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  • High Court Action Over Climate Voter

    Blogpost by Nick Young - July 14, 2014 at 15:28

    Over 20,000 New Zealanders have now signed on as Climate Voters and in doing so signaled to our politicians that climate change will be in the forefront of their minds when they vote on the 20th September this year. It's a powerful statement, but there’s a problem.

    The Electoral Commission has said Climate Voter may be in breach of the Electoral Act. If that’s left unchallenged, Climate Voter and the six groups backing it could be subject to a range of legal requirements and restrictions that would make it difficult for us to continue.

    We strongly believe that Climate Voter should not be captured by this legislation.

    This is really important. And it’s far bigger than Climate Voter. It’s about democracy and it’s about freedom of speech. There’s a very real risk that, if this interpretatio...

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  • 6 myths Indonesia's biggest forest destroyer wants you to believe

    Blogpost by Richardg - July 14, 2014 at 9:48

    Pulp and paper company APRIL, along with its sister companies, is the greatest threat to the Indonesian rainforest. But these destructive companies are telling fibs to stop their customers deserting them. Here are APRIL's six biggest porkies.

    Myth #1: “APRIL is not deforesting Indonesia”

    Last year APRIL’s then-public relations director was busted in an interview with The Guardian claiming that APRIL isn’t involved in deforestation (from 2.30 minutes onwards – it’s well worth a watch!). He left the company soon after, but we have again caught APRIL making this baffling claim in a leaked customer briefing, claiming “We reforest, not deforest”.

    APRIL and its sister companies in the Royal Golden Eagle group (RGE) imply that tearing down a rainforest and replacing it with a monoculture plan... Read more >

  • This week we released a short creative film which explores the relationship between Shell and LEGO, the world's most popular toy company. We're calling on LEGO to ditch its co-branding deal with Shell, a company that wants to drill in the Arctic and lock us into fossil fuels for decades to come. If you haven't seen it, you can check it out here - assuming it hasn't been removed by the time this blog is posted.

    Between Tuesday and Thursday this week over three million people watched the film, commented on it, and learned about the dark side of LEGO's partnership. But in the early hours of Friday morning, YouTube removed the video 'due to a copyright complaint from Warner Bros'.

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    Our legal team were bullish. They said that this is an issue in the public interest, which means pe...

  • LEGO: Everything is NOT awesome

    Blogpost by Sara Ayech - July 9, 2014 at 10:58

     

    Yesterday we released a new video asking much-loved toy company, LEGO to ditch its partnership with oil company Shell. The film depicts an Arctic made entirely of LEGO and imagines an oil spill in this beautiful and pristine part of the world. In real life, Shell plans to drill in the Arctic with the very real risk of a huge oil spill that would destroy this unique ecosystem.

    We worked with award-winning creative agency, Don't Panic to create the film. It features cameo characters from the LEGO Movie, Game of Thrones, and every child's favourite, Santa Claus. We hope the film is shared far and wide and serves to pressure LEGO into re-thinking their relationship with Shell.

    Every company has a responsibility to choose its partners and suppliers ethically. LEGO says it wants to... Read more >

  • A letter to the employees at LEGO

    Blogpost by Ian Duff - July 2, 2014 at 13:50