6 things you can do about air pollution

All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace / Kristian Buus We’ve all heard the stats by now: Air pollution is terrible for our health and is linked to strokes, heart disease and diabetes in adults. Children are particularly at risk of lung diseases like asthma and more than 1,000 nurseries across the UK are close to roads with illegal levels of air pollution. Diesel cars emit 10 times more harmful fumes than trucks or buses.It can seem overwhelming to tackle this enormous problem. Diesel cars that emit up to 18 times the official NOx limit in real-world conditions are still being sold by the likes of Nissan and Renault. And public…

UK Election: Our voices are even more powerful now

All rights reserved. Credit: wikimedia commons Greenpeace doesn’t play party politics but we don’t stay quiet when it comes to holding political (or corporate) leaders to account. Our number one priority is protecting our natural environment, the foundation of a healthy life for all. That means stopping plastic going into our oceans and killing marine life. It means ending air pollution impacting our children’s health. It means dealing with climate change by investing in clean, renewable energy. It means ending the destruction of rainforests and other important ecosystems that all life depends on for its survival.The outcome of this election is important because no political party can rule …

5 reasons why Trump can’t tear up the Paris Agreement

Since his inauguration in November last year, Donald Trump’s attack on the environment has been relentless. He’s approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, he’s put more than 2.7 million acres of iconic US landscape at risk from fossil fuel exploration and he’s proposing a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, effectively eliminating its climate change programs.Now, Trump is threatening to pull out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark commitment struck by nearly 200 nations aimed at limiting global warming to well below 2°C. As the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, the U.S. plays a massive role in achieving this. It’s hard to imagine how we’ll…

Breaking news: We’re blocking Cuadrilla’s fracking site

All rights reserved. Credit: Jiri Rezac | Greenpeace UK Peaceful protest at Cuadrilla Fracking site Image caption: Peaceful protest at Cuadrilla Fracking site Most of Gill’s early mornings are spent travelling to her job as a costume designer from her home in Blackpool. But this morning was a little different. Today, Gill is one of twenty people going face to face with fracking firm Cuadrilla.As you read this, Gill – and about twenty other Greenpeace volunteers – are aiming to fully stop work at Cuadrilla’s site. This morning at around 8AM, they locked themselves to heavy, reinforced blocks in front of Cuadrilla’s site, blocking the entrance and preventing vehicles from delivering supplies. Since January, Cuadrilla has turned what once was…

People power puts mayoral candidates on the spot over fracking

After Theresa May shocked the country with a snap general election, election talk is dominating the news (at the disappointment of some). However, it’s not just the general election on June 8th that will change the politics of the UK.Today some of us will be electing local counclilors and in big cities like Bristol and Manchester, new Mayors are being elected too.Although they get less media attention than the General Election, today’s mayoral elections have the potential to have a really big impact on day-to-day life in the areas they cover. Unlike the ceremonial Lord Mayors, the new metropolitan mayors being voted for will have genuine powers over local issues. They could have…

10 Things You Need to Know about SMMT’s 10 “Facts” about Diesel

All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is a car industry lobby group. Their members include most major car manufacturers and therefore, it is no surprise that the group has been at the forefront of bravely defending diesel recently.But right now everyone else from Bloomberg to JP Morgan to prestigious newspapers – and even some car companies themselves – are predicting the inevitable demise of diesel. But SMMT seem to be making a last-ditch attempt to save the fuel everyone else is edging out of the door. So who’s got their finger on the pulse?Below, we take a look at their recent claims about diesel and why we think …

7 reasons to Go Electric now

by. Credit: wikimedia commons What pops into your head if I suggested you buy an electric car? For most people, it conjures up a host of stereotypes. Electric cars are thought to be either unreasonably expensive, like Teslas; or they don’t travel far enough; or they’re just plain ugly. And up until recently a lot of that was based in some truth.But the landscape is changing at breakneck speed. With the air pollution problem growing worse in our cities and towns, we need alternatives beyond the diesel or petrol cars currently filling our roads. And now, finally, electric cars are becoming that …

Why it’s time to clean up the car industry

All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace Traffic in Putney, London Image caption: Traffic in Putney, London When Greenpeace kicked off the campaign to phase-out diesel engines last year, my brother Sam was one of the first ones to look concerned. He’d just bought a diesel car second-hand. They’re supposed to be more fuel-efficient than petrol and therefore pump out less CO2 so it had seemed like the greener choice. That was inherited wisdom once – but now we know how much more toxic fumes diesel engines put into our air, and how much harm that air pollution causes to our…

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and …

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to remind Cuadrilla…

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to remind Cuadrilla that they’ve got another thing coming if they think they …

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to remind Cuadrilla that they’ve got another thing coming if they …

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents…

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to remind Cuadrilla that they’ve got another thing coming if they think they can force …

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to remind Cuadrilla that they’ve got another thing coming if they…

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to remind Cuadrilla that they’ve got another thing coming if they think they can force …

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to remind Cuadrilla that …

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to remind Cuadrilla that they’ve got another thing coming if they …

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there…

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to remind Cuadrilla …

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to remind Cuadrilla that they’ve got another thing coming if they think they can force fracking on a…

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — …

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to remind Cuadrilla that they’ve got another thing coming if they think they can force…

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to remind Cuadrilla that they’ve …

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to remind Cuadrilla that they’ve got another thing coming if …

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to remind Cuadrilla that they’ve got another thing coming if they think they can force fracking on…

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every …

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to remind Cuadrilla that they’ve got another thing coming if they think they can force…

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every day — to…

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

by. Credit: John Cobb / Greenpeace A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire Image caption: A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.Instead, it’s only strengthened the resolve of local people. Since the start of the year, when Cuadrilla began moving equipment into their proposed drilling site, local residents have been there to resist each and every …