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  • Let's stop feeling so guilty about global warming

    Blogpost by Emma Thompson - August 8, 2014 at 8:58

    Emma Thompson and her daughter in the Arctic with Greenpeace. 08/05/2014 © Nick Cobbing / Greenpeace

    Emma Thompson is currently in the Arctic aboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza. She wrote these words after walking out onto the fragile sea ice for the first time alongside her 14 year old daughter Gaia.

    We're told that it is all our fault, global warming — we want the fuel, we want our cars, and that the oil industry is merely responding to the needs of a greedy public. But that's simply not fair. Most of us want to live cleaner lives, but our governments don't make these things easily available.

    The changes we need, that the Arctic needs, must come from the top as well as the bottom. We need electric cars to be cheaper and more accessible. We want safer bike lanes in every big city. We want plastic bags to be banned for good. We need governments to stand up to the dirty industries tha...

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  • Greenpeace’s Supreme Court win made New Zealand’s democracy a little stronger

    Blogpost by Duncan Currie - August 7, 2014 at 12:41

    Sometimes you just have to take a stand. Greenpeace’s win yesterday in the Supreme Court in a precedent setting case about an arcane charity law was one of those times.

    The story goes back years, when Greenpeace first started applying for charitable status. The Charities Commission (as it then was) said that although the bulk of Greenpeace’s purposes could be considered charitable, the purpose of promoting peace and disarmament was too political and was enough to block its application.

    Believe it or not, New Zealand’s charities law dates from a 14th century poem and a 17th century English statute. The so-called ‘political’ exception in contrast is comparatively recent: it stems from an English 1917 case called Bowman, about whether a charity promoting secular society could be charitable. The... Read more >

  • Greenpeace believes that peace is the best self-defense, and that war is the biggest threat to the environment. This story is a call for peace by Daisuke Miyachi of Greenpeace Japan. Daisuke is from Hiroshima and his grandmother was one of the surviving victims of the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945.

    The atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at 8:15 am on August 6 1945. 

    Sixty-nine years have now passed.

    Peace Doves - Hiroshima Atomic Bombing 60th Anniversary. Japan 2005 ©Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-HibbertPeace Doves - Hiroshima Atomic Bombing 60th Anniversary. Japan 2005.

    It unleashed a thermonuclear fury of toxic destruction that indiscriminately destroyed everything within a two mile radius. The far-reaching radioactive fallout would also leave its unrelenting and unforgiving scars on the people and natural environment of Hiroshima and surround areas. For the current generation of... Read more >

  • New video sees children at heart of LEGO campaign

    Blogpost by Ian Duff - August 5, 2014 at 22:11

    No one loves LEGO as much as a seven year old who's just built their first masterpiece. But everyone who has played with the toy carries the joy of their inner child on through life. That's why LEGO is such a desirable brand for Shell to piggy back on. Where Shell signifies mess and destruction, LEGO brings bright and bold creativity. This is also why Greenpeace supporters around the world are calling on LEGO to end the deal: for children, for the Arctic, and for the future.

    The film we've launched today, 'I Dream of the Arctic', encapsulates children's awe and wonder for the Arctic. The magical icy place at the top of the world represents not only the home of beloved animals, but also the delicate cooling system of the whole planet. For our kids, a world without the Arctic is ... Read more >

  • Arrest of forest rights activists symbolic of what's wrong in India

    Blogpost by Aaron Gray-Block - August 1, 2014 at 14:43

    It was just past midnight when Indian police hauled two Greenpeace India activists out of their sleep and arrested them this week as a crackdown on protests against a planned coal mine in the Mahan forest intensified.

    The arrests are the latest example of intimidation tactics used in India to quell unrest over the plans by Indian conglomerate Essar to turn the Mahan forest into a climate-wrecking coal mine.

    The timing of the arrests is far from coincidental. The local community was due to hold a Gram Sabha, or village council, sometime between 16-22 August to vote on the proposed coal mine development by partners Essar and Hindalco.

    The police also seized a mobile signal booster and solar panels that Greenpeace India had set up in Amelia village to help spread the news from the communi... Read more >

  • The Governments oil salesman Simon Bridges just can’t catch a break these days. Whether it’s having to admit that he’d never even heard of NZ’s largest forest park (Victoria FP) which he’d just opened up to drillers or getting stick for allowing oil exploration in the home of the last 55 Maui’s dolphins on earth, it seems like everyone’s on his back.

    Now it’s all happening again for poor Simon as he has to defend the Government spending the very “modest” sum of $240,000 of taxpayers' money on wining and dining 11 oil executives for four days in 2011 - on top of the nearly $50 million a year in subsidies and tax breaks for the oil industry.