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  • #SafeSource NZ - A secure way to share the truth

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - September 15, 2014 at 11:35

    SafeSource by GreenpeaceDirty politics and a dirty environment go hand in hand. Our country’s future as a fairer, cleaner, more prosperous place is being threatened by backroom deals, corporate cronyism and a lack of transparency.

    To enable you or someone you know to provide information that will expose shady corporate practices and lobbyists, put the spotlight on polluting industry practice or help hold our elected leaders to account we have set up Safesource.

    Safesource is a secure and encrypted way for people to blow the whistle anonymously and help us clean up our politics and our environment.

    Greenpeace is concerned that big business's agenda to extract profit from the land and sea is being put ahead of the well-being and rights of communities and their natural environment. Bad behaviour and secret deals a... Read more >

  • On the cusp

    Blogpost by Rosalind Atkinson - September 12, 2014 at 16:18

    “We’re on the cusp of something special,” said one of the men on the TV.

    It’s mysterious. It’s alluring. It leaves just enough to the imagination. Actually, it leaves everything to the imagination. John Key’s repeated election promise during the third leader’s debate on Wednesday night suggests a rosy future, a new era of prosperity and joy, where all dogs can buy takeaways at the hairdresser’s in Foxton. Who wouldn’t want to believe in that?

    By contrast, David Cunliffe’s stance on child poverty was impassioned, but had the misfortune to point to some fundamentally uncomfortable truths; we currently kind of suck at looking after each other and sharing. It’s not pretty, or easy, to look societal failures in the face.

    We hit this same paradox when we try and talk about climate change, or a... Read more >

  • #ClimateVoter Debate Runs Hot Before Election

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 10, 2014 at 8:01

    At the Great Climate Voter Debate last week, politicians had the chance to tell the nation how their party plans to meet the challenge of climate change.

    It was a huge success. We had a sellout crowd at Q Theater, over 13,000 people tuned in to the live stream online, it was expertly moderated by Samantha Hayes and the #ClimateVoter hashtag was trending nationwide throughout.

    Along with our Climate Voter partners Forest & Bird, Oxfam, Generation Zero, 350 and WWF, our aim from the outset has been to put climate change on the agenda this election and we’ve succeeded.

    As I write this nearly 60,000 people have signed on as Climate Voters since we launched only about 8 weeks ago and the level of interest in the debate shows that this is an issue voters care about.

    Sign on here if you haven't... Read more >

  • Why we climb to save the Arctic

    Blogpost by Ethan Gilbert - September 10, 2014 at 7:36

    As a young child, I loved climbing trees. Above the ground I could see the world below where everything was quiet and my perspective was clear. It was a place to go, where, for a short moment, the world made sense.

    And making sense of this world can sometimes seem tricky.

    Let's take the current situation in the Arctic. While an overwhelming majority of scientists continue to warn us that the burning of fossil fuels may soon result in an ice-free Arctic Ocean in the summer months, oil companies like Shell, Gazprom, and Statoil, are finding this a welcome business opportunity to send their ill-equipped "Arctic-unready" rigs further north to drill for a risky profit, keeping us locked in the same fossil fueled future we're being warned against. This just doesn't add up.

    And yet, there is go... Read more >

  • The world has spoken: Governments should create an Arctic sanctuary!

    Blogpost by nyoung - September 4, 2014 at 19:18

    A global survey commissioned by Greenpeace has revealed that 74 per cent – nearly three quarters – of respondents agree or strongly agree that governments should create a protected area in the Arctic Ocean around the North Pole, providing a sanctuary for animals and other marine life. Another impressively high result shows that 71 per cent of those polled agree the entire Arctic Ocean should be free from oil drilling and other types of heavy industry.

    This is the very first global public opinion survey on the idea of an Arctic Sanctuary. It covered 30 countries, on six continents, in 22 languages. The poll was conducted as an online survey and results were weighted against the most recent census data in each country to ensure a representative sample.

    Today, concerned citizens from ar...

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  • Nelson fishing museum satire or not?

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - August 22, 2014 at 14:19

    Apparently, unless Fairfax is now taking on The Civilian in the field of satirical news, the Minister of Conservation Nick Smith and fishing magnate Peter Talley are planning a fishing museum in Nelson. And the Minister considers this "ambitious new plan" a suitable way to launch his re-election campaign.

    Assuming this is not [SATIRE] (where is that satire tagging Facebook app when you need it - was that just satire as well?) I do hope the first exhibit in the planned fishing museum will be a tribute to the former scallop fisheries of Nelson and Golden Bays; trawled to oblivion and now dead and gone. Perhaps on a more positive note we can finally relegate bottom trawling, fisheries labour abuse and shark finning to the museum as well? And I mean really truly relegate them, like with a prop... Read more >

  • Seismic testing stopped in Norway but coming soon to Northland

    Blogpost by Mike Smith - August 22, 2014 at 11:00

    Seismic testing for oil in the Arctic Barents Sea, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has been stopped one month ahead of schedule 4 days after Greenpeace exposed it to the media.

    But off the coast of Northland in New Zealand waters, Norwegian oil giant Statoil is due to begin seismic mapping to find oil this summer.

    Seismic mapping is the first step of oil exploration. Before the oil rigs even arrive, before the drills go in the seabed, companies must first determine where to find the oil.

    Seismic tests are done from a ship at the surface. An air gun shoots low-frequency sound pulses that penetrate the seafloor and the reflected sound waves are then recorded by sensors dragged on long cables after the ship. The data collected is used to map the seafloor so that oil co... Read more >

  • Norway in sneak attack on the Arctic

    Blogpost by Sune Scheller - August 22, 2014 at 8:05

    Greenpeace Esperanza - Arctic Ship Tour 2014. 06/02/2014 © Greenpeace

    The Esperanza has been in Svalbard, in the Arctic, for a few weeks now and we recently became aware of something urgent and disturbing. A seismic company called Dolphin Geophysical, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, has begun seismic mapping in the far north of the Barents Sea.

    Seismic mapping is the very first step of oil exploration. Before the oil rigs even arrive, before the drills go in the seabed, companies must first determine where to find the precious pockets of oil. So, right now, we're en route to intercept a vessel conducting these tests to expose this sneak attack on the Arctic by the Norwegian state.

    Seismic tests are done from a ship at the surface. An air gun shoots low-frequency sound pulses that penetrate the seafloor and the reflected sound waves ar... Read more >

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