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Oceans

We live on Planet Ocean.

Water covers three-quarters of the globe and a staggering 80% of all life on Earth is found hidden beneath its waves. As the sea rolls across the planet it provides over half the oxygen we breathe, sustains billions of people with its resources and drives weather systems and natural flows of energy, which maintain life on Earth.

We need a healthy global ocean to survive. Yet our oceans are in crisis.

Defending oceans

Oceans in crisis

A healthy ocean has diverse ecosystems and robust habitats. But a myriad of human pressures – from overfishing to climate change – are causing ecosystems to collapse, the extinction of many marine species and the destruction of ocean habitats. Our own Pacific Ocean, one of the last relatively healthy ocean ecosystems, is being plundered at an alarming rate. Find out more

Defending our Oceans

Defending our oceans

We need to change the way we fish and the way we protect our oceans. From the high seas to the supermarket shelf, Greenpeace works to replace destructive and illegal fishing practices with sustainable ones. We have a bold vision to end overfishing and establish a global network of marine reserves, which are vital to restore the health of our oceans. Find out more

Whales

Whales

For over thirty years Greenpeace has taken action to protect the gentle giants of the sea. Our work has helped end whaling in nearly every country and revived decimated whale populations. Yet whales are still not safe. Today we’re campaigning to protect whales from the many dangers they face, from ‘scientific’ whaling to climate change. Find out more

Defending our oceans

Take action

You have the power to end the destruction of our oceans. If more people demand sustainable seafood from their retailers, there’s more incentive and pressure for industrial fisheries to provide it. In fact, the tide is already changing. Find out more

 

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Greenpeace boats protest at PM Turnbull's Pt Piper home over climate change

Press release | 26 June, 2016 at 14:44

Sydney, 26 June 2016 – Greenpeace protesters on boats in Sydney Harbour this afternoon unfurled a banner outside Malcolm Turnbull’s Point Piper mansion urging the prime minister to “Choose the reef, not coal”.

Great Barrier Reef bleaching warning - time to quit coal, Queensland

Press release | 1 March, 2016 at 17:24

Brisbane, 1 March 2016 - Today’s announcement issued by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority that the reef is suffering a level 1 bleaching event is a clear signal that Queensland must move away from coal.

Coca-Cola lobbying risks Baird’s promised recycling system: video

Press release | 16 February, 2016 at 10:23

Sydney, 16 February 2016 - Greenpeace Australia Pacific has warned that NSW Premier Mike Baird’s promised ‘world’s best practice’ container recycling system is at risk over opposition from Coca-Cola with the launch of a spoof ad targeting the...

Stripped-down activists find little to wear at The North Face Store protests in...

Press release | 5 February, 2016 at 8:11

Sydney and Melbourne, 4 February 2016 – Stripped-down Greenpeace activists today targeted three flagship stores of outdoor clothing company The North Face in Sydney and Melbourne over the company’s use of polluting chemicals.

Hazardous chemicals found in many outdoor clothing brands

Press release | 25 January, 2016 at 19:13

Munich, 25 January 2016 – Hazardous and persistent chemicals, dangerous to human health and the environment, have been found in the products of leading outdoor brands.

Pacific nations urged to consider tuna conservation after US fishing treaty withdrawal

Press release | 21 January, 2016 at 9:53

Sydney, 21 January 2016 - The United States withdrawal from a key decades-old tuna fishing treaty with Pacific nations could benefit tuna conservation efforts, but its fishing rights must be carefully allocated, Greenpeace Australia Pacific said...

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