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Rex Weyler talks about Tar Sands and Greenpeace early history by Chuck Baclagon
September 21, 2009, 5:18 am
Filed under: Greenpeace, Greenpeace Core Values, Life at work | Tags: , ,

From Making Waves

Rex Weyler is a big picture guy. He was an ecologist back in the 70s when he hooked up with the rag-tag bunch of hippies that was Greenpeace then, and he’s an ecologist still. He’s a believer in the mind bomb — those events and messages that get you right between the eyes and wake you up to a whole new way of thinking. And right now, he’s walking around with a big-picture message about ecology that nobody wants to hear, but somebody has to say: global warming is just a symptom, a warning sign, the blinking dashboard light that indicates we’ve overshot the carrying capacity of our planet.

Rex has been over here in Amsterdam for the last few days, and I’ve been lucky enough to hear him speak twice now. He’s one of the greatest story tellers in an organization full of great story tellers, and a wealth of institutional history and perspective. I managed to capture his speech to our staff meeting on Friday on my iPhone and cut it into two videos.

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President Cory by Chuck Baclagon
President Corazon Aquino (image from fjsanchez.wordpress.com)

President Corazon Aquino (image from fjsanchez.wordpress.com)

I was planning to write this at the time when I first heard that President Corazon (or President ‘Cory’ for most of us) Aquino has passed away. But it seems that words to express my sentiments are somehow hard to come by…

…By this time countless articles, blog posts, documentaries  and other likewise tributes that are far better than this post have been published, exhibited, broadcasted and put up online.

However I think for the most part as part of an organization that upholds nonviolence as a philosophy and strategy for environmental and social change, President Cory in a way stands hand-in-hand with the likes of Gandhi and Martin Luther King as a stalwart for the application of the principle of non-violent direct action here in the Philippines especially in her pivotal role in the peaceful uprising that has become known in history as the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.
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Welcome to the World Wide Web of Greenpeace by Chuck Baclagon

Whether you're a lover or a fighter, a computer geek or an artist - we need you! Just like hundreds of people before you, your actions will make a difference.

Whether you're a lover or a fighter, a computer geek or an artist - we need you! Just like hundreds of people before you, your actions will make a difference.

For the past two days I’ve spent most of my time here in Jakarta talking about my work, and as I prepared to do the training module for New Media that we usually give to new Greenpeace staff I decided to write it down in the form of a letter which I thought would also be cool if it is published in this blog as a handy reference to people who are interested with how Greenpeace work online.

So here it goes…

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A Time Comes: What it means to take action by Chuck Baclagon

The six Greenpeace activists who shut down a coal power station last year made history when a UK jury agreed that they were acting to safeguard property from the impacts of climate change. A new documentary takes you behind the scenes of that action, and into the heart of what Greenpeace and non-violent direct action is all about.

5 of the Kingsnorth 6 who in a landmark court case in September 2008 were acquitted of causing criminal damage by painting on a smokestack at the Kingsnorth coal power station, on the grounds of lawful excuse

5 of the "Kingsnorth 6" who in a landmark court case in September 2008 were acquitted of causing criminal damage by painting on a smokestack at the Kingsnorth coal power station, on the grounds of "lawful excuse"

The Kingsnorth Six were accused of causing £30,000 of criminal damage to Kingsnorth power station.  Their defence of “lawful excuse” was accepted by the jury, which supported the right to take direct action to protect the climate from the burning of coal.

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Earth Day by Chuck Baclagon
Last November 2008, Greenpeace went to a an orphanage, outside of Manila, to talk about the environment. Kids ages 7 to 14 learned about waste segregation and energy efficiency. This is how one of the children envisioned a greener and peaceful world.

Last November 2008, Greenpeace went to a an orphanage, outside of Manila, to talk about the environment. Kids ages 7 to 14 learned about waste segregation and energy efficiency. This is how one of the children envisioned a greener and peaceful world.

It was in 1970 when U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, founded the first celebration of Earth Day as an environmental teach-in, years later countries all over the world started celebrating April 22 as a special day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It is held annually during both spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere.
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A time for reflection by Chuck Baclagon
April 10, 2009, 8:00 am
Filed under: Greenpeace, Greenpeace Core Values, Life at work | Tags: , ,

If you are a Christian, you know that the Lenten season starts after Ash Wednesday, and lasts 40 days, culminating with the celebration of Easter.

For those who live in the Northern Hemisphere, this is a time when spring is coming, and with it, the sense of renewal or rebirth of nature. For those who live in the Southern Hemisphere, it is a time when autumn arrives and with it, the quieting of the Earth and the preparation for the darkness of winter. In both cases, nature invites reflection.
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Being an activist by Chuck Baclagon

From Making Waves

There’s nothing like finding hidden gems. The amount of videos, photos, stories, blog entries and whatnot we deal with on a yearly basis is amazing. It’s easy for simple things like the portrait of a Greenpeace Activist to be buried under piles of campaigns to push, cyberactions to take etc. Yet, yesterday, while uploading high quality videos on YouTube, Tulio in the video department found this one.

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