22
Apr
2004

Greenpeace Activist News, Vol. 4, No. 4 (excerpt)

DIRTY DISNEY

Recent tests have confirmed the fact that some Disney children's clothes contain toxic chemicals hazardous to human health and the environment. Disney does not think it should ensure its products are free of toxic chemicals. We need your help to pressure them to change.

//act.greenpeace.org/ams/e?a=1366&s=gen

Find out more here:

//www.greenpeace.org/international_en/news/details?item_id=455673

and discuss the issue here:

//act.greenpeace.org/1082123881/index_html

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GE FOOD? NOT IN MY TROLLEY!

Are you a European consumer? Now you have the power to make sure that your supermarkets and restaurants remain GE-free. New and much stricter EU labelling legislation is in place; with your help we can find the products containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and name & shame them for everyone to see. The more people that help to reject the products, the easier it will be to maintain our right to say NO to GMOs:

//weblog.greenpeace.org/ge/action.html

For people not located in the EU you can still get involved writing letters to food producers, supermarkets and educating your friends and family about the dangers of GE. Check at our useful *Action Tool kit* to see how you can get involved:

//weblog.greenpeace.org/ge/kit.html

Check out all the latest GE actions happening around the globe here:

//www.greenpeace.org/stopGMO

The Rainbow Warrior is in Australia-Pacific working for a GE free future so find out what it is up to and take a sail through the history of our most famous ship:

//www.greenpeace.org.au/rainbow_warrior/

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HEALTH OF PREGNANT WOMEN VS POLLUTING INDUSTRIES?

Four years ago, environmentalists and public health advocates were celebrating President Clinton's plan to reduce mercury pollution from power plants by 90 percent by 2008. Now, President Bush is attempting to trash this plan through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The EPA is considering delaying the cleanup of mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants for 20 years or more. We only have until April 30th to tell the EPA that these reductions are necessary to protect public health:

//www.greenpeaceusa.org/bin/view.fpl/10048/action_id/203.html

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ICELAND WHALES PLEDGE - ALMOST THERE!

We've now generated 38,000 pledges to visit Iceland if the government stops whaling -- the equivalent of more than ten years of whaling revenues in tourist income to Iceland. Our Pledge challenge competition for a bunk on the Esperanza has ended, having generated 14,000 additional pledges! Well done everyone! We've circulated a questionnaire to the top 20 pledge-getters and are gathering results now.

It's a really heartening experience to read what people have done to promote the pledge. One cyberactivist asked what the deadline for reply was, as she was busy organising an anti-war rally, while working on her PHD on environmental impacts on lizards and organising a presentation to school kids about ecology. We've asked how you've been promoting the pledge, and have heard about banners on websites, posters put up at universities, chatroom blitzes, one clever activist created a public MSN messenger account called "I HELP TO SAVE WHALES… ASK ME HOW YOU CAN DO THE SAME." Another pledge-getter from Nigeria travelled 170 km to Lagos in order to put a notice up on a bulletin board in a cyber-cafe. We'll keep you updated on who will be the hard-working representative of the cyberactivist community to sail with our ship to Iceland. In the meantime, keep pushing that pledge!

//www.icelandwhalespledge.com

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WORLD'S TALLEST TREE-SIT SHIFTS TO BALLOT BOXES

In Tasmania, Australia, they have these trees, that are... tall. OK, a lot of trees are tall, but these are the tallest hardwood trees in the world. We're talking trees taller than a 25-story building and 400 years old. Some people look at trees like this and they just think, "wow". Other people, they look at these trees and they think, "Wow, I could cut that down, chop it up, feed it through a wood chipper, and sell it to these companies in Japan!"

After five months in a tree sit to prevent these forests giants being turned into wood chips the activists are taking a well-earned break and the campaign now moves into its second phase of focusing on the ballot boxes of the coming federal election and increasing international pressure overseas.

You can help by contacting the Japanese companies that buy the wood chips:

//www.greenpeace.or.jp/cyberaction/tasmania/form_en_html

Catch the latest news and reflections on the end of the marathon tree sit on the weblog:

//weblog.greenpeace.org/tasmania/
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