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  • Clean energy centre the start of something big

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - June 30, 2011 at 17:22

    Yesterday saw the official opening of the New Zealand Clean Energy Centre – the state of the art facility on the shores of the stunning Lake Taupo. The modern and architecturally spectacular building sits comfortably amongst the ancient, bush clad mountains and enchanting landscape.

    The whirring wind turbines, bank of solar panels and the inconspicuous geothermal well merely hint at the wealth of innovation and ingenuity that makes this building the beating heart of the clean energy sector in Aotearoa.

    The Clean Energy Centre – the model of energy efficient and green design - has been established to accelerate the uptake of clean energy solutions by industry, communities, businesses and households across New Zealand, and is not shy in showcasing its talent to the world.

    The event was ... Read more >

  • Way up north, in a land far, far away, a legion of seven-year-old children armed with light sabers have taken on Europe’s biggest carmaker – Volkswagen – to highlight its poor environmental record.

    Despite a carefully crafted image as a family-friendly and environmentally responsible company - an image delivered through sometimes jaw-droppingly good advertising - Volkswagen is using its huge political muscle to lobby against key environmental laws in Europe and the United States. Indeed, it is part of an influential lobby group trying to block a new carbon target that would boost the European economy and cut carbon emissions.

    For a company that seems to be at the cutting edge of car technology, with the know-how to clean up its cars and make them more fuel efficient, this is hugely out ... Read more >

  • Deep Green: Why De-Growth? An interview

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 29, 2011 at 16:25 1 comment

    Deep Green is Rex Weyler's monthly column, reflecting on the roots of activism, environmentalism, and Greenpeace's past, present, and future. The opinions here are his own.

    Rex Weyler

    “GDP, the so-called measure of economic growth, does not separate costs from benefits.”
    Herman Daly, World Bank Economist, author of “Steady State Economics.”

    In 2008, economists and scientists met in Paris to discuss “Economic Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity.” The Degrowth (Décroissance) movement grew from this economic revolution in France. In 2010, a similar conference convened in Barcelona. For the last two years I have helped organize the Degrowth Conference in Vancouver, Canada. Journalists and traditional economists have asked why a degrowth movement is necessary. Here are ans... Read more >

  • Join the rebellion and turn VW away from the dark side

    Blogpost by Andrew Davies - June 29, 2011 at 15:26

    It’s not every day you’re called to step up in defence of your planet – but today is one of those days. A few moments ago we launched a new global campaign to change Volkswagen by turning them away from the Dark Side, and we need your help.

    Despite the green image it likes to portray, VW is at the heart of a group of companies lobbying against new laws which we need to cut CO2 emissions, reduce our oil use and protect places like the Arctic from climate change.

    Only a rebellion can stop them – a mass of people from all across the globe –demanding that they change. We need you to be part of that rebellion.

    So sign the rebel manifesto to turn VW away from the Dark Side.

    On the streets across Europe our activists are busy showing Volkswagen for what it really is: a regressive comp... Read more >

  • Defending our Pacific with the new team in Korea

    Blogpost by Lagi Toribau - June 29, 2011 at 9:41

    It is without a doubt that our oceans are an integral part of human survival and crucial to how Mother Nature goes about her business on a day-to-day basis and maintains. After all, 80% of all the life on Earth lies beneath the surface of our seas.

    Since joining Greenpeace, I have always been fascinated and depressed with how little we truly know about the ocean and the life it supports and yet somehow, we are either too scared to embrace the importance of rescuing our oceans, or likely are we also too ignorant to think beyond the luxuries of all that our oceans give us today.

    As part of my journey as an ocean defender, I have been here in South Korea the last few days to help raise the awareness of the oceans crisis- and about the solutions- to the masses. I am now (wait for it.. wait ... Read more >

  • Thank you from Kumi

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 23, 2011 at 9:57

    Global Greenpeace head Kumi Naidoo and his fellow activist Ulvar Arnkvaern have now been released from custody and are renewing their call for Cairn Energy to release it's Arctic oil spill response plan.

    In this video Kumi talks about how important it is that we continue the fight to protect the Arctic and how thankful he is for the support of the activists arrested before him and the many thousands of people putting their name to the cause. Read more >

  • Today Kumi Naidoo, the global head of Greenpeace, has been deported from Greenland after four days in jail for his part in a month of direct action on Cairn Energy's Arctic oil rig Leiv Eiriksson. 

    Kumi, like the other 20 activists arrested and deported in the past weeks, is banned from Greenland for one year - but this is far from over. As Kumi said, it is shaping up to be “one of the defining environmental battles of our age.”

    The Arctic is a global commons. It’s our duty as world citizens to come together to shield it from the ravages of oil exploitation and global warming, isolate it from the din of nationalist squabbling, and keep it safe for future generations.

    But, with the consent of Arctic nations, big oil seems poised to rush in. The need for oil is strong and the promise o... Read more >

  • Actions speak louder than words

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 21, 2011 at 10:32

    Today eleven activists appear in a Danish court facing serious charges for a  simple act of protest in Copenhagen a year and a half ago, while Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo remains in a Greenlandic jail for his stand against Arctic oil drilling.

    Bearing witness and non-violent direct action are among the founding principles of Greenpeace. For 40 years, from pole to pole, on every continent and every ocean, Greenpeace has been bringing about change through these core values.
    Direct action can be spectacular and have immediate results - but bearing witness, while usually less dramatic, can have even more remarkable results.

    The power of bearing witness comes from the story it tells and the empowerment it brings to those who see the story, and then feel compelled to ac... Read more >

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