Esperanza

A rubbish truck of plastic in the ocean every minute  -  and how you can help

Posted by Fiona Nicholls — 17 November 2016 at 11:09am - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace/Will Rose

With the ebb and flow of the tides, thousands of miles of coastline around the UK testify to the devastation that plastic pollution is having on the marine environment. The oceans are at their choking point, for every mile of beach surveyed there are 159 plastic bottles found washed up.

Taking 400,000 people on a trip to the Indian Ocean

Posted by Tom Lowe — 1 June 2016 at 2:18pm - Comments
Greenpeace activists confront supply vessel Explorer II
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Greenpeace activists confront supply vessel Explorer II by blacking out their lights with eco-paint

If John West’s owner Thai Union doesn’t start protecting the oceans and those who work on them, we’ll continue to shut down their supply chains, explains Tom Lowe, who has just returned from the Greenpeace ship the Esperanza’s tour of the Indian Ocean.

Behind The Lens

Posted by MeenaRajput — 31 May 2016 at 1:44pm - Comments

Photographer, Will Rose, joined Greenpeace activists on an expedition to the Indian Ocean to remove dozens of destructive Fish Aggregating Devices. These FADs kill endangered marine life including sharks and turtles, but despite this, leading tuna brands John West and Thai Union continue to use them. Since our campaign launched, Tesco and Waitrose have threatened to remove John West from their shelves unless they clean up their act. 

On the trail of John West dirty tuna in the Indian ocean

Posted by Hélène Bourges — 18 April 2016 at 4:22pm - Comments
Illustration of a ship with the hashtag Not Just Tuna
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1 in 5 tins of tuna worldwide are produced by Thai Union

Today, the Greenpeace ship, The Esperanza, set sail in the Indian Ocean to peacefully tackle unsustainable fishing by the world’s largest tuna company, Thai Union (the owner of John West in the UK)

Norway's sneaky seismic attack on the Arctic

Posted by Sune Scheller — 18 August 2014 at 2:57pm - Comments
Seismic testing at sea
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Seismic sensors are dragged behind survey ships to map the sea floor

The Esperanza has been in the Arctic near Svalbard, for a few weeks now and we recently became aware of something urgent and disturbing. A seismic company called Dolphin Geophysical, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, has begun seismic mapping in the far north of the Barents Sea.

The 'get lost zone' - a novel concept in international law

Posted by Daniel Simons — 30 May 2014 at 11:32am - Comments
The bridge of the Esperanza, with the Transocean Spitsbergen oil rig in the back
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Statoil has belatedly launched legal challenges to occupation of the Apollo drill site by the Esperanza

Desperate times call for desperate measures. That seems to be the thinking of Norway's petroleum ministry, which yesterday issued a highly irregular order in an attempt to bring an end to the Esperanza's peaceful protest in the Barents Sea.

Tackling overfishing from the Pacific to the Atlantic

Posted by Nina Schrank — 13 August 2013 at 11:34am - Comments
Senegalese fishermen in a traditional 'Pirogue' boat
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Fishermen in Senegal in a traditional pirogue boat

You may have been lucky enough to see the superb National Geographic programme Mission To Save The Ocean last Saturday. If not, don’t worry, I’ll give you the rundown here.

The programme went across the globe to West Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, following Greenpeace campaigners tackling the root causes of overfishing.

Activists stop oil drilling for second time in one week

Posted by nick_gp — 4 June 2011 at 6:57pm - Comments

Just before being arrested today, oil campaigner Ben Ayliffe radioed the nearby Greenpeace ship Esperanza from the oil rig he and 17 other activists had boarded:

Arctic drilling: A sinister presence

Posted by bens — 26 May 2011 at 4:51pm - Comments
Cairn's rig - the most controversial in the world - about to start Arctic drilli
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Cairn's rig - the most controversial in the world - about to start Arctic drilling

I'm writing this from the lounge of the Esperanza, and as I look to my right out of a porthole I can see the coast of Greenland. It's 15 miles away but the mountains are so huge it feels like you could reach out and touch them. They are wholly white with snow, and just beyond them is one single huge block of ice as big as America – the Greenland ice-sheet.

Swimming against drilling: day 3

Posted by jossc — 28 September 2010 at 12:15pm - Comments

Here's the latest video from Esperanza off the west of Shetland, as our swimmers continue their vigil to halt Chevron's giant drill ship, the Stena Carron. This phase of the action is now in its third day. We've been stopping the deepwater oil drillers for a week now.

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