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  • Lightning Occupation of Central Plains Water

    Blogpost by Genevieve Toop - September 7, 2017 at 8:00

    We had to go for it. At the crack of dawn today, a team of our activists began an occupation of the Central Plains Water (CPW) irrigation dam.

    If you want to join us - we’re on Coxs Road, Springfield. Time is of the essence, and the more people who come down and support, the more powerful our message becomes - and the better the scene is set for September 14th!

     

    It’s been a hectic few days. We've been busy finalising logistics for the 14th September peaceful protest that you’re registered for, but then CPW’s lawyers sent a letter threatening an injunction. They wanted to shut down any possibility of a protest before it had even started.

    We were faced with a number of options. We could have backed down. We could have tried to argue it in court.

    Instead, we just went for it and... Read more >

  • Hurricane Harvey and the devastating floods in South Asia are reminders of the cost we pay for climate denial and inaction.

    As we speak, floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal have killed far over 1,000 people and impacted an incomprehensible 41 million people.

    And over in North America, Hurricane Harvey has painted a devastating picture for the residents of Houston, Texas.

    The equivalent of half of Houston’s annual average rainfall has fallen in the last 48 hours; 80,000 households are without electricity; Houston emergency services have received almost 6,000 urgent appeals for rescues; 54 Texas counties have been declared state disaster areas; thousands of people are displaced or in shelters; five people have died.

    And climate change is making it all worse.

    While we cannot say definitive... Read more >

  • It’s the greatest challenge of our time and also a huge opportunity. Climate change is not merely an ‘environmental’ issue. It’s an existential threat to all aspects of our society and way of life. Acting now is a moral choice we must make as a nation, in order to be part of this global challenge. And we need an all-of-government and all-of-society approach to tackle it.

    As the greatest threat to human health, responding to climate change should be the central pillar of any social and economic strategy. By closing the doors on dirty energy and polluting agriculture we can compel innovations that will herald an invigorated and more just economy, and a cleaner, better, more resilient way of living on this earth.

    Here are 11 essential actions that all parties should commit to for a stable clima... Read more >

  • Oil companies' Amazon Reef drilling plans in big trouble

    Blogpost by Greenpeace - August 31, 2017 at 10:27

    BP and Total have suffered a massive setback in their plans to drill for oil near the Amazon Reef.

    The companies' joint application for a drilling permit is in crisis, after the Brazilian government rejected their environmental impact study.

    In a strongly-worded statement, Brazil's environment agency IBAMA criticised the companies for their substandard oil spill modelling, and has threatened to shelve their entire application if they can't sort it out.

    Amazon Reef Protest

    IBAMA said that despite repeated requests, the application still doesn't explain how leaking oil might disperse, and highlighted potential risks to French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela and Caribbean archipelagos from a cross-border oil spill. The regulator also criticised the lack of information about possible impacts on local mammals... Read more >

  • For the first time ever, a palm oil company has been forced to restore rainforest and peatland in order to continue supplying the global market.

    Under pressure from customers and civil society, Malaysian palm oil company FGV has promised to restore over 1,000 hectares of the peat forest in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.



    FGV is a subsidiary of FELDA, the world’s largest palm oil grower.

    Bagus Kusuma, Forest campaigner with Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said it was a sign that corporate ‘no deforestation’ policies were finally starting to bite.

    "It sends a serious warning that other destructive palm oil companies should heed: deforestation has consequences,” Kusuma said.

    The good news couldn't come at a better time for Indonesia's forests and its inhabitants.

    A report released last week by I... Read more >

  • Looking back, one of the key moments that was to define both my professional and personal path was the moment I stepped onto the small atoll of Rongelap, in the Pacific Ocean.

    It was 17 May 1985 and I was 24 years old.

    At first glance, it appeared as if I had reached paradise; sandy beaches with coconut trees, water so crystal clear you could see the bottom, meters deep. And yet nothing was as it should be.

    Waiting for us on the beach, with flowers, was the local community. The women held a banner reading ‘we love the future of our children.’

    I was there with the crew of the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, to help them relocate. Their beloved island was making them sick, and what you couldn't see here could kill you.

    Back in March 1954, the atoll received a massive dose of radiation ... Read more >

  • I'm inside a pipe on the Canterbury Plains with Olga from Greenpeace. We each have an arm secured into a tube inside a two and a half metre irrigation pipe. We're in a ditch between the Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers. Our pipe is one of many being laid right now across the Canterbury Plains for more irrigation to grow more grass to feed more cows.

    Rosemary Penwarden locked inside an irrigation pipe

    Now that the adrenaline has slowed and we've adjusted to our surroundings, Olga and I take turns sitting on our camp chair while the other stands. I stamp my feet and the sound echoes back along the pipe. Now and then there's a crash above my head as loose stones fall onto the pipe from above.

    A magpie's quardle oodle wardle doodle heralds dawn and the four metre deep sides of our ditch come into view.

    Glaciers retreated from here around 18,00... Read more >

  • 9 ways to reduce your plastic use

    Blogpost by Alice Hunter - August 25, 2017 at 11:30

    We’ve all seen the headlines about the huge environmental problems caused by single-use plastics. Governments and corporations have a responsibility to take action – but what can we do to cut down our personal plastic footprints?

    Here’s our 9 top tips:

    1. Carry a reusable bottle

    Carrying a reusable bottle is a great way to cut your plastic use and save money too. Many public places have refill points.

    2. Say no to plastic straws

    Plastic straws are bad news for our oceans. Next time you order a drink, think about whether you really need a straw – and if you don’t, just refuse it! You can also ask your local cafe to stop adding straws to drinks as standard and offer paper straws to those who want one.

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    3.Take a reusable coffee cup

    Carry a reusable cup with you – some cafes even offer ... Read more >

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