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  • 9 ways to have a greener Christmas

    Blogpost by Kamal Sunker - December 15, 2015 at 12:22

    With Christmas just around the corner - we, as consumers have all the power to minimize our environmental impact this festive season!

    1. Buy Less

    Many gifts are gestures of thoughtfulness, there are ways to give more by spending less. There is no better way to show somebody you care, other than taking the time and effort to make them their own personal gift. Whilst some gifts cannot be made at home (such as a toaster for example), if you do have to buy your loved one a gift, try:

    2. Buying Greener

    Make sure electronics have a good consumption rating, you can find this out by looking at the energy star label, and here is the Greenpeace guide to greener electronics which evaluates leading consumer electronics companies based on their commitment and progress in three environmental criter... Read more >

  • The wheel of climate action turns slowly, but in Paris it has turned. There’s much in this deal that frustrates and disappoints me, but it still puts the fossil fuel industry squarely on the wrong side of history.

    Climate Action and Indigenous Rights Demand in ParisGreen groups and indigenous communities stood together in their demand for climate action and Indigenous Peoples Rights at COP21. Aurora, the famous Greenpeace giant polar bear, was brought to Le Bourget in Paris to add pressure on governments to agree an ambitious climate deal.9 Dec, 2015 © Joel Lukhovi / Survival Media Agency

    Parts of this deal have been diluted and polluted by the people who despoil our planet, but it contains a new temperature limit of 1.5 degrees. That single number, and the new goal of net zero emissions by the second half of this century, will cause consternation in the boardrooms of coal companies and the palaces of oil-exporting states and that is a very good thing. The transition away from fossil fuels is inevitable.

    Now comes our great task of this century. How do we meet this new goal? The measures outlined simply do not get us there. When it comes to forcing real, meanin... Read more >

  • If you believe in human rights, you believe in renewable energy for all

    Blogpost by Arin de Hoog - December 11, 2015 at 14:51

    Climate change and human rights. We care about them both, but we often think of them separately. Violations of human rights we usually associate with brutal regimes, unjustified imprisonment and violence carried out between people.

    Human Rights and Climate Justice Workshop in Vanuatu. 8 Jun, 2015 © Steven Lyon / Greenpeace

    “Climate change” creates images of melting glaciers, radical and unseasonal temperature changes and creeping desertification. But climate change may contribute increasingly to extreme weather events. From events that build to a crescendo; like the cold snap in December associated with a  weakened "polar vortex", or the impacts of the current intense El Nino – to weather events that slam into us like a fist; like the hurricane that devastated New Orleans and the typhoons that repeatedly wreak havoc in the Philippines.

    Enshrined in our understanding of human ...

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  • Three solar power projects where women are taking the lead

    Blogpost by Georgie Johnson - December 10, 2015 at 8:48

    Forget international climate talks – women around the world are already taking the clean energy transition into their own hands in ways only women can.

    Yesterday was the third ever 'gender day' at the UN climate talks in Paris, a day of gender-focused sessions that provides a platform for the often overlooked but massively important issue of how gender inequality is linked to climate change.

    But whilst gender has certainly moved up the COP agenda in recent years, it remains a marginal issue.

    In more than two decades of negotiations, the UNFCCC has adopted just three decisions explicitly focused on gender-related issues – two of which were in the last three years.

    Last year at COP20 in Lima, just 36% of delegates were women, and this year former UN human rights chief Mary Robinson has ... Read more >

  • Key gets ready to give away our ocean to oil drillers…again

    Blogpost by Russel Norman - December 9, 2015 at 16:05

    In a breathtaking display of hypocrisy, John Key is preparing to dish out new oil exploration permits - mere days after returning from the Paris climate change conference.

    It’s expected that the Government will announce the latest round of these oil ‘block offers’ before the end of the year.

    While in Parliament you can’t call someone a hypocrite, what other word can you use to describe a Prime Minister who stands on the world stage and says he cares about climate change and then comes home to approve plans to find and burn huge stores of underground carbon?

    Key’s job should be to present a tangible plan to help combat climate change and protect our children’s future – but it seems he didn’t get the memo.

    Instead, he’s hell bent on dolling out permits to look for the very oil that we can... Read more >

  • A surprising meeting with Fonterra

    Blogpost by Russel Norman - December 9, 2015 at 14:12

    In the very first high-level meeting between Greenpeace and Fonterra, Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings told me on Friday that Fonterra does not want to be implicated in deforestation in Indonesia.

    This is real progress and it was really encouraging to hear us both speaking the same language on this issue, at last.

    But to achieve it Fonterra is going to have to stop buying cattle feed linked to rainforest destruction in Indonesia.

    Oil Palm Saplings on Burned Land in Central Kalimantan

    For many years Greenpeace has demanded that Fonterra stop using palm products linked to deforestation and peat drainage. When we initially challenged Fonterra on the role they could be playing in the fires in Indonesia, described as the worst environmental catastrophe this century, Mr Spierings refused even to meet with us.

    But then a few weeks ago when a Greenpea... Read more >

  • Sustainable Fashion

    Blogpost by Alexandria Green - December 8, 2015 at 12:55

     

    Fashion is an extraordinary medium for self-expression. Too often we forget that what we wear can transcend identity and bear a greater and longer-lasting impression on our environment.

    In the age of ‘fast fashion’ and accessibility it’s easy to forget the true cost of what we purchase: hazardous effluent running into waterways, and atrocious ethical abuses, all diluted by elaborate supply chains and masked under the guise of well-established branding.

    Environmental protection is everyone’s responsibility. More designers and labels are being held accountable for what they produce and how they produce it. Brands are being challenged to go green in an effort to re-establish the fashion industry and set better precedents. Initiatives like The Green Carpet Challenge prompts designers to ... Read more >

  • No place for nuclear waste: bearing witness to a dangerous delivery

    Blogpost by Rashini Suriyaarachchi - December 8, 2015 at 9:17

    Ship with Nuclear Waste reaches Australia. 5 Dec, 2015 © Dominic Lorrimer / Greenpeace

    When a Greenpeace investigation found that nuclear waste returning to Australia by ship from France has been classified as high-level waste by French authorities, contradicting Australia's claims over its radioactivity, we knew we had to act.

    So this weekend, Greenpeace activists and volunteers followed the dodgy waste from port in Wollongong all the way to Lucas Heights in south Sydney.

    Find out what went down on Storify.

    Act now: Don't turn Australia into the world's nuclear waste dump

    Write to Minister Christopher Pyne and ask him to rule out turning Australia into the world's toxic waste dump.

    Rashini Suriyaarachchi is the Digital Communications Officer at Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Read more >

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