2013 Retrospective of Greenpeace's events
Greenpeace's actions

It is more than time to act!

Each day, events throughout the world show that, if we want to pass on a sustainable planet to our children, we need to act with strength and determination. In 2013, each important news story demonstrated the reality of the need for Greenpeace’s actions.
January
  • 01/01
    Worldwide
    The way to chemical-free fashion
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    Two new Detox signatures in 2013: Benetton and Limited Brands (Victoria's Secret). Time has come for high-end brands to ban toxic chemicals and for Greenpeace to keep an eye on their promises!
February
  • 04/02
    Africa
    Monitoring Congolese forests
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    Greenpeace has published a report about illegal deforestation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and how it affects people.
  • 05/02
    Asia
    Indonesia: deforestation soon to end
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    After ten years campaigning, APP, the paper pulp company, decided to put an end to deforestation on its plots and on its suppliers' plots.
  • 08/02
    France
    Evidences supporting energy transition
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    8 February. Greenpeace published an energy transition scenario for France. Abandoning nuclear power from 2013 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 95% by 2050 is possible.

    23 May. On citizen day for a national debate on energy transition, citizens were provided tools for better understanding.
  • 27/02
    Arctic
    In 2013, Shell eventually gave up!
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    Facing pressure from thousands of citizens all over the world alongside technical failures, the companygave up itsdrilling plans for 2013.
March
  • 04/03
    Germany
    Volkswagen is in line with Greenpeace
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    The German manufacturer has decided to reduce CO2 emissions from its new car fleet to 95g/km by 2020. 520,000 people had been asking for it.
  • 11/03
    Japan
    Two years after Fukushima
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    Greenpeace joined tens of thousands of Japanese citizens in front of the parliament to commemorate the accident.
  • 18/03
    Europe
    A note to car manufacturers
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    Greenpeace has been pressuring political decision makers: industrialists must produce cleaner vehicles!
  • 21/03
    Middle-East
    Obama is the man who can save the Arctic
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    Greenpeace urged President Obama to act for the Arctic with a 144m²//473ft² banner when he visited Jerusalem. He has received 500,000 signatures over the year.
  • 28/03
    France
    Five power plants to close
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    28 March. Greenpeace pointed out the five plantsthatshould be closed first: Blayais, Bugey, Fessenheim, Gravelines and Tricastin. Activists projected a huge message on Fessenheim's nuclear power plant: ""Why just me?""

    29 March. Activists named ""Fessenheim"" all towns surrounding the other 4 nuclear power plants. They wanted to show that closing just one was absurd.
April
  • 01/04
    Europe
    The European Union protecting bees
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    9 April. Greenpeace published a scientific report proving that pesticides are harming bees.

    17 April. Activists climbed up Syngenta's headquarters in Baselto point out the responsibility of the firm.

    26 April. Same method was used during the general meeting of Bayer in Cologne.

    29 April. Victory! The European Union limited the use of three bee-killer pesticides.
  • 14/04
    Arctic
    Mission Arctic accomplished!
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    All 16 members of the Greenpeace's expedition managed to bury a capsule containing names of defenders of the Arctic 4km//2.5 miles under the ice. This is how the "Eyes on the Arctic" project in collaboration with artist JR was born.
  • 20/04
    Worldwide
    Global effort to save the Arctic
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    In 278 cities across 35 countries, thousands of people have urged politicians to protect the Arctic.
  • Spring 2013
    Europe
    A landmark agreement in the history of small fisheries
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    Spring. Over 4 months out at sea, twenty or so stops in 9 different countries and almost 120,000 citizens joining in the struggle for small fisheries during the Arctic Sunrise tour.

    30 May. Victory! The European Union reformed the Common Fisheries Policy. From then on, more selective practices will be favoured and rejection limited to 5 percent.

    9 June. Greenpeace reminded Minister Cuvier that Europe would now promote artisanal fishing.
May
  • 16/05
    Arctic
    Communities need to unite to save the Arctic
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    Greenpeace has gathered 80 delegates from seven Arctic countries to bring communities closer.
June
  • 24/06
    France
    Your electricity bill in 2017
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    With the "future bill" project, Greenpeace compares the price of electricity in 2017 according to two different paths: the nuclear path or the energy transition.
July
  • 11/07
    England
    Action on top of a skyscraper
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    Six Greenpeace female activists have climbed up the highest skyscraper in Europe and put up a work of art illustrating the beauty of the Arctic.
  • 15/07
    France
    Action in Tricastin
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    29 Greenpeace activists broke into the nuclear facility in Tricastin, one of the most dangerous in France, and demanded its closure.
  • 22/07
    Worldwide
    Another fishing model
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    Report on tuna fisheries in the Pacific ocean: Greenpeace has demonstrated that it was possible to commit to a sustainable and economically efficient fishing model directly benefiting local communities.
August
  • 13/08
    Arctic
    Fighting oil tankers in the Arctic
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    The Arctic Sunrise has stood up to a boat conducting seismic testing in the Barents sea for oil giant Rosneft.
  • 26/08
    Belgium
    Acting on Shell's territory
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    Greenpeace crashed Shell's Formula One Grand Prix in Belgium to condemn drilling plans in the Arctic.
September
  • 23/09
    India
    Number one coal producer is a liar
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    Greenpeace has revealed that Coal India Limited lied about the amount of extractible resources to attract investors.
October
  • 11/10
    Latin America
    GMOs: victory in Mexico
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    The Mexican Federal Court has continued to ban transgenic corn. Greenpeace was highly invested.
November
  • Fall 2013
    Arctic
    30 climate activists imprisoned
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    On 19 September 2013, 28 Greenpeace activists, a cameraman and a freelance photographer were arrested. On which grounds? Just because they were trying to act for the climate. Let us look back on an injustice that will go down in the history of activism.
December
  • End of 2013
    Worldwide
    Defenders of the Arctic, let's unite, we are millions!
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    Since we launched the Save The Arctic campaign in June 2012, millions of citizens all over the world have answered to our call.
  • Year 2013
    Africa
    Herakles: chainsaws and palm oil
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    29 January. An incriminating report was published: Herakles, US palm oil giant, planned on cutting down 70,000 hectares//173,000 acres of rainforest in Cameroon to plant oil palms.

    2 February. Greenpeace re-enacted deforestation on the Palais Royal square in Paris to raise awareness about the issue. Cameroon's Minister of agriculture made a statement about it for the first time.

    24 May. Stage victory! Herakles' works were stopped by the Cameroonian government.

    11 June. U-turn: the company's lobbying eventually paid off The firm was allowed to carry on devastating the country.

    12 August. New revelations: Herakles' project would threaten the habitat of endangered species.

    13 September. Greenpeace demonstrated that Herakles was about to sell illegally chopped off wood.

    The project keeps moving forward: the president Paul Biya signed on Tuesday 25th of November 2013 3 decrees granting temporary plots.