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To David — I have news that I’ve waited years to share with you: following last week’s international court ruling, Japan has officially cancelled all plans to hunt whales in the Southern Ocean in 2014.

This will be the first year since 1904 that no whales will be hunted in Antarctic waters.

It’s a phenomenal victory for whales — and for Greenpeace supporters everywhere who have joined together to call for an end to commercial whaling. I can only imagine that if we could communicate this news to whales, they’d also be jumping for joy.

I hope you’ll take the time to celebrate this great news for whales with me today.  And yet that’s not all we’ve achieved together. Greenpeace supporters have been at the heart of some incredible victories lately. Here’s just a few of them:

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We did it! The giant company behind brands like Head & Shoulders and Gillette – Procter & Gamble – has agreed to stop trashing the rainforest for dirty palm oil. After nearly 400,000 of us around the world emailed P&G’s boss and thousands more campaigned in supermarkets, on the streets and on social media – they listened at last.

This week P&G published a jaw-dropping update on their website: “P&G’s new goals call for ensuring no deforestation in its entire palm supply chain.”

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This month, two more companies, Lend Lease and Anglo Coal, have followed BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto and withdrawn their plans to develop coal terminals at Abbot Point that would threaten the Great Barrier Reef.

With the number of proposed terminals now greatly reduced, we can focus on preventing the other mines and coal ports that threaten this World Heritage Area and its precious marine life.

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The European Parliament has backed Greenpeace’s vision for an Arctic Sanctuary. It would create the biggest ever conservation zone on the planet, protecting our oceans from dangerous overfishing and saving other species that thrive in this delicate and pristine environment. There’s a long way to go until it becomes a reality, but this is the clearest sign yet that governments are listening to our calls.

You can read more about these victories here. But today I’d really love to hear from you: can you join this celebration by telling us why you’re proud to be part of Greenpeace?

Join the celebration!

It’s because of the hard work, passion, and dedication of Greenpeace supporters like you that we’ve accomplished all this over the past few months. And, just when we thought the year couldn’t get any better, Japan put a stop to whaling in the Southern Ocean.

Amazing. This is why I work for Greenpeace, David. I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved this year and while there are plenty of challenges ahead, I’m even more excited about what we have planned for 2014 and beyond.

From my family to yours, thank you.

Ben Pearson
Program Director
Greenpeace Australia Pacific

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