we still had regular consultations with Sveaskog, which we have had for decades. Unfortunately, they abruptly terminated these meetings with us. We received no sensible explanation, only oral information about the message.

We have said “no” to logging in important areas and we have shown the importance of these areas. But Sveaskog shows us no consideration at all, they just cut the forests. We can say nothing about it. We do not even get maps of where they plan to log. They come here and make new forest roads in the area, chopping down forests that can be important to us. They have also logged forests that we have previously agreed must be kept, because they are so important for reindeer grazing.

Forest and reindeer documentation in Muonio. ? Rasmus T?rnqvist / Greenpeace
Aerials of forest and clearcuts in Mounio Sámi community. ? Rasmus T?rnqvist / Greenpeace

Sveaskog has treated us very abusively – and still does. This haunts us daily. We have made demands to Sveaskog. We have written letters from Sámi reindeer herding district, where we demand that we should have consultations back and that some forests must be saved. But we have not been heard. It’s awful that a state-owned company can do that.

We have seen with our own eyes how fast the logging goes on and feel a strong concern for the future. The reindeer and we who work with reindeer husbandry are completely dependent on the forest. If we lose the few small areas of hanging lichen forests that we have left, it is the end of reindeer husbandry. What should we do if the forest is lost? What will the reindeer live on? Where will we go?

Forest and reindeer documentation in Muonio. ? Rasmus T?rnqvist / Greenpeace
Reindeer in Mounio Sámi community. ? Rasmus T?rnqvist / Greenpeace

Sveaskog is the state’s own forest company – and is governed on the basis of what the Swedish parliament and the government decide. They must consult with the reindeer herding area – this is an absolute minimum. We demand that Sveaskog immediately stop all logging in Muonio Sámi reindeer herding district until they restart consultation with us again.

Katarina Sev? is a reindeer herder and board member of Muonio Sámi reindeer herding district

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Coca-Cola it’s time to stop your pollution at source Tue, 20 Apr 2021 07:53:41 +0000 There is an old, now iconic, Coca-Cola commercial from 1971, called Hilltop or as it’s more commonly known as “I’d like to buy the world a Coke”. The video features a diverse group of young people from all over the world holding glass bottles of Coke on a pristine hilltop. In it they sing, “I’d like to buy the world a home… to buy the world a Coke and keep it company. It’s the real thing, what the world wants today.”

What’s happening

At this year’s shareholder meeting, 50 years on, Coca-Cola wants to pretend that it’s still on that hilltop, making us feel refreshed and joyful, full of nostalgia for its “classic” brand. 

Meantime activists around the world are protesting loudly – pointing out that thanks to the operations of companies like Coca Cola – the hilltop is now not only littered with single use plastic bottles, but increasingly being covered over with new fossil fuel infrastructure designed to make yet more throwaway plastic. That Coca-Cola’s plastics problem is beyond being a litter and ocean problem. Plastic pollution is also a climate, health and social justice issue.

Imported Plastic in East Java, Indonesia. ? Fully Syafi / Greenpeace
A plastic bottle of Coca Cola stacks among imported plastic waste at a dumpsite in Mojokerto, East Java, Indonesia. ? Fully Syafi / Greenpeace

Why it matters

Few knew of the real consequences of the world Coca-Cola was setting out to build on that hilltop. The reality is, Coca-Cola has a major plastics problem and it’s threatening our personal and planetary health.

In December 2020, following global clean ups and brand audits, Coca-Cola was named the world’s worst plastic polluter for the third year in a row. That means that no matter what beach you stand on, or which city block you stroll, you are most likely to find Coke-branded plastic posing a threat to both our waterways and communities.?

For decades, Coca-Cola and other consumer goods companies have relied on the myth of recycling to avoid responsibility for this pollution. They have played up recycled content as a way to continue using harmful single-use plastics, and put the onus on all of us to clean up their trash, while refusing to recognize that their plastic problem is beyond being solved by recycling or clean up initiatives.

Coca Cola Plastic Pollution in the Anacostia River in Maryland. ? Tim Aubry / Greenpeace
A Coke bottle sits along the banks of the Anacostia River. Single-use plastic is contaminating our food, our water, and the air we breathe. Trillions of drinks and snacks are sold in throwaway packaging each year, and more ends up in the environment than is recycled. The majority is dumped or burned. ? Tim Aubry / Greenpeace

Its plastic addiction is also feeding climate change. As the fossil fuel industry’s profitability continues to be undermined by worldwide action against greenhouse gas emissions, it has begun to see its salvation in a plastics boom – and a long-term partner in consumer goods companies like Coca-Cola. According to scientists, packaging already accounts for 40 percent of total plastic demand, and the industry would like nothing more than to increase that dependence. 

If the fossil fuel industry continues to develop new extraction and processing capacity to meet the predicted plastics demand growth, society could become locked into high emissions, and the necessary 1.5 °C capstone goal to avoid the worst impacts of climate change will become impossible to meet.

Ineos Oil Facilities in Texas. ? Aaron Sprecher / Greenpeace
Ineos and Braskem oil facilities in La Porte, Texas. As upstream profits in oil and gas production have declined, the fossil fuel industry has increasingly invested in petrochemical divisions as a potential bright spot, citing low price ethane feedstocks generated from the US fracking boom and increased demand for single-use plastics in the consumer goods sector. ? Aaron Sprecher / Greenpeace

What needs to happen now

So how does Coca-Cola get to that sunny hilltop? If Coca-Cola wants to show it cares about people, climate change and plastic pollution, it will immediately end its toxic relationship with the fossil fuel industry and reliance on single-use plastics.

If Coca-Cola wants to show it cares about the communities who are being hit hardest by the climate and pollution crises, it will end the production of plastics; production that disproportionately harms low income communities and communities of colour. Coca-Cola must put its money where its mouth is and invest in systems of reuse that eliminate the burden of toxic plastic pollution from these communities so they have access to cleaner air and water, and can thrive in the communities they call home.

If Coca-Cola truly wants to live up to its climate commitments, it must play no part in fuelling a planned fossil fuel petrochemical expansion that risks locking us into high emissions and the worst impacts of climate change. It must end its toxic relationship with the fossil fuel industry.

It’s time for Coca-Cola to buy into refill and reuse systems for its products. We need real solutions. It’s what the world demands today.

Robin Flaharty is Plastic Free Future campaigner with Greenpeace USA.

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Earth Day 2021 Tue, 20 Apr 2021 06:33:44 +0000 The last few months have been challenging for humanity. The global pandemic has ushered in a ‘new normal’ for all of us. We hope and pray for better days. For those still affected by COVID-19, we wish them a speedy recovery. This shall too pass.

With lockdowns and social distancing still in place, we are not able to fully explore the world outside just yet. For now, let us be armchair travellers and marvel at just how beautiful and amazing Earth is. From up above snow-clad mountain peaks, down to the deepest depths of the oceans, every inch of our living planet is awe-inspiring. We must celebrate nature’s beauty 365 days of the year.

Great Skua and Fulmar in the North Sea. ? Marten  van Dijl / Greenpeace
A Fulmar (L, Fulmarus glacialis) steps on a Great Skua (Stercorarius skua) in the UK waters of the North Sea close to the Esperanza. ? Marten van Dijl / Greenpeace
Yugyd Va National Park in Russia,  ? Anton Voronkov / Greenpeace
Scenic view of the Yugyd Va National Park in the Komi Republic, Russia. ? Anton Voronkov / Greenpeace
Corals in Portofino. ? Alessandro Beltrame / Greenpeace
Corals in Portofino, Italy ? Alessandro Beltrame / Greenpeace
Elk in Yellowstone National Park. ? Hyungwon Kang / Greenpeace
An Elk, the most abundant big game animal in Yellowstone is seen at the Yellowstone National Park. ? Hyungwon Kang / Greenpeace
Austria - Glaciers,  ? Mitja Kobal / Greenpeace
Austria – Glaciers, ? Mitja Kobal / Greenpeace
Elephant seal on Elephant Island,  ? Abbie Trayler-Smith / Greenpeace
Elephant seal on Elephant Island. ? Abbie Trayler-Smith / Greenpeace
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Swedish state-owned forest company accused of abusing Sámi rights Tue, 20 Apr 2021 04:00:00 +0000 Stockholm, Sweden?— Sweden’s largest forest company, state-owned Sveaskog, has repeatedly ignored Sámi rights and logged old growth forest on ancestral lands vital to reindeer herding around Muonio Sámi reindeer herding district in Sweden’s north. Sveaskog has also stopped all consultation processes with the community. The Muonio Sámi reindeer herding district and Greenpeace Sweden demand that Sveaskog immediately withdraw all logging processes in the area.

Katarina Sev?, reindeer herder and board member of Muonio Sámi reindeer herding district, said:

“Sveaskog’s logging practice is a catastrophe for the Muonio reindeer herding district. During the last two years, Sveaskog has stopped all consultation processes with us and cut down all the forests that we specifically asked them not to. If this continues, it will be the end of reindeer husbandry in Muonio.” 

Muonio Sámi reindeer herding district is on the border between Sweden and Finland. For centuries reindeer husbandry has been a vital part of the livelihood and culture of the community. The area is also home to some of the last natural forests in Sweden, so-called continuity forests, that have not been clear-cut previously. 

State-owned forest company Sveaskog, the biggest forest company in Sweden, submitted some 100 logging notifications in the area. Mapping done by Greenpeace shows that these coincide to a large extent with continuity forests. These forests are vital to reindeer husbandry, since they are the natural source of ground and hanging lichens — the predominant diet of the reindeer. A large proportion of old growth forests in the area have already been clear-cut by Sveaskog, despite the fact that they form crucial reindeer pastures. 

“Sweden likes to portray itself as an environmental and human rights leader. This hypocrisy is laid bare by this example of its state-owned company consistently trampling the rights of the Indigenous peoples and devastating the last remains of old-growth forests,” said Dima Litvinov, Senior Campaigner with Greenpeace Sweden.

Muonio Sámi reindeer herding district and Greenpeace demand  in a joint letter to Sveaskog that the company immediately stop all logging and withdraw the logging notifications in the area until it resumes consultation processes with the reindeer herding district .

“Sveaskog must immediately stop all logging in the area until they resume consultations with us under acceptable conditions”, said Katarina Sev?, reindeer herder and board member of Muonio Sámi reindeer herding district.


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Notes to Editors:

Facts about Sveaskog′s logging plan in Muonio Sámi reindeer herding

The Muonio Sámi reindeer herding district is located in the northmost part of Sweden, bordering Finland. Their reindeer pastures cover 3640 square kilometres in Pajala municipality with permits to keep up to 3900 reindeer in winter. 

Reindeer herding forms the basis of traditional economy for the Sámi and is an integral part of the Sámi identity.

State owned forest company Sveaskog has submitted a total of 101 notifications for logging to The Swedish Forest Agency in the area of Muonio Sámi reindeer herding district in the northernmost part of Sweden, bordering Finland. 

The combined areas of logging make up an area of almost 2000 hectares, more than 2800 football pitches. The Swedish Forest Agency themselves state that they have only examined two of these areas in the field, meaning that the government agency cannot know what type of values these forests possess.

A mapping done by Greenpeace Sweden shows that the majority of the forests Sveaskog plans to log are old forests with high conservation values that are also vital to reindeer husbandry. At least 40 of the areas are made up completely of continuity forests that have never been subject to clear-cuts. Almost as many are partly made up of continuity forests.


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No blank check for enemies of the environment in Brazil Thu, 15 Apr 2021 21:23:26 +0000 Two hundred civil society organizations in Brazil sent an open letter to the United States government asking it not to support the destructive environmental policies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

The US government is bringing together world leaders for an online Climate Summit on 22-23 April to discuss combating the climate crisis. The climate summit is part of US President Joe Biden’s efforts to reposition his country as an international leader in the fight against climate change. 

But President Biden cannot achieve any position of climate leadership if he participates in behind-the-scenes negotiations with the government of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Behind closed doors, Brazil and the United States are negotiating the transfer of billions of dollars’ worth of resources intended to curb deforestation in Brazil. However, there is no guarantee that the money from the US will actually go towards protecting forests in Brazil. On the contrary, the agreement could make the Biden government complicit in the environmental destruction promoted by the Bolsonaro government.

Forest Fire in the Amazon in Novo Progresso (PA). ? Lucas Landau / Greenpeace
Fire in the city of Novo Progresso, Brazil, in August 2020. ? Lucas Landau / Greenpeace

In hopes of dissuading Biden from enabling forest destruction, Greenpeace Brazil joined 199 organizations in Brazil and sent a letter to John Kerry, the US special envoy for climate, asking the Biden government not to sign a “blank check” for Bolsonaro.

Since being elected in 2018, Bolsonaro’s administration has promoted deforestation in the Amazon and rewarded environmental criminals. Any transfer of resources from the US to Brazil would legitimize and strengthen the anti-environmental policy of Bolsonaro and his Environment Minister, Ricardo Salles. Any secretive deal with Bolsonaro’s government would also prevent the money from reaching those who most need aid, such as Indigenous Peoples, Quilombolas, and family farmers.

There is no doubt that resources are needed for environmental protection, but the current Brazilian government has shown it cannot be trusted with the protection of the largest tropical forest on the planet.

Fires have devastated 23% of Pantanal's biome ? Leandro Cagiano / Greenpeace
Fires have devastated a third of Pantanal wetlands, home of unique species such as the spotted jaguar and macaws ? Leandro Cagiano / Greenpeace

Here are just a few of the ways Bolsonaro’s government has failed to prevent deforestation:

  • Since 2019, the Brazilian government has stopped spending $500 million from the Amazon Fund and $96.5 million from the Green Climate Fund. These funds could have been used to protect forests and Indigenous Peoples and small landowners. Instead, the Bolsonaro government intends to direct any US funds indiscriminately to large landowners.
  • In December 2020, the Brazilian government announced climate commitments that were less than those put in place by the Paris Agreement. As part of this unambitious plan, the government claimed it needed resources from developed countries to fulfill even these diminished goals.
  • In 2021, Brazil’s National Congress, with the support of Bolsonaro, is preparing to vote on a huge package of setbacks in environmental protection. Recently, despite the efforts of Greenpeace Brazil and other organizations, the National Congress also passed the smallest budget for the environment in 21 years.

It is difficult to imagine a solution for the Amazon proposed by the government responsible for a historic increase in deforestation and which repeatedly supports bills that are harmful to Indigenous Peoples, conservation groups, and small farmers.

Indigenous People Protest with Lights in Brazil. ? Leo Otero / MNI
Thousands of Indigenous People formed a light banner with the word “justice” in Portuguese, in Brasília, the capital of the country. The demonstration happened the Free Land Camp gathering in 2019, where Indigenous Peoples from all over Brazil joined to demand the protection of their rights. ? Leo Otero / MNI

Any effort to defend forests in Brazil must support Indigenous Peoples, widely recognized as guardians of the forest. Likewise, a genuine effort to defend forests must curb environmental crimes and not compensate the large landowners and land grabbers who have been emboldened by Bolsonaro to advance over the forest.

By reaching an agreement with the Bolsonaro government, the US would be legitimizing the regressive policies that have increased inequality in Brazil, aggravated the global climate crisis, and prioritized political interests above the protection of the population which is suffering the consequences of intersecting climate and health crises.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were elected by US voters on the promise of listening to science and resuming the fight against the climate crisis. By negotiating with the Bolsonaro government they would be endorsing the sort of anti-human rights and anti-science policies that were a reality in the United States under Donald Trump. Repairing what has been destroyed takes more than good speeches and photos in the newspapers.

Fabiana Alves is a Climate and Justice campaigner with Greenpeace Brazil

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Plastics Activists target Nestlé ahead of Annual General Meeting Thu, 15 Apr 2021 11:09:42 +0000 Activists warn Nestlé shareholders against plastic investments. ? Greenpeace
Activists warn Nestlé shareholders against plastic investments at their AGM in Switzerland. ? Greenpeace

What’s happening

On the eve of Nestlé’s Annual General Meeting, Greenpeace Switzerland activists projected a series of messages and logos at the company’s headquarters, in Vevey. The images called out Nestlé for “feeding the world with plastic” and reminded the company it is a big part of the  plastic and climate crises. Greenpeace has been campaigning against big brands like Nestlé globally to demand they reduce their single-use plastic packaging and invest in reusable systems.

Why it matters

Every year, Nestlé presents its annual financial results to its shareholders; celebrating gains which are often achieved at the expense of our environment and the climate. Despite a large number of media announcements in recent months, Nestlé’s record on eliminating throwaway plastic remains disastrous. In total. 1,300,000 tonnes of single-use plastic packaging were sold by the brand in 2020. Last December, the Break Free From Plastic movement identified the company as one of the world’s top three plastic polluters for the third year in a row.

And while Nestlé regularly talks big about reusables in their PR materials, the reality is that less than 1% of their packaging is actually reusable. And for a company that used a shocking 352 billion pieces of packaging in 2020 that adds up to a vast amount of waste and a big impact on the planet. 
What is clear is that as plastic pollution continues to increase globally, Nestlé prefers to delude itself and mislead us by relying on plastic “recycling”, or by switching to  other throwaway materials for its packaging,  such as paper and cardboard. All of which have been found to harm our biodiversity and pollute our planet.  

What is Greenpeace doing about it

“Nestlé must stop investing in false solutions and finally move towards reusable systems,” says Greenpeace Switzerland’s Campaigner Matthias Wüthrich.

This is why,  yesterday, a few hours before the group’s Annual General Meeting, which was held virtually again this year due to the global pandemic, Greenpeace Switzerland activists gathered at the headquarters in Vevey to urge Nestlé to change its business model. 

“Stop Single-Use, go Reuse”, “Nestlé, stop feeding the world with plastic” are some of the messages that illuminated the wall of the Vevey building. 

A particularnew ingredient was also highlighted inadded to the visuals of some of the multinational’s brands: hydrocarbons to communicate that plastic is not only a waste problem, it is also a petroleum product whose production, use and disposal contribute to global warming.

Activists warn Nestlé Shareholders against Plastic Investments in Switzerland. ? Flurin Bertschinger / Greenpeace
Despite acknowledging its need to address the plastic pollution crisis, Nestlé has done very little to end its dependency on fossil fuel–based plastic packaging. ? Flurin Bertschinger / Greenpeace

What needs to happen now

We need to stop the use of plastic at source and radically change the way consumer products are delivered to customers. 

Real solutions to this problem exist and Nestlé needs to invest in them. 

 It needs to  invest in refill and reuse.

“Without making a real commitment to reusable solutions, all Nestlé’s planned measures simply displace the problem and amount to greenwashing. Only a change of system from single-use to reusable packaging will save our planet from plastic pollution and protect our climate,” concluded Matthias Wüthrich.

Matthias Wüthrich is a Plastic Campaigner with Greenpeace Switzerland

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The Japanese government’s decision to discharge Fukushima contaminated water ignores human rights and international maritime law Tue, 13 Apr 2021 00:41:16 +0000 Tokyo, Japan – Greenpeace Japan strongly condemns the decision of the of Prime Minister Suga’s cabinet to dispose of over 1.23 million tons of radioactive waste water stored in tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean.[1] This completely disregards the human rights and interests of the people in Fukushima, wider Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.?

The decision means that Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) can begin radioactive waste discharges from its nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. It has been said it would take 2 years to prepare for the discharge. 

Kazue Suzuki, Climate/Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace Japan, said:

“The Japanese government has once again failed the people of Fukushima. The government has taken the wholly unjustified decision to deliberately contaminate the Pacific Ocean with radioactive wastes. It has discounted the radiation risks and turned its back on the clear evidence that sufficient storage capacity is available on the nuclear site as well as in surrounding districts.[2] Rather than using the best available technology to minimize radiation hazards by storing and processing the water over the long term, they have opted for the cheapest option [3], dumping the water into the Pacific Ocean.

The Cabinet’s decision failed to protect the environment and neglected the large-scale opposition and concerns of the local Fukushima residents, as well as the neighboring citizens around Japan. Greenpeace stands with the people of Fukushima, including fishing communities, in their efforts to stop these plans,” said Suzuki.

Greenpeace Japan’s polling has shown that the majority of residents in Fukushima and the wider Japan are opposed to discharging this radioactive waste water into the Pacific. Additionally, the nationwide federation of Japan Fisheries Cooperatives has continued to express its complete opposition to ocean discharges.

United Nations’ human rights special rapporteurs warned the Japanese government in June 2020 and again in March 2021 that discharging the water into the environment breaches the rights of Japanese citizens and its neighbors including Korea. They called on the Japanese government to delay any decision on discharging the contaminated water into the sea until the crisis of COVID-19 is over and appropriate international consultations are held[4].

Though the decision has been announced, it will take around two years before these discharges commence at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director at Greenpeace International, said:  

“In the 21st century, when the planet and in particular the world’s oceans are facing so many challenges and threats, it is an outrage that the Japanese government and TEPCO think they can justify the deliberate dumping of nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean. The decision is a violation of Japan’s legal obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea[5], (UNCLOS), and will be strongly resisted over the coming months.”

Since 2012, Greenpeace has proactively campaigned against plans to discharge Fukushima contaminated water – submitting technical analysis to UN agencies, holding seminars with local residents of Fukushima with other NGOs, and petitioning against the discharges and submitted to relevant Japanese government bodies. 

Furthermore, a recent Greenpeace Japan report detailed alternatives to the current flawed decommissioning plans for Fukushima Daiichi, including options to stop the continued increase of contaminated water.[6] Greenpeace will continue to lead the campaign to stop radioactive waste water from being discharged into the Pacific.



[1] TEPCO, report on ALPS treated water 

[2] Greenpeace report October 2020, Stemming the Tide 

[3] METI, “Tritiated Water Task Force Report”, June 2016

[4]United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner June 2020 and March 2021

 [5] Duncan Currie, Japan’s plan for radioactive water defies international law

[6] Satoshi Sato “Decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station” March 2021


Shaun Burnie, Senior Nuclear Specialist, Greenpeace East Asia:, +447904958286

Mitsuhisa Kawase, Communications Officer, Greenpeace Japan:, +81 (0)70-3195-4165

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