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The Amazon approaches its moment of truth … a message from Greenpeace Activist

I’ve written a few blogs since I’ve been on the Rainbow Warrior, but my time in Brazil has given me enough material for thousands more. I worked as a journalist before Greenpeace and that is how I have approached this trip, trying to tell you the stories that happen every day in this magical country and do some justice to the people who live in it.

Today I produced a more personal account of my work as well as my impressions of this truly unique place. I wanted to do this because on Friday the President of Brazil will make a decision that could affect this amazing rainforest for decades to come. I believe that the people I have met here want the world to know what is at stake, so I tried to explain how the past few weeks have affected me.

The Rainbow Warrior sails through the Amazonas river.

As I’ve learned, changes to Brazil’s forest code could be one of the worst things to have happened to the Amazon for years. I also know that the concept of zero deforestation is tantalizingly close to becoming a reality.

I hope you enjoy the film, but more importantly I ask you take action with us.

Together we can do it. Together we can all save the Amazon.

a message from greenpeace

A decade of progress protecting the Amazon rainforest is in serious trouble.

The Brazilian agribusiness lobby is on the offensive. They’ve already used their influence to limit the government’s ability to enforce laws out in the field. Now they have their sights set on a new Forest Code bill that would provide amnesty to forest criminals, severely weaken protections for the Amazon and open up a section of forest larger than the state of Minnesota to possible deforestation.

This bill would spell disaster for the Amazon rainforest if passed. It’s already made its way through the Brazilian Senate and now it’s up to President Dilma to decide whether or not it becomes law. Now is our chance.

President Dilma cares about Brazil’s global reputation and wants to be a leader. Let her know that the world is watching and urge her to veto the new Forest Code bill before it’s too late!

Our goal is to get 30,000 Americans to join their allies in Brazil in speaking out against this law before she makes her final decision. That could be any day now in the coming weeks.

On the campaign trail, President Dilma stated that she wouldn’t sign a law that grants amnesty to forest criminals or reduces the size of protected areas in the Amazon. Politics are the same everywhere. And just like in the US, it is going to take massive public pressure from inside and outside Brazil to overcome special interests and make sure that President Dilma keeps her word.

The situation is so urgent that we’re sending our new flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, to Brazil later this month to help out. She’ll be leaving Florida and setting sail for the Amazon to support the campaign directly.

Brazilians have made it clear they don’t want this — about 80% oppose the bill. But this isn’t just a Brazilian issue. Amazon rainforest destruction has global consequences.

Greenpeace, along with other groups in the Amazon and allies within the Brazilian government, have made huge strides in the last ten years when it comes to protecting the Amazon. We can’t afford to let big agribusiness win this one.

President Dilma needs to hear from you…send her a message now.

For the forests,

Daniel Brindis Greenpeace Forest Campaigner

Twenty-five years ago today the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded

Twenty-five years ago today the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded — sending plumes of radiation around the planet and devastating the area surrounding the plant to this day. The world learned firsthand then about the dangers of nuclear energy. Unfortunately, as the recent events in Fukushima have showed us, we didn’t take the lesson to heart.

Greenpeace has been confronting nuclear dangers since we launched our first campaign protesting U.S. nuclear testing back in 1971. And we aren’t going to stop until we’ve realized our dream of a future free of nuclear disasters.

That’s why we are launching a new, ambitious campaign to fight dangerous nuclear power in this country. But we can’t do it without your support.

Please sign-up today to become a monthly Greenpeace donor and support our work here in the United States to make sure the next nuclear disaster never happens.

Together, we’ve already organized hundreds of vigils for Japan and sent 50,000 messages to Congress opposing nuclear giveaways in the budget. Meanwhile, our independent radiation monitoring crew continues their work in Japan and the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior is on its way to conduct contamination tests on seawater and marine life in the area. In the U.S. we’re just getting started.

Many nuclear reactors in the U.S., some of which are the very same design as those that exploded and melted down in Japan, are seeking government approval to run for 20 more years. This is not a risk we need to take.

We want to make sure that many of these plants aren’t re-licensed. We’ll also oppose the construction of new nuclear reactors and urge members of Congress to cut the $36 billion in nuclear subsidies from President Obama’s proposed budget.

Just last year, we won a historic vote in the Vermont legislature to close down the aging Vermont Yankee reactor. We know our campaigns work. This isn’t going to be easy. But as the situation in Japan reminds us every day, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Your monthly support is needed to make this new work possible. Please help us realize a clean energy future free of nuclear disasters and make a monthly gift to Greenpeace today. When we look back at Fukushima 25 years from now, let’s be able to say that we took the lesson to heart this time.

Thank you for your support,

Philip Radford

Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

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