In the first of our news series of updates from the causes closest to Glastonbury’s heart, we hear from Greenpeace about what they’ve been up to since the Festival.
If you visited the Greenpeace field at Glastonbury in 2010, you’ll know it was a verdant paradise as we focused on the plight facing the world’s tropical rainforests. Thanks to your support, we’ve had some cracking successes on our campaign to protect Indonesia’s rainforests, with the likes of Nestle, HSBC, Kraft and Burger King distancing themselves from companies which are levelling huges areas to produce palm oil and pulpwood.
Since the summer, we’ve also been spreading the Go Beyond Oil message – partly as a response to BP’s mess in the Gulf of Mexico but also because we need to end our dependency on oil. One of the Greenpeace ships, the Esperanza, headed out to the Arctic waters off Greenland and to the Shetland Isles to challenge companies searching for oil in the deep, hostile northern seas. The generous donations we receive from Michael Eavis and all our donors means we have the resources to make that journey, bare witness and take action in locations like the Arctic.
Of course, our ships don’t last forever and our flagship, the Rainbow Warrior II, is nearing the end of her campaigning life. A replacement is currently being built and we need your help so we can continue making waves. Please donate now because the world needs another Rainbow Warrior.