Activists find Unsustainable Seafood in Supermarkets

Across the country, hundreds of activists and Greenpeace volunteers have been scouring grocery stores for unsustainable seafood products in preparation for Greenpeace’s annual seafood scorecard release.U.S. consumers buy a large portion of their seafood from grocery stores, but companies like SUPERVALU (with banners like Bristol Farms, Albertson’s, Save-a-Lot and Cub foods) still lack a comprehensive sustainable seafood sourcing policy and are selling red list seafood that is overfished and caught with destructive practices. I visited two Bristol Farms locations, one in Beverly Hills and the other in South Pasadena. Both stores had multiple red listed fish products on their shelves. Doing detective work on endangered species, I felt like a spy uncovering illicit goods. But the mind-boggling part of the experience is that you don’t have to dig through mislabeled packages or read long ingredients lists – these endangered and unsustainable fish are in plain view. (Photo courtesy Alexis Soto)It’s pretty simple to find a list of endangered seafood. Not only can we use this to inform our purchasing practices, but we can also easily influence stores by speaking to the management and expressing our concerns. It’s important to remember that we fund them and they don’t exist without our support. We need to wake up before it’s too late and take endangered fish off our grocery store shelves.With the new Greenpeace scorecards coming out this month,grocery stores have the opportunity to implement sustainable seafood policies before their names are besmirched by the blood of orange roughy and Chilean seabass. Due to consumer pressure on these key issues, companies like Trader Joes,Whole Foods, Target and Costco have already improved their purchasing practices. Speaking to store managers and demanding sustainable seafood policies is a simple, quick way to spark meaningful change. Written by Paloma Henriques who works for Greenpeace in Los Angeles as a Frontline Team Leader. (Photo courtesy Lauren Macadaeg)

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Tim DeChristopher Visits Michigan State University

Last week, Tim DeChristopher visited Michigan State University to share his story of bold action for the planet with student activists. This is what Leah Kelley of MSU Greenpeace said following his talk:

After hearing Tim DeChristopher speak at Michigan State University, audience members were left with an all-encompassing message: we are not alone in our fight against climate change.

DeChristopher had this in mind while he outbid oil companies on land parcels with money he didn’t have at an auction that would have led to great environmental destruction, but he never knew how much support he would have. “We need people to first have the shift in perspective to realize that people are going to come after us but we are not actually alone,” the activist said.

Michigan State has the largest on campus coal plant in the nation and efforts to move towards alternative energy have been slow-going. The event spurred talk about creative protests as well as pumped-up the Powershift-bound attendees.

“I’ve been looking forward to Powershift for months,” freshman and MSU Greenpeace Powershift Event Co-coordinator Natalie Davenport said. “This event tonight makes me all the more excited to grow in ways to come back from Powershift and take action in our community with MSU Greenpeace.”

Tim DeChristopher also spoke of the importance of we the people standing up against our government and questioning laws that we do not see the benefit in. “It’s not just about reducing emissions,” says DeChristopher. “There is a new challenge of holding on to humanity through whatever lies ahead.”

Thank you Tim for visiting Michigan State. And thank you to everyone standing up to fight for our planet! Now join Natalie and 10,000 others at Power Shift from April 15th – 18th. Register before the deadline on Friday. Onward.

Why it’s awesome to intern with Greenpeace

So, we’ve got a stellar team of interns here in the San Francisco office, working with the Greenpeace Activist Network. It’s no exaggeration to say these folks are the lifeblood of our network – without them, there’s no way we could mobilize nearly 1000 activists nationwide to do great things with Greenpeace, like host 200 vigils for Japan all across the country, for example.

Here’s what they had to say about why they love their internships.

Top 10 reasons why interning for Greenpeace is GREAT!

1. Inspiring amazing volunteers and getting people excited to save the planet.
2. Getting a glowing references at the end of your internship.
3. Attending non-violent direct action training and paint banners.
4. Being part of a great team. It’s a fun office with lots of energy. People don’t walk around like zombies.
5. You can be yourself.
6. There’s flexibility in terms of how you spend your time.
7. Learning how to mobilize people online.
8. Improving your communications skills.
9. It’s like internship boot camp.
10. You get to meet Greenpeace campaigners, media officers, direct actions team people who are friendly and will talk with you about how they got to have the cool job they have.

So what are you waiting for? Apply to intern with the Greenpeace Activist Network in San Francisco today!

Are you a student passionate about the environment? Spend your summer with Greenpeace!

If you’re a college student who cares about the environment, you should spend 5 weeks this summer with Greenpeace. Here’s why.

Year round, students from across the United States and Canada come to train with Greenpeace and learn how to tackle the most pressing environmental issues we face today through the Greenpeace Semester. We look for passionate, visionary students – and every semester, I am in awe because the students we ask to join us go above and beyond our expectations. The thing is, that’s what the Semester is all about – talking to some of the most passionate and dedicated university students and giving them the tools to succeed as change-makers.

We train students who are not only interested in environmental issues, but who are itching to learn how they can contribute in a big way to the environmental movement through community organizing, and student activism. Students like Ren Ostry, who was part of the Greenpeace Semester last fall and is back at work with the Student Network on campus.

Students apply for the Greenpeace Semester for many reasons. Sometimes they are already involved in an environmental group on campus, but it just isn’t running as effectively as it could. Other students have always been passionate about environmentalism and aren’t sure how they can become a catalyst for change. Still others are already working with the Greenpeace Student Network, and are looking to find additional training that can give their campaign the boost it needs. Whatever the reason, these students apply for the Semester because they are eager to learn how to be effective environmental leaders.

We are accepting applications for our summer and fall programs now. The deadline to apply for summer is today, March 31st – so don’t wait, apply today to join the Greenpeace Semester and learn how you can become an effective, inspiring leader on your campus.

Not a student, but know someone who would be a great fit for the Greenpeace Semester? Nominate a student today, and we will contact them to tell them more about the program!