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  • A view from Waitangi by Mike Smith

    Blogpost by Mike Smith - February 3, 2017 at 20:51

     Over the last couple of days I’ve been getting calls from friends, colleagues and media organisations wanting to know what was happening at Waitangi this year.

    Here’s what I’ve been telling them. 

    Depending on your point of view, Waitangi day is either a day of celebrations, a day of rage against the government or, for the majority on NZers, a day off work to enjoy a long summer weekend.

    All of these aspects come together at Waitangi on Waitangi day.

    The Navy provides a bit of pomp and ceremony backed up by the frigates firing their guns out in the bay. The Government provides some bouncy castles and other family friendly activities and entertainment across the bridge at the Treaty grounds.

    Meanwhile at the “bottom” marae, the local elders and community welcome and feed the thousands ... Read more >

  • The Amazon Reef: Brazil’s newly discovered and already threatened treasure

    Blogpost by Thaís Herrero - January 27, 2017 at 14:50

    We’ve launched a new campaign to defend the Amazon Reef, a unique and largely unknown biome that may be soon threatened by oil exploration

    The Greenpeace Esperanza on the Amazon riverIn the far north of Brazil, where the Amazon River meets the sea, there is a newly-discovered natural treasure—a hidden coral reef in a region where no one thought possible. Because muddy water from the Amazon River clouds the sea surface, almost no light reaches the reef making finding a reef with a complex marine life there unlikely.

     But that is where the Amazon reef was found – a unique and very special discovery. And it is huge! We are talking about 9,500 square kilometers of formations including giant sponges (which are longer than 2 meters/6.5 feet) and calcareous algae, called rhodolith.

    Amazon River Mouth mapThe discovery of this reef was announced in April 2016 w... Read more >

  • #BridgesNotWalls - It’s Time for Solidarity, Love and Hope

    Blogpost by Madeleine Smith and Leila Deen - January 20, 2017 at 16:35

    New Zealand was the first on Earth to see January the 20th - the day on which Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, after a year when, around the world, the politics of hate, fear and division too often blossomed.

    Greenpeace Executive Director Bunny McDiarmid and Greenpeace New Zealand staff say #BridgesNotWalls from Auckland Harbor Bridge. Greenpeace Executive Director Bunny McDiarmid and Greenpeace New Zealand staff say #BridgesNotWalls from Auckland Harbor Bridge. 

    While we may be a country a world away from these politics - this morning, Greenpeace New Zealand joined with allies and supporters to participate in a global movement sending a loud, clear message of connection over division: #BridgesNotWalls. 

    It’s a scary time. A handful of political elites and corporate giants — including some of the biggest polluters on the planet — continue to win big as long as people are fe...

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  • Revealed: HSBC is funding forest destruction

    Blogpost by Annisa Rahmawati - January 17, 2017 at 14:05

    Today we’ve let the cat out of the bag that HSBC - one of the biggest banks in the world - is funding destructive palm oil companies. Now its customers are waking up to the news that the bank card in their pocket is linked to the destruction of already-endangered forests.

    This secretly filmed footage shows bulldozers from the Salim palm oil group - a firm that borrowed millions of pounds from HSBC - destroying Indonesia’s rainforests. Take a look and see for yourself.

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    This isn’t about one palm oil company though - HSBC funds multiple shady palm oil companies. Most of us will never have heard of these faceless palm oil predators - but they’re notorious in their industry for trashing rainforests, so HSBC knows exactly what it’s doing.  

    In April 2016, an influential environmental group r...

  • At this point most people know about neonicotinoids and the serious risk they pose to honey bees. Bees are a link in a chain of biodiversity and pollination of incredible value to our food production. Up to 75% of our crops directly or indirectly depend on pollination. We need to start protecting our pollinators against the threat pesticides like neonicotinoids pose. In 2013 scientific findings in Europe lead to a partial ban of four of the worst bee-harming pesticides (clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and fipronil) – at least when they are used on crops which are attractive to honey bees.

    Neonicotinoids: a risk to bees and other animals. 09/01/2017 © Neonicotinoids: a risk for bees and other animals

    Hundreds of new studies show threat more serious than thought

    Since 2013 research on the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides has continued. G... Read more >

  • How green are the apps you use every day?

    Blogpost by Gary Cook - January 16, 2017 at 13:44

    Did you know some of the apps we use every day can make a difference in driving a green future by choosing to power their data centres (and our digital lives) with renewable energy? 

    The Renewable Revolution is here and some of the most innovative tech leaders are embracing green energy, but there are many who still rely on coal and other sources of dirty energy contributing to climate change.

    From Facebook to Netflix, here’s a list of renewable energy champions, others that are improving, and laggards still stuck on dirty energy like coal.

    Leading the race:

    Facebook (Grade: A)

    Since we all convinced Facebook to Unlike Coal in 2011 this tech giant has been pushing the renewable energy agenda and ensuring our likes and shares are greener than ever!

    Activists showing Facebook signs used in the campaign against Facebook's use of coal. 13 Apr, 2011  © Peter Soerensen / Greenpeace

    Google (Grade: A)

    The king of th...

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  • Seeing is believing: Growing food for people, with people and with nature in Cuba

    Blogpost by Reyes Tirado - January 16, 2017 at 13:41

    “Ojos hacen fe.” Those are the words of Lucy Martín, an inspiring Cuban researcher with Oxfam in Havana. She has lived through decades of change in Cuba, while remaining grounded in the reality of farmers there. Read more >

    Finca Marta farm in Cuba, 14 Nov, 2016,  © Alonso Crespo / Greenpeace

    She uses those words – “seeing is believing” in English – to explain the importance of tangible examples that show how transforming our food system is possible. In Cuba, despite scarcity and a system where many challenges still remain, the country has been successfully innovating in ecological farming since the early ‘90s.

    Cuba’s agricultural transformation

    Cuba is a small country of about 11 million people. In the 1990s, the end of Soviet support brought, among other things, a massive exodus from the countryside into cities. Nowadays, almost 80% of the Cuban population liv...

  • Cease and desist message delivered to seismic blasting ship

    Blogpost by Kate Simcock - January 13, 2017 at 15:06

    Amazon Warrior, this is the Margaret Mahy. Do you copy?

    The world's biggest seismic blasting ship - the Amazon Warrior, AKA the 'The Beast' - is exploring for oil in the seas between Kaikoura and Napier. Despite the climate crisis, the risk of catastrophic oil spills and the immediate harm done to marine life, Statoil and Chevron are exploring for new oil at the invitation of the NZ Govt. 

    It’s utter madness.

    Today, two Greenpeace boats intercepted the 126 metre-long monster and from on board one  - the Margaret Mahy - Greenpeace climate campaigner Kate Simcock, delivered a message directly to the master of the ship on behalf of almost 70,000 people who have signed on to the letter to Statoil and Chevron.

    Also on board is Raihania Tipoki, of Ngāti Kahungunu. He'll deliver this message... Read more >

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