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  • Today, the Labour party are calling upon the Environment Minister, Nick Smith, to come clean on his plans to take away our right to protect our play areas, the forests we tramp in and the rivers we fish in.

    The Government has long planned to take the hatchet to the environmental gold standard that is the Resource Management Act (RMA) and roll back our environmental safeguards to make way for more intensive and polluting dairying and fracking.

    And they currently want to keep their plans behind closed doors and away from New Zealanders.

    Kauri tree

    Only recently we saw how the government’s efforts to weaken the RMA would have seen the destruction of a 500 year old kauri tree to make way for a driveway. It was a ludicrous decision that was overturned thanks to a massive public outcry and the Titirang... Read more >

  • Last week, a new joint report crafted by the pointy-headed people at Bloomberg and the United Nations has declared that the uptake in clean energy globally has reached 'industrial' scale. Power sources like solar and wind are now more affordable than fossil fuels as investors around the world shift their money away from polluting energies like coal and oil.

    And much of this is happening in the developing world, which is hugely significant because, until now, a long held assumption has been that much of the economic growth in these regions would be heavily reliant on polluting energies.

    This report is not an isolated case either: Almost on a weekly basis more and more leading authorities are confirming that action on climate change is not only necessary but it is already happening. Only la... Read more >

  • And the OSPAR goes to… the Arctic!

    Blogpost by Pilar Marcos - April 28, 2015 at 12:52

    Yes, that is not a typo. The OSPAR Award. A long awaited Award that the Arctic well deserves.

    The Arctic deserves an OSPAR

    But, what is an OSPAR? The OSPAR Convention is an international agreement of 15 European countries (Arctic and non Arctic states) plus the European Union with the power and mandate to protect international waters from environmental harm done by human activities.

    The icy waters around the North Pole are international waters. There is an important extension of those international waters that the OSPAR Commision have now the chance to protect: 232.000 square kilometres, as a matter of fact. A well-deserved Award of protection for the Arctic and a big and much needed reward for the planet.

    The heroes from the movies are the ones capable to make us dream big and believe that we can change the world... Read more >

  • Risky Business: Don't put your money in unsustainable fishing

    Blogpost by Nina Thuellen - April 22, 2015 at 11:19

    When we trust a bank with our savings and investments, we assume the bank will do only "good" with our hard-earned cash. Yet throughout Europe, and the world, major banks have ploughed massive amounts of money into unsustainable enterprises that are bad for the planet, including the destruction of our oceans. 

    Europe's fishing and seafood laws are changing – for the better. This is great for the marine environment and for those who choose to fish sustainably. It's not such good news for those who make their money from destructive or unselective ways of catching fish.

    Greenpeace wants to make bankers and investors aware of this new reality, which is why we're publishing Risky Business - Why Smart Investors Must Avoid Unsustainable Seafood Operations; to show how sweeping changes to the... Read more >

  • Mexico 1 : New Zealand 0

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - April 21, 2015 at 11:49

    No, that's not a football score, it's the score-card on how our countries are faring in the protection of two of the world's smallest and cutest marine mammals: Mexico's vaquita porpoise and New Zealand's Maui's dolphin.

    New Zealand and Mexico share the dishonor of being responsible for the decline of the world's rarest marine dolphin and porpoise, both critically endangered with less than 100 animals left. TheInternational Whaling Commission has criticised the lack of action by New Zealand and Mexico to protect these species.

    But thanks to people power, there's now a ray of hope for Mexico's vaquita. The Mexican Government this week announced the protected area – where harmful gillnet fishing is banned to prevent entangling and drowning vaquita – will be extended to cover the full 13,000... Read more >

  • "If somebody not from your country commits a crime against somebody not from your country in another country, should the courts in your country have any jurisdiction over the issue?"

    With remarkable prescience, this question was posed by Shell's own Legal Director back in 2012. Remarkable because it's pretty much what that very same company is now attempting to try and stifle the voices of millions of people who've spoken out and taken action against Arctic drilling.

    Shell is asking the courts in Alaska to issue a draconian injunction against Greenpeace USA to force #TheCrossing to stop by getting our activists off the rig. The company is so worried about the global media storm that erupted when Zoe, Miriam, Andreas et al scaled the Polar Pioneer rig to expose Shell's plans to drill f... Read more >

  • Six Volunteers Scale Shell’s Oil Rig

    Blogpost by Haley Rabic - April 8, 2015 at 9:36

    The Crossing

    Yesterday morning things changed drastically for six volunteers aboard the Greenpeace ship the Esperanza. They boarded Shell’s oil rig, the Polar Pioneer, on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean.

    The volunteers, Aliyah, Zoe, Johno, Miriam, Adreas, and Jens, have been following Shell across the Pacific Ocean for weeks.
    Esperanza

    At dawn the six volunteers suited up.
    Climbers

    They deployed a few inflatable boats to move closer to the Polar Pioneer.
    About to deploy

    And then one by one the volunteers made the jump.
    Zoe leaps up the rope (1)

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    They held on for dear life as they swung across the water.
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    And then they began to ascend.
    Johno shows courage

    Andreas was the first to make the climb.
    Andreas Climbing

    Each volunteer extended helping hands to those coming up behind them.
    Climbing onto boat

    And then they continued to climb in search of a safe spot to set up camp.
    climbing ladder (1)

    Once all six volunteer...

  • My reasons for climbing up Shell’s 100-meter high oil rig

    Blogpost by Zoe Buckley Lennox - April 7, 2015 at 13:33

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    Before I head off, I want to share with you my reasons for climbing up a 100-meter high oil rig, perched on the back of a cargo ship, swaying in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Just so we’re all on the same page.

    This isn’t just a protest against Shell drilling in the Arctic. I didn’t make the decision to do this ambitious act in a zen-style instant of clarity. For me, taking action like this comes from a deep frustration with something that is bigger than me. And after years of feeling deeply disheartened and completely powerless, I finally found the conviction to step up.

    6 volunteers aboard Shell's rig

     

    Becoming an adult in the tweens of the 21st century, I was a witness to the abundance of reports that spelled out the gravity of climate change. When I started studying environmental science in 2012, I began to... Read more >

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