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  • Rena 'ghost birds' appear in Auckland

    Blogpost by Steve Abel - December 12, 2011 at 9:07

    This morning 150 original ‘oil prints’ made with a little blue penguin killed by the Rena disaster appeared along Auckland’s Khyber Pass Road.

    The prints are accompanied by the message ‘Rena did this. Deep sea oil drilling could be a thousand times worse.

    The little blue penguin was found dead and covered in oil on Matakana Island by Greenpeace volunteers when they were helping the local iwi, Nga Hapu o te Moutere o Matakana, clean oil off their beaches following the Rena spill.

     

    An art collective made up of Auckland creatives and Greenpeace volunteers came up with the concept of making ‘oil prints’ with the birds and donated their time to create hundreds of prints.

    It’s a memorial to the 20,000 birds killed by the Rena disaster and also a stark reminder of the dangers of ... Read more >

  • Politicians Listen to the Polluters at UN climate talks

    Blogpost by Nick - December 12, 2011 at 8:05

    UN climate talks in Durban have ended the same way they began, in failure. Governments at the UN climate talks have chosen to listen to the polluters over the people and failed to reinforce previous climate saving measures and have steered clear of new global rules for tackling climate change.

    Despite the rallying calls that filled the hallways of the conference center yesterday, polluters have won this round of talks with politicians making little progress on a global deal to tackle climate change.

    Two years ago in Copenhagen, politicians promised a US $100 billion fund would be set up to help the poorest countries adapt to and mitigate climate change. They came to Durban two years later only planning to design a way to collect and distribute the money. It turns out th... Read more >

  • Deja vu hits Durban

    Blogpost by Susan Cavanagh - December 11, 2011 at 20:59

    OMG, it's deja vu all over again. Just over 11 years ago at around 10am on the final day of COP6 I sat at my desk in the Greenpeace office at the Den Hague conference centre with our final statement (below) printed on black paper - meant to signify a black day for the climate - in my hands ready for distribution. We'd written it the night before as it was clear then that the talks were heading to somewhere between failure or collapse.
    Sound familiar anyone?

    GREENPEACE FINAL STATEMENT AT THE CLOSURE OF THE UNFCCC COP6

    25 November 2000

    The Hague - This meeting will be remembered as the moment when governments abandoned the promise of global co-operation to protect planet Earth.

    Nearly ten years after the Rio Earth Summit, and three years after Kyoto, The Hague rep... Read more >

  • Please don't squander this moment

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - December 10, 2011 at 8:03

    An open letter to the governments of the world meeting in Durban

    Dear friends,

    Welcome to our city.

    We remember a time in Durban – indeed, a period in the history of this nation of South Africa – when we feared that the apartheid states' intransigence would spark a conflict in which much blood would be shed. But even at our lowest ebb, even when the injustice we faced seared through every minute of every day, our people stood firm in the knowledge that justice itself would defeat a system that put different values on different people based on nothing more arbitrary than the colour of their skin.

    Now, twenty years after our victory, in the remaining hours of the Durban climate talks, with great urgency we call for a similar breakthrough – one as unexpected, as deserved... Read more >

  • Cottonsoft's barrage of PR

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - December 9, 2011 at 18:14

    Well, it's fair to say that a week is a long time when it comes to campaigning and no more so than when you're up against one of the world's most notorious rainforest destroyers. In the last weeks we have seen a volley of wild claims, accusations and dubious announcements all played out in the national media by Cottonsoft, Asia Pulp & paper and the NZ Food and Grocery Council.

    It all relates to our investigation that revealed Cottonsoft toilet roll brands were linked to deforestation But if you've been following the story and you're a bit confused I don't blame you - I think that was their objective.

    So for the uninitiated and those of who want to cut through the corporate spin, I would like to provide a reasoned overview of what's being going over the last couple of months.

    Back in Au... Read more >

  • Greenpeace and Palau bust pirates in Palau shark sanctuary

    Blogpost by Jamie - December 9, 2011 at 16:12

    Yesterday, during our joint enforcement exercise with the Palauan authorities, we discovered a suspected illegal operation on board a long liner in Palau’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

    The Taiwanese vessel the Sheng Chi Hui was spotted by our helicopter early yesterday morning. As they approached our photographer managed to get shots of shark finning occurring in Palauan waters, a blatant breach of the conditions of the Shark Sanctuary. When the patrol boat arrived, there was no sign of sharks on board but based on our photographic evidence, the Palauan Government has ordered that the ship be detained. The Esperanza is escorting the Sheng Chi Hui to port alongside the Palauan patrol vessel, the PSS President H.I.Remeliik,

    But what is enforcement, and why does it mat... Read more >

  • Save the Amazon, veto the new Forest Code

    Blogpost by Laura Kenyon, Greenpeace International - December 8, 2011 at 7:44

     

    We are edging closer to an “ecological calamity” in the Amazon rainforest and a vote in the Brazilian Senate has pushed us closer to the brink. Yesterday it voted to approve destructive changes to the laws governing forest protection – called the Forest Code - that would open up the Amazon rainforest to rampant destruction. But it is not too late. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will have the opportunity to veto the changes - you can ask her to protect the Amazon and veto the new Forest Code.

    Losing the Amazon rainforest to further deforestation would be an unimaginable loss for our planet and life on it, and the approval of this new Forest Code in Brazil would bring us one step closer to this terrible reality.

    Not only is the Amazon home to one out of every ten spe... Read more >

  • Catching pirates from the sky

    Blogpost by Joan Meris - December 7, 2011 at 14:02

     

    Blogpost by Joan Meris, Greenpeace Phillipines

    Pirates, in my imagination, are valiant seafarers in search of richness and glory in the high seas. In the olden days, they where regarded with fear and loathing for tales run wild of ghastly misdemeanors. They rob, hijack and loot treasures – questionable acts indeed. But they exude such an aura of fierceness and might that one can’t help but get enthralled in their way of life.

    All of these are just romanticized images of pirates. For in present day there is nothing mystical or captivating about them. What I witnessed are illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) vessels plundering the Pacific high seas. Robbing Pacific Island people of their economic prosperity and for the marine ecosystem, its life.

    During the second leg ... Read more >

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