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Drought is real… but dams and irrigation are not the answer

Blog entry by Genevieve Toop | July 26, 2016

There’s no question about it -  drought is causing serious problems for our farmers and communities. So what do we do about it? Dams and irrigation are often touted as the best way to deal with increasing dry spells,...

The day they blew up heaven

Blog entry by Ruby Powell | July 25, 2016

The history of hydrodams in the Amazon is riddled with corruption, human rights abuse and destruction. One hydrodam was built on the site the Munduruku believe their good spirits go when they die - their heaven. Seven waterfalls on...

US ship visit: Why's John Key afraid of people-power?

Blog entry by Russel Norman | July 22, 2016

Q/ Why is John Key telling us that the US back down on visiting ships is not a victory for New Zealand’s nuclear free movement? A/ Because if things are to stay the same (which is how the Prime Minister likes them), it is vital...

They murdered my mother for defending the environment — help me seek justice

Blog entry by Salvador Edgardo Zuniga Cáceres | July 21, 2016

It has been four months since the murder of environmental and Indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, and her killers have still  not been brought to justice. Instead, the violence continues  – o n 7 July, another activist from...

'The river is our blood.' Standing with the Munduruku in the heart of the Amazon

Blog entry by Bunny McDiarmid | July 21, 2016

There is nothing quite like flying over the Brazilian Amazon. The forest spreads out like an endless green carpet, crisscrossed by ribbons of water, and goes on for as far as the eye can see. Banks of clouds break up the vast sky. As...

5 Small Things That Explain The Big Problem with Microbeads

Blog entry by India Thorogood | July 21, 2016

What's the deal with microbeads? Here's 5 things that'll explain it all in no time at all. 1. This straight to the point cartoon:   2. This video from Story of Stuff shows the story of a microbead from production, to...

Life on the edge with the Munduruku

Blog entry by Ruby Powell | July 18, 2016

I've been living in a Munduruku traditional village for one week today. Every morning I wake up to the chorus of calls from the forest. The bird sing and rattle, the crickets chime, and the roosters crow as the light filters in...

NZ's electricity watchdog afraid of the sunlight?

Blog entry by Sophie Schroder | July 16, 2016

This week the Electricity Authority – New Zealand’s supposed power watchdog – decided it wasn’t keen on being stuck in the middle of public and private interests anymore, so it picked a side . Three guesses about which side it...

Why I’m in the Amazon

Blog entry by Ruby Powell | July 13, 2016

I’m currently in the heart of the Amazon living amongst the Munduruku Indigenous People. We’ve set up camp and we’re here standing with them because the Brazilian Government is planning to build a mega hydrodam on the Tapajós river,...

Which fashion brands are going toxic-free?

Blog entry by Kirsten Brodde | July 8, 2016

It was a massive step when Adidas, Puma and Nike promised to go toxic-free by 2020. But when we turned our attention to other companies, the rest of the industry put up resistance. “It’s not feasible what Greenpeace wants us to do,”...

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