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  • Jedi, we need your help. There has been a disturbance in the Force

    Blogpost by James - Greenpeace UK - July 2, 2011 at 10:35

    Last night – at approximately 18:30 – our communications equipment took a direct hit. After providing nearly 2 million transmissions of our latest Rebellion underground message “VW: The Dark Side”, our YouTube films and channel were taken down. And now moments ago, Vimeo took them down.

    Our rebel engineers have been working shifts through the night out in the coldest depths of cyberspace to try and locate the source of the attack, and to keep the videos live on across the internet. 

    You can download and watch them with these links (right click to download, then open with your favorite video player): Episode I, Episode II

    There are many communications from around the YouTube Galaxy including Star Wars characters – indeed dozens of spoofs of exactly the same advert. Which begs the... Read more >

  • Save the Green Collar Job!

    Blogpost by Michael Tritt - July 1, 2011 at 12:37

    Last week I spoke on behalf of Greenpeace at a packed public meeting in Dunedin, where the community is trying to save forty important jobs from being axed - by Government-owned Kiwirail.

    These jobs, at the Hillside rail workshop, belong to highly skilled workers building modern, efficient trains that help reduce our dependence on oil.

    They're the kind of "green collar" jobs and skills that our country needs a lot more of if we are going to prosper in the 21st century.

    With oil prices rising and an urgent need to reduce transport emissions, now is the time we must set New Zealand on a more economically and environmentally sustainable path.

    Yet current Government policies are undermining our economic potential by failing to reduce our dependence on oil, and failing to foster a 'green col... Read more >

  • Clean energy centre the start of something big

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - June 30, 2011 at 19:22

    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 18:25 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 17:26

    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 11:41

    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 11:57

    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 >

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