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  • 'At the end of the day' #Decision14

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - September 24, 2014 at 10:13

    Decision 2014 is over. When the dust settles on the craziest election campaign in recent memory, what will we say about this wild ride? We’ll say that 1 million people voted for John Key. And we’ll say that 1 million people didn’t vote at all. Everything else, it turned out, was a side show.

    Monday night on Campbell Live, John Key gave his ‘state of the union address.’

    Looking relaxed in front of the cameras Key laid out his five areas of focus for the next three years.

    “What the public want me to do is, on behalf of leading the Government, is get out there and say, okay, the core issues that matter; Economic prosperity, education for their kids, housing of young New Zealanders, our outward place in the world, the environment and how we preserve and enhance that. Show me the plan and the pathw... Read more >

  • Key’s victory no mandate for dirty energy

    Blogpost by Steve Abel - September 23, 2014 at 10:07

    “What matters most is not who is sitting in the White House, but "who is sitting in" -- and who is marching outside the White House, pushing for change.” – Howard Zinn.

    The opportunity to create genuine transformation in society often occurs through the process of public resistance to retrograde governments and policies.

    We as a movement for climate and environmental action need not see the re-election of the mine, drill, frack, cut and sell John Key government as a disaster but as an opportunity through which our movement can bring a broader population on board for change towards a genuinely clean green New Zealand.

    It would also be a mistake to simply interpret John Key’s victory as a tick for deep sea oil drilling, climate inaction and a failure to back clean energy innovation. When w... Read more >

  • Bringing your voice to Ban Ki-moon

    Blogpost by Dr. Neil Hamilton - September 19, 2014 at 7:50

    Statoil Transocean Spitsbergen Oil Rig Protest in Barents Sea. 08/27/2014 © Nick Cobbing / Greenpeace

    It has been a fantastic summer. Greenpeace has been in the Arctic for months, bearing witness to its extraordinarily shifting landscape, while challenging short-sighted attempts to find oil and explain to decision-makers that fundamental changes need to happen to the way the Arctic is managed.

    But this has just been the beginning.

    We now have support from vast numbers of people; 74% of surveyed people in 30 countries. That's huge. And now we have momentum!

    While I have been part of the team that has made all this happen, somehow it has always seemed to be somebody else actually doing the work.

    Sitting in my hotel room in New York, it's really starting to dawn on me what is about to happen; after a dedicated effort by volunteers, and with support from millions of people around the worl... Read more >

  • Everyone’s a winner, except the fossil fuel industry

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - September 17, 2014 at 16:46

    Overnight, while most of us were sleeping (and some of us were trying to soothe a teething baby) two new reports were released. One fills me with hope and the other with dismay.

    The first, a new report "Better Growth, Better Climate" was released in New York.

    Penned by some of the biggest names in finance and economics, such as Sir Nicholas Stern and backed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, it shows (like our Future is Here report did here in NZ) that job creation, economic well-being and climate action can go hand in hand. And needless to say it is very solid stuff.

    The second is from those powerhouse number crunchers at Ernst and Young. They released the tongue twisting "Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index" report which shows that NZ has dropped out of the top 40 places to inv... Read more >

  • #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 >

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