Greenpeace Southeast Asia


Tuvalu e! Not even the dead are safe. by Chuck Baclagon
February 26, 2010, 10:20 am
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Shirley Atatagi, one our political advisors, is currently in Tuvalu for the King Tides Festival sends us another update from the Pacific. Read her previous blog post here

Today marks the first day of the Tuvalu King Tides festival. The festival slogan is a call to arms: “Tuvalu e! The tide is rising” King tides are a lunar phenomena that occurs once a year and leads to the highest tides in this part of the world. By ‘highest’ I mean higher-than-normal and that never used to be a big deal, except that ‘normal’ is evolving.

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Washington, we have a problem. by Chuck Baclagon

Xiaowei, a Chinese rock-star, Tshepo, an African activist and Shane, an American-Indian student are part of the small Greenpeace team of Thai and Filipino staff and volunteers, that walked the entire distance of 12 kms with the Chang(e) caravan today.

Watching them through the view finder of my camera, I was reminded of Margaret Mead’s words, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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Beautiful Moment by Chuck Baclagon

Elephants and their mahouts take Thai Buddhist monks to the venue for the send of blessing for the Greenpeace Chang(e) Caravan.

September 12, 2009

Yes, after the  successful launch yesterday- with full work integration across all departments and 3 countries, today we started our journey early in the morning with a Buddhism traditional blessing ceremony. We all, Greenpeace team, together with other guests and community people gathered in front of the research center (launching place) to offer food to the monks while they were sitting on the 5 elephants – who are now walking with the caravan. This will surely bring us good luck throughout the journey. Beautiful moment- indeed.

Then we started walking.  Besides the Thai team, we also have the campaign team from the Philippines and Indonesia walk together – led by Shai and Tara. Our super Shai and his son Shane were ones of the few persons who could walk non-stop throughout the whole 10 km route today, despite a sunny day – wow.  Along the way, we stopped at the energy efficiency resort- they happily welcomed us and presented their energy efficiency design buildings which are powered by wind turbine and solar cells, which exemplify a good practice for climate change mitigation. They also gave us some donations for the Chang(e) Caravan.  Walked a few more kilometres, then we reached the place where we would stay overnight.

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Hi ho hi ho, to the Pacific we go! by fierymary

From the Greenpeace Australia Pacific blog

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After being instrumental in bearing witness, along with Climate activists, at the Hay Point Coal Terminal , as well as giving support for the call of the Pacific Island nations for Australia and New Zealand to cut their emissions by 45% at the recently concluded Pacific Island Forum (which turned out to be a major disappointment for the Island States) , the Esperanza will be embarking on another campaign that is the very lifeline of the Pacific: The Pacific Tuna.

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Arctic expedition images by Chuck Baclagon
August 18, 2009, 9:41 am
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Glaciers are retreating. Ice caps are melting. Last month the Arctic Sunrise started sailing North than any other Greenpeace ship ever has to document ice break-ups and the dire effects climate change has on one of the most fragile environments in the world.

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Just how do you get Internet at 82 degrees North? by Chuck Baclagon

… or how we traveled back in time to dial-up connections and email without attachments.
Warning: This is an entry that might interest more the geeks among you than the general public.

The Arctic Sunrise is on top of the world right now, at 82 degrees North, and the difficulties encountered are not just weather related. Because so few people live that far North, satellite cover is almost nonexistent, and staying in touch with the ship is a complicated operation.

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Water by Chuck Baclagon
November 16, 2006, 4:52 am
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Here’s another post from Bangalore-based writer Samir. Read it and learn, and tell us later what fluid thoughts you plan to breed, and whether you know of a better escape clause than the person Samir asks at the end of his piece.
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