Blog: Peace

Shock and AWE as bomb factory goes up for sale

Posted by jossc — 16 January 2008 at 5:15pm - Comments

Razor wire fence surrounding AWE Aldermaston

Watch out world! Hot on the heels of the story that next-generation US designed Trident missiles may be too large to fit in the UK's submarine fleet comes news of another blow to the prestige of our very own nuclear deterrent - Aldermaston, aka 'Britain's Bomb Factory', is set to come under US control for the first time.

New Trident too big for subs

Posted by jossc — 4 January 2008 at 2:13pm - Comments

Reported in Scotland's Sunday Herald just before Christmas (but not seen by me until a few days ago, hence the delay in passing it on) was a tale to gladden the hearts of peaceniks everywhere - namely that the latest upgrade to the US designed Trident D5 nuclear missiles may not actually fit into British submarines.

Clearly falling well within the parameters of the "you couldn't make it up" school of classic cock-ups, the Herald reported that tender documents for future underwater-launched nuclear missiles issued by the US Navy last November specify a missile diameter of up to 120 inches. The diameter of Trident's D5 missile tubes is 87 inches.

Faslane 365 - the big blockade

Posted by Paula — 2 October 2007 at 9:39am - Comments

Protest at the North Gate, Faslane Naval Base, October 2 2007

Faslane 365 is a one year continuous peaceful blockade of the Trident base at Faslane from 1st October 2006, ending with a Big Blockade on 1st October 2007.

So where to start? At the very beginning...a very good place to start. Or the end? Having just sung "So long Farewell" as we processed out of the final Faslane 365 circle, the Sound of Music is still ringing in my ears.

3.30pm: 100 or so people, encircled by the police, in the space in front of North gate, had been given permission to have a closing ceremony. We were invited to join hands and take a minute to look at each other and acknowledge our presence, diversity and strength.

Greenpeace videos on Youtube

Posted by jossc — 24 July 2007 at 11:02am - Comments

Greenpeace UK YouTube screenshot

For me one of the coolest things about our new-look site is that we're carrying a lot more streaming video courtesy of the good folks at YouTube. But did you know that we now have our own YouTube Greenpeace UK Video Channel?

Too hot to handle: the future of civil nuclear power

Posted by bex — 6 July 2007 at 3:01pm - Comments

We've been arguing for a long time that nuclear power can't stop climate change - because replacing our whole fleet of nuclear power stations would only reduce our carbon emissions by four per cent, some time after 2024 (far too little, far too late).

The Oxford Research Group has just published an interesting study on the subject. It says that, for nuclear power to make any significant contribution to a reduction in global carbon emissions in the next two generations, the industry would have to construct nearly 3,000 new reactors globally - about one a week for 60 years.

The Trident tour finishes

Posted by bex — 16 March 2007 at 12:27pm - Comments

Part of the Trident: we don't buy it tour blog


Sunrise over The Sunrise

Sunrise over The Sunrise
© Greenpeace/Sumner

Blimey. I’m not sure how time has slipped past so fast but, after a five week frenzy of Faslane blockading, crane climbing, arrests, solitary confinement, losing the ship, getting it back again, bearing witness, gigs, press conferences, political events, rallies and general sleep deprivation, the Trident: we don’t buy it tour has just come to an end.

The Arctic Sunrise set sail for Scandinavia a couple of hours ago, cheered on from the quayside by a smattering of exhausted Greenpeace folk and watched by the police boat that inevitably appears every time the ship moves.

Two days at Westminster

Posted by lisa — 15 March 2007 at 1:41pm - Comments

Part of the Trident: we don't buy it tour blog


Vivienne Westwood leafletting outside parliament
© Greenpeace/Vickers

Occasionally I wandered over to the bridge to see how the climbers were doing up the crane. At one point, a police van arrived and several men in bullet proof vests jumped out and scaled the fence on the side of the bridge. One of them told me he was glad this was happening because "it shows that people still care about the world" - then he grinned and said "but don't quote me on that!". He didn't have any idea I was with Greenpeace - he he.

Tony wears his heart on his sleeve, and it looks like he'll get his WMD

Posted by tracy — 14 March 2007 at 9:52pm - Comments

Part of the Trident: we don't buy it tour blog

Tony Loves WMD

It's been a long day, so excuse the lame rhyme (above), I just couldn't stop myself. It's not that I'm giddy with excitement, it's all been rather anti-climatic really. We didn't expect the vote would be defeated, so there was no surprise when Blair got his way and the vote to replace Trident went through. Tony gets to go ahead and build his new weapon of mass destruction – the Blair Bomb, his legacy. But only because of help from the Tories. That some how feels hollow too. So I look elsewhere for inspiration.

“It’s not the end of the story by any means,” said Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn immediately following the vote. “This is a very big rebellion.”

Last minute lobby

Posted by tracy — 14 March 2007 at 8:13pm - Comments

Part of the Trident: we don't buy it tour blog

The government will be voting to build a new nuclear bomb today. Our climbers spent a cold night up the crane outside Big Ben, but they are still there trying to reach MPs as the arrive with their banner "Tony loves WMD".

There is already a massive police presence outside parliament and inside the corriors of power we're lobbying MPs to say no to new nuclear weapons. Throughout the day different groups will stage their own protests; CND, Faslane 365, Block the Builders, Rethink Trident and many more. Here are the first images back from the Rethink Trident Mps breakfast with Viven Westwood, Bianca Jagger and Annie Lennox.

You can join the rally at Parliament Square from 1pm to show your opposition to Trident. And send us your photos of the day at greenpeace@moblg.net

 

lobby-viven.jpg Vivienne Westwood outside the Houses of Parliament this morning lobbying MPs to vote against Trident. lobby-viven-jon.jpg Vivienne with Jon Trickett MP who sponsored the hugely important cross-party amendment to delay the decision on Trident.
lobby-annie-lennox.jpg Annie Lennox at the Rethink Trident group lobby at parliment this morning. lobby-bianca.jpg Bianca Jagger with Joan Ruddoch at the Rethink Trident group lobby
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