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Greenpeace Urges People To Help Stop Fracking Now

Recently the UK government said that nearly two thirds of the country could be opened up for fracking. Unsurprisingly many people got angry and there were a ton of protests that sprung up all over the country.

Clearly there is a lot of anxiety around the new technology which seeks to find hydrocarbons through hydraulic fracturing aka fracking. People want to tell energy companies that injecting chemical cocktails and horizontal drilling underneath their homes is not wanted and any attempt at fracking is trespass and violation of the law.

According to the Not for Shale legal block, without either a statutory provision or permission, fracking companies who drill underneath homes would be breaking the law. According to the group, common law explicitly states that homeowners rights extend to underneath the property and if you are someone who rents the same rights also apply as tenant unless the lease agreement says otherwise.

Whilst there are no specific laws which prohibit fracking underneath people’s homes, the energy industry has been lobbying hard for the government to introduce one. What the industry wants is for the government to supersede the rights of individuals so that companies need not seek permission to dill under homes.

Since the government may well end up changing the law it is crucial for people to act now. That is why the more people who join the legal block the harder it becomes for companies to drill under houses and ignore the law. Join the Not for Shale Legal Block

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Greenpeace Praise Valentino Fashion House

Greenpeace has been asking 15 luxury European fashion houses a series of questions about their supply chains, in an effort to Clean Up Fashion. These have helped to  find out whether they are using dangerous business practices to source their materials to make their goods. The scheme, called ‘The Fashion Duel’, showed that many of the world leading brands such as Chanel and Prada are failing to commit to taking urgent steps to halt the use and release of hazardous chemicals.

The only major fashion label that were transparent with how they are sourcing their materials and toxic waste disposal were Valentino, so it may be time for the other houses to take note. Their designs show that high fashion can be created without the need for pollution or the destruction of rainforests.

Valentino have made a commitment that by 2020 they will have eliminated the use of any hazardous chemicals from their supply chain. They have also pledged to reinforce their and policies on the how they source their leather, pulp and paper to ensure they can help protect rainforests.

So if Valentino are up to the task, why not everyone else? Notable mega brands that failed the Fashion Duel included –

  • Alberta Ferretti
  • Chanel
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Prada
  • Trussardi

Here’s hoping that the other big brands take a note out from the Valentino fashion house’s books and realise that the beauty of the planet is far more important than profit. If you would like to learn more about the work of Greenpeace and would like to support their cause, check out our dedicated charity page to find out how you can help them change the world for the better.

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Greenpeace Finally Breakthrough with Paper Company

Great news filtering through that a long term Greenpeace campaign has been successful in helping to protect the world’s rainforests. Greenpeace has been campaigning for an astounding ten years to ask A.P.P. (Asia Pulp & Paper) to stop destroying vast areas of Indonesian forest, and now they have finally set the wheels in motion to stop.

The company, which is one of the largest producers of paper in the world, has now published a new policy for rainforest conservation. This should hopefully see the end of the destruction of this vital  habitat. Not only the endangered Sumatran tigers that live there, but also the many forest communities who call this place home.

Greenpeace put pressure on the people that use A.P.P. for their packaging, showing that being associated with a company that destroys rainforests is not good for business. Mattel, National Geographic and Xerox all seemed to agree with the Greenpeace stance and dropped their contracts with Asia Pulp & Paper, with KFC looking to do the same.

This fall from grace saw A.P.P. sit down to negotiate with Greenpeace in Jakarta, and have finally agreed to end their destruction of the rainforests for profit. This agreement has only been put down on paper, so let’s hope these permanent changes are fulfilled. Just goes to show you how perseverance really can pay off. If it wasn’t for Greenpeace’s work over the last decade, this agreement would never have seen the light of day.

If you would like to learn more about the work of this amazing environmental charity, or help provide funds through their Greenpeace Giving initiative, check out our dedicated page for more information.

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Greenpeace ask Waitrose to Drop Shell

Greenpeace is looking for your support to ask Waitrose to drop their planned partnership with Shell, seen by many as one of the world’s most destructive companies. Waitrose are planning to add Shell petrol stations to their stores across the country, but as we know, Shell are intent on the destruction of the Arctic with their drilling.

Waitrose have built up a very ecological and environmental profile over the years, helping to protect vulnerable fish stock for example. You even receive a token with each shop where you can choose a charity to support as you leave by dropping it in a slot. So why have them teamed up with Shell then?! After making such an effort previously to save the world’s fish stocks, surely they should be choosing the environment over Shell?

Shell recently broke American law when their Arctic Challenger vessel was found to be making four illegal fluid discharges. There plans for Arctic drilling is sure to cause massive problems for the eco system in one of the few untouched natural areas left on the planet. ‘Safe drilling’ is a fantasy in an area of like this, and there is no technology that can clean up the oil spills that are inevitable if Shell continue with their plans.

Greenpeace is asking you to add your voice to there’s to make Waitrose see sense and abandon their partnership with Shell. Simply click on the link below to send a message to Waitrose’s managing director and help save the Arctic before it’s too late.

Together, we can start to make a real difference to the world around us if we all pull together.

> > Click here to sign petition

If you would like to learn more about the groundbreaking work that Greenpeace do around the world, or would like to provide funds to help their cause, check out our dedicated charity page for more information.

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Join the Greenpeace Rebellion

Everybody loves the Star Wars based Volkswagen adverts, right? Or maybe it’s just me, having been an avid collector of the figures back in the day, these ads were the perfect homage to my early years trying to ‘use the force’. It never really paid off for me, as even though the pen is my current weapon of choice, I reckon I would have been a dab hand with a lightsaber!

Well, Greenpeace has taken a lead from the Volkswagen idea and produced their own Star Wars related advert in an attempt to put a stop to VW’s opposition to key environmental laws. Volkswagen are currently spending millions of Euros every year to fund lobby groups to try and stop Europe increasing its commitment to reducing greenhouse gasses.

With being the biggest car company in Europe, comes great responsibility, and VW must make a change and support the planned reductions in greenhouse gasses from 20% to 30% by 2020.

If you would like to join the Greenpeace ‘rebel alliance’, simply click on the link below to add your voice in the call to turn Volkswagen away from the dark side. I just did and it literally takes 30 seconds.

It’s never too late to help lead the universe to a brighter future. If Darth Vader can change, so can VW…

> > Click here to join the Greenpeace rebellion

Help Greenpeace with a Charity Gift

Greenpeace Giving virtual gifts are a great way to show someone you care for them and the environment. Each gift idea is unique and purveys a positive message and provides much needed funds to aid Greenpeace’s worldwide campaigning.

The recipient will receive –

  • a cool animated e-card that can be scheduled for a specific date
  • an exciting new way to support Greenpeace

> > Click here to order with Greenpeace Giving


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What Links Tigers, the General Election and Your Future?

If you currently live in a marginal constituency, you have a unique opportunity to be a major influence at the next general election. WWF UK would like to use your influence to help preserve some of the world’s most incredible animals and create a better future for everyone in the country.

You may be wondering what links tigers, the general election and your future, and the answer is climate change. Rising temperatures are putting up to 30% of the world’s species at risk. Tackling climate change not only offers the opportunity to safeguard the wildlife at risk from a warming world, but also to help create a green economy right here in the UK. This could also open up the door for thousands of new green jobs during a time of high unemployment.

This years general election is the perfect opportunity to let your local politicians know that there is public support for action on a greener Britain. WWF UK has teamed up with CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, Greenpeace, Oxfam UK, RSPB and many other charities to encourage all of their supporters to ‘Ask the Climate Question’. This can be done by

  1. Every time a member of a political party asks whatís important to you, list climate change in your top three issues.
  2. Attend a candidates political meeting with family and friends to quiz them on climate change.
  3. Get involved locally help with this campaign by writing letters to candidates

Marginal constituencies will be closely fought in the country, with political parties taking far greater interest in the views of voters in your area. With the ear of the politicians, now is a great time for you, your family, friends and neighbours to tell them that you are concerned about the future of not just humans, but also the countries wildlife and their habitats due to climate change.

> > Click here to visit the WWF campaign site

Help WWF UK with a Charity Gift

The WWF is a non profit organisation who can only sustain their tireless work in saving the planet and its inhabitants through donations. You can help raise funds through the WWF Adopt an Animal scheme.

From as little as £3 a month you receive a certificate, a print of your animal, a greetings card, and a soft toy that would make a fantastic charity gift for a loved one.

> > Click here to Adopt an Animal with WWF UK

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WWF UK Lead Challenge on New Heathrow Runway

WWF UK is leading a coalition of environmental groups, alongside councils and residents, to battle against the government’s decision to expand Heathrow airport with a new runway. The coalition claims that the third runway will breach UK legal limits on noise and air pollution that in turn will seriously undermine government climate change targets.

WWF UK director of campaigns, David Norman, said –

The decision to allow a third runway at Heathrow blows the chances of setting the UK onto a low carbon pathway completely out of the water. If the targets set in the Climate Change Act are to be meaningful, the government must stop adopting policies that undermine them.

The coalition also claim that the consultation process for the new runway was flawed and that the costs of the project had not been properly assessed and will not benefit the economy. If the legal challenge is successful, the government may also be forced to review its entire aviation policy, with plans already afoot to expand nearly 30 airports across the UK.

The coalition is backed by Transport for London and London mayor Boris Johnson, alongside wildlife charities such as Greenpeace, WWF UK and the RSPB, all claiming that the expansion will increase carbon emissions incompatible with the need for climate change. If the third runway goes ahead the village of Sipson would have to be demolished, with the number of flights increasing by 220,000 a year.

How that can be seen as helping towards the decrease in global warming is anyone’s guess…

Help WWF with a Charity Gift

The WWF is a non profit organisiation who can only sustain their tireless work in saving the planet and its inhabitants through donations.

From as little as £3 a month you can help raise funds through the WWF Adopt an Animal scheme. The recipient gets –

  • a soft toy of their selected animal
  • a certificate
  • a print of your animal
  • a greetings card
  • plus much more …

> > Click here to Adopt an Animal with WWF

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WWF Calls for Part Rejection of EU Climate and Energy Package

The WWF UK is calling on the European Parliament to reject parts of the deal agreed by European Head’s of Government for the EU Climate and Energy Package. The agreement has been jointly condemned as a failure by the Climate Action Network Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, Oxfam and WWF.

The WWF on the European Parliament to reject the ‘Effort Sharing Law’, which sets national emission targets for sectors not included in the EU’s emissions trading scheme such as transport, buildings and agriculture. This is seen as inconsistent with the EU’s long term target of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

Head of Campaigns at WWF UK, Colin Butfield, said –

‘EU politicians may be hoping to trumpet today’s deal on climate change as a great success, but in reality this is a significant failure. Europe has essentially decided to off-set almost two thirds of its own greenhouse gas emissions, to have consumers pay for emissions permits that polluting companies will have received for free and to avoid supporting poorer countries in the fight to tackle climate change. By refusing to place a pollution limit on fossil fuel power stations as part of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Directive, EU Heads of Government have also failed to ensure that heavily polluting power stations will no longer be part of our future and are leaving the door open for new unabated coal throughout Europe.’

The way we live in the UK is leading to environmental threats such as climate change, species extinction, deforestation, water shortages and the collapse of fisheries. WWF’s One Planet Future Campaign is working to help people live a good quality of life within the earth’s capacity.

Help WWF UK this Christmas with a Charity Gift

The WWF is a non profit organisation who can only sustain their tireless work in saving the planet and its inhabitants through donations. You can help raise funds through the WWF Adopt an Animal scheme. From as little as £3 a month you receive a certificate, a print of your animal, a greetings card, and a soft toy and would make a fantastic charity gift for a loved one this Christmas.

> > click here to adopt an Animal with WWF UK

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WWF and Greenpeace Unite Against Heathrow Expansion

The Government is now facing a critical test of its environmental stance due to the continued expansion of UK airports. Last month the Government signed up to the most ambitious long-term climate change targets in the world after pledging an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The WWF UK is asking the Government to consider the alternatives to the expansion of Heathrow, alongside a coalition of environmental groups including Greenpeace UK,  the National Trust, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), Campaign for Better Transport, Friends of the Earth.

Chief Executive of WWF-UK, David Nussbaum, said – 

‘The UK’s most progressive businesses are already saving time, money and carbon through technological alternatives such as videoconferencing, proving that we don’t need the huge carbon liability created by a third runway in order to stay connected. If companies can improve their productivity while flying less, then the economic case for the third runway at Heathrow begins to evaporate’

Whilst Executive Director of Greenpeace, John Sauven, said –

‘The Heathrow decision is a test of Gordon Brown’s credibility on climate change. We simply can’t meet our emissions targets if aviation continues to grow at the rate predicted. MPs should back a high-speed rail link that would cut pollution while providing investment and jobs across Britain’

The expansion of Heathrow would be highly detrimental to the quality of life for the people who use the green spaces across West London, with the further expansion of Heathrow not just destroying surrounding villages, but also the tranquillity of wide tracts of our countryside.

With aviation becoming one of Britain’s fastest growing sources of carbon dioxide, cutting growth in air travel would help battle climate change and help Britain develop a new green economy by reducing our dependence on insecure fossil fuels.

Help WWF UK this Christmas with a Charity Gift

The WWF is a non profit organisiation who can only sustain their tireless work in saving the planet and its inhabitants through donations. You can help raise funds through the WWF Adopt an Animal scheme. From as little as £3 a month you receive a certificate, a print of your animal, a greetings card, and a soft toy and would make a fantastic charity gift for a loved one this Christmas.

> > click here to Adopt an Animal with WWF UK

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WWF and Greenpeace Call for Government Stance

The latest WWF and Greenpeace report calls on the Government to take a serious stance about renewables and energy efficiency, not build major new power stations.

If the Government were to achieve its commitment to the EU’s renewable energy targets, then new power stations would not be needed to meet electricity requirements. The report also points out that a stronger stance for energy efficiency and renewable energy can help reduce emissions and assist the countries energy security. Government ministers are claiming new power stations are essential to help plug the ‘energy gap’ alongside E.ON, who are currently engaging in a high profile campaign to assert the need for new coal plants.

WWF and Greenpeace findings prove that if the British Government decides to deliver on their promises in line with the National Energy Action Plan, there would be no
gap to plug. If followed correctly, the Plan would reduce the UK’s CO2 emissions by up to 37% by 2020, rendering the new power stations redundant. As campaigners from across the UK and Europe prepare to gather at this year’s Climate Camp, E.ON has already sought to counter by claiming new coal plants are vital for national energy stability.

Head of Climate Change at WWF, Keith Allott, said –

‘This report should be good news for the Government. If it gets real on its targets on renewables and energy efficiency then we can keep the lights on, reduce our reliance on expensive fossil fuel imports and dramatically cut our carbon emissions. But a green light to Kingsnorth would at a stroke undermine the Government’s other policies on climate change and Gordon Brown’s promise of a clean energy revolution.’

Whilst Robin Oakley, head of the climate and energy team at Greenpeace, said –

‘Coal is the single most climate-wrecking form of electricity generation. The only reason anyone is even considering building Britain’s first coal fired power station in decades is the claim that we need it to keep the lights on. E.ON’s spin machine and the Labour government have teamed up to hoodwink the public into believing it, but this report busts their argument wide open.’

With both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown making commitments to a national target of only 15% renewable energy, it is widely accepted that at least 35% of Britain’s electricity will need to come from renewables by 2020. It is time for the Government to face facts and start the big push for renewable energy today.

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