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  • How much longer can we take our water for granted?

    Blogpost by Amanda Larsson - June 28, 2017 at 11:45

     

    The first message I sent home from New Zealand was about tap water.

    Sounds weird. True story.

    Having spent the previous five years drinking London water (you know, the kind of hard water that means endless scrubbing to get crusty, yellowy limescale off your appliances; that leaves floating little flakes of yuckiness on the surface of your cuppa), I just couldn’t get enough of soft, clean NZ water.

    Together with the obligatory ‘I love how they say thanks to the bus driver’ and ‘why am I getting sunburned when it’s cloudy?’, it featured front and centre in my earliest observations of my new home.

    In my first few months in NZ, I sent back envy-inducing photos of turquoise beaches, alpine glaciers, clear blue lakes and streams you’d be rude not to swim in. I’m a terrible photog... Read more >

  • “OMG - Dairy Bosses discover climate change - 20 years too late”

    Hot on the heels of Greenpeace’s parody video about Pure Dairy, the industry leadership has countered with a parody of its own.

    The Dairy Action plan 2017-2018, released Wednesday afternoon, in which Fonterra, Dairy NZ, Piglet and Pooh discover Climate Change.

    It’s like AA Milne does PR.

    Walking through the 100 acre wood one day, the friends notice a set of melted footsteps in the snow.

    It could be a Woozle says Pooh. Or a Heffalump says Piglet. No, say their new friends Fonterra and DairyNZ. It’s something even scarier. That’s your environmental footprint. The earth is heating up. It’s melting the snow.

    Piglet and Pooh Climate Change

    This report reads like Fonterra stumbled across an old press release written by a marketing intern in the 1990’s. Bin... Read more >

  • Pure Dairy. Pure Fiction - A Parody

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 13, 2017 at 14:00

    How Greenpeace is using satire to call out NZ Dairy Bosses on their outrageous billboard.

    You can't miss it. Even at night. The Fonterra billboard bores down through your windscreen with sunny insistence. It strikes you the moment you leave Auckland airport and head into the city. A bold statement designed to make New Zealanders proud and put overseas visitors on notice about the clean green nature of the country they’ve just landed in.

    Fonterra billboard

    Welcome it says, to the home of pure dairy. Kind of sickening.

    A visceral reaction to this blunt force PR is the motivation for the latest film from Greenpeace. It’s a parody that’s been visited upon the New Zealand Dairy Leadership over the last two weeks. We felt we had to act on the yawning disconnect between the billboard and the lived (and swimmed) r... Read more >

  • School bullying - woeful opportunism by dairy leadership

    Blogpost by Phil Vine - June 12, 2017 at 13:49

    When farming organisations start using children as human shields you know they’ve reached a new level of desperation. I think we might have arrived at despo-con3.
     
    Achieved when DairyNZ decided to employ school kids as a new line of defence against public criticism over the freshwater crisis.
     
    “Dairy hate campaign hits farmer’s kids” trumpeted the headline in Rural News.
     
    On the 27th of May it reported DairyNZ director Ben Allomes saying children of dairy farmers “Are being bullied at school just because of the work that their parents do.”
     
    He’d been addressing a farmers’ forum in Manawatu.
     
    Critics asked Mr Allomes to prove it, or at the very least confirm that he’d reported the bullying to the schools concerned.

    DairyNZ decided to employ school kids as a new line of defence
    DairyNZ decided to employ school kids as a new line of defence

    At this point i... Read more >

  • Are we on the cusp of changing the destructive seafood industry forever? Read more >

    For years, the seafood industry has profited from forced labour, illegal fishing, ocean destruction and the needless slaughter of marine life. Tuna vessels operate out of sight and get away with just about anything on the high seas. Many times, the companies selling our families tuna have no idea where their fish came from or who caught it.

    Greenpeace activists peacefully confront marine operations at the heart of Thai Union’s supply chain in 2016. Activists in inflatable boats delivered a cease and desist letter to the deck of the Explorer II, a supply vessel using an underwater seamount to perch on and contribute to massive depletion of ocean life.Greenpeace activists peacefully confront marine operations at the heart of Thai Union’s supply chain in 2016. Activists in inflatable boats delivered a cease and desist letter to the deck of the Explorer II, a supply vessel using an underwater seamount to perch on and contribute to massive depletion of ocean life.

    Our campaign taking on Thai Union, the largest canned tuna company...

  • 16 (Adorable) Reasons to Protect Canada’s Boreal Forest

    Blogpost by Ryan Schleeter - May 19, 2017 at 9:10

    Canada's boreal forest is home to stunning landscapes and a spectacular array of wildlife. But corporate logging giant Resolute Forest Products wants to intimidate and silence people like you fighting to protect forests.

    Rather than responding to our calls to reform its logging practices — as other companies operating in the boreal forest have — Resolute sued Greenpeace USA, Greenpeace Canada and Greenpeace International for doing exactly what we live to do: speaking up for the environment.

    Sign the petition to ask book publishers to stand up for free speech, and protect our forests.

    Whether it’s Indigenous communities who have called the forest home since time immemorial, the vast amounts of carbon stored in its soil, or the rare — and in some cases threatened — species within its bound... Read more >

  • What’s the Story Behind Our Disappearing Act? Resolute Forest Products

    Blogpost by Molly Dorozenski - May 17, 2017 at 12:37

    This might be the biggest crisis Greenpeace has ever faced. A massive Canadian logging company, Resolute Forest Products, is trying to silence Greenpeace with baseless, multi-million dollar lawsuits. So what if Greenpeace disappeared? 


    We’re taking the day to look back on some of the big accomplishments of the organization from the past half century -- and also to imagine what the world might look like if Greenpeace disappeared. For 24 hours, we are dedicating our social media to images a... Read more >

  • Dairy bosses plot their own demise

    Blogpost by Phil Vine - May 12, 2017 at 15:00

    You've got to feel sorry for the dairy leadership. Well you do. They're in mourning. Grief is the only way to explain the strange and conflicting messages coming out of DairyNZ and the Federated Farmers over the last six months. Could have been the demise of John Clarke or Murray Ball. More likely to be a sadness brought on by the slow death of public confidence in their industry.

     

    Farm

    Dairy is under the gun, even from farming's allies at the National Party


    Their nadir: What's coming to be known as the "water crisis of '17"  Perhaps they thought this pesky row would blow over and their PR machine could get back to writing press releases about milk solids and the Dairy Woman of the Year. But no.  Freshwater  has turned into a huge and potentially election-losing  issue. So dairy is under ...

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