Friday, May 23, 2008

Greenpeace May newsletter

We did it! Within 72 hours of our exposé of corruption in the whaling industry and embezzlement of whale meat, 40,000 Greenpeace supporters wrote to Japanese officials demanding an investigation.

Despite denials from the company that runs the whaling ship that the stolen whale meat was just "souvenirs" the Tokyo public prosecutor's office agreed there were grounds for an investigation. It's working!

By law, the sale of whale meat outside the official "scientific whaling" programmme is not supposed to happen -- all proceeds are supposed to offset the taxpayer-subsidized whaling. This means the entire whaling programme is illegal and needs to have its permits revoked and subsidies cancelled -- let's get 80,000 messages in the NEXT 72 hours demanding that!

Please write to the Japanese Government here


Toxic tech: Video game consoles

Nintendo's Wii. Sony's PlayStation 3 Elite. Microsoft's Xbox 360. They promise a whole new generation of high-definition gaming, but when it comes to the crunch, it's the same old story. As our search for greener electronics continues, it was time for the game consoles to go to our labs for scientific analysis -- and all of them tested positive for various hazardous chemicals.

Got a games console, or know somebody who has? Then take action:
Send Sony a message
Send Microsoft a message
Send Nintendo a message


G8: Rock in Rio, Energy [R]evolutionaries everywhere

At the massive Rock in Rio festival coming up in Lisbon, May 30-June 6, we'll be launching a petition to the world leaders who will attend the G8 summit in Japan. We're asking fans of Joss Stone, Alanis Morissete, Bon Jovi, Lenny Kravitz, Apolcolyptica, Rod Stewart, and the dozens of other bands that will be there to declare themselves Energy [R]evolutionaries, and to demand that the G8 leaders do the same.

Sign the G8 petition


Invite your friends to join in, because it works

Why forward this email to friends, inviting them to join in? It's simple: In the past three weeks we've had as many campaign successes, and every time it was massive public pressure that made the critical difference.

This month we moved Unilever, the massive corporation behind products like Dove soap, in just two weeks. The Paradise Forests of South East Asia can be saved. European Commissioners don't seem so unreachable anymore, now that they answered public pressure (and scientific opinion!) to vote against GMOs. And this week, the campaign to end whaling took a great chunk out of Japan's "scientific" whaling facade.

These are our successes, we did them together. With more people we know we can do much more.

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