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  • A new chapter in the New Zealand story

    Blogpost by Genevieve Toop - October 22, 2015 at 15:04

    When Simon Bridges announced the areas of Aotearoa that he wants to open up for oil and gas exploration in 2016 (the “Block Offers”), he probably wasn’t expecting this…

    In just six weeks since the announcement 25 communities around the country have mobilised and publicly demanded that their local councils say NO to deep sea oil and Block the Offer.

    Christchurch City Council was the first to listen to their constituents and have called the Government’s deep sea drilling plans “sheer lunacy”.  Kaikoura District Council followed suit soon after.  

    Over the next week many other councils will be deciding where they stand.  Auckland Council will decide at a public meeting on October 29th and we will all get see what they’re made of.  

    In recent history decisions like the one Christchurch and Ka... Read more >

  • UPDATE 1: Our investigations are going well. We’ve narrowed down what happened, and hope to have our email system back up and running later today or tomorrow.

    UPDATE 2: We’ve managed to confirm that all your financial data is safe, and was not compromised at all. Phew! We'll be back online soon.

    I’m writing this message because some of you will have been sent a spam email that appeared to come from us last night. It didn’t come from us. If you received the message, please just treat it like all spam. Delete it, and don’t click on the links.

    We’re really sorry, and right now we’re working to find out how this happened, and how we can fix it.

    What we do know is that yesterday evening someone got into the software we use to send you emails. They tried to send you a spam message about ‘Lott... Read more >

  • 1.4 million Brazilians just stood up for Zero Deforestation

    Blogpost by Maïa Booker - October 22, 2015 at 9:16

    Zero Deforestation Project Bill Delivery in Brazil. 7 Oct, 2015 © Adriano Machado / Greenpeace

    It was an historic moment. After three years of campaigning, a coalition of activists, celebrities and civil society representatives crowded into the Brazilian Congress last week. They were there to submit a bill calling for an end to deforestation – for good.

    More than 70 coalition members poured into Congress. Behind them, a mural made up of thousands of photographs of people who were part of the campaign declared “Zero Deforestation Now!” But this group was just a tiny fraction of those behind the bill.

    The coalition was there to represent the 1.4 million Brazilians who co-signed in support of Zero Deforestation.

    Submitting this legislation to Brazilian Congress marks an important step towards attaining zero deforestation in Brazil. But why is such a mass movement needed?

    Zero Deforestation Project Bill Delivery in Brazil. 7 Oct, 2015 © Adriano Machado / Greenpeace

    Why w...

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  • Why changing the tuna industry means stopping labour abuse

    Blogpost by Jackie Dragon - October 21, 2015 at 13:38

    The same unbridled economic interests that are driving destruction in our oceans are also allowing horrific labour practices and human rights abuses of workers in the seafood industry.

    Fishermen Sleep Onboard a Taiwanese Longliner in Samoa. 19 Aug, 2015 © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

    This week, powerful allies joined forces to call on the world's largest producer of canned tuna – Thai Union Group – and its largest US brand – Chicken of the Sea – to eradicate destructive fishing practices and forced labour from their supply chains.

    Three US unions have released a statement of solidarity with Greenpeace's campaign to reform the tuna industry. Household names in the United States synonymous with worker rights, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represent nearly ... Read more >

  • I’m Vegan — Here’s Why I’m Fighting to Change the Tuna Industry

    Blogpost by Dawn Bickett - October 21, 2015 at 9:24

    As a vegan, Dawn Bickett used to feel removed from the issue of sustainable seafood. But after documenting the Pacific tuna industry's destructive ways with the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior, she's determined to do more to protect our oceans and those who rely on them.

    This is her story.

    Dong Yu 1518 was an isolated island in a watery world: a long-distance vessel that had been at sea for months fishing for tuna in the Pacific Ocean. And I was standing on its deck.

    Just a week earlier, I had joined the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior on its journey in the South Pacific. The ship was campaigning for change in the tuna fishing industry, which is infamous for overfishing, harm to marine life and labor abuse. Fishing vessels are rarely monitored — especially in international waters — so we ... Read more >

  • 5 Reasons not to drill for deep sea oil in NZ

    Blogpost by Kamal Sunker - October 20, 2015 at 14:04

    1.Our ocean is too precious to destroy
    The tragic Rena spill off the coast of Tauranga was just a drop in a bucket of what could happen to our coastlines.With our Maui’s dolphins at the brink of extinction and the thousands of marine animals that call New Zealand home, our pristine ocean is too beautiful and delicate to risk an oil spill.



    2.New Zealanders don’t want it to happen
    In a poll by, over 60% of people surveyed stated that they did not support oil drilling off the Taranaki Coast. Oil drilling affects each and every New Zealander, no matter where you are in New Zealand, you’re not far away from the coast. Our public understands that our precious coastlines are worth more than short term financial gain.



    3.It will cost the Earth
    If the world is to avoid ca... Read more >

  • The story of a spoon

    Blogpost by Arin de Hoog - October 16, 2015 at 9:35

    "You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life... Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you're trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you."
    – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

    Many of us live in a world where happiness is the choice between 17 kinds of plastic-bottled water brands, even though the same water is coming out of our taps at home. We purchase souvenirs that are made far away from the places that we bought them. We're charmed by trinkets and know that anything of value has been triple-wrapped in titanium strength packaging. We feather our offices with post-it notes and take showers that last long after we're clean.

    We race down the aisles, an arm outstretched, sweepin... Read more >

  • Two tales of one village

    Blogpost by Jan Beránek - October 15, 2015 at 9:33

    Kolin Illegally Destroys Olive Grove for Coal Expansion in Turkey. 9 Nov, 2014 © Umut Vedat / Greenpeace

    A year ago this week, bulldozers from the coal company Kolin, under the cover of the night, invaded an olive grove in a small Turkish village and destroyed 6,000 trees to make space for a new coal fired power plant.

    People Power and Solar Lights Go on in Yirca. 9 Oct, 2015 © Umut Vedat / GreenpeaceThat day in Yirca (pronounced "yirja"), back in early November, had a tragic beginning but ended with a happy celebration of justice and a victory in court when later, the very same day, officials declared the expropriation of the olive groves illegal. The story was highly emotive and heard across Turkey. It forced the government  to commit to protect the olive trees, even against coal development.

    Last weekend, concerned residents working with Greenpeace took another major step forward in the story, by completing the installation of solar PV electricity systems in the vil... Read more >

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