Pro-Greenpeace music videos


This music video is Greenpeace, by Dutch band Teach-In.

This year the Eurovision Song Contest was a pretext for a British Conservative politician for anti-Irish racism.

In 1975, Teach-In won the Eurovision Song Contest. Since then, there have not been any Dutch winners of the contest.

In 1979, they made this song about Greenpeace. The song mentions the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior; in 1985 blown up in a murderous attack by the French secret police because of opposition to French nuclear bomb testing in the Pacific.

This music video by English punk rock band Sham 69 is their song Rainbow Warrior; on the Greenpeace ship.

Neonicotinoids threaten animals


This video says about itself:

Pesticides found in honey around the world

5 October 2017

Neonicotinoids often occur at levels that can harm bees.

See also here. And here.

From Greenpeace:

Neonicotinoids: A serious threat for flower-hopping life-bringers and many more animals

Blogpost by Anne Valette – 12 January, 2017 at 9:00

At this point most people know about neonicotinoids and the serious risk they pose to honey bees. Bees are a link in a chain of biodiversity and pollination of incredible value to our food production. Up to 75% of our crops directly or indirectly depend on pollination. We need to start protecting our pollinators against the threat pesticides like neonicotinoids pose. In 2013 scientific findings in Europe lead to a partial ban of four of the worst bee-harming pesticides (clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and fipronil) – at least when they are used on crops which are attractive to honey bees.

Hundreds of new studies show threat more serious than thought

Since 2013 research on the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides has continued. Greenpeace France asked one of the leading institutes in this field, the Sussex University, to review all new science. Two independent scientists analysed hundreds of studies and pulled together a new report. The report paints an even more worrying picture. It reveals that neonicotinoids are not only a serious threat to honey bees, but also for a broad range of other animals, including bumble bees, butterflies, birds and even water insects.

Industrial agriculture: a threat to wildlife and environment

Some wild bumble bees are already in decline and becoming extinct. Neonicotinoids can be found in the plants of neighboring agricultural fields and in a wide range of different waterways, including ditches, puddles, ponds, mountain streams, rivers, temporary wetlands, snowmelt, groundwater and in the outflow from water processing plants. The data available for other species paint a similarly worrisome picture. Many farmland butterflies, beetles and insect-eating birds, such as house sparrows and partridges, come in contact with pesticides either directly or through the food chain. Water insects can get exposed to neonicotinoids through its leaching from agricultural soils, from sowing and spraying machines and from water systems in greenhouses. These toxic substances are in our environment, not just in agricultural fields.

Let’s break the cycle of pesticide dependency

The decline of our pollinators is a symptom of a failing industrial agriculture system which drives biodiversity loss, destroys foraging habitats and relies on toxic chemicals. Pollinators are routinely exposed to insecticides, herbicides and fungicide. If we’re going to take the protection of our pollinators seriously, we must fully ban bee-harming pesticides, starting with the three neonicotinoids.

To break our dependency on synthetic chemical pesticides we also have to move towards ecological alternatives.

Ecological farming protects our pollinators

Ecological farming maintains biodiversity without any chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilisers. It also increases the overall resilience of our ecosystems. Many European farmers are willing to change their agricultural practices, but are dependent on pesticides and fertilisers and stuck in this system.

Politicians must help farmers switch to ecological methods. They must eliminate the most environmentally harmful subsidies and shift public spending to research and solid rural development projects which include ecological farming. We have a long way to go, but it’s the only way to protect our birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

Anne Valette is the Project lead of European ecological farming project at Greenpeace France

Concern over the use of neonicotinoid pesticides is growing as studies find them in rivers and streams, and link them with declining bee populations and health effects in other animals. Now researchers report that in some areas, drinking water also contains the substances — but they also have found that one treatment method can remove most of the pesticides: here.

Much of the world’s honey now contains bee-harming pesticides. Global survey finds neonicotinoids in three-fourths of samples. By Laurel Hamers, 2:06pm, October 5, 2017.

MINNEAPOLIS — Pesticides that kill insects can also have short-term effects on seed-eating birds. Ingesting even small amounts of imidacloprid, a common neonicotinoid pesticide, can disorient migratory white-crowned sparrows, researchers report: here.

TTIP, against food safety and environment


This video says about itself:

2 May 2016

Greenpeace has leaked 248 pages of the TTIP agreement that show that the deal between Europe and the United States would lower food safety and environment standards.

See also here. And here.

French state terrorism against Greenpeace ship, documentary film


This video says about itself:

The Rainbow Warrior – Trailer

13 April 2016

The Rainbow Warrior: It would go down as one of the first acts of state-sponsored terrorism

Available on iTunes: here.

The plot summary is:

The Rainbow Warrior had set out to protest against French nuclear testing. But in the late hours of July 10th 1985, as the laughter and birthday celebrations of the crew filled the air, two French divers were planting two bombs on the bottom of the Rainbow Warrior. When the bombs exploded the ship was sunk, one man was killed, and a ten year battle between New Zealand and France began.

“If all they were trying to was to stop us then they could have done it in far less spectacular ways”, says head of Greenpeace, Steve Sawyer. In fact, the options of poisoning the diesel or using a single bomb were preferred by all agents involved.

But Charles Henu, an alcoholic and a womanizer and also the French Minister of Defence, was determined to strengthen French military independence. He dispatched three action teams for ‘Operation Satanic‘, many of whom speak here for the first time. “Of course I regret that somebody died”, says Dr. Xavier Maniquet, “but we were just following orders”.

His crew were part of action team 2 and had a near miss with the New Zealand government. Agents Marfur and Prieur from action team one were not so lucky. After making a series of phone calls to a known DGSE number in France, they were intercepted and imprisoned.

Yet what about the action team responsible for planting the bomb in the first place? Head of Operation Satanic, Louis Dillais, now sells arms to US Special Forces in the war against Terror. Banned from speaking by the French government, he can only hint: “No one wanted it to go this far”. The French government’s report on the mission was a whitewash – no second bombs, and some of the men in this documentary wiped from the pages of history. Yet the evidence of the New Zealand Police made a mockery of the cover-up. Speaking about the mission for the first time the former Prime Minister speaks revealingly of how the details of the mission were kept from him. This eye-opening investigation lays the secret workings of a government bare.

Hillary Clinton furious about Greenpeace questioning her Big Oil money


This Greenpeace video from the USA says about itself:

Hillary Clinton Loses Patience with Greenpeace Activist Over Fossil Fuel Donations

31 March 2016

At a Hillary Clinton rally at SUNY Purchase campus today, the presidential candidate lost her patience with a Greenpeace activist who thanked her for her commitment to climate change, then asked her whether she’ll reject fossil fuel money moving forward. Pointing her finger at activist Eva Resnick-Day, Clinton claimed she only takes money from people who work for fossil fuel companies and called the accusations lies.

By Eva Resnick-Day:

I’m the Greenpeace Activist Who Asked Hillary Clinton to Pledge to Reject Fossil Fuel Contributions at the Purchase NY Campaign Rally

by Eva Resnick-Day

March 31, 2016

Well, this has been an interesting day to say the least.

Since the media, Twitter, and Facebook world have spread this of Secretary Clinton and me, I thought that it would be important to share my experience and why I was there today.

I care deeply about tackling climate change and I’m deeply concerned about the state of our democracy. I work for Greenpeace USA as a Democracy Organizer. I do not work for and am in no way affiliated with the Sanders campaign, as Clinton seemed to suggest in her response.

Greenpeace USA, along with 20 other organizations, launched the pledge to #FixDemocracy, asking all presidential candidates to reject future fossil fuel contributions, champion campaign finance reform, and defend the right to vote for all.

When we launched the campaign, Sanders signed the pledge immediately. Hillary’s campaign responded, but did not sign. Unsurprisingly, the Republican presidential candidates who won’t even admit that climate change is real — while real communities on the frontlines are already impacted — did not respond to our request.

While we appreciated Hillary’s response, the first step a candidate can take to stop fossil fuels is to stop taking fossil fuel money. That money matters when we hear great things about climate in Clinton’s speeches, but want to be sure she’ll truly listen to the people when she is in office. For instance, she supports a Department of Justice investigation of ExxonMobil and yet she takes money from an Exxon lobbyist.

That level of coziness makes voters like me who care about climate change uncomfortable.

To prove to people that she’s really serious about keeping fossil fuels in the ground, she needs to stop taking that money today.

Today, I said to Hillary, “Thank you for tackling climate change. Will you act on your words and reject future fossil fuel money in your campaign?” I was genuinely shocked by her response. But I want to make sure we are focused on the issue at hand: asking our candidates to take a stand to fix our democracy. Rejecting fossil fuel money sends a strong signal.

Greenpeace, 350 Action, and dozens of concerned activists have been attending events, rallies, debates, and fundraisers for many months asking Hillary Clinton to reject fossil fuel money in her campaign. This is by no means the first time that we asked her the question. In fact, last night, more than  40 activists gathered outside of a Clinton Fundraiser at the Dakota, asking Senator Clinton to come out and talk to the people she is fighting for.

She did not cross the street to talk to us.

To be clear, we are talking about more than just individual contributions from oil and gas employees. According to data compiled by Greenpeace’s research department, Secretary Clinton’s campaign and the Super PAC supporting her have received more than $4.5 million from the fossil fuel industry during the 2016 election cycle. Eleven registered oil and gas industry lobbyists have bundled over 1 million dollars to her campaign.

If she takes the pledge, she’ll be sending a strong signal to our country and fossil fuel companies that it’s time to keep it in the ground, not just for the future of our planet, but for people that are living on it.

On April 18 in Washington DC, thousands of activists from groups like Public Citizen, the NAACP and Communications Workers of America will take action as part of a Democracy Awakening, calling on our leaders to get the big money out of politics, restore voting rights, and start building a strong and healthy democracy.

I’ll be there and I hope you’ll be standing beside me so that candidates like Hillary Clinton can’t ignore us any longer.

I hope that this video starts an important dialogue on the national scale about fixing our democracy and taking a stand against corporate interests like the fossil fuel industry, so we can run a democracy that is beholden to the people, not campaign contributions.

This video from the USA says about itself:

ExxonMobil Investigation Reminiscent of Tobacco Wars of 1990s

31 March 2016

Coalition of investigating attorneys general can protect the public’s health and welfare in almost any way legally possible, says Dan Zegart, Senior Fellow at the Climate Investigations Center.

Save the Arctic, new Greenpeace video


This 10 November 2014 Greenpeace video is called Why is it important to save the Arctic?

May 2019: Russian government pays Grenpeace compensation for arresting activists: here.

Dutch police arrests Greenpeace anti-Arctic oil activists


This is a video about the Greenpeace anti-Arctic oil action in the harbour of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, today.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, about the Netherlands:

31 Greenpeace activists detained in the Netherlands

Thursday 1st May 2014

Dutch police detained 31 Greenpeace activists today as they attempted to prevent a Russian tanker carrying oil from a new Arctic platform from mooring in Rotterdam.

Greenpeace used two ships, Rainbow Warrior III and Esperanza, as well as rubber rafts, paragliders and on-shore activists to meet Gazprom’s Mikhail Ulyanov tanker.

Activists painted “No Arctic oil” in white letters on the hull of the ship and hung a banner sporting the slogan on one of their own ships.

But the Mikhail Ulyanov was able to dock safely after several hours.

Rotterdam police said Rainbow Warrior captain Peter Willcox had disobeyed police orders to move his ship.

Officers towed the vessel to a different part of the port and the ship was returned to Greenpeace after the action ended.

A further 30 activists were also detained, some for trespass and some for attempting to stop the tanker docking by blocking its mooring with rubber rafts.

No-one was injured, though one activist fell in the water and was treated for hypothermia.

Captain Willcox was one of a group of activists charged with piracy after a protest near Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya offshore Arctic platform last year.

They spent months in a Russian prison before being released earlier this year.

“Thirty of us went to prison for shining a light on this dangerous Arctic oil and we refuse to be intimidated,” said Dutch activist Faiza Oulahsen.

“This tanker is the first sign of a reckless new push to exploit the Arctic.”

UPDATE: Dutch police reports that they had arrested 44 Greenpeace activists. One of these is still in jail. The others were released after paying fines.

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Pussy Riot, Greenpeace activists get amnesty


This video from Russia says about itself:

Pussy Riot, Greenpeace activists granted amnesty

18 Dec 2013

Russia’s lower house of parliament has given a third reading to the amnesty bill, which means jailed members of Pussy Riot punk band may be freed before the New Year and charges against arrested Greenpeace activists are also to be dropped. READ MORE here.

Congratulations, Pussy Riot and Greenpeace activists! Welcome back out of imprisonment!

More on the Greenpeace Arctic 30: here. And here. And here.

Now, for freedom for other unjustly jailed people in Russia.

And in other countries.

For amnesty for Chelsea Manning. And for Edward Snowden.

Chagos Islands, illegal fishing and war


This video from Britain is called My Island Home – Chagos Islands.

From Wildlife Extra:

Illegal fishing inside Chagos Marine Reserve

Greenpeace finds illegal fishing vessels & urges UK to enforce Chagos marine reserve

October 2012. Greenpeace found two illegal Sri Lankan fishing boats inside the Chagos Marine Reserve and has called on the UK government to enforce protection of this Indian Ocean reserve from pirate fishing.

Rainbow Warrior

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior is currently transiting from Mauritius to the Maldives as part of its Indian Ocean expedition and found in total three fishing boats deep within the Chagos Marine Protected Area, established by the UK government in 2010.

Dozens of sharks & tuna

Onboard one vessel, identified as IMUL-A-0352KLT, Greenpeace found dozens of sharks, including thresher sharks, a protected species in this region. This boat is not on the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) list of registered vessels and is illegal. A second boat, identified as IMUL-A-12939MTR, was not on the IOTC list either and is illegal. Greenpeace also boarded that vessel, mainly finding skipjack tuna.

Gillnets and longlines

These fishing boats use indiscriminate gillnets and longlines to catch sharks, tuna and other marine life.

“We are demanding the UK government inspect these vessels and actively protect the marine reserve from illegal fishing. Without enforcement this protected area is not worth the paper it is written on,” said Greenpeace UK oceans campaigner Simon Clydesdale on board the Rainbow Warrior.

Greenpeace has given the details of the vessels to the regional authorities as well as the Foreign Office in London, urging Britain to send its patrol vessel the Pacific Marlin out from the nearby US military base Diego Garcia, where it was believed to be at anchor, to inspect the three vessels.

I mainly agree with this article. Yet, only this sentence of it deals with a problem even worse for the Chagos islands than illegal fishing: the Diego Garcia military base. To build that base, the inhabitants of the Chagos islands were forcibly driven away from their homeland; and they are still not allowed to return. Like military bases in general, that base is bad for the environment. Diego Garcia base has been used for torture. It has been used for war in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. And now, it may be used for yet another bloody war against Iran (fortunately, the London and Washington governments do not seem to be on the same page yet about this; and I hope that they never will).

Greenpeace encountered a third vessel, identified as IMUL-A-0341KLT. This boat was authorised to fish in the region but not inside the Chagos protected area.

Illegal fishing is a massive problem in the Indian Ocean. It is stealing from coastal communities and plunders marine life such as sharks.

As I noted, in the Chagos islands, the “coastal communities”, the Chagos islanders, were forcibly driven away to build the military base.

Boats that repeatedly fail to comply with the rules must be stopped. Our oceans need fewer fishing vessels that are properly controlled if we are to reverse the current overfishing crisis,” said Greenpeace International oceans campaigner Sari Tolvanen.

Greenpeace is calling on key market players and tuna brands to ensure they have a traceable supply chain and only source tuna that is legal and comes from sustainable sources.

The Rainbow Warrior is continuing its mission in the Indian Ocean to highlight the problems associated with excessive tuna fishing, unsustainable fishing practices, and the need for countries to cooperate and ensure that communities will benefit from the wealth coming from the oceans in the future.

Corporate fish poaching in Senegal


This video is called Senegalese sharks threatened by overfishing.

From Greenpeace International (Amsterdam, the Netherlands):

Senegal: Greenpeace Releases Groundbreaking Report On Senegal Sardinella Plunder

10 October 2012

Press release

Dakar — Today marks the launch of a groundbreaking Greenpeace report detailing the plunger of Senegal’s small pelagic resources by foreign trawler fleets.

The 20 page report, covering a 25 month period between March 2010 and April this year, is titled ‘The plunder of a nation’s birthright: A drama in five acts’ and lays bare the extent to which foreign fleets have sidestepped international and local laws to get permits legalizing their pillage of traditional fishing grounds.

“Because of greed and bad governance, future Senegalese generations might well never know the fish species which their ancestors took as their birthright, losing both a much-needed source of animal protein and job opportunities that their parents and grandparents enjoyed for centuries’, said Ahmed Diamé, Greenpeace Africa’s Oceans Campaigner.

Small pelagic fishing is the main part of the local fishing industry, accounting for 70% of all landings, but the entire sector is in imminent danger of irretrievable collapse – due to the foreign factory ships which lie off shore, ensuring that the pelagic catch is not even landed in Senegal any more, but exported directly abroad.

Scientists at CECAF-FAO have been fighting a losing battle to warn West African states and their governments of the danger of overfishing of certain pelagic species, particularly Sardinella, but Greenpeace has found that officials in the industry have been issuing permits legalizing the fishing of these species. To make matters worse, the Senegalese government department in charge of public finance has hardly seen a franc from the license fees.

Greenpeace has also established that foreign owners are paying officials within the department of public finance US$35 per tonne which is less than anywhere else in West Africa and in direct contravention of an agreement signed in 2011, when a Russian delegation committed to paying $100 per tonne. A manager of the Murmansk trawler fleet recently told Russian media that the company was now paying $120 per tonne.

Effectively, the people and state of Senegal have been robbed of $15 million in the last year, based on official figures of 52 000 ton catches in 2011 and 125 000 tons caught during this year’s early season.

“Today, Greenpeace demands that the Government of Senegal immediately establish a commission of enquiry into this theft of public resources, to enable prosecutors to build criminal cases against all the players; individuals and companies, involved and not just stop this practice, but also recoup the monies stolen from the people”, continued Diame.

“The only sustainable answer, not just for Senegal, but the entire West African community, is for governments to implement the minim basic requirements, underpinned by transparency and good governance, not just to protect the fisheries, but also to sustain it for the benefit of the very people it is supposed to feed, employ and support”, concluded Diame.

Local Senegal fishing is coming up empty as fish supply plummets: here.

Labour abuses, including modern slavery, are ‘hidden subsidies’ that allow distant-water fishing fleets to remain profitable and promote overfishing, new research from the University of Western Australia and the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia has found: here.

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