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  • The Christchurch Floods

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - March 6, 2014 at 17:59

    Today, our thoughts go out to the people of Christchurch who are once again waking up to another natural disaster. As the true extent of the damage becomes apparent, many neighbourhoods will be pulling together to overcome the severe flooding that has been visited upon their city.

    Seeing those images of inundated homes and desperate residents beamed in to my living room last night, I couldn’t help but think that there’s now rarely a day that goes by when extreme weather events aren’t making headline news. If I’d pressed the mute button the scenes of the elderly being moved to safety by fire crews or cars half-submerged where the torrents of floodwater had pinned them, it could so easily have been recent scenes from the UK or other parts of Europe.

    And the interesting thing is that the lin...

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  • Photos from the orangutan cemetery

    Blogpost by Michael Hedelain - March 5, 2014 at 16:46

    Bones from an orangutan near Tanjung Puting National Park © ULET IFANSASTI

    Proctor & Gamble claims that an astonishing 4.8 billion people worldwide use their products, which include anti-dandruff shampoo Head & Shoulders. What many of these consumers don't know though is that they are being made complicit in the killing of orangutans, elephants and the endangered Sumatran tiger when they use these products.  This is because these products are produced using dirty palm oil from plantations that have been cut out of the Indonesian rainforest.

    The body of a young urangutan © Centre for Orangutan Protection

    For 12 months, Greenpeace has been documenting how several plantations that are connected to Proctor & Gamble have been destroying the habitat of these spectacular species. Horrifical... Read more >

  • Today at P&G: orphan orangutans and flying tigers?

    Blogpost by Joao Talocchi - March 5, 2014 at 11:11

    Today started as a regular day. My son woke up at 5am, at 7am I got a coffee, walked to the subway and after a 40-minute commute I arrived at the office.

    But this ain't no regular day.

    This is the day Procter & Gamble (P&G), the maker of products such as Head & Shoulders, will have to stop ignoring the voice of the more than 185,000 people from around the world who are demanding it stops sourcing palm oil linked to forest destruction. As we revealed last week in a year-long investigation, P&G must come clean and stop making us a part of their forest destruction scandal.

    Just as I opened my computer I found out that P&G, in a very sneaky move, started to delete comments placed by our supporters on the social media pages. Let me make this clear. P&G went from ignoring people's demands to t... Read more >

  • Tackling illegal logging should not be a yearly event

    Blogpost by Danielle van Oijen - March 4, 2014 at 12:51

    Anniversaries can vary in significance, both to people individually and to wider audiences. On paper, the first anniversary of the introduction of a piece of timber legislation might not be a birthday that is chalked up in many people’s calendar.

    But actually, 12 months after the European Union’s Timber Regulation came into force it is a good time to reflect on the impact of the law and to call on governments to do more to ensure that it is enforced effectively.

    The EUTR prohibits the placement of any illegally sourced timber – or timber products – on the European market. It marked the culmination of several years work from many organisations –Greenpeace amongst them – and is a big step forward in the worldwide battle against deforestation and forest degradation.

    Interpol estimates tha... Read more >

  • Banners on the Beach: Oily people at New Brighton pier

    Blogpost by Siana Fitzjohn - February 28, 2014 at 17:59

    Communities are rising up around Aotearoa to say no to deep sea drilling off their coast. Below we hear from longtime activist and passionate Cantabrian, Siana Fitzjohn, about their day of banners and oily beach-goers.

    On the 15th February our Christchurch-based group, Oil Free Otautahi, got ready  to haul our homemade banners, signs, and sandwiches down to blustery New Brighton beach to say (for what felt like the hundredth time) NO to deep sea oil drilling and YES to a clean energy future. 'Banners on Beaches' was a Greenpeace initiative whereby communities and campaigning groups were provided with resources and support to host events on their local beaches. What resulted was a staggering 2300 people flocking to beaches all down the East Coast of the South Island from Golden Bay to Bluff t...
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  • Pulling back the shower curtain: Find out about P&G's dirty secret!

    Blogpost by Bustar Maitar - February 26, 2014 at 17:58

    Procter & Gamble claims that nearly 5 billion people use it products, among them the anti-dandruff shampoo Head & Shoulders. But what's not so squeaky clean is that P&G is making those billions of consumers unknowingly part of an environmental scandal.

    Greenpeace today reveals the result of a year-long investigation showing P&G is sourcing palm oil from companies connected to widespread forest devastation. Its sourcing policies also expose its supply chain to forest fires and habitat destruction that is further pushing the Sumatran tiger to the edge of extinction.