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  • After Jacinda’s historic announcement that brought an end to new offshore oil and gas exploration, we’ve been hearing a lot from the industry about how the sky is about to fall in. Fun fact: it isn’t. But just in case  you find yourself having a heated debate with someone around the dinner table, we’ve put together some debate points to help you.

    Alt Fact:  If we stop producing oil here we’ll just have to import more oil from overseas.

    Truth: New Zealand’s vehicles already run almost entirely on imported oil.  

    The fuel we use to fill our cars at the petrol pump is imported from overseas, so won’t be affected by this decision. Virtually all of our relatively small oil production is exported. Sounds weird, but that’s how the global oil market works. According to the Ministry of Business, ...

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  • After Jacinda’s historic announcement that brought an end to new offshore oil and gas exploration, we’ve been hearing a lot from the industry about how the sky is about to fall in. Fun fact: it isn’t. But just in case  you find yourself having a heated debate with someone around the dinner table, we’ve put together some debate points to help you.

    Alt Fact:  If we stop producing oil here we’ll just have to import more oil from overseas.

    Truth: New Zealand’s vehicles already run almost entirely on imported oil.  

    The fuel we use to fill our cars at the petrol pump is imported from overseas, so won’t be affected by this decision. Virtually all of our relatively small oil production is exported. Sounds weird, but that’s how the global oil market works. According to the Ministry of Business, ...

    Read more >
  • After Jacinda’s historic announcement that brought an end to new offshore oil and gas exploration, we’ve been hearing a lot from the industry about how the sky is about to fall in. Fun fact: it isn’t. But just in case  you find yourself having a heated debate with someone around the dinner table, we’ve put together some debate points to help you.

    Alt Fact:  If we stop producing oil here we’ll just have to import more oil from overseas.

    Truth: New Zealand’s vehicles already run almost entirely on imported oil.  

    The fuel we use to fill our cars at the petrol pump is imported from overseas, so won’t be affected by this decision. Virtually all of our relatively small oil production is exported. Sounds weird, but that’s how the global oil market works. According to the Ministry of Business, ...

    Read more >
  • 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 >

  • Strange things lurk in the icy depths of the Antarctic Ocean

    Blogpost by Willie Mackenzie - March 15, 2018 at 16:27

    Cute penguins might get all the press, whales certainly give the wows, and big-eyed seals bring the feels – but there’s a lot more to the Antarctic Ocean if you’re prepared to dive a little deeper.

    Some very strange things lurk in the icy depths of the Antarctic. Extreme conditions produce extreme animals, and these are worthy of starring roles in science fiction movies, their own X File, and perhaps a few nightmares too.

    Whilst we at Greenpeace obviously believe that all critters, however creepy, are worthy of their own special place on the planet, we wanted to give you a quick peek at some of the beasties from the deep that you probably have never heard of. All of them play their own essential roles in the Antarctic Ocean, although many of them lurk in less savoury or glamorous parts of...

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  • Four female environmental activists inspiring us in 2018

    Blogpost by Greenpeace New Zealand - March 8, 2018 at 14:23

    New Zealand has a strong tradition of female activism. From Kate Sheppard and her campaign that won New Zealand women the right to vote in 1893, to women at the forefront of social and environmental movements today, Aotearoa is brimming with inspirational women taking action to create change.

    In the environmental movement, there are dozens of women fighting for a better future. Here are profiles of just four of those women--we hope you find them as inspiring as we do.

    Rosemary Penwarden became an activist as a grandma

    Dunedin local Rosemary became an activist in her 50s, after witnessing the birth of her first grandchild, and being galvanised to create a better future for his generation.

    Rosemary
    Rosemary (right) taking action to Save Our Rivers in 2017

    “The same year [as he was born] I heard J... Read more >

  • The palm oil industry promises reform, but there’s still no sign of change

    Blogpost by Bagus Kusuma - December 7, 2017 at 16:16

    It was ten years ago that Greenpeace first published an investigation into Indonesia’s palm oil industry. We showed that the world’s biggest brands got their palm oil from companies destroying Indonesia’s rainforests - threatening local people as well as tigers and orangutans.

    Children play without wearing any protection at the playground while the air is engulfed with thick haze from the forest fires at Sei Ahass village, Kapuas district in Central Kalimantan province on Borneo island, Indonesia.Children play without wearing any protection at the playground while the air is engulfed with thick haze from the forest fires  in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

    As people learned the truth about their shampoo, cosmetics and chocolate bars, brands and their suppliers started to feel the pressure. In 2013, Wilmar became the first palm oil trader to adopt a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy. Others followed suit, and by the end of 2014, most household brands and big palm oil companies had sw...

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  • Great news for the Arctic AND the Antarctic!

    Blogpost by Louisa Casson - December 7, 2017 at 16:13

    Today is a great day for oceans at both ends of the earth.

    Last night, governments from around the world agreed to protect a huge part of the Arctic Ocean against all commercial fishing. Thanks to the millions of you who supported our Save the Arctic campaign, an area roughly the size of the Mediterranean Sea will be safe from industrial fishing for at least the next 16 years.

    Polar Bear on Sea Ice in Baffin BayPolar Bear on Sea Ice in Baffin Bay

    This means we have an even stronger platform to push countries to commit to more long-term protection for this vulnerable ocean and remove the threats of destructive fishing and fossil fuels for good.

    Humpback whale in Southern OceanHumpback whale in Antarctica Read more >

    On the other side of the planet, a massive ocean sanctuary in the Antarctic’s Ross Sea comes into force today. An area of ocean twice the size of ...

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