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  • Auckland march to #StopDeepSeaOil

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 27, 2014 at 19:29

    March to stop deep sea oilAs New Zealand elected John Key's National Government for a third term, the world witnessed the largest climate protest in history. More than 600,000 people made the call for a clean energy future in the 'People's Climate March'.

    Climate Voter clocked in at more than 62,000 and showed that there is a strong desire in New Zealand for action on climate change, and for a cleaner smarter economy.

    New Zealand’s election result is not a mandate for climate in-action. It is not a mandate for more deep sea oil drilling, fracking, mining, and more roads -- and we must not let it be seen as that.

    It’s now up to all of us now to turn up the volume, maintain the momentum and transform those numbers online to numbers on the street! Like all effective movements, we take a long view and we keep on turnin...
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  • Climate action – who is stopping us?

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - September 25, 2014 at 11:53

    The world has changed since our leaders discussed climate change in 2009. It has become even more evident; ravaging crops in Africa, melting ice in the Arctic, drowning the Philippines and drying-up California. The poor are paying the highest price. But ever since super storm Sandy hit New York, even the rich in industrialized countries know that they can't hide from devastating climate change in their gated communities.  

    Climate change is not on its way. It's already here.

    Yet, cost-effective, sensible solutions have also made quantum leaps since 2009. Clean, renewable energy is getting bigger, better and cheaper every day. It can provide the answers our exhausted planet is looking for. Renewables are the most economical solution for new power capacity in an ever-increasing number of co... Read more >

  • 'At the end of the day' #Decision14

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - September 24, 2014 at 10:13

    Decision 2014 is over. When the dust settles on the craziest election campaign in recent memory, what will we say about this wild ride? We’ll say that 1 million people voted for John Key. And we’ll say that 1 million people didn’t vote at all. Everything else, it turned out, was a side show.

    Monday night on Campbell Live, John Key gave his ‘state of the union address.’

    Looking relaxed in front of the cameras Key laid out his five areas of focus for the next three years.

    “What the public want me to do is, on behalf of leading the Government, is get out there and say, okay, the core issues that matter; Economic prosperity, education for their kids, housing of young New Zealanders, our outward place in the world, the environment and how we preserve and enhance that. Show me the plan and the pathw... Read more >

  • Key’s victory no mandate for dirty energy

    Blogpost by Steve Abel - September 23, 2014 at 10:07

    “What matters most is not who is sitting in the White House, but "who is sitting in" -- and who is marching outside the White House, pushing for change.” – Howard Zinn.

    The opportunity to create genuine transformation in society often occurs through the process of public resistance to retrograde governments and policies.

    We as a movement for climate and environmental action need not see the re-election of the mine, drill, frack, cut and sell John Key government as a disaster but as an opportunity through which our movement can bring a broader population on board for change towards a genuinely clean green New Zealand.

    It would also be a mistake to simply interpret John Key’s victory as a tick for deep sea oil drilling, climate inaction and a failure to back clean energy innovation. When w... Read more >

  • Bringing your voice to Ban Ki-moon

    Blogpost by Dr. Neil Hamilton - September 19, 2014 at 7:50

    Statoil Transocean Spitsbergen Oil Rig Protest in Barents Sea. 08/27/2014 © Nick Cobbing / Greenpeace

    It has been a fantastic summer. Greenpeace has been in the Arctic for months, bearing witness to its extraordinarily shifting landscape, while challenging short-sighted attempts to find oil and explain to decision-makers that fundamental changes need to happen to the way the Arctic is managed.

    But this has just been the beginning.

    We now have support from vast numbers of people; 74% of surveyed people in 30 countries. That's huge. And now we have momentum!

    While I have been part of the team that has made all this happen, somehow it has always seemed to be somebody else actually doing the work.

    Sitting in my hotel room in New York, it's really starting to dawn on me what is about to happen; after a dedicated effort by volunteers, and with support from millions of people around the worl... Read more >

  • Everyone’s a winner, except the fossil fuel industry

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - September 17, 2014 at 16:46

    Overnight, while most of us were sleeping (and some of us were trying to soothe a teething baby) two new reports were released. One fills me with hope and the other with dismay.

    The first, a new report "Better Growth, Better Climate" was released in New York.

    Penned by some of the biggest names in finance and economics, such as Sir Nicholas Stern and backed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, it shows (like our Future is Here report did here in NZ) that job creation, economic well-being and climate action can go hand in hand. And needless to say it is very solid stuff.

    The second is from those powerhouse number crunchers at Ernst and Young. They released the tongue twisting "Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index" report which shows that NZ has dropped out of the top 40 places to inv... Read more >

  • #SafeSource NZ - A secure way to share the truth

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - September 15, 2014 at 11:35

    SafeSource by GreenpeaceDirty politics and a dirty environment go hand in hand. Our country’s future as a fairer, cleaner, more prosperous place is being threatened by backroom deals, corporate cronyism and a lack of transparency.

    To enable you or someone you know to provide information that will expose shady corporate practices and lobbyists, put the spotlight on polluting industry practice or help hold our elected leaders to account we have set up Safesource.

    Safesource is a secure and encrypted way for people to blow the whistle anonymously and help us clean up our politics and our environment.

    Greenpeace is concerned that big business's agenda to extract profit from the land and sea is being put ahead of the well-being and rights of communities and their natural environment. Bad behaviour and secret deals a... Read more >

  • On the cusp

    Blogpost by Rosalind Atkinson - September 12, 2014 at 16:18

    “We’re on the cusp of something special,” said one of the men on the TV.

    It’s mysterious. It’s alluring. It leaves just enough to the imagination. Actually, it leaves everything to the imagination. John Key’s repeated election promise during the third leader’s debate on Wednesday night suggests a rosy future, a new era of prosperity and joy, where all dogs can buy takeaways at the hairdresser’s in Foxton. Who wouldn’t want to believe in that?

    By contrast, David Cunliffe’s stance on child poverty was impassioned, but had the misfortune to point to some fundamentally uncomfortable truths; we currently kind of suck at looking after each other and sharing. It’s not pretty, or easy, to look societal failures in the face.

    We hit this same paradox when we try and talk about climate change, or a... Read more >

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