After coming down from the trees at last year’s Festival, this year Greenpeace are celebrating our 40th anniversary by returning to the ocean. It covers most of our planet, is a key buffer against climate change and a source of food for billions, and yet we’re still chucking crude oil, toxic chemicals and radioactive waste in there, and over-fishing like there’s no tomorrow, which for some marine ecosystems isn’t far from the truth.
You wouldn’t put up with corporations dumping toxic waste in the middle of a rainforest and then hunting endangered animals through the trees with a bulldozer, but that’s the type of thing that’s going on all the time in our oceans, and the bad guys get away with it because you don’t see it happening. But we’ll be there, watching and intervening.
Our fleet of ships is one of the things which makes Greenpeace unique – they link all of our offices around the world, and allow us to have a temporary base of operations in any country with a coastline, as well as monitoring what companies get up to on the high seas when they think no-one’s looking. Our flagship, the Rainbow Warrior II, is about to be replaced by the Rainbow Warrior III – come and see our plans for the world’s first purpose-built, state-of-the-art campaign ship.
With help from Glastonbury festival and our incredible supporters we’ve already had some amazing successes this year. All of the UK’s major supermarkets have agreed to stop destructive tuna fishing, saving turtles, sharks, rays and other endangered marine life. But the only long-term solution to stop our oceans from becoming big wet deserts is marine reserves – international off-shore parks where fishing, dumping, drilling, and dredging are banned. Together, we’ve achieved a huge amount, so come along to the Greenpeace field to help us celebrate and keep making waves.
For more information on Greenpeace's work at Glastonbury, head to www.greenpeace.org.uk/greenpeace-glastonbury