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  • Civil Disobedience Against Big Irrigation

    Blogpost by atobert - August 15, 2017 at 14:25

    Construction has started on huge irrigation schemes in Canterbury. When they start working, it’s going to be disastrous for our rivers - most of which are already struggling. More irrigation means more cows and that means more pollution.

    A few weeks ago, the completion of these schemes would have been inevitable. But not any more. The movement against irrigation schemes is getting stronger and stronger, and you can join in. Click here to take part in a peaceful civil disobedience against Big Irrigation in Canterbury. 

    A few weeks ago, we blocked pipes in the Central Plains Water irrigation scheme. It was all over the papers and TV. Then a few days later, Labour came out and announced they’d ditch the $480 million irrigation fund. It was a huge moment, birthed from the courage of a few peo... Read more >

  • In May this year, two brothers, Vázquez and Agustín Torres, were murdered near Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. They were Wixárika (Huichol) leaders, working to preserve their land from incursion by cattle ranchers and drug cartels. This tragedy of greed and corruption serves as an alarm bell for activists attempting to preserve our natural world.  

    Murdered Wixárika leader, Miguel Vázquez Torres (Photo by Nelson Denman) Murdered Wixárika leader, Miguel Vázquez Torres (photo by Nelson Denman) 

    The worldwide crisis on Indigenous land is as urgent as climate change or biodiversity loss. Approximately 400 million Indigenous peoples, with 5,000 distinct cultures, represent most of the world’s cultural diversity. Their land is threatened by mining and logging companies, ranchers and farmers, oil exploration, and now by the drug cartels too. Read more >

    In spite of the 2007...

  • It took two years of relentless campaigning and nearly 700,000 concerned people from around the world, but today we are sharing the good news that together we convinced the world’s largest tuna company to clean up its act!

    Tuna giant Thai Union, which owns brands such as John West, Chicken of the Sea, Petit Navire, Mareblu, and Sealect, has committed to a series of changes to its business that will help to protect seafood workers, reduce destructive fishing practices, and increase support for more sustainable fishing. This marks a major shift for the corporation, and sends a signal to the entire fishing industry to do better for the oceans and seafood industry workers

    How did this happen?

    As the world’s biggest tuna producer, one in five cans of tuna sold globally are canned by Thai Unio... Read more >

  • Today at the UN Headquarters in New York, a global treaty banning nuclear weapons has been adopted. 

    This is an historic moment: according to the treaty, to possess and develop nuclear weapons is now illegal under international law.

    ctivists release peace doves during the Hiroshima atomic bombing 60th anniversary in Japan, 2005. © Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-HibbertActivists release peace doves during the Hiroshima atomic bombing 60th anniversary. (2005)

    The treaty will be open for signature by states on September 20th.

    Over the last three weeks, 140 countries have engaged in final negotiations of the new treaty.  The nine states with nuclear weapons (US, Russia, China, France, UK, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea) have been boycotting the meeting in an attempt to rob the process of its legitimacy. NATO members have also stayed outside of the negotiations, and on the wrong side of history. Their absence is sadly...

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  • BP’s next disaster? Not on Spongebob’s watch!

    Blogpost by Mal Chadwick - July 4, 2017 at 10:55

    BP are at it again. 

    The company that devastated the Gulf of Mexico with its Deepwater Horizon disaster wants to drill for oil near the pristine Amazon Reef. What could possibly go wrong?  🤔

    Home to pink corals, sunset-coloured fish and over 60 species of sea sponge, the Reef has been described as an ‘underwater rainforest’ near the mouth of the Amazon River - and we’re only just discovering how special it is.

    But if BP’s extreme drilling causes a spill, it could spell disaster for the Reef and the wider area. We can’t let this happen.

    So starting today, we’re turning up the pressure on BP - working together to defend the Reef from risky, spill-prone oil drilling.

    And now we’ve got some help from an unlikely source. The Amazon Reef has a new champion - a celebrity advocate who’ll stan...

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  • What’s happening in Poland’s last remaining ancient forest will make you furious

    Blogpost by Marianna Hoszowska - June 30, 2017 at 11:00

    Would you put your body on the line to stop some of Europe’s oldest trees from being cut down? That’s what hundreds of activists are doing to protect the Białowieża Forest in Poland.

    Fifth blockade of the Białowieża Ancient Forest Photo Rafał Wojczal, 2017Fifth blockade of the Białowieża Ancient Forest Photo Rafał Wojczal, 2017

    This forest is unique. It’s one of the last remaining parts of the immense ancient forest that once stretched across all of lowland Europe. It sits on the eastern border of Poland and stretches into Belarus.

    It’s one of only 4 European forests on the UNESCO World Heritage List. But only 35% is protected from logging.

    Last year, the Polish environment minister (and former forester), Jan Szyszko, allowed a threefold increase in logging in the Bialowieza Forest. Even worse, in 2017 he amended the country's law to effectively remove a...

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  • How much longer can we take our water for granted?

    Blogpost by Amanda Larsson - June 28, 2017 at 11:45

     

    The first message I sent home from New Zealand was about tap water.

    Sounds weird. True story.

    Having spent the previous five years drinking London water (you know, the kind of hard water that means endless scrubbing to get crusty, yellowy limescale off your appliances; that leaves floating little flakes of yuckiness on the surface of your cuppa), I just couldn’t get enough of soft, clean NZ water.

    Together with the obligatory ‘I love how they say thanks to the bus driver’ and ‘why am I getting sunburned when it’s cloudy?’, it featured front and centre in my earliest observations of my new home.

    In my first few months in NZ, I sent back envy-inducing photos of turquoise beaches, alpine glaciers, clear blue lakes and streams you’d be rude not to swim in. I’m a terrible photog... Read more >

  • “OMG - Dairy Bosses discover climate change - 20 years too late”

    Hot on the heels of Greenpeace’s parody video about Pure Dairy, the industry leadership has countered with a parody of its own.

    The Dairy Action plan 2017-2018, released Wednesday afternoon, in which Fonterra, Dairy NZ, Piglet and Pooh discover Climate Change.

    It’s like AA Milne does PR.

    Walking through the 100 acre wood one day, the friends notice a set of melted footsteps in the snow.

    It could be a Woozle says Pooh. Or a Heffalump says Piglet. No, say their new friends Fonterra and DairyNZ. It’s something even scarier. That’s your environmental footprint. The earth is heating up. It’s melting the snow.

    Piglet and Pooh Climate Change

    This report reads like Fonterra stumbled across an old press release written by a marketing intern in the 1990’s. Bin... Read more >

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