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  • Russian embassy replies to your emails demanding freedom for the Arctic 30

    Blogpost by Graham Thompson - December 9, 2013 at 10:39

    We've received a reply from the Russian embassy in London in response to the thousands of emails sent in support of the Arctic 30. It's a shame they didn't respond to everyone personally, but any response is always welcome.

    It's a short letter from press secretary Artem Kozhin and a much longer Q&A-style document which sets out the Russian government's position, but naturally it's not one that I, or anyone else here, agrees with.

    Here are the main claims and allegations, and details on why they're unfounded. Read the embassy's full response at the bottom of this page.

    (This came through a few weeks ago but I've only now had time to compose a response – sorry!)

    The allegation that Greenpeace tried to ‘attack’ or ‘storm’ the Prirazlomnaya
    If the Russian authorities are using these words ... Read more >

  • "What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead." 
    – Nelson Mandela speaking at the 90th birthday celebration of Walter Sisulu, Walter Sisulu Hall, Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 May 2002.

    Nelson Mandela was never really a prisoner, but a free man always, and now, forever. As a South African, a comrade in the struggle to liberate my homeland from the evil of apartheid and a citizen of the world, my heart is heavy today. The loss was to be expected, but remains hard to bear.

    The world has lost a true leader, a true father and a true inspiration. To say he lived a life of significance barely does it justice, and it is not over – he leaves a profound legac... Read more >

  • Life as an oceans campaigner in Wellington

    Blogpost by Sarah Yates - December 6, 2013 at 13:56

    Hi guys, Sarah here – this is an update of our trip to Wellington so far.

    I spent most of yesterday talking to local businesses about our ‘shark art’ event, getting really positive responses from them. I also had time to meet some ‘Save our Maui and Hector Dolphins’ group who had a march earlier in the day.

    Shark Fins in the Lagoon

    In the evening I met up with the Greenpeace crew who drove down from Auckland although there was no time for chitter chatter as we had one hour to get ready for the Kids Can Santa race.

    It was a bit of a bumpy start as Damien the finless shark had more buoyancy than expected.  So after filling the tank a couple of times and some help from the nice guys at Fergs Kayaks we decided to drain the tank and sort that problem out later as there was a race to win!  

    But the problems with Da...

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  • Tide turns on Key’s oil drilling plans

    Blogpost by Steve Abel - December 5, 2013 at 17:09

    As John Key scowled his faux-indifferent disdain at the nation wide banners on the beach protest against oil drilling a couple of Saturdays ago, a few things were betrayed. Read more >

    In the battle of public opinion, deep sea oil drilling is losing and Key knows it.

    Whereas a year ago he would have claimed that “most” or “a majority” back the offshore program, he says now that a “large group” of New Zealanders support drilling. He picks his words.  His “rent a crowd” dismissive shows just how ticked off he is - ticked off because the swing of public feeling is against a deep sea drilling strategy that looks out of step with the warming climate, with our clean green export reputation and with our total inability to deal with the potential disasters that are inherent to deep sea drilling.

    Aside from ...

  • Enough is enough; we need to reclaim our seas and fisheries now

    Blogpost by Duncan Williams - December 4, 2013 at 10:47

    Greenpeace activists unfold a banner next to a cluster of foreign longline fishing vessels at a harbour in the Pacific reading “Fewer boats more fish WCPFC Act Now!” urging the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) to act with urgency to save the fate of Pacific tuna and those who depend on it.  ©James Alcock/Greenpeace


    The Western and Central Pacific is the world’s largest tuna fishery, with millions of people depending on it for food and their livelihoods. It is also an economic lifeline for many of our region’s small island states. But there is trouble in paradise. More and more boats are entering the fishery from developed nations eager to profit from this 7 billion USD per annum fishery. Pacific tuna stocks, in particular bigeye and yellowfin tuna, are at recor... Read more >

  • Getting the Arctic 30 home

    Blogpost by Aaron Gray-Block - December 3, 2013 at 9:09

    Australian activist Colin Russell has finally been released from a St. Petersburg detention center, the last of the Arctic 30 detainees to be freed on bail after the seizure of the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise more than two months ago.

    With many of the world's media gathered around him, photos of Colin's release show him smiling and hugged by friends, finally freed. He was later reunited with his wife Christine and daughter Madeleine, who both flew into Russia on Friday.

    Paul Myler, Australia's ambassador to Russia, was quick to welcome the news, tweeting: "Great result for Colin! Was getting worried that Friday afternoon, bureaucracy and paperwork might conspire against us!"