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  • With the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of the year, the government has opened a short public consultation on what target New Zealand should set to reduce its climate pollution.

    But it's a sham. Targets without a plan of action are meaningless, and guess what? New Zealand doesn’t have a plan. As things stand, our climate pollution will continue to spiral out of control.

    We need an action plan that we can stick to. In the same way the All Blacks focus on winning by training hard, maintaining a healthy diet and living well, New Zealand needs to kick it’s dirty fossil fuel habit and get in shape for a cleaner, brighter future.  

    The thing with the targets this government seems to like so much is that they happen in the future and can be missed.

    They’re a grand distrac... Read more >

  • Greenpeace India: The price of dissent

    Blogpost by Ashish Fernandes - May 8, 2015 at 11:18

    Greenpeace India

    In less than a month, Greenpeace India is in danger of closing.

    Over the last year, we have born the brunt of repeated attacks. In June 2014, all funds coming from Greenpeace's international office were frozen. Then in January, my colleague Priya Pillai was due to fly to London to meet with British politicians but was prevented from leaving the country. In both cases, the Delhi high court has agreed with us that ministers have misused their authority.

    But just a few weeks ago, the ministry froze most of our domestic bank accounts. As a result, we have no access to the donations made by over 75,000 Indian people who campaign with us for a cleaner environment. We have enough funds to keep paying staff and the rent on our offices for the next month – after that, Greenpeace India may be for... Read more >

  • Today, the Labour party are calling upon the Environment Minister, Nick Smith, to come clean on his plans to take away our right to protect our play areas, the forests we tramp in and the rivers we fish in.

    The Government has long planned to take the hatchet to the environmental gold standard that is the Resource Management Act (RMA) and roll back our environmental safeguards to make way for more intensive and polluting dairying and fracking.

    And they currently want to keep their plans behind closed doors and away from New Zealanders.

    Kauri tree

    Only recently we saw how the government’s efforts to weaken the RMA would have seen the destruction of a 500 year old kauri tree to make way for a driveway. It was a ludicrous decision that was overturned thanks to a massive public outcry and the Titirang... Read more >

  • Last week, a new joint report crafted by the pointy-headed people at Bloomberg and the United Nations has declared that the uptake in clean energy globally has reached 'industrial' scale. Power sources like solar and wind are now more affordable than fossil fuels as investors around the world shift their money away from polluting energies like coal and oil.

    And much of this is happening in the developing world, which is hugely significant because, until now, a long held assumption has been that much of the economic growth in these regions would be heavily reliant on polluting energies.

    This report is not an isolated case either: Almost on a weekly basis more and more leading authorities are confirming that action on climate change is not only necessary but it is already happening. Only la... Read more >

  • And the OSPAR goes to… the Arctic!

    Blogpost by Pilar Marcos - April 28, 2015 at 12:52

    Yes, that is not a typo. The OSPAR Award. A long awaited Award that the Arctic well deserves.

    The Arctic deserves an OSPAR

    But, what is an OSPAR? The OSPAR Convention is an international agreement of 15 European countries (Arctic and non Arctic states) plus the European Union with the power and mandate to protect international waters from environmental harm done by human activities.

    The icy waters around the North Pole are international waters. There is an important extension of those international waters that the OSPAR Commision have now the chance to protect: 232.000 square kilometres, as a matter of fact. A well-deserved Award of protection for the Arctic and a big and much needed reward for the planet.

    The heroes from the movies are the ones capable to make us dream big and believe that we can change the world... Read more >

  • Risky Business: Don't put your money in unsustainable fishing

    Blogpost by Nina Thuellen - April 22, 2015 at 11:19

    When we trust a bank with our savings and investments, we assume the bank will do only "good" with our hard-earned cash. Yet throughout Europe, and the world, major banks have ploughed massive amounts of money into unsustainable enterprises that are bad for the planet, including the destruction of our oceans. 

    Europe's fishing and seafood laws are changing – for the better. This is great for the marine environment and for those who choose to fish sustainably. It's not such good news for those who make their money from destructive or unselective ways of catching fish.

    Greenpeace wants to make bankers and investors aware of this new reality, which is why we're publishing Risky Business - Why Smart Investors Must Avoid Unsustainable Seafood Operations; to show how sweeping changes to the... Read more >

  • Mexico 1 : New Zealand 0

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - April 21, 2015 at 11:49

    No, that's not a football score, it's the score-card on how our countries are faring in the protection of two of the world's smallest and cutest marine mammals: Mexico's vaquita porpoise and New Zealand's Maui's dolphin.

    New Zealand and Mexico share the dishonor of being responsible for the decline of the world's rarest marine dolphin and porpoise, both critically endangered with less than 100 animals left. TheInternational Whaling Commission has criticised the lack of action by New Zealand and Mexico to protect these species.

    But thanks to people power, there's now a ray of hope for Mexico's vaquita. The Mexican Government this week announced the protected area – where harmful gillnet fishing is banned to prevent entangling and drowning vaquita – will be extended to cover the full 13,000... Read more >

  • "If somebody not from your country commits a crime against somebody not from your country in another country, should the courts in your country have any jurisdiction over the issue?"

    With remarkable prescience, this question was posed by Shell's own Legal Director back in 2012. Remarkable because it's pretty much what that very same company is now attempting to try and stifle the voices of millions of people who've spoken out and taken action against Arctic drilling.

    Shell is asking the courts in Alaska to issue a draconian injunction against Greenpeace USA to force #TheCrossing to stop by getting our activists off the rig. The company is so worried about the global media storm that erupted when Zoe, Miriam, Andreas et al scaled the Polar Pioneer rig to expose Shell's plans to drill f... Read more >

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