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,


Dumbo Feather Conversation Series with David Ritter and Rachel Lowry, Monday 16 February 2015, Melbourne.

Dumbo Feather is hosting a conversation series with David Ritter, and Head of Conservation and Science at Zoos Victoria, Rachel Lowry. David and Rachel are wildlife and environment warriors, every day waking and saying, not today, not on my watch. Come and hear them talk about what gets them out of bed in the morning, what keeps them motivated, and how we can do our bit!

Storytelling for Change, Tuesday 17 February 2015, Melbourne.

Through storytelling we can design the world we want to live in. Join the Dumbo Feather team for this interactive workshop about the art of conversation and how to tell a good story. Learn techniques for being a better listener, what makes a meaningful question and finding the story in the everyday. The workshop will be followed by a forty-minute conversation with Greenpeace CEO David Ritter about environmentalism and the power of storytelling in advocacy.

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Hunt’s direct action on rainforest could reap carbon rewards

Standard Page | 9 September, 2013 at 11:45

Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt’s ambition to broker a new global rainforest recovery plan reopens an important conversation about Australia’s role in tackling tropical deforestation. And it reminds us there is much Australia could do...

Cutting ‘green tape’ won’t make a more prosperous Australia

Standard Page | 26 April, 2013 at 13:11

Proposed changes to Australia’s national environmental law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act (EPBC) 1999, appear to have been shelved. The politics have shifted rapidly. Ultimately, the proposals were dumped because they were not a...

PNG’s governing challenges: the view from Fort Shit Scared

Standard Page | 23 April, 2013 at 11:12

It may be just off the coast of North Queensland, but Papua New Guinea is metaphorically very far way from most Australians. Arriving in Port Moresby, the distance of experience from Australia’s southern cities could hardly be greater. Physically...