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Putting Obama’s Arctic drilling announcement in perspective by Chuck Baclagon

Originally posted by Greenpeace US.

The news today out of Washington has been somewhat promising, but these are small steps in a very long march towards a clean energy economy — an economy with none of the potential for massive ecological destruction such as we’ve seen in the Gulf.

Minerals Management Service (MMS) Director Elizabeth Birnbaum submitted her resignation letter this morning. Also today the Obama Administration renewed a moratorium in the pristine Beaufort and Chukchi seas in Alaska for the next 6 months, canceled the pending lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Virginia, and suspended action on 33 wells in the Gulf of Mexico. Greenpeace welcomes any and all investigations of the root causes of the BP Deepwater Disaster. Furthermore, Greenpeace welcomes the President’s call to develop clean, renewable sources of energy. These are all positive steps.

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Mr Hayward – this is not a ‘tiny’ matter… by Jenny Tuazon
May 19, 2010, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Oceans | Tags: , , , ,

Paul Horsman is a Greenpeace campaigner, currently in Louisiana to assess the destruction from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Read his previous Deepwater Horizon blog here.

In a clear attempt to downplay the impacts of BP’s latest oil spill, chief executive, Tony Hayward, recently said “The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume.” His comment shows a cynical disregard for the reality of what is happening here to the environment, wildlife and communities who live and work here on the southern coast of the US.

I’m not sure whether Hayward and the folk at BP are just being arrogant or ignorant – or maybe both.   On Monday I stood in gloopey thick oil accumulating on the beaches at the end of the Mississippi River – at the low water mark and below, the oil was 20-25 centimetres (9-10 inches) thick. Maybe Mr Hayward would care to join me and watch as BP’s oil oozes from the high tidemark to form thick brown streaks down the short beach; or perhaps he could come to the breakwater rocks and see the splattered mess. Continue reading



Face to face venues for May 2010 by Chuck Baclagon
May 11, 2010, 10:21 am
Filed under: Direct Dialogue, Venues | Tags: , , ,

May 1 to 31- Walkway 1 Makati
May 1 to 16- Citywalk 2 Eastwood
May 4 to 10- ABS CBN (Dolphy Plaza)
May 21 to 23- The Supersale Bazaar at The Grove by Rockwell (
along C5 near Ortigas Avenue (across Tiendesitas) from 11am-10pm)
May 9 to 22- Robinsons Place Manila



New Zealand’s biggest protest march in living memory by Chuck Baclagon
May 1, 2010, 7:33 am
Filed under: Greenpeace, Volunteers | Tags: , , , ,

Biggest protest march in living memory - March Against Mining

We expected 20,000. We HOPED for 30,000. We got nearly double that. In the biggest protest march in living memory in New Zealand, 50,000 turned out in Auckland to march against Government plans to mine coal and other minerals in national reserves.

When the New Zealand Government announced its intention to open coal mines in the country’s prime conservation land, including some of its matchless National Parks, Greenpeace New Zealand set about mobilizing supporters, celebrities, and opposing politicians to say “no.”

Lucy Lawless, best known for her role as Xena the Warrior Princess, teamed up with Robyn Malcolm, a popular television and theatre actress, to call the decision “19th century thinking in a carbon-constrained world” and created a video of tourist reactions to the proposal in one of New Zealand’s parks.

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