David Ritter

CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Hi, I’m David Ritter. It is my privilege to lead the team at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, where we are campaigning for a green and peaceful future for all. On this page you can connect with me and find out about what I’m doing in my role as Chief Executive Officer.

I was born in Perth, WA and I’m married with two beaut daughters.  In the past, I’ve worked as a lawyer and an academic, before spending five years with Greenpeace UK.  In July 2012 I came back to Australia to head up Greenpeace Australia Pacific, determined to make our campaigns as effective as possible.

I often write and speak about issues that I care deeply about.  I’ll keep a record of where I am speaking and what I am writing here and you can read a selection of my opinion pieces below. You can also refer to my catalogue at Global Policy, Griffith Review, The Huffington Post and The Drum. It would be great to hear from you, so please let me know if you have any feedback by emailing or by reaching out to me on Facebook and Twitter.

All the best,

Upcoming Events 

Political Alliances and Priorities in an Age of Bleaching and Leaching, presented by Sydney Democracy Network  : 7 September 2016 12:30PM, Law Lounge, Level, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Guest speaker at AELA Conference “The future of Australian environmental law: politics, reform and community activism” : October 20 2016, Brisbane

Co-host of National Environment Meeting : October 20-24 2016 (details TBD)

Keynote speaker at Global Ecologies Conference : 23 November 2016, University of Sydney



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Climate Change and Human Rights: The Imperative for Climate Change Migration with...

Standard Page | 28 June, 2016 at 15:02

Given that the impacts of climate change are already upon us, and that things can be expected to worsen considerably even if stay within less than two degrees of global warming (always more a political than a scientifically mandated limit, in any...

Seven Reasons why Environmentalists (should and do) care about Refugees

Standard Page | 25 June, 2016 at 12:00

With a growing number of global problems demanding our attention, CEO of GPAP David Ritter offers seven reasons why environmentalists care about refugees.

Government must shake off hangover of mining to unleash true innovation

Standard Page | 16 December, 2015 at 11:23

David Ritter is the chief executive officer of Greenpeace Australia Pacific The boom is over, long live the boom. Such was the central message at the launch of Malcolm Turnbull’s national innovation and science agenda last week. According...

Under attack in Australia on World Environment Day

Standard Page | 9 June, 2015 at 14:33

First published on ABC Environment Australia’s environment has never needed a helping hand like it does now. Yet, more than ever, our leaders are turning their backs on our natural places.

A passion for conservation is not piracy

Feature Story | 1 October, 2013 at 9:58

Greenpeace activists who travelled to the far north because of a shared conviction about the madness of drilling for oil are now being investigated for piracy. The obvious injustice of the situation has sparked a world-wide wave of peaceful protests.

The coal industry v everyone else: who will win?

Feature Story | 9 July, 2013 at 12:36

The stark choice between the 'climate makers' and the rest of us underlines a competition of two radically different visions. It is a fight over the very future of Australia

Thermal coal exports killing our future

Feature Story | 17 April, 2013 at 15:37

By David Ritter, originally posted in The Australian: A MOMENT has been reached in our national history where the prosperity and wellbeing of Australia are at threat. Radical plans to expand coal exports endanger our most precious places...