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  • Shell's profit comes at our expense

    Blogpost by Isadora Wronski - April 3, 2015 at 8:52

    A ships next to a controlled burn of oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near BP's Deepwater Horizon spill source. 06/17/2010 © Daniel Beltrá / Greenpeace

    Climate science has made it clear that Arctic oil needs to stay in the ground if we want to avoid the worst impacts from global climate change. We know it and we also know that Shell knows it too.

    Knowingly going ahead with an Arctic oil exploration programme that would threaten this unique northern environment, the livelihoods of the people who depend on it whilst further altering our climate just for the sake of a company's short term profit is cynical in the extreme. In fact, we think it's totally unacceptable.

    The US government admits there's a 75% chance that oil drilling in the Chukchi sea will result in a large oil spill at some point. And to add to that risk factor; Shell is bringing in Transocean, the same company that owned the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexcio, kill... Read more >

  • Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet is on the move, right now— and was even before the US government approved the final permits. As you read this, Shell is transporting an oil rig, the Polar Pioneer, across the Pacific, bound for the Arctic. And six bold people are following on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza.

    From around the world six volunteers — Jens, Johno, Miriam, Andreas, Aliyah and Zoe— are on board the Esperanza making #TheCrossing to act as ambassadors of our movement of millions against Arctic oil drilling.

    The six LoP

    The six are hoping that we can draw the world’s attention to Shell’s plans and expose the utter insanity of drilling for oil in the Arctic.

    Shell thinks its billions have bought it a free pass to drill in the Alaskan Arctic, but the one thing the company fears most is people power... Read more >

  • People power the winner on the day

    Blogpost by Sophie Schroder - March 17, 2015 at 15:27

    kids at Paturoa kauri tree

    The battle to save an ancient kauri tree from execution-by -property developer is over: Something is still standing…and it’s certainly not the leg of the Auckland City Council.

    For several days the nation has been transfixed on the epic David and Goliath story of one community’s revolt over consent given to chop down a native kauri and rimu tree thought to be hundreds of years old.

    The consent - ticked off by the council for the land owners, a couple of architects who wanted to build a home there - had not been publicly notified.

    But when it all eventually came out, people living both nearby the site in Auckland’s western suburb of Titirangi and far further afield, decided to go out on a limb.

    Enter Michael Tavares, a well-spoken Waiheke Island local, who upon hearing about the trees’...

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  • Brand new purse seiner raises alarm

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - March 17, 2015 at 11:41

    With tuna stocks in trouble and too many fishing boats chasing what's left, reports of new vessels are a cause for alarm. The global fishing fleet is estimated to be two and a half times the size needed to sustainably fish our oceans, yet last month Albacora leased yet another ship, adding to their already bloated tuna fleet that includes some of the world's biggest tuna fishing vessels. We can only hope it doesn't take the same attitude to fisheries rules as its thieving sister ship Albacora Uno. Now Echebastar is unleashing a brand new US$39 million, 90 meter, purse seiner on the Indian Ocean, a new monster boat.

    The Indian Ocean is one of the least regulated tuna frontiers, there isn't even a reliable estimate of how much fishing capacity is out there. French company Sapmer is on some s... Read more >

  • A year to save the world? How crucial is 2015?

    Blogpost by Nick Young - February 16, 2015 at 17:15

    Greenpeace activists block the outflow pipe at AKZO in Delfzijl. 03/07/1990 © Greenpeace / Benno Neeleman

    2015 has barely begun, but it has already been called "the most crucial year in decades for the climate battle" and a "watershed" year for sustainable development worldwide. Naomi Klein is convinced that 2015 is a once-in-a-generation moment for the climate battle and Avaaz has just told their supporters that we have ten months left to save the world.

    What's going on?

    World leaders will meet in September to agree upon new goals for all of humanity: the Sustainable Development Goals. And, in December in Paris, another attempt will be made to deliver a global climate agreement. Both summits will be huge, and will get a lot of media attention. Some of our allies have called them "opportunities of a lifetime" and many, including Pharrell Williams, are starting to organize events to mobilize... Read more >

  • Statoil: Go home

    Blogpost by Sophie Schroder - February 7, 2015 at 14:37

    A highlight of Waitangi Day this year for me was the growing swell of people fighting for the rights of Aotearoa and speaking out against the oil giants now trying to make themselves at home in our waters.

    Discussions about community-based solutions to climate change went well into the night.

    It was day four of the hikoi that had started in New Zealand’s northern-most town, Cape Reinga, and came to a powerful climax in Waitangi, the very spot where the treaty with Britain was signed on the the 6th of February 175 years previously.

    The concept of the Treaty of Waitangi or Te Tiriti o Waitangi has always been a highly contentious part of New Zealand’s history.

    But thanks to its significance, the annual commemoration of Waitangi Day has often acted as a stage for individuals and community gr... Read more >

  • Chaos reigned today in the Auckland Council meeting when deep sea oil drilling hit the agenda and we’re all a little stunned by what we witnessed.

    Here’s what happened.

    Hot on the heels of Christchurch Council making a strong submission essentially opposing new oil drilling off their coast, it was Auckland’s turn.

    After people from all over New Zealand flooded the councillors with email, text messages and phone calls calling on them to say NO to deep sea drilling, a big crowd turned up to the first council meeting of 2015. It was standing room only and the councillors were in no doubt that this is an issue of great concern.

    Greenpeace was granted speaking rights so I took the opportunity to present oil spill modelling demonstrating the potentially devastating impacts on West Coast beaches... Read more >

  • The Christchurch City Council has recenlty come out in opposition to the Government’s plans for risky deep sea drilling. Auckland Council is about to vote on their position this Thursday morning (5 Feb). Their draft submission does not oppose deep sea oil drilling off the West Coast of Auckland.

    Click here to tell Len Brown and the Auckland City Councilors to vote against deep sea drilling of our coasts.

    Exploration and drilling could happen over an enormous offshore area off the West coast of the North Island stretching from Taranaki to Northland, as well as vast tracts off the East coast of the North and South Islands all the way down past Bluff.



    Councils and iwi authorities around the country have been invited to tell the Government what they think of the drilling plans. 

    Industry sta...
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