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  • Coal is not LOL: 10 Reasons to Shut Huntly Coal

    Blogpost by Kamal Sunker - March 23, 2016 at 12:21

    New Zealand’s last remaining coal fired power station, Huntly, was due to be shut in 2018. But after colluding with other power companies in closed-door meetings, Huntly’s owner, Genesis Energy, is reconsidering those plans. We say that’s a well bad idea: Genesis must get rid of this coal-belching dinosaur and #ShutHuntlyCoal.

    Update: Genesis has announced that it will keep the coal burners going until 2022

    Head on over to the Genesis Energy facebook page and let them know what you think.

    Here’s 10 reasons to shut the Huntly coal burners ...

    1.What The Pope said

    Coal is one of the worst carbon polluters. In June 2015, Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, warned of “unprecedented destruction of ecosystems” and “serious consequences for all of us” if human... Read more >

  • Yesterday, Greenpeace New Zealand coordinated one of the largest civil disobedience climate protests in our country’s history, and it was a beautiful thing.

    Inspired by the peaceful civil-disobedience of Te Whiti o Rongomai, Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi and Rosa Parks, close to 300 people blocked all entrances to New Zealand’s largest oil industry conference. They did it simply with their bodies, and when the police asked them to move, they politely declined.

    The message it sent to the oil industry was unmistakable. We are not going to stand by and allow the search for oil that we cannot afford to burn to continue. People power is strong and this peoples’ climate movement is getting stronger by the day. We grew stronger and we re-learned something importantIf your strategy is good en... Read more >

  • In April 2014, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, a tiny island country part of Micronesia, filed groundbreaking lawsuits to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the world’s nine nuclear-armed countries. Now, almost two years later, the ICJ has heard preliminary oral arguments in three of the cases.

    The Rainbow Warrior passing the island of Rongelap, Marshall Islands (1985).The Rainbow Warrior passing the island of Rongelap, Marshall Islands (1985).

    Between 1946 and 1958, 67 nuclear tests were conducted by the US in the Marshalls, making it one of the most contaminated places in the world. With a population of less than 70,000, the Islanders suffered greatly from the impact of radiation; the land and sea poisoned as well. In 1985, the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior helped to relocate the residents of one of the most severely impacted islands, Ron... Read more >

  • 2016 is already looking like it will top 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history.  

    Despite it being absolutely essential that we leave most of the world’s fossil fuels in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change - John Key’s Government is still hell-bent on drilling for more oil.

    That’s why on Monday, we will be at the oil industry conference at SkyCity in Auckland. Through non-violent peaceful civil disobedience inspired by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, we will send the strongest message we can that New Zealand must join the global fight to quit oil and meet the greatest challenge of our time - climate change.

    Now is the time for people to stand up. 

    In this video posted today, climate movement leader Bill McKibben calls for New Zealanders to take action at the Oil Confer...

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  • In Indonesia, a new tool helps communities protect their land from fire

    Blogpost by Teguh Surya - March 17, 2016 at 7:44

    One morning in early 2009, Pak Manan a resident of Sungai Tohor, a coastal village on one of Indonesia’s islands in Riau, Sumatra, took his regular walk to community land about four kilometres away from the village. When he arrived he was in for a shock. The fertile landscape was ravaged: trees uprooted, gaping holes gouged in the earth, trenches and access roads carved through the peat. This was no act of mindless vandalism – the excavators and the scale of the clearance made it plain that this was a vast industrial operation. 

    Pak Manan with his family at his home in Sungai Tohor.Pak Manan with his family at his home in Sungai Tohor.

    For the Sungai Tohor community, whose economy relied on this peatland for sago cultivation, this was their land and livelihood that was destroyed. But as  they learned, the land had been granted to a pulpwood ... Read more >

  • Why the cats of the internet are rising up against #BadTuna

    Blogpost by Madeleine Smith - March 14, 2016 at 17:06

    It’s a purr-fect relationship - the one between a human and their cat.

    As a cat owner, I’ve experienced the ups for the same feline companion for last 13 years, as well as the gut-wrenching, I-just-spent-my-whole-paycheck-at-the-vet-on-you downs.

    We treat them, pamper them, worship them just so that, maybe, we get the cat-lovings we so desire at the end of the day - when in reality, the day ends with a blank stare that screams ‘I hate you’ with their claws cemented into the side of the couch.

    Along with the nagging cat-guilt we owners suffer when it comes to their impact on native birds - yes, the relationship can be stretched. Placing all that aside, we love them, and we make ethical, sustainable choices for them. Which is why I would never feed my cat bad tuna. And I’m not alone.
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  • 3 Things to Know About Today’s U.S.-Canada Climate Agreement

    Blogpost by John Deans, Greenpeace USA - March 11, 2016 at 12:47

    President Obama's first hang-out with the new Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau started off with a pretty chill subject: the Arctic.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada (left) and President Barack Obama of the U.S. (right) wasted no time making big moves for the climate in their first meeting of 2016. Photo by Pete Souza / Wikimedia. Creative Commons.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada (left) and President Barack Obama of the U.S. (right) wasted no time making big moves for the climate in their first meeting of 2016. Photo by Pete Souza / Wikimedia. Creative Commons.

    In a “Joint Statement on Climate, Energy, and Arctic Leadership” issued today, President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined together to call for historic actions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and specifically protect the Arctic from fossil fuel exploitation.

    The biggest new development from this agreement is that “commercial activities” in the Arctic — explicitly including oil and ga... Read more >

  • Fukushima nuclear disaster: 5 years on and no end in sight

    Blogpost by Junichi Sato - March 11, 2016 at 8:38

    On the Rainbow Warrior

    Last month I joined the magnificent crew of the Rainbow Warrior, a team of experts, and Greenpeace colleagues from around the world. For two days we sailed along Fukushima’s beautiful, rugged coast working under rough conditions as the ship swayed along one-meter swells, and doing our best not to succumb to seasickness.

    For 14 years I’ve been with the environmental organisation and throughout my career have experienced the stereotypical life of a “Greenpeace-er” – I’ve been arrested for revealing rorts in the whale meat market, helped stop toxic plastics in infant toys, worked to stop ocean dumping of industrial waste, and of course have had many unique opportunities on the Rainbow Warrior. Now, as I prepare to leave my position as Executive Director of Greenpeace Japan, I realise that t...

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