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Danish Navy Seals ready to meet our ship?

Blog entry by nyoung | August 18, 2010

Ben Stewart, comms officer onboard the Esperanza writes... Well I have to say, I didn’t expect that. Yesterday afternoon I was on the rowing machine at the back of the ship as we bobbed along somewhere north of Scotland when...

Petermann glacier - the bigger picture

Blog entry by nyoung | August 11, 2010

What does the major calving event of Petermann glacier mean? We asked Professor Jason Box, a leading expert who was on board our 2009 Arctic expedition for his feedback on this issue. Here is what he has to say. (Adapted from text...

A Greenpeace activist in India talks about going to jail for the climate

Blog entry by nick | June 10, 2010

Six Greenpeace activists in India did something took action at a coal-power plant in 2007. They were arrested and thrown into jail. This is the story of one of those activists.

The Energy [R]evolution

Blog entry by nick | June 8, 2010

We have had a vision! The Energy [R]evolution demonstrates how the world can get from where we are now, to where we need to be in terms of phasing out fossil fuels, cutting CO2 while ensuring energy security. This includes...

South Africa doesn’t rate New Zealand’s Super 14 chances

Blog entry by Phil | June 5, 2010

I never expected to hear about rugby at the climate change talks but today’s session of the Kyoto Protocol negotiations was sporting in a number of ways. The session started ordinarily enough. The European Union and Russia started...

Brownlee and oil – relics of a dying age

Blog entry by sboxer | June 2, 2010

In the film Amazing Grace  set in the 19th century there is a scene where the British Parliament is debating the end of slavery. Members of that Parliament argue that the end of slavery would have massive economic impacts that would...

Mining plans slammed by world's biggest enviro group

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | April 30, 2010

Just incase you thought NZ's mining plans were going down well in the outside world, check out this scathing assessment of them by the world's largest environmental conservation authority. Word has it that the creator of the "100%...

Sign On Ambassadors Lucy and Robyn visit Paparoa National Park

Blog entry by Robbie MacKay | April 23, 2010

Sign ON ambassadors Lucy Lawless and Robyn Malcolm are in the Paparoa National Park on the West Coast for two days in and around the Paparoa National Park, drawing the link between the Government’s Schedule 4 mining plans and climate...

My farewell blog

Blog entry by Gareth Hughes | January 29, 2010

This is my last day working at Greenpeace so I thought I’d write up a few thoughts on Sign On. Apologies in advance, this blog is really long, but hey this is a pretty BIG campaign. For those who don’t know me, I’ve been  the Sign On...

This is a wake-up call for us

Blog entry by nick | December 21, 2009

Late last night, after the results of negotiations by the world's leaders became known, Kumi Naidoo - Greenpeace International executive director - took part in a press conference organised by the Climate Action Network. There he...

Copenhagen is over, but we’re not done yet

Blog entry by Nick Young | December 21, 2009

It’s over. The fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties has officially drawn to a close (or rather all but collapsed), but what are we left with? Very little is the honest answer and, no matter how the politicians spin it or...

John Key hints at real leadership

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | December 18, 2009

John Key has landed! And with quite a thump. He just delivered what can only be described as a very promising speech to the Copenhagen conference, in which he clearly acknowledged the needs of vulnerable nations, and called for all...

Kumi Naidoo's Speech at the COPenhagen Global Day of Action

Blog entry by nick | December 14, 2009

Greenpeace International ED, Kumi Naidoo, delivered a passionate speech at the launch of the Global Day of Action March in Copenhagen 12 Dec. 2009. "Yes we can, yes we must and yes we will deliver a fair efficient and legally binding...

Today could prove to be very significant

Blog entry by Geoff Keey | December 12, 2009

As i write this, I'm at the Kyoto Protocol negotiations waiting for the session to start. Looking at my phone, i see i have thousands of unread emails in my inbox. The information flow here is extraordinary - one or more email messages...

Kirsten Morrell at London march of 30,000

Blog entry by Nick Young | December 9, 2009

Sign On ambassador and esteemed musician Kirsten Morrell was originally billed to perform at the Planet A day concert but due to flooding(!!) she was unable to return to New Zealand from the UK. Instead she went to the Wave march in...

Copenhagen kicks off with a challenge to John Key

Blog entry by Nick Young | December 8, 2009

The countdown is over and the time for excuses has run out. Nearly 15,000 delegates from around the world have gathered in Copenhagen for the most important meeting of our time. Next week, they will be joined by over 100 heads of state...

Dismissing climate science

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | December 4, 2009

With just over 24 hours to go until we officially land on Planet A , there is much nervous glancing out the window and logging on to meteorological websites. That said, we're choosing to ignore the story running on Stuff: "Heavy rain...

An email from the future

Blog entry by nick | December 1, 2009

Today almost 100,000 people around New Zealand received an email from a future self in 2020 courtesy of Greenpeace. Judging by the responses we've had so far, (and there has been an avalanche), a lot of people were a little startled...

Planet A because there is no Planet B

Blog entry by nick | November 23, 2009

Here in the Greenpeace office, focus has well and truly shifted to the campaign’s big finale for 2009 – simultaneous marches in Auckland and Wellington, and a free concert in Myers Park at the end of the Auckland march, featuring...

Lessons from Amsterdam

Blog entry by geoff | November 18, 2009

I’ve arrived at the Greenpeace International office in Amsterdam where I’ll be based for the next couple of weeks. It’s a better option than flying to and from Europe prior to Copenhagen. The first thing you notice in Amsterdam (apart...

Greenpeace activists shut down Southland coal mine to highlight Fonterra climate crimes

Blog entry by nick | November 17, 2009

Fonterra Climate Crime Just before dawn this morning Greenpeace activists shut down a pit in the Southland  'New Vale'  lignite coalmine.   The dirty lignite coal is used by Fonterra to help fuel operations at its nearby...

Approaching Planet A

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | November 12, 2009

Here at Sign On HQ, focus has well and truly shifted to the campaign’s big finale for 2009 – simultaneous marches in Auckland and Wellington , and a free concert in Myers Park at the end of the Auckland march, featuring Opshop,...

NZ stengthens its ambition to fail

Blog entry by Geoff Keey | November 6, 2009

Oh dear, it gets worse. "New Zealand is blaming the Kyoto Protocol for its low emissions target," a delegate (from where I couldn’t possibly divulge) just told me at the climate change talks in Barcelona today. This comment came...

The eyes have it

Blog entry by Phil | October 29, 2009

Images are a powerful way of telling a story especially when they capture emotion. On Tuesday evening a small crowd which attended a public seminar, organised by Greenpeace and the Indonesia Human Rights Committee, on the palm...

Lucy Lawless woos College Boys

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | October 19, 2009

“Boys, may I introduce to you….Miss Lucy Lawless!” It’s possible that the assembly hall of nearly 1,000 young males had never had such an exciting visitor. The Warrior Princess herself had taken the stage at Wellington College. She...

Some choice videos

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | October 14, 2009

Here's three great videos for the day starting with Where will you be on October 24th ... the International 350 Day of Climate Action ? Put yourself on the map .

55 activists occupy roof of UK Parliment

Blog entry by nick | October 12, 2009

From Greenpeace UK... Fifty-five Greenpeace volunteers have scaled the walls of the Houses of Parliament and are now occupying the roof to call for for a new style of politics in Britain, one capable of rising to meet the challenge...

Sausages a hit in Hamilton

Blog entry by Falk Hermenau | October 12, 2009

We got 213 Sign Ons and we raised $95 profit!  It was great fun. Over and out.

Rhys Darby: "I’ll get John Key to the ball"

Blog entry by Nick Young | October 10, 2009

Comedian Rhys Darby has helped kick off a nationwide fund-raising drive to help pay Prime Minister John Key’s way to the UN climate talks in Copenhagen in December, with a “Darby Barbie” in Auckland. “Some say I'm pretty handy on the...

NZ holds world to ransom with popgun

Blog entry by Geoff Keey | September 30, 2009

New Zealand could backtrack on its climate target according to comments made by the New Zealand Government's Climate Change Ambassador Adrian Macey in the publication Point Carbon. According to the article, Mr Macey told Point...

Sign On superheros gather at HQ

Blog entry by Gareth Hughes | September 28, 2009

Over the weekend, Sign On community organisers from across the country gathered in Auckland to plan the next 70 days - or should we say, the last 70 days in the countdown to Copenhagen . We have Sign On teams right around the...

Day 2: Tauranga Palm Kernel ship action update

Blog entry by nick | September 17, 2009

Climate crime Late last night the last of the 14 activists aboard the East Ambition preventing the palm kernel  (PKE) from being unleaded in Tauranaga was cut off and taken away by police . They are all very tired but safe and...

Palm kernal action update

Blog entry by Kathy | September 16, 2009

All 14 activitsts remain locked on to the ship just outside the Port of Tauranga. One is on the anchor chain. Check out new images just up on the live feed site . The rollout of the action "went like clockwork", according to...

The rehashed ETS - why it sucks

Blog entry by Geoff Keey | September 15, 2009

I’ve been resisting the temptation to write a blog for Sign On about the emissions trading scheme (ETS).  In fact, as I write this, I can hear Kathy from Greenpeace’s office in Auckland going “nooooooo!.”  But there’s some things about...

Sneaky Choppers all Unite!

Blog entry by geoff | September 11, 2009

A kauri in an Auckland garden (CC) simonoosterman Delegates at this weekend’s Labour Party conference will need to do some hard thinking about the party’s direction on environmental issues. Late on Wednesday night Labour surprised...

Minority Report: Where is the Maori Party on climate change these days?

Blog entry by geoff | August 28, 2009

Today in Parliament there was an extraordinary exchange over the Parliamentary committee reviewing climate change.  Apparently, one un-named political party is making a last minute bid to change its minority report outlining their...

Obama's Grandma Signs On

Blog entry by nick | August 21, 2009

Well in a round about way anyway. Barack Obama's grandmother now has solar panels on the roof of her home in Kenya, compliments of Greenpeace. Greenpeace Solar Generation Activists and local youth organisers installed the panels...

Become a tabloid writer with the Yes Men

Blog entry by nick | August 3, 2009

I love the audacity of this. Have you ever wanted to be a tabloid writer? Now, say the Yes Men, you can live the dream! Adopt the persona of a right-wing tabloid writer who has realized that climate change actually matters and...

Rhys Darby emits a global warning

Blog entry by nick | July 24, 2009


Blog entry by Robbie | July 13, 2009

In which Greenpeace shuts down multiple coal fired power stations and makes a point on Mouth Rushmore. Five coal plants occupied in Italy, an impressive action at Mouth Rushmore in the USA, a life size ice berg in the Seine River in...

Do it as a Kiwi

Blog entry by Gareth Hughes | July 9, 2009

Christchurch had its consultation this evening and nearly 200 Cantabrians came out to have their say to Climate Change Minister Nick Smith and NZ Climate Ambassador Adrian Macey. There were 40 by 2020 stickers and signs galore and...

Day 6: The time has come to do what’s essential

Blog entry by Keisha Castle-Hughes | June 28, 2009

Tena koutou, I’m sitting with the CEO of Greenpeace Australia/Pacific Steve Shallhorn in Aitutaki, waiting to be picked up for our final leg of the journey. It has been a wonderful journey, an emotional journey and a meaningful...

New Zealand gets Fossil of the Day - again

Blog entry by Geoff Keey | June 3, 2009

New Zealand's refusal to offer a target at Bonn has resulted in another Fossil of the Day award.  At the last Bonn meeting, New Zealand got Fossil of the Day for " pulling the wool over the eyes of delegates ." Fossil of the Day is...

A time comes

Blog entry by nick | June 2, 2009

Remember the six Greenpeace volunteers in the UK who made history last year when they were acquitted for defending the climate? They were accused of causing £30,000 of criminal damage to Kingsnorth coal-fired power station. Their...

This is the road to Copenhagen!

Blog entry by nick | April 28, 2009

A busy day for team Greenpeace in Belgium yesterday. At 8 in the morning activists blocked traffic on the Ring around Brussels, the busiest traffic 'knot' in the country. After safely re-routing traffic, 30 of them unrolled a 180...

Bill McKibben in Auckland

Blog entry by Gareth | April 21, 2009

Author, activist and 350.org founder Bill McKibben is in the country soon and I’d recommend you check him out. Bill is the author of several books including "The End of Nature", a seminal book on climate change and "Deep...

Running out of Canaries

Blog entry by sboxer | April 14, 2009

Wilkins Ice Shelf Canaries were a coal miner’s best friend even well into the 20th Century. As long as the canary in the coal mine kept singing, the miners knew their air supply was safe – however a dead canary signalled an immediate...

Fire and ice

Blog entry by nick | April 7, 2009

This is not funny. Learn more about greenhouse gasses here

Climate consensus clear

Blog entry by Kathy | March 13, 2009

An important gathering of about 2,000 climate scientists has just wrapped up in Copenhagen. They’ve been meeting this week to talk through latest science, in order to have some concrete recommendations to give negotiators at the final...

Clean Coal Air Freshener

Blog entry by Nick | March 5, 2009

Now with a new and improved label! New Reality ad directed by the Academy-award winning Coen Brothers. In reality, there's no such thing as clean coal. Learn more. Join the campaign .

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