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Greenpeace has been campaigning against environmental degradation since 1971 when a small boat of volunteers and journalists sailed into Amchitka, an area north of Alaska where the US Government was conducting underground nuclear tests. This tradition of 'bearing witness' in a non-violent manner continues today, and our ships are an important part of all our campaign work.
In 2014, JP Morgan, Cit, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland all responded to a worldwide pressure campaign of NGOs, including Banktrack, urgewald, Greenpeace and Market Forces, by announcing that they would not help finance the expansion of the Abbot Point coal terminal in Australia. While ANZ and others remain tied to the deal for now, these banks did the right thing in foregoing this destructive deal that threatens the Great Barrier Reef.
Coal India Limited's attempt at a public share issue was successfully blocked in late 2013. The Indian government, the company's majority shareholder, hoped toraise USD 3 billion through the sale of 10% of its stake in the world's largest coal miner. Banktrack was part of a coalition of groups including Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and urgewald that pressured the banks underwriting the share offer (Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs) for their involvement with a company with a notorious environmental and human rights record. Read more [external link].
Bank Austria withdraws from Mochovce Nuclear Plant
In March 2012, following pressure campaigns from
BankTrack and others, Bank Austria (part of Unicredit) announced it had
closed down an important credit line for the funding of the construction of the
Mochovce nuclear reactors 3 & 4 in Slovakia. These reactors are Soviet-type VVER 440 2nd generation reactors, which are designed without
a full containment building and cannot be upgraded. As such there is a higher
probability of severe accidents and the release of radioactivity. Stopping this credit line is one more obstacle for these plants to ever be build.
In March 2012 the Bulgarian government officially
announced the cancellation of the Belene nuclear power project. BankTrack
members had worked to stop the project as part of an international coalition
since 2006, when Western potential investors and financiers were approached for
the project. In 2010 BNP
Paribas withdrew from the project after years of campaigning by Les Amis de
la Terre and others. Other banks which came under pressure to stay out of the
project included Deutsche Bank, UniCredit, Citi and HSBC.
Moscow regional police authority urged to resign due to arbitrariness in Khimki
May 09, 2011 | Greenpeace Russia, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia, Save Khimki Forest Movement, Wildlife Conservation Centre, Russian Bird Conservation Union, International Socio-Ecological Union (SEU)
Instead of carrying out their duties of law enforcement, Khimki's police are acting in a lawless way - detaining and beating…
China's mega coal power bases exacerbate water crisis – in pictures
A new Greenpeace report warns China's plan to rapidly expand large coal mines and power plants in its arid northern and western provinces threatens to drain precious water supply and could trigger a severe water crisis. The photographer Lu Guang has documented the water-intensive coal extraction, forcing deterioration of arid grassland and forcing herders to seek alternative livelihoods
Jun 21, 2011 - An amazing Greenpeace action to stop oil drilling in fragile Arctic waters has come to a close, but the activists are still in police custody after scaling an oil rig that “looked unclimbable” and spending over 40 hours “suspended above the churning Arctic waves through freezing winds.” Source: Planetsave (http://s.tt/12tp6)
Kumi Naidoo scales Cairn's Arctic oil rig
Jun 21, 2011 - In a small boat launched from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza Kumi Naidoo, the Executive Director of Greenpeace International crossed into an exclusion zone and scaled a controversial Arctic oil rig 120km off the coast of Greenland.
The boat driver evaded a Danish navy warship and delivered Kumi to the base of the rig where he climbed 30 metres up the outside of one of the platform's giant legs, braving freezing torrents from the rigs water cannons to deliver a petition signed by 50,000 poeple asking to see Cairn's secret oil spill response plan. He also delivered a personal demand that Cairn stop drilling for oil in the Arctic.
Activists Scale Oil Rigs to Halt Arctic Drilling
Jun 21, 2011 - The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is in the Arctic to protest Cairn Energy's drilling here. At dawn (August 31st) Greenpeace activists left the Esperanza aboard inflatables, succesfully evaded the Danish Navy, and scaled the Stena Don drilling rig. Four climbers are currently occupying the rig, halting the drilling operation.
Jun 21, 2011 - Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation and a Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace, describes the impact of oil and gas developments and the recent oil spill in the traditional territory of the Lubicon Cree in northern Alberta.
Interview with Nikitenko about the campaign to stop the project
May 10, 2011 - In an interview he gave Bankwatch on the occasion of the EU-Russia civil society forum in Prague (March 28, 2011), Jaroslav Nikitenko from the Movement to defend Khimki forest describes the harassment and intimidation Muscovite activists have faced in their campaign to protect the Khimki forest: