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Steve Abel

Steve Abel is a musician and long-time environmental activist and has worked on various campaigns in Greenpeace including oceans, climate change, GE free food and the campaign to stop deep sea oil drilling.

  • A photograph popped up on my Facebook feed recently, saying - “seven years ago today”. It was a shot of the crew from the Oil Free Seas flotilla being welcomed onto Kauaetangohia Marae at the isolated tip of the East Cape, where the rising sun first strikes our islands through the pure sea air. The iwi of that place - Te Whānau-ā-Apanui - had utterly humbled us with a 500-strong haka on the beach as we came ashore.  

    Arriving on the beach

    After the pōwhiri, there was a vast banquet of local kai moana, and non-stop performances throughout the dinner from the stage of the whare kai, which had been finely painted with the ancestral story of the tribe by Apanui artist, Cliff Whiting.

    Greenpeace and a small flotilla of independent sailors had responded to the call of Apanui to join them in their resistance agai... Read more >

  • Peaceful civil disobedience for #RealClimateAction

    Blogpost by Steve Abel - February 23, 2016 at 8:00

    PLEASE SHARE: A call to action to Aotearoa New Zealand from one of the world's climate movement leaders and founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben. Listen to him talk about why #RealClimateAction is so important. BRIEFING at 12:30pm on Sunday 20 March at Federal Square in Central Auckland. Coming to the briefing will help greatly with the integrity and power of the protest.DAY OF ACTION Monday 21 MarchIf you can’t come to the briefing on Sunday, meet us at 6.30am sharp on Monday morning in Aotea Square between the Aotea Centre and Bledisloe House. Read more >

    Posted by Greenpeace New Zealand on Wednesday, 16 March 2016

    Join us on Monday 21 March for a non-violent peaceful act of civil disobedience at SkyCity Convention Centre, co-ordinated by Greenpeace in the tradition of Te Whiti and ...

  • Chaos reigned today in the Auckland Council meeting when deep sea oil drilling hit the agenda and we’re all a little stunned by what we witnessed.

    Here’s what happened.

    Hot on the heels of Christchurch Council making a strong submission essentially opposing new oil drilling off their coast, it was Auckland’s turn.

    After people from all over New Zealand flooded the councillors with email, text messages and phone calls calling on them to say NO to deep sea drilling, a big crowd turned up to the first council meeting of 2015. It was standing room only and the councillors were in no doubt that this is an issue of great concern.

    Greenpeace was granted speaking rights so I took the opportunity to present oil spill modelling demonstrating the potentially devastating impacts on West Coast beaches... Read more >

  • The Berlin Wall of oil begins to crumble

    Blogpost by Steve Abel - October 7, 2014 at 14:33

    The Berlin wall was a symbol of the Soviet era like no other.  When it was finally dismantled in 1989 it signalled the end of a system that had stood for nearly 70 years.  A system that shaped the political landscape of the 20th century symbolising a lack of freedom and a source of fear.    

    It is now 25 years since the Berlin Wall came down. As the bricks were shattered and families were reunited, the world rejoiced the end of the Cold War and looked forward to a better existence. It was a turning point in modern history.  

     

    Berlin Wall by Noir at the German language Wikipedia

    Now another system is showing signs of falling.

    A couple of weeks ago an iconic name (if not the iconic name) for the oil industry’s wealth and power over the past century, announced they were divesting from fossil fuels. The Rockefeller’s said, oil no more.    Read more >

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  • Key’s victory no mandate for dirty energy

    Blogpost by Steve Abel - September 23, 2014 at 12:07

    “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 >

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