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  • In 3 steps, here is what Paris can do - and what we need to do afterwards

    Blogpost by Simon Boxer - November 30, 2015 at 9:34

    The last few weeks have seen the best and the worst in terms of climate change.

    Victories which pundits told us for years were “impossible” have been coming at a breathtaking pace. Coal demand is in terminal decline worldwide, after a dramatic - if not complete - change of course in China. Oil is also in trouble, with Shell and Statoil retreating from the Alaskan Arctic, President Obama rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline and Alberta putting a cap on tar sands oil. Meanwhile, more and more key players are signing up for a 100% renewable future - from cities to companies. Many communities hit by extreme weather are rebuilding sustainably and hundreds of thousands worldwide are building people power to push forward with climate action now - and in the future.

    At the same time the news is g... Read more >

  • Why these people are marching for climate change and why you should too.

    Blogpost by Kamal Sunker - November 27, 2015 at 12:13

    Those without a voice aren’t just animals, but also the millions to billions of people worldwide who are affected by rising sea levels and extreme weather events brought about from climate change.

    Low-income countries will remain on the frontline of human-induced climate change over the next century, experiencing gradual sea-level rises, stronger cyclones, warmer days and nights, more unpredictable rains, and larger and longer heatwaves.

    “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” - Greek Proverb

    With rapid climate change, one-fourth of Earth’s species could be headed for extinction by 2050.

    If we don't act now, climate change will rapidly alter the lands and waters we all depend upon for survival, leaving our children and grandc... Read more >

  • 4 of ExxonMobil’s greatest climate denial hits

    Blogpost by Naomi Ages - November 27, 2015 at 9:40

    Exxon has known about the dangerous reality of climate change for decades.

    In the last few months, exposé after exposé has uncovered how Exxon knew about the dangerous reality of climate change before the media, politicians and just about everyone else. But instead of doing the right thing, or even just sitting on its evidence, Exxon did something much more insidious. It tried to hide the truth from all of us. 

    As we approach COP21, a global meeting to address the climate crisis, let’s take a look back on four examples of how far Exxon has gone to stop climate action:

    1. That time Exxon learned in 1982 that climate change would lead to environmental catastrophe

    As early as 1977, Exxon’s own scientists were researching human-caused global warming. Exxon dedicated a substantial research budget to studying carbon emissions, developed sophisticated models and...

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  • Why I chained myself to a Government oil exploration boat

    Blogpost by Siana Fitzjohn - November 24, 2015 at 11:46

    This morning along with four others I boarded a Government oil exploration ship in Wellington, climbed a mast and locked myself on. 

    Onboard the Tangaroa

    I've never done anything like this before and to be honest, I was terrified. But as our climate is being pushed to its limits, we must all push our own limits to protect it.

    As I contemplated the ledge at the stern of the ship to where I'll attempt to climb, I thought about how much I hate heights. They scare me a lot, however I'm more scared by the fact that this ship is being used to explore for oil in the deep ocean of our coasts.

    The Tangaroa is supposed to be used for atmosphere and ocean research, but the government have commandeered it to serve the interests of commercial oil companies.

    At a cost of 24 million to the tax-payer, and on the eve of t... Read more >

  • Another Historic Day in the Battle To Stop the Tarsands

    Blogpost by Mike Hudema - November 23, 2015 at 12:54

    Today people slowed the beast again but this time we did it at the source.

    After a string of pipeline victories and over a decade of campaigning on at least three different continents, the Alberta government has finally put a limit to the tarsands. Today they announced they will cap its expansion and limit the tarsands monster to 100 megatonnes a year (equivalent to what projects already operating and those currently under construction would produce).

    As momentous an occasion as it is when an oil jurisdiction actually puts limits on growth, 100 million tonnes of carbon a year at a time when science is demanding bold reductions is still far too much. While historic, the government’s cap needs to be viewed as a ceiling rather then a floor, and a ceiling that we will need to work like cr...

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  • Sad, scared, alone. The baby orangutan orphaned by the plantation industry

    Blogpost by Zamzami - November 21, 2015 at 10:08

    For half an hour Otan wouldn't let go. Only eight months old, he already had a vice-like grip, his nails digging so deep they left half-moon imprints in the skin of his carer. If there were trees, Otan would be swinging freely from branch to branch, his strong grip lifting him in high arcs through the forest canopy. But there were no more trees left for Otan.

    8-month old Otan who lost his mother and home due to deforestation. @ Galih Nofrio Nanda/Greenpeace8-month old Otan who lost his mother and home due to deforestation.

    I was with a Greenpeace team in fire-ravaged West Kalimantan last month, when I heard some news from Linga Village, about 30 minutes by road from the capital, Pontianak in which villagers were nurturing a wild orangutan. Otan's home had been razed to make way for an oil plantation. Only small patches of forest were left, but in time those areas would be razed too.

    W... Read more >

  • Fonterra implicated in Indonesian forest fires

    For months, forest fires raged across Indonesia bringing the world's attention to the country's devastating forest destruction. Both people and orang-utans were endangered as the fires raged and a thick, choking haze swept across Southeast Asia.

    These forest fires were a legacy of decades of destruction by palm oil and paper companies. Despite 'no deforestation' promises held by companies, forests are still being trashed. 

    A recent investigation by Greenpeace International has shown forest and peatland destruction by so-called ‘sustainable’ palm oil companies, including Fonterra's PKE supplier Wilmar, is fuelling forest fires in Borneo.

    Here's 10 shocking facts showing the scale of Indonesia's forest destruction, and why it needs to stop now.

    1. Indonesia now has the highest rate of defores... Read more >

  • Join the most important movement in history

    Blogpost by Nick Young - November 19, 2015 at 14:30

    Very soon, in hundreds of towns and cities across the world people like you will march for the climate, for Paris and for our shared humanity.

    In the wake of appalling violence in Paris, political leaders will soon gather to decide what to do about something that impacts every living thing on the planet. Climate change.

    Climate talks are infamous for their lack of political courage to tackle the greatest challenge of our time. That's why what happens behind closed doors in Paris is not as important as what happens outside on the streets of the world.

    We, the People, will gather for something much bigger and more powerful.

    In dozens of cities and towns across the globe, people are rising in an unprecedented movement that is demanding real climate action and stopping polluting energy in i... Read more >

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