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  • How we're going to stop ExxonMobil's lies

    Blogpost by Annie Leonard - November 4, 2015 at 14:05

    Action at Exxon Mobil HQ in the US. 27 May, 2003 © Robert Visser / Greenpeace

    I'm still trying to process recent revelations in the LA Times and the Pulitzer winning Inside Climate News about the extent to which ExxonMobil has worked to deny climate change. It knew about the threat of a planet warmed by burning fossil fuels as far back as the 70's, and while publicly denying these risks, built them into its business plans. Wait, what?!

    To make matters worse, ExxonMobil's climate denialism isn't just a thing of the past–it's ongoing. While deeply shocking, it's sadly not surprising: Greenpeace has been exposing ExxonMobil's climate denialism for over a decade. Yes, it's outrageous, but now we need to turn that outrage into action to get governments and citizens to hold ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel companies legally accountable for the damage their activities ha... Read more >

  • Saving the last Japanese dugongs

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - November 2, 2015 at 11:12

    The home of the last few Japanese dugongs is about to be landfilled to make way for two airstrips - part of the expansion of a US military base on the island of Okinawa. But a movement nearly 18 years old is standing up to say NO. That’s why our ship the Rainbow Warrior is en route to join them...

    The first thing that drew me to Greenpeace as a young New Zealander was actually the “peace” side of things. Nuclear weapons testing in the South Pacific had drawn strong opposition from local people and from Greenpeace. Ultimately, that opposition cost Greenpeace its ship, the Rainbow Warrior – bombed and sunk by the French government in an act of state sponsored terrorism – and the life of photographer Fernando Pereira. But it also helped win a nuclear free New Zealand.

    I was at school, an...

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  • Climate change in the eyes of El Nino?

    Blogpost by Aaron Gray-Block - November 2, 2015 at 11:05

    This year's El Niño can already lay claim to spawning Mexico's record-breaking Hurricane Patricia or contributing to one of the worst ever outbreaks of peatland and forest fires in Indonesia, but it might only be just getting started.

    Hurricane Patricia Bears Down on Mexico's Pacific CoastHurricane Patricia Bears Down on Mexico's Pacific Coast [October 2015]

    After playing hide and seek with climate scientists for a year, the current El Niño is shaping up as the strongest since 1998 – when millions of people suffered hunger across Africa, Asia and central America – and might even eclipse it. 

    Climate experts predicted a monster El Niño in 2014, but the phenomenon did not set in as expected, even though that year was recorded as the hottest on record and sea surface temperatures remained unusually warm in the Central Pacific.

    Conditions sta... Read more >

  • Tell Auckland Transport to shove it up their berms

    Blogpost by Kamal Sunker - October 28, 2015 at 13:42

    I can relate to Dan. Like most of the inner-city dwelling 20-somethings, I had no idea what a berm was. That was until I found out that Auckland Transport was taking away the rights of ratepayers to cultivate roadside gardens. To me that makes absolutely no sense, and it seems a few people agree with me - in a few days, a petition to allow fruit and vegetable gardens on Auckland’s berms gained over 3000 signatures and is continuing to grow (no pun intended).

    In 2014, Auckland Transport took away berm mowing services and are now proposing a $150 fee for the right to garden on berms, with regulations that effectively prohibit the growing of fruit and vegetables. On the Auckland Transport website, under their section on footpaths and berm maintenance it states that, “People are asked to ple... Read more >

  • #BlockTheOffer - Auckland Council

    Blogpost by Kamal Sunker - October 27, 2015 at 19:32

    Join us on Thursday 29 October outside the Auckland Town Hall on Queen Street at 9am to encourage Auckland councillors to vote against deep sea oil drilling off Auckland’s coast.

    Last time, the council vote was split 50/50 and the casting vote sided with the oil drillers. We need you there with us to show the council that Aucklanders don’t want deep sea oil drilling.

    Deep sea drilling risks a disastrous oil spills that could inundate West Coast beaches and harbours. If oil is found and burned, it will drive catastrophic climate change.

    If the vote is tight again, Mayor Len Brown’s vote could be crucial. He wasn’t there last time but he will be this time.

    You can take immediate action now by urging Mayor Len Brown to say NO to deep sea oil.

    He’s made a strong statement in the Environmen... Read more >

  • Illegal Logging is threatening China’s Giant Pandas

    Blogpost by Wu Hao - October 23, 2015 at 15:07

    This is the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries. Home to 30% of China’s endangered and iconic giant pandas, it’s the largest giant panda habitat in the world. The area was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006 for its vital role in the survival of the species.

    This is one of the most botanically rich areas on the planet outside the tropical rainforests, home to over 5,000 different flora, a diverse and colourful area bursting with wildlife, some of which is unique to this part of the world. 

    However, due to illegal logging, this ‘sanctuary’ is becoming fragmented and putting China’s pandas and the rest of the stunning wildlife that lives here in danger.

    Over two years, Greenpeace East Asia has been investigating deforestation in the heart of the Sichuan...

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  • Three ways people power is changing in the tuna industry for good

    Blogpost by Graham Forbes - October 23, 2015 at 15:04

    The tuna industry is out of control. It is emptying the oceans of fish, killing other marine creatures like sharks and sea turtles — even abusing workers, who spend months or years at sea for meager pay.

    Greenpeace volunteers in Auckland, New Zealand discuss tuna with consumers. 8 Jun, 2012 © Greenpeace

    For years, tuna companies have been getting away with this behaviour: out of sight, out of mind from most consumers. But a growing movement is taking on the tuna industry. And it’s winning battles for our oceans all over the world.

    Just this past month, a Greenpeace student group at Michigan State University in the United States worked with their school to drop the dirty tuna brand Starkist and instead offer more responsibly sourced tuna on campus. With more than 50,000 students, that’s a lot of tuna!

    And it’s only the start. Here are three ways people are making a difference in the ...

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  • A new chapter in the New Zealand story

    Blogpost by Genevieve Toop - October 22, 2015 at 15:04

    When Simon Bridges announced the areas of Aotearoa that he wants to open up for oil and gas exploration in 2016 (the “Block Offers”), he probably wasn’t expecting this…

    In just six weeks since the announcement 25 communities around the country have mobilised and publicly demanded that their local councils say NO to deep sea oil and Block the Offer.

    Christchurch City Council was the first to listen to their constituents and have called the Government’s deep sea drilling plans “sheer lunacy”.  Kaikoura District Council followed suit soon after.  

    Over the next week many other councils will be deciding where they stand.  Auckland Council will decide at a public meeting on October 29th and we will all get see what they’re made of.  

    In recent history decisions like the one Christchurch and Ka... Read more >

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