Sunday, June 30, 2013

Education For All: Class of 2015

75 million children are out of schoool, and millions more struggle to stay in school. This is a battle we can win - with the right political will and resources Education for All is possible.

This short film was produced for the Education for All: Class of 2015 that was launched at the UN in September 2008. The class brings together celebrities, world leaders and activists to ensure that Education for All becomes a reality.

Millenium Development Goals for 2015

In the year 2000, 189 leaders from around the world met at the historic Millenium Summit in New York.

According to the then Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan, the UNs role for the next millenium will be crucial; making it a focal point for joint efforts in a world that presents worrisome statistics that endanger the perpetuation of generations to come.

• 1.2 billion people live with less than US$1.00 per day.
• 800 million people are malnourished.
• 153 million children are below their ideal weight.

• 115 million children are not enrolled in school.
• 97% of these children are in developing countries.

• 64% of the worlds illiterate population are women.
• 80% of the worlds refugee population are women.
• 60% of children not enrolled in primary school are women.

• Every year 10 million children die of preventable diseases.
• 30 thousand deaths per day.

• Anually, 500 mil thousand women die when giving birth or during their pregnancy.
• In Africas Sub-Saharan region 1 in 16 women die in these conditions.
• In countries of the OCDE this same proportion is of only 1 in every 2800 women.

• In the year 2000, 22 million people had died of AIDS.
• 13 million children lost their parents to the HIV virus.
• 40 million people live with the virus.
• Anually, 300 million cases of malaria are detected.
• Anually 60 million people are infected by tuberculosis.

• In the year 2000 1 billion people in developing countries didnt have access to drinkable water.
• 2.4 billion people didnt have access to sanitary services.
• 14% of the worlds population (in the developed world) produces 44% of the yearly CO2 total.

• US$ 100 billion are necessary for acheiving the MDGs.
• 0.5 of the GDP of developed countries is necessary for raising that amount.

The result of this meeting?
A commitment, with a set deadline; 2015.
Erradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
Achieve universal primary education.
Promote gender equality and empower women.
Reduce child mortality.
Improve maternal health.
Combat AIDS/HIV, malaria and other diseases.
Ensure environmental sustainability.
Develop a global partnership for development.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): Let's Step Up #MDGMomentum

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. Governments, international organizations and civil society groups around the world have helped to cut in half the world's extreme poverty rate. More girls are in school. Fewer children are dying. The world continues to fight killer diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS.

As we approach the 2015 target date for the MDGs, there are less than 1,000 days to accelerate action on issues such as hunger, access to education, improved sanitation, maternal health and gender equality. Check out these new MDG infographics showing the world's progress and the challenges that remain. To build a better world, let's together drive #MDGmomentum.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Alberta Oil Sands: The Real Story about Tar Sands

Find out the real story about the Alberta oil sands, including the challenges we are facing and how the Government of Alberta is addressing them as a responsible energy producer.

Genetic Engineering: The world's greatest scam? #GMO

Genetic engineering is a threat to food security, especially in a changing climate. The introduction of genetically manipulated organisms by choice or by accident grossly undermines sustainable agriculture and in so doing, severely limits the choice of food we can eat.

Once GE plants are released into the environment, they are out of control. If anything goes wrong - they are impossible to recall.

GE contamination threatens biodiversity respected as the global heritage of humankind, and one of our world's fundamental keys to survival.

Unacceptable Levels Trailer by Ed Brown

Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children.

To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law. Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

President Obama's plan to address climate change and transition to clean energy #Infographic

President Obama believes we have a moral obligation to lead the fight against carbon pollution. Share the details of his plan to help make sure people in your community get the facts

LGBT Timeline: Love is Love

Robert Redford thanks President Barack Obama for Acting on Climate Change

President Obama has taken a big step in combating climate change by tackling carbon pollution at its source, power plants. We owe him thanks for protecting our families and future generations.

President Barack Obama Speaks on Climate Change

President Obama lays out his vision for a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Addressing the threat of Climate Change by President Barack Obama

At 1:35 on Tuesday June 25th President Obama will speak at Georgetown University on the growing threat of climate change. He will lay out his vision of where we need to go, to do what we can to address and prepare for the serious implications of a changing climate.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

World Refugee Day: More than 45 million refugees message by Mia Farrow

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has added her voice to those calling for more protection and support for the world's more than 45 million refugees on World Refugee Day.

Save The Arctic: The Arctic ice we all depend on is disappearing. Fast.

In the last 30 years, we’ve lost as much as three-quarters of the floating sea ice cover at the top of the world. The volume of that sea ice measured by satellites in the summer, when it reaches its smallest, has shrunk so fast that scientists say it’s now in a ‘death spiral’.

For over 800,000 years, ice has been a permanent feature of the Arctic ocean. It’s melting because of our use of dirty fossil fuel energy, and in the near future it could be ice free for the first time since humans walked the Earth. This would be not only devastating for the people, polar bears, narwhals, walruses and other species that live there - but for the rest of us too.

The ice at the top of the world reflects much of the sun’s heat back into space and keeps our whole planet cool, stabilising the weather systems that we depend on to grow our food. Protecting the ice means protecting us all.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Greenpeace Airship Flies Over Beautiful Juneau, Alaska to Protect the Bering Sea

Greenpeace's 105-foot thermal airship, A.E. Bates, flew over Juneau, Alaska while the North Pacific Fishery Management Council was meeting to decide whether or not to protect the world's largest underwater canyons in the Bering Sea.. The North Pacific Council is the governing body that decides how much fish is caught in Alaskan waters and what protection measures need to be taken.

Over a billion dollars of seafood - mostly pollock, but other species as well - is harvested in the Bering Sea each year. Zhemchug and Pribliof Canyons -- the largest underwater canyons in the world - are carved into the Green Belt zone along the shelf break where they fuel high productivity and provide critical habitat for fish and wildlife. Despite the ecological and economic importance of this stretch of ocean, the increasing threat of climate change, and the uncertainty involved in managing these fisheries, there are no areas protected from fishing along the entire shelf break. That must change. Given how little we understand about deep sea ecosystems or the connections between seafloor habitats and commercially important species, it is extremely risky not to set aside representative portions of the shelf break as a buffer against uncertainty.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Environment: Save the planet

Fracking Hell: The Untold Story about The Marcellus Shale

An original investigative report by Earth Focus and UK's Ecologist Film Unit looks at the risks of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. From toxic chemicals in drinking water to unregulated interstate dumping of potentially radioactive waste that experts fear can contaminate water supplies in major population centers including New York City, are the health consequences worth the economic gains? Marcellus Shale contains enough natural gas to supply all US gas needs for 14 years. But as gas drilling takes place, using a process called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," toxic chemicals and methane gas seep into drinking water. Now experts fear that unacceptable levels of radioactive Radium 226 in gas development waste. Fracking chemicals are linked to bone, liver and breast cancers, gastrointestinal, circulatory, respiratory, developmental as well as brain and nervous system disorders. Such chemicals are present in frack waste and may find their way into drinking water and air.

Fracking Explained by CNN

How is hydraulic fracturing different from drilling for oil? And why is it called 'fracking'? CNN explains it to you.

Fracking by David Letterman

Perhaps you've notice the similarities between Tobacco advertising and that of the Natural Gas Industry. Years ago the tobacco industry vehemently denied any connection between smoking and health issues. Tobacco advertising in the 1950's would often include doctors and other medical professionals in their ads as a method of allaying public concerns. After all if you doctor smoked, what's the harm? The Natural Gas industry hasn't gone as far as including doctors or even actors dressed up as doctors in their advertising, nonetheless, the advertising and talking points do include words like "Safe", "Natural", "Clean". These words are selected to make the public feel more comfortable.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Stop Coca-Cola Trashing Australia

In March, Coca-Cola won its court case to stop a popular and proven 10 cent recycling refund scheme in the Northern Territory -- a program that has already doubled recycling rates in the territory, and operated successfully in South Australia for over 30 years saving tens of millions of plastic containers from ending up in our beaches and oceans. This loose rubbish is estimated to affect up to 65% of Australian seabirds. Some mistake the plastic for food. When they swallow too much, their tiny stomachs become so full they're unable to ingest any food -- literally starving to death on a full stomach.

Please watch our ad NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell

Tell key decision-maker, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, to stand up and support the popular and proven Cash for Containers scheme:

After Channel 9 deemed our Coke TV ad "too offensive" to go on air, Channel 10, Channel 7 and SBS followed suit, saying that it wasn't in their commercial interests. So we took around the streets of Sydney on a 10 metre truck-mounted movie screen!

Tar Sands Greenwash: Buying Ads is Easy

Greenpeace will never be able to match the government and oil industry ad budgets, but with your help we can use humour to turn their own ad budgets against them. If enough people see our ads, the tar sands' spin doctors will realize that the more of our tax money that they spend on public relations to sell the tar sands as environmentally friendly, the more ridiculous they are making themselves look. Our goal is for them to cancel their ads faster than you can say, "oil spills create jobs."

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Tar Sands Greenwash: Good News, Bad News

The Harper government currently plans to spend $16 million of taxpayer money on ads that greenwash the tar sands. What the government's ad campaign doesn't tell you is how Canadian environmental laws were gutted in order to fast-track new tar sands mines and pipelines as part of the omnibus budget bills. And it certainly doesn't tell you that unconstrained tar sands development has made Canada one of the world's biggest contributors to climate change.

Slug It Out by Fabio Monticone - The Story of the Sanremo Baseball Club

"When the passion of a small Italian baseball team is challenged daily, in a country, Italy, that has no interest or feelings toward this sport, the love and dedication this team has becomes the solution to all their problems.

Documentary filmmaker Fabio Monticone, tells the story of the Sanremo Baseball Club, a rare breed in a country where soccer is the only sport with national relevance. A story that begins during World War II and takes us all the way up to today, where, despite all the financial hardships and a lack of future prospects, Sanremo Baseball not only survives, but manages to give rise to an incredible sport miracle..."

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Bedrock Beneath Antartica by NASA

Our understanding of what lies beneath the world's biggest ice sheet has taken another leap forward. In this video we strip away Antarctic ice to reveal a new, and much more detailed map of the bedrock below. This map, called Bedmap2, was compiled by the British Antarctic Survey and incorporates millions of new measurements, including substantial data sets from NASA's ICESat satellite and an airborne mission called Operation IceBridge.

Tar Sands Greenwash: Greenwash 2.0

Help us laugh the Harper government's ad campaign to greenwash the tar sands right off the air by sharing with your friends and signing the petition at

Monday, June 3, 2013

How China's fertilizer industry is endangering villager lives

Investigations made by Greenpeace East Asia have exposed the illegal dumping of massive amounts of hazardous waste in the Southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan. The stacks of phosphogypsum, a byproduct of phosphate fertilizer production, were found dangerously close to residential areas.

The Story of Broke by The Story of Stuff

The United States isn't broke. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn't working. But rather than invest in something better, we continue to keep this 'dinosaur economy' on life support with hundreds of billions of dollars of tax money.

The Story of Broke calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste and more—that can deliver jobs AND a healthier environment. It's time to rebuild the American Dream; but this time, let's build it better, build it sustainable.

Sustainability explained through animation

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Beautiful Planet Earth

The Obama Tar Sands Pipeline?

Discover the truth about the Keystone XL pipeline. Former Obama administration greens jobs advisor Van Jones cuts through the myths and explains what is really going on -- and who will be to blame if the pipeline is approved.

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