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Urgent: Save Rio, Save the Planet‏

21 Jun
Over a million people have called on world leaders to end fossil fuel subsidies at the Rio Earth Summit — a no-brainer policy that could take one trillion tax dollars from Big Oil and reinvest it in green energy. But they’ve failed to deliver — even with the backing of the EU, the USand most G20 countries! The talks end in 48 hours. Now is our chance to save them and the planet’s future. 

Brazil’s President Dilmais hosting the summit and has the power to reopen discussions and demand a timeline for ending polluter payouts, but she is considering walking away with the weak language presented by a team of bureaucrats. We can stop her in her tracks. 

Dilma has 2 days to emerge as a global climate hero. Sign this urgent petition now and forward to everyone — at 500,000 signers, Avaazwill deliver it straight to Dilma’s hands and run an urgent, hard-hitting ad in the Financial Times: 


In the last 2 weeks, we’ve already made huge strides towards an end to fossil fuel subsidies. Together, we’ve: 

*Unfurled giant trillion dollar bills with our friends 350 on beaches in Rio and in Los Cabosthat garnered the attention of major media across the globe and delivered a 1 million strong call to end harmful polluter subsidies. 

*Delivered a petition with over 750,000 signers d irectly to UK Prime MinisterCameron and the Mexican chair of the G20 summit. 

*Massively impacted the vote in a UN poll — making fossil fuel subsidies the top priority for the Earth Summit. We won with over 66% of the vote! 

*Flooded the Mexican and New Zealand environment ministers with messages calling on them to push for an end to polluter payouts. 

* And our team on the ground in Rio and Los Cabos has tirelessly lobbied politicians — attending dozens of meetings with high level officials from key countries. 

The stage is set and Dilma has the perfect solution to turn the talks around: a clear and timely end to fossil fuel subsidies. We only have 48 hours for this final push to action — click below to sign: 


The movement to end fossil fuel subsidies is at a tipping point. Over 1 million of us signed petit ions calling for action, from Rio and Delhi to London and Sydney. As we enter the 11th hour of the Rio Earth Summit, let’s continue to push until we win! 

With hope, 

Iain, Antonia, Jamie, Emma, Ricken, Diego, Pedro and the rest of the Avaaz team 


UN environment haggle runs into problems ahead of summit (France 24):

Rio+20: anger and dismay at weakened draft agreement (The Guardian)

#EndingFossilFuelSubsidies in Pictures, Video & Tweets: Why Rio+20 Needs to Act (Huffington Post)

G20 Fossil Fuel Protest Video (Reuters):

Activists hail success of Twitterstorm (The Guardian)

Update on #EndFossilFuelSubsidies Proposals at Rio+20 (350.org Blog)
http://www.350.org/en/about/blogs/update-endfossilfuelsubs idies-proposals-rio20 

Negotiations text “an epic failure” (Greenpeace)

Latest text of the Rio+20 conference


Avaaz.org is a 14-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 19 countries on 6 continents and operates in 14 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter


Bad Politics. Dirty Air.

14 Sep

Watch our new online ad and tell President Obama that dirty air and sick voters won’t win him anything.



The President and his political team are convinced that, no matter what they do, they’ll have the full support of people like you who care about the quality of the air they breathe and the health of their families.


So when he announces that he won’t be enforcing ozone pollution protections that according to the EPA would save 12,000 American lives and ease the health burden of the 24 million people suffering from asthma, he’s hoping not to hear from you.


But he has to. It’s the only way we are going to get the President to stop working for corporate polluters and start working for everyday Americans. 


The President will address the nation tonight about the job situation. Greenpeace has just released a 30 second ad in advance of tonight’s speech that addresses his job situation.


Our goal is to get 20,000 views in the next couple of hours before the President’s speech. We’ll be pushing this video to news media and blogs we know his supporters watch. But we can’t get his attention without you. Check out the video and share it with everyone you know who supported the President in 2008

Watch the Video!
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He needs to be reminded that in November he is counting on people who care about the environment and the health of their family and loved ones. Not just for votes, but for volunteer hours and everything else that goes into winning a campaign.


This is all about politics and it is sickening. There is still hope. The President just needs to start protecting our health from ozone pollution — much of which comes from coal-fired power plants — and stop doing the dirty work of corporate polluters. If you agree, watch the video and share it with your friends.


Thanks for all you do,


Philip Radford
Greenpeace Executive Director


P.S. Forward this message to the people you know who supported the President in 2008. It’s the only way we are going to get the message out.

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BREAKING: Obama guts Ozone pollution regulations

2 Sep

Tell President Obama to stop being a champion for corporate polluters.


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Send the President a letter right now and let him know that you are holding him accountable for his decision not to enforce ozone pollution protections that would save 12,000 American lives.


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Corporate polluters don’t have to worry about dismantling the Clean Air Act, President Obama is doing it for them.


As Americans prepare for the holiday weekend, President Obama has announced that he doesn’t plan on enforcing a law that would have prevented 12,000 deaths every year by protecting Americans from ozone pollution.


The President, along with Big Oil and the other corporate polluters whose interest he is serving with this decision, are hoping you won’t notice.


Too bad. We’re paying attention and the President needs to know that putting thousands of American lives needlessly at risk is a serious political miscalculation.

Send the President a letter right now and let him know that you are holding him accountable for his decision not to enforce ozone pollution protections that would save 12,000 American lives.


On the campaign trail the President talked a lot about holding corporations accountable. This decision today is the opposite of that. He’s actually doing their dirty work for them. And as a result all of us are going to suffer.


If we allow this decision to stand it paves the way for the President to continue to gut our environmental protections without any consequences. Whether it is the Keystone XL Pipeline from the tar sands in Canada or continuing to let polluters off the hook.


It has to stop now. Send your message to the President today.


It is not too late. A swift and massive outcry from everyday Americans like you and I can convince the President to change his mind and choose the health of the people over the bottom line of the nation’s polluting industry.




Philip Radford
Greenpeace Executive Director

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Chicken of the Sea: Stop Ripping up the Sea

31 Aug


Tell Chicken of the Sea that it’s time to end their destructive ways and start getting serious about saving the oceans. 


Greenpeace Supporter,

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Tell Chicken of the Sea it’s time to end its destructive ways and start getting serious aboutsaving the oceans. Once we have collected 30,000 signatures Greenpeace will personally deliver your message to the company.

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There’s more that goes into a can of tuna than just what you find inside. A lot more.


According to an Australian government study, the canned tuna industry is responsible for killing thousands of sharks, rays, sea turtles, sea birds and other marine life as a result of the methods they use to catch tuna every year.


One company called Chicken of the Sea has a particularly bad track record when it comes to ocean destruction.That’s why we’ve been trying to start a dialogue with Chicken of the Sea for months now about how they can make their fishing practices more sustainable.


In fact, just last week I personally traveled to their headquarters and delivered a letter. They promptly showed me the door and have refused to acknowledge the damage they are doing to the oceans.


But they can’t ignore you and the tens of thousands of other Greenpeace supporters who care about the oceans. So join me and sign on to my letter to Chicken of the Sea. Once we reach 30,000 signatures I will head back to their headquarters and deliver the message again.


Tell Chicken of the Sea that it’s time to end their destructive ways and start getting serious about saving the oceans. 


As one of the largest tuna companies in the U.S., Chicken of the Sea has a major role to play in saving our oceans. They have a chance to be a real leader in the industry, but it is pretty clear that they aren’t going to do it on their own. 


Right now, the company is using something called fish-aggregating devices (FAD) to catch their tuna. The problem is that FADs, which are basically floating objects, don’t just attract tuna. They attract all sorts of things — including sharks, marlin, and baby bigeye tuna, which is a species in serious trouble. When the ship returns, it takes everything that has gathered around the FAD with a net. Very few animals caught in these nets survive the process.


The simple truth is that if Chicken of the Sea doesn’t change how it catches tuna, our oceans don’t stand a chance. 


We aren’t going to allow that to happen. Join me and add your name to my letter today. 


Once we’ve collected over 30,000 signatures I will head back to Chicken of the Sea Headquarters and deliver the letter with your signature on it. This next time we’ll make sure we get their attention. 


For the oceans,


Casson Trenor,
Greenpeace Senior Markets Campaigner

P.S. Forward this to everyone in your address book who eats canned tuna and cares about the oceans.

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The Tuna Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

15 Aug

Each year the canned tuna industry kills thousands of sharks, rays, turtles and seabirds

Now that’s a dirty little secret. Greenpeace is launching a new campaign to get the

canned tuna industry to clean up its act and end its destructive ways. To kick things off we’ve

teamed up with Pulitzer Prizewinning cartoonist Mark Fiore on this video. Help expose the

the tuna industry’s dirty little secret by sharing this video with everyone you know

Learn more at: http://bit.ly/pViN8U.

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