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  • Asia Pulp & Paper in illegal rainforest scandal

    Blogpost by Bustar Maitar and Nathan Argent - March 1, 2012 at 21:08

    APP: “Zero tolerance for illegal wood”.

    These are the five words that say a lot but apparently mean little to a company that has made a mantra out of repeating something which is simply not true.  And today, we’ve released proof that what APP says is wrong - the results of a yearlong investigation uncovering how APP is systematically violating Indonesia’s laws which protect ramin, an internationally protected tree species under CITES.

    As you may recall in New Zealand, APP is the parent company of Cottonsoft, a Kiwi based company that Greenpeace exposed last year for selling toilet paper scientifically linked to rainforest clearance. Forensic testing conclusively showed that rainforest fibre – or mixed tropical hardwood – were present in some of their brands. A fact that, to date, Cotton... Read more >

  • Thank you!

    Blogpost by Ra, Mike, Lucy, Shayne, Viv and Shai - February 29, 2012 at 12:08

    To all the amazing supporters from all over the globe who took the time to show your love and commitment to this cause.

    First and foremost, thank you so so much from all seven of us who were up on the top of the drill ship, but also from all the people behind the scenes who made this happen.

    Now that our occupation has ended, we have had a chance to read the huge number of supportive messages that have flooded in from every corner of the world.

    We are deeply humbled by the overwhelming response from all of you. We believe in taking direct action to protect this beautiful Earth for generations to come and we now know that though it was lonely at times we were never alone. With all of yourmessages and emails to Shell  this campaign is greatly strengthened, but this is also just the tip ... Read more >

  • Top 10 reasons why Arctic oil drilling is a really stupid idea

    Blogpost by Ben - February 29, 2012 at 9:27

    A Cairn Energy oil rig in the Arctic in 2011

    Shell would have us believe that it's all very safe and there's nothing to worry about but here's our 10 reasons Arctic oil drilling is a really bad idea: Read more >

    1. It’s extremely dangerous. The Arctic environment is one of the harshest in the world, and everything you do there is more complicated than anywhere else.
    2. Our climate can’t afford it. As the impacts of climate change become more visible and the danger becomes greater, drilling for and burning more fossil fuels is pretty much the last thing we should be doing, especially in somewhere as fragile and untouched as the Arctic.
    3. Relief wells are harder to drill. In the case of a blowout – like happened with Deepwater Horizon - a relief well must be drilled, but the arrival of winter ice cuts the drilling season short. This means oil could ...
  • New Antarctic Ocean Alliance to blaze trail for marine reserves

    Blogpost by Richard Page - February 29, 2012 at 8:07

    According to some people, 2012 is supposed to be a year of transformative events. Well I don’t know about astronomical alignments, the Mayan calendar and all that, but for us oceans campaigners, 2012 is definitely significant – for 2012 is the year by which the world’s governments should have committed to a global network of marine protected areas. The shocking thing is that for all the fine words, currently our oceans are unprotected: only a mere 5.9percent of national waters and just 0.5percent of international waters are set aside as off-limits to destructive fishing, energy exploration and other industrial threats, leaving the vast majority open to plunder. While it may not be the end of the world just yet, scientists from theCensus of Marine Life  and IPSO  have been warning us that th...

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  • As we sat anxiously in the office last Friday waiting for the 'we made it' call we never dreamed that four days later we would have witnessed such a massive media storm, such overwhelming global support and such tenacity from our friends who hung on so long.

    This has been a fitting first chapter for what will undoubtedly be an epic battle. The battle to save one of the most beautiful, unique and iconic places on earth from the seemingly  insatiable greed of the oil industry. A battle to save the world from climate change - the greatest threat we face today.

    Throughout this time Shell has tried to say they want to talk, to explain how they can drill safely in the frozen Arctic, and that there's nothing to worry about. But both common sense and scientific consensus tells us there is no wa... Read more >

  • Day four on the drillship

    Blogpost by Viv, Lucy, Ra, Mike, Shayne and Shai - February 27, 2012 at 9:48

    Fourth day here on the Shell drillship and a gorgeous sunrise after a night of being shelled by sound bombs over the loud speaker... beautiful Texan accents, white noise, feedback sounds at intermitent intervals... made us howl with laughter waking ourselves up again. Ninja Mike got out of his hammock, took our chintzy wireless radio and held it up to the drilling tower's intercom system. After a good blast of La Cucaracha blaring from every speaker on the entire ship, we were allowed to sleep in peace...

    ...until 6am this morning, when we were notified that the ship was going to be turned 180 degrees to refuel. Good of them to give us half an hour´s notice and to advise us to secure ourselves and our belongings.

    We’ve heard there is lots of discussion throughout town about what a rust-... Read more >

  • Stand up for what we all stand on!

    Blogpost by Ra - February 26, 2012 at 20:47

    Day three and (nearly four!!) of occupying Shell's drillship the ´Noble Discoverer´. (What a pathetically ironic name.)

    It's been a tough couple of days but I'm getting my second wind now - especially seeing how our action - seven kiwis sitting on a drillship - has caused such a roaring avalanche of disapproval to rain down on the big yellow Shell.

    When we last talked to the team up at the Greenpeace office they told us this is essentially one of the  longest, if not the longest running direct actions in Greenpeace NZ history! That makes us proud because Greenpeace NZ has a long and proud history of direct action in defence of the planet.

    It's not comfortable up here but our discomfort is a small sacrifice and well worth making to raise so much awareness about what Shell want to inf... Read more >

  • Is anyone out there?

    Blogpost by Nick Young - February 26, 2012 at 12:25

    Our brave little team has been occupying the Shell drillship in Taranaki for well over 48 hours now. Raoni, Shayne, Viv, Shai, Lucy and Mike are camped at the very top of the ship's 50m drill tower. All they have with them is what they carried up on their backs.

    While they stay on the ship it won't be leaving for the Arctic to drill for oil. They've succeeded in bringing the world's attention to Shell's reckless plans for the Arctic. They remain determined and don't intend giving up any time soon.

    But it has been tough.

    It's cold, dirty and uncomfortable. They're hungry, and water rations are low. They've contended with loud music blasting at 3am and spotlights shone on them all night. They can't see much of what's happening in the world and hope more than anything that people are list... Read more >

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