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  • Jessica Edberg is a mother of two. Her daughter, Lily, aged 7, took part in a playful protest yesterday against LEGO's partnership with Shell. 50 kids in total protested by building three giant LEGO Arctic animals outside of Shell's HQ in London. With their parents and guardians, they called on LEGO to stop promoting Shell's logo on LEGO toys because kids love the Arctic and don't want Shell to destroy it.

    My partner and I thought long and hard about joining this campaign; of course as adults we agree with both the message and the methods of Greenpeace. But we do not want to put words into our children's mouths, so our biggest concerns were whether our children would understand what they were doing, and would they understand why?

    After reading the brief from Greenpeace we felt reassured... Read more >

  • Minister for Conservation of What?

    Blogpost by Rosalind Atkinson - July 29, 2014 at 11:07

    Attendees at the Fish and Game council’s hui earlier this month raised concerns over Conservation Minister Nick Smith’s attempt to reduce their ability to advocate for freshwater quality. The Minister is said to have implied that he would restructure the council unless they became less ‘noisy’ and stopped behaving like a ‘rabid NGO’.

    David Hayes, who’s the president of the Freshwater Anglers Association, said Dr. Smith’s “bullying” implication was that the Fish and Game Council’s advocacy was getting in the way of economic growth. Radio New Zealand reported that Fish and Game chief executive Bryce Johnson confirmed the minister’s hostile attitude. It’s a pretty short-sighted form of economics that thinks destroying fresh water and fisheries is going to lead to increased wellbeing for peo...

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  • #ClimateVoter Question Time

    Blogpost by Rosalind Atkinson - July 25, 2014 at 12:15

    Since launching on the 22nd June Climate Voter has been asking a ‘Question of the Week’ to see what action political parties will take on various climate related issues. This is to let voters decide which policies they want to support going into the election. As we near 25,000 Climate Voters, here’s my take on the answers from the first four questions.

    Part of the reason climate change is such a tricky issue is the difficulty of separating the science and the politics. The science is clear and certain: humans are altering the planet’s climate in scary and unprecedented ways. (If your grumpy uncle tries to tell you it’s volcanoes/sunspots/ locusts/lizard people, set him right using some basic facts like the Guardian’s FAQ).

    It may be hard to face, but the climate is in crisis, and without ... Read more >

  • Dear LEGO employees...

    Blogpost by Ian Duff - July 23, 2014 at 16:53