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 

Good Pitch Australia: 8 November 2016, Sydney Opera House

Keynote speaker at Global Ecologies Conference23 November 2016, University of Sydney

Blogs, articles and publications


The latest updates


Australia, Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef

Standard Page | 20 October, 2016 at 17:09

David Ritter explores the world’s confusion over Australia’s lack of action over the deteriorating state of the Great Barrier Reef.

The Risk is Too High. Why Locals Don't Want BP in the Great Australian Bight

Standard Page | 18 October, 2016 at 15:13

Oil and gas multinational BP plans to drill in the near pristine waters of the Great Australian Bight, posing a terrible hazard to the future of the state. Now is the time to stop this threat before the fossil fuel industry takes hold.

Does the Great Barrier Reef's death haunt the dreams of coal's company directors?

Standard Page | 28 June, 2016 at 15:37

The Business Council and Minerals Council of Australia have been silent about the bleaching of the reef but not all miners have to take the same path.

Great Barrier Reef: who's profiting from the destruction and devastation?

Standard Page | 28 June, 2016 at 15:11

The fossil fuel industry, fee-hungry lawyers, banks and those that stay silent are profiting from the reef’s destruction. It’s time for them to say no more.

David Ritter and Rachel Lowry on conservation

Standard Page | 6 March, 2015 at 11:19

In Feb 20125, Dumbo Feather stopped by the Wild Sea exhibit at Melbourne Zoo for a chat with David Ritter (CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific) and Rachel Lowry (Director of Wildlife Conservation and Science at Zoos Australia) on conservation.

"Why's the rubbish there, Dad?" Go ask Coca Cola

Standard Page | 27 August, 2013 at 10:22

David Ritter says recycling cans and plastic bottles has proven to be effective and wildly popular, so why has it not been implemented across the country?

VIDEO: Participatory Revolution 2013, Sydney Vivid Festival

Standard Page | 20 June, 2013 at 16:17

"We are not a pop drink democracy". David Ritter on participatory activism and Coca-Cola.

An open letter to the managing director of Coca-Cola Amatil

Standard Page | 22 April, 2013 at 14:31

Does Coca-cola have a secret agenda against seabirds? David Ritter writes to the company to find out.

It’s the sharks John West reject that make John West look bad

Standard Page | 26 April, 2013 at 13:20

John West isn’t sure what to do about the sharks on its roof and the spoof ads online. It shows corporates fight a new challenge online, writes Greenpeace Australia CEO David Ritter.

Weirdness of fish politics means trouble for the government

Standard Page | 26 April, 2013 at 13:48

A united front of environmentalists and recreational and small-scale fishermen has sprung up to oppose the supertrawler Margiris — the second largest fishing boat ever built — from being permitted to fish in Australian waters.

Super-trawlers are feeding on EU fishing subsidies.

Standard Page | 23 April, 2013 at 11:15

In banning supertrawlers from our waters for two years, the Australian Government has sent a strong message to the bloated and subsidised European fishing industry.

Stop the Margiris and spare the oceans

Standard Page | 26 April, 2013 at 13:52

We Australians love a local link. When big news happens around the world, instinctively the first thing we check is whether an Aussie was involved. But, this time around, the story is coming to us in the form of the imminent arrival of the 142...

Environmental movement needs the human touch

Standard Page | 25 February, 2013 at 17:30

Greenpeace CEO David Ritter considers whether environmental activists have talked too much about targets and quotas instead of real people's lives.