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  • Oily people point to a dirty reality

    Blogpost by Jay Harkness - July 26, 2010 at 9:01 3 comments

    Oily People

    The pictures coming from the Gulf of Mexico are horrible; birds covered in oil, enormous plumes of crude lying just below the surface; thousands of barrels worth of oil gushing into the sea each day. And beaches covered in the stuff.

    It’s painful to watch. And, on an academic level, an oil spill of the same size off the New Zealand coast would be no worse. But then imagine your favourite beach covered in crude ... not just immediately after a spill, but years later – because it’s a myth that you can properly clean up spilt oil.

    It would be like the difference between reading the death notices, and actually having a loved one die.

    That’s why Greenpeace NZ is highlighting the fact that Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee is busy ushering in a new era of oil, tendering off the ri... Read more >

  • Dorothy Stowe 1920 - 2010

    Blogpost by nick - July 26, 2010 at 8:19

    Greenpeace cofounder, social justice advocate

    Greenpeace co-founder Dorothy Stowe passed away at 03:00, July 23, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada, at the age of 89.

    Dorothy Stowe
    Dorothy Stowe

    Dorothy Anne Rabinowitz was born in Providence, Rhode Island on Decembe... Read more >

  • Facebook hits 500 million mark

    Blogpost by nick - July 23, 2010 at 10:35

    Facebook

    It’s official: an eye-watering 500 million people are now using Facebook. But as the social networking site celebrates this latest milestone, another one is in the making: almost half a million of its users have joined one of our groups calling f... Read more >

  • Maybe just maybe we will make it

    Blogpost by bunny - July 21, 2010 at 15:07

    The last few days we have been optimistically trying to organise a flight to Mejato. Mejato is  a small island at the north end of the Kwajalein Atoll. It is also where a large section of the Rongelap community still live after being evacuated there b... Read more >

  • A big win for people power

    Blogpost by Nick Young - July 20, 2010 at 9:49 8 comments
    Lucy Lawless heads the March Against Mining
    Lucy Lawless heads the March Against Mining

    Today the Government announced a complete u-turn on plans to mine New Zealand's best conservation land. There will be no mining in Schedule 4 land or any national parks now or in the future!

    This is a huge victory for the environment and for future generations. We saw the biggest protest in a generation and an avalanche of submissions. It goes to show that people power works, that when enough of us act together - we are unstoppable.

    The Government’s turnaround is a heartening example of people power in action. This is a historic victory for the record number of New Zealanders who stood up to protect our most treasured places and for a vision of a truly sustainable and progressive 21st century economy for New Zealand. This is a hugely signif... Read more >

  • Government looks set to back down on mining Schedule 4 land

    Blogpost by nick - July 19, 2010 at 18:49

    March Against MiningWhen the Government announced plans to mine some of New Zealand's best conservation land,  New Zealanders made submissions in unprecedented numbers and marched in record numbers.

    We'll know for sure tomorrow but it looks very much like they've listen... Read more >

  • A time-lapse history of nuclear explosions

    Blogpost by nick - July 19, 2010 at 8:47 1 comment

    MapThis is frightening.

    Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Al... Read more >

  • The latest chapter in the Nuclear Pacific tale

    Blogpost by bunny - July 19, 2010 at 6:06 2 comments
    Outhouse over lagoon on Rongelap island.

    Many times I have been on the phone or at a gathering of our Greenpeace supporters and one has said to me "Thanks you so much for all that you do, you are so brave! I wish I could be out there with you". I've never quite known how to respond to this... Read more >

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