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Vanessa's Blog: Seismic Events at Sea

Blog entry by Vanessa Atkinson | April 8, 2011

First Contact We headed out of Whangaparoa at Cape Runaway under a gloomy sky at sunset on Sunday. The wind was building and as were our nerves as the next phase of the flotilla to stop deep sea drilling began. After such a...

Fighting spirit at Flotilla send off

Blog entry by Dean Baigent-Mercer | March 28, 2011

Copyright Greenpeace/Malcolm Pullman In speech and in song their rejection of Government approvals to allow oil exploration in their traditional water off East Cape was clear. It sent goosebumps. “This is not about money, this is...

News from Copenhagen: The Red Carpet activists have been charged

Blog entry by Dave Walsh | March 9, 2011

I’m typing these words from the Greenpeace office in Copenhagen, about a ten-minute walk from the Danish Parliament, where nearly 15 months ago, three Greenpeace activists were arrested for politely and peacefully calling on some...

Britain's chronic dependence on oil

Blog entry by John Sauven | March 8, 2011

Melting icebergs in the path of rigs in the Arctic, the latest oil frontier. © Will Rose / Greenpeace Disquiet around fuel prices always makes ministers sit up and take notice. This is the fourth time in a decade that spiraling...

Ten-thousand call for an Energy [R]evolution in Thailand

Blog entry by Jay Harkness | February 28, 2011

10,000 people in Thailand took to the streets near their homes to oppose dirty energy. Their goal: protect their province from coal plants slated to be built by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand. Local communities...

Ask Facebook to ♥ Renewable Energy! There's still time to enter our photo contest.

Blog entry by Anna Keenan | February 16, 2011

Wow! Only four days since we launched our photo-petition-competition and already we have over 500 creative entries calling on Facebook to Unfriend Coal ! View all the images – and vote by clicking ‘like’ for your favourites – by...

Facebook, let's commit to Unfriend Coal by Earth Day

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | February 4, 2011

Since we started our campaign in February 2010, over 600,000 Greenpeace supporters like you have called on Facebook to unfriend coal and embrace renewables to power their massive data centres. Thank you. Just last week, I met with...

Two days, two 'state of the union' speeches, two very different messages

Blog entry by Nathan Argent | January 28, 2011

This week we've seen political grandstanding from both Prime Minister John Key and President Obama about choices and direction. As the two elected leaders stood before their people to outline their plans for the future, the canyon...

Climate skeptic may have misled US Congress over his funding

Blog entry by JulietteH | January 27, 2011

Oops, I forgot to mention that 40% of my funding comes from the oil industry . It just slipped my mind. Sorry! Can we just forget all about it? T'was a honest mistake... I promise it doesn't impact at all what I say about climate...

Who's going to defend the Arctic?

Blog entry by jamie | January 20, 2011

The masters at Marvel comics would struggle to find bad guys worse than these. Take two of the world’s biggest environmental villains – Russian Rosneft (special powers: oil leaks. 7,526 in 2009 alone ) and British BP (special...

The Queensland floods

Blog entry by Anna Keenan | January 14, 2011

At Greenpeace, our hearts go out to all those affected by the floods in Queensland, Australia - ongoing in regional areas and cities now for months, but today sweeping through Queensland's capital city and my hometown, Brisbane.

Forget a White Christmas, Let's Make this One Green(er)!

Blog entry by LisaV | December 16, 2010

For many of us - it’s nearly time for the holidays and by now you may already have all the gifts, decorations and food prepared and planned but if you’re like me - you haven’t even started yet. Most of us turn into super consumers...

LULUCF- it’s as important as it is complicated!

Blog entry by Jessie Anne Dennis | December 7, 2010

On Sunday we (The New Zealand Youth delegation) joined other youth delegations, the Ecosystems Climate Alliance and the Indigenous Environmental Network to stage a powerful protest inside the conference against carbon accounting rules...

New Zealand misbehaving in Cancun

Blog entry by Jessie Dennis | December 6, 2010

New Zealand has been misbehaving here in Cancun. This was confirmed on Wednesday when NZ got it's first Fossil of the Day award; an award NGOs give out each day to the bullies and bad guys. But more on that later. There was a big buzz...

Activists occupy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico

Blog entry by nyoung | November 23, 2010

Four activists took action today, climbing 39 metres over the water at the deepwater oil rig “Centenario”, off the coast of the State of Veracruz, in Mexico. The activists scaled the rig early this morning to call for an end to...

Facebook's coal problem overshadows green announcements

Blog entry by EoinD | November 8, 2010

Facebook launched an official "Green" page yesterday, highlighting what they're doing to be greener - from energy efficiency measures in their data centres, to auto/dual flush toilets in their offices. Those efforts are all good,...

My time in custody in Indonesia

Blog entry by Suzette | September 24, 2010

Greenpeace NZ Communications Manager Suzette Jackson was jailed for 27 hours in Indonesia from September 19-20, whilst gathering evidence of the continued destruction of Indonesia's rainforests by the palm products industry. She...

The “So Coal Network”: Confronting Facebook’s Coal Problem (Video)

Blog entry by nyoung | September 16, 2010

Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of Facebook. His Facebook profile doesn’t list his relationship status, but if it did, it might say “in a relationship with coal”. Everyone has had a friend in a destructive relationship — a relationship...

Bad week in business for Sinar Mas

Blog entry by Jamie | August 27, 2010

Recent deforested area by Sinar Mas company in Central Sumatra.  There's been a not insignificant amount of fallout from the implosion of Sinar Mas's audit  last week. You'll remember that the independent auditors demanded public...

Sinar Mas caught with pants on fire, fibbing to stock markets

Blog entry by nyoung | August 20, 2010

Shooting yourself in the foot. Getting egg all over your face. These and many more idioms apply to the Sinar Mas group which, following the release of its audit last week, has seen its executives "misreporting" the audit's findings.

Government looks set to back down on mining Schedule 4 land

Blog entry by nick | July 19, 2010

When the Government announced plans to mine some of New Zealand's best conservation land,  New Zealanders made submissions in unprecedented numbers and marched in record numbers. We'll know for sure tomorrow but it looks very much...

Climategate- the showdown

Blog entry by Kathy | July 16, 2010

Climate Debate (C) Greenpeace / Cumming It wasn't quite pistols at dawn, but in the softly-softly world of climate science, it was definitely a show down.  Some of the key players in the " Climategate "  scandal gathered in...

Update on oil spill from Jessica in Gulf Port, Mississippi

Blog entry by nick | July 9, 2010

Greenpeace Activist Jessica Miller gives an update from the beach in Gulf Port, Mississippi. People swim in the water next to rocks covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

PETITION: Sign the deep water oil drilling in NZ waters

Blog entry by nick | June 10, 2010

Imagine if the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster happened in NZ waters. It would stretch from Wellington to Christchurch and would devastate our coastline and fisheries for decades. This is now a very real risk as the...

Negotiation snakes and ladders

Blog entry by Phil | June 10, 2010

One of New Zealand's senior negotiators Helen Plume has reported back on behalf of the negotiators (it seems she got the short straw and chaired the attempt to get consensus) to report there was no consensus. So that means both the...

Yvo's favourite things

Blog entry by Phil | June 8, 2010

One of the most significant and colourful figures at the UN climate talks is leaving. This round of Bonn negotiations is the last round for the Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat to the United Nations Convention on...

Corridor gossip – New Zealand fails to back pacific neighbours again?

Blog entry by Geoff Keey | June 3, 2010

Late this afternoon I overheard a rumour. Apparently the Alliance of Small Island States had a proposal for some work looking at how to achieve the 1.5 degree target that they are promoting. It's the target that science shows...

NZ diplomat in race for senior UN climate post

Blog entry by Geoff Keey | June 1, 2010

New Zealand’s climate change ambassador Adrian Macey has been nominated as a candidate for the chair of the Kyoto Protocol (KP) negotiations. This is one of the two key strands in the United Nations (UN) climatechange negotiations...

Back to Bonn

Blog entry by geoff | May 31, 2010

Greenpeace NZ political advisor Geoff Keey reports on the latest round of climate talks. Here I am, just over six months after Copenhagen, back at the United Nations climate change negotiations in Bonn.  I'm staying in a small...

UPDATED: Activists block Fonterra coal use

Blog entry by nick | May 18, 2010

Fighting Fonterra Climate Crimes This morning a team of Greenpeace activists blocked the supply of coal to the boilers of Fonterra's Clandeboye milk drying plant in Canterbury effectively halting another Fonterra climate crime.

Lucy and Robyn's close encounter with coal

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | April 23, 2010

It must have looked quite a sight for people driving by. An unsuspecting corner, curving gently around a quiet part of the West coast's Buller Gorge in the early morning mist. But look a little closer and....my God, that's Xena Warrior...

Dispatch from the Wild West

Blog entry by Lucy Lawless | April 22, 2010

I have spent the day traveling down the West Coast of the South island with the Sign On crew, including Robyn Malcolm - a true Westie! I swear to God this coast line is the most beautiful i have seen anywhere in the world. We have...

National parks, not National's parks

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | March 23, 2010

There was a brilliant cartoon in the Weekend Herald just gone. It showed New Zealand’s conservation lands as a young damsel, dressed up in a pretty green frock and bonnet. And nearby, a lecherous, plump Gerry Brownlee, ensuring her:...

The Himalayas and other red herrings

Blog entry by nick | February 24, 2010

The media has been buzzing about the IPCC's Himalayan glacier controversy . The international climate panel headed by Dr. Rajendra Pachauri won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for a ground-breaking report on climate change. Several...

The well-oiled wheels of climate scepticism

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | February 22, 2010

Been wondering about the veracity of climate science lately? Probably not if you’re here at the Sign On website reading this blog. But just incase the sceptics have had their wicked way with you, be it just for one moment or...

Bill Gates says ZERO emissions by 2050

Blog entry by nick | February 19, 2010

Bill Gates calls for zero carbon emissions by 2050 . Photo: Nancy Duarte . Bill Gates, when asked to give "the talk of his life - in 18 minutes" at the TED Talks conference last week, set a startling precedent for business...

Target deadline COP-out

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | February 2, 2010

As deadlines of global significance go, it was pretty…underwhelming. Sunday (January 31st) was the date by which countries were asked to declare whether they were putting their eggs in the Copenhagen Accord basket, and specify their...


Blog entry by Nick Young | January 25, 2010

At the beginning of 2009, faced with a climate in crisis, a Government not taking it seriously and the huge opportunity that the Copenhagen summit presented, we decided it was time to get a lot of people to step up and say yes, we want...

Thank you all

Blog entry by nick | December 22, 2009

2009 has been a hard year for everyone, and we wouldn't have made it without our supporters. We would like to thank you for sticking with us through the tough times, and hope you'll be staying with us in the future. You can read the...

Copenhagen - Historic failure that will live in infamy

Blog entry by nick | December 21, 2009

Spontaneous demonstration by NGOs outside the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen, after world leaders failed to agree on a fair, ambitious and binding treaty. © Greenpeace/Myllyvirta The following piece is written by one of our UK...

A Black Day for the World

Blog entry by Nick Young | December 19, 2009

Auckland 19 December 2009 - Global leaders have today failed to act to avert catastrophic climate change, says Greenpeace. A weak outcome has so-far emerged from the UN climate talks. The deal is not ambitious, unfair, not legally...

Geoff has a moment at Copenhagen

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | December 16, 2009

The thing about being one of the 20,000 delegates at the talks in Copenhagen is that you kind of have to kiss good-bye your sanity for two weeks. It's not just the queues to get into the various meetings and events, it's lack of...

Copenhagen – “It’s pretty insane”

Blog entry by Geoff Keey | December 15, 2009

Greetings from a cold and hectic Copenhagen. We are now entering the final days of the talks. Over the past week or so, hundreds of thousands of people have marched in locations around the world; among them youth, elders, celebrities...

Tuvalu’s plea – NZ doesn’t lift a finger

Blog entry by Geoff Keey | December 14, 2009

Today, while tens of thousands gathered in central Copenhagen to march to the Bella Centre, Ian Fry, the negotiator for Tuvalu, was making an impassioned speech for the survival of his country. He had been valiantly struggling ...

John Key me me me

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | December 11, 2009

I feel a bit sick this morning. And it's not just the advent of Christmas and the alcohol-related ramifications of that, it's our Prime Minister's revolting attitude to climate action. In particular, his comments in the New...

Here I am in Copenhagen

Blog entry by Kirsten Morrell | December 10, 2009

Here I am at the CultureFutures symposium in Copenhagen. It's a gathering of arts ministers and Heads of Arts institutes and organisations discussing how they can green up and how they can use their creativity to help sustain human and...

Copenhagen - Day One

Blog entry by Geoff Keey | December 8, 2009

Today was the first day of formal negotiations.  My day was mostly spent finding my way round the Bella Centre where the negotiations are being held, tracking the key points to come out of the first day’s meetings and connecting with...

Planet A +

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | December 7, 2009

"If you will it, it is no dream" So said climate scientist and Jim Salinger to the 2,000 people gathered in Wellington's Civic Square, ready to march to Parliament in support of climate action. Meanwhile a crowd nearly twice that size...

John Key to go to Copenhagen

Blog entry by Nick Young | December 3, 2009

This year we've called on Prime Minister John Key to do two things - go to Copenhagen, and commit NZ to 40 per cent by 2020 emissions reduction targets. We are now almost 180,000 strong and John Key has just announced that he has...

Antarctic Treaty: Lessons for Copenhagen

Blog entry by nick | December 2, 2009

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