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  • Ken’s desperate phone call to Mattel about Barbie

    Blogpost by Laura K - July 6, 2011 at 10:47

    Ken’s picked up the phone. And now we’d like you to drop Mattel a call too.

    It’s been nearly a month now since Barbie’s secret deforestation habit was revealed to Ken in a shocking interview that has now been seen by over 1.3 million people around the world and counting. The interview not only brought about the end of Ken and Barbie’s high profile relationship, but sparked protest of Mattel’s use of paper products in toy packaging that comes from rainforest destruction in Indonesia. The results have been over 240,000 messages sent to the toy company, demanding they act to fix this problem for good, and a bitter Twitter feud between the former celebrity couple.

    Just like you - Ken has been wondering when and how Mattel will finally take concrete action to solve this problem. It’s b... Read more >

  • Germany overwhelmingly votes for the energy revolution

    Blogpost by Brigitte Behrens - July 5, 2011 at 9:42

    Greenpeace Germany Executive Director Brigitte Behrens reflects on the importance of the German Parliament’s decision to phase out the country's nuclear power plants, not just in Germany, but because of the example it sets for other nuclear-powered countries.

    Germany’s vote is historic, not only as it on a final nuclear phase-out by 2022, but even more importantly the Parliament decided on a definite power shift to renewable energies as the replacement. The law was passed in with an overwhelming majority of 513 votes in favour, with a mere 79 votes against and eight abstentions. The decision will be in compliance with the German -40% CO2 reduction objective from 1990 to 2020 and importantly will comprise a significant drop in coal use.

    The whole package is a very important si... Read more >

  • Film review: There once was an island - Te Henua e Nnoho

    Blogpost by Richard Leckinger - July 2, 2011 at 18:25

    This is a review of the climate change documentary "There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho". Four years in the making, this film is the story of a Pacific Island community in Papua New Guinea – their unique way of life and their fight to preserve what really matters in the face of climate change, including a terrifying flood.

     There once was an island is a rare gem among climate change movies.

    First and foremost, because it is not a work of fiction but a real life documentary with real people - no actors, and better still, no script writer with a hyperactive imagination and a political barrow to push. Instead, the creative team has taken what must have been a hodge-podge of unscripted moments of real life and has woven a contemporary story of hard luck and hard choices.
    ... Read more >

  • Jedi, we need your help. There has been a disturbance in the Force

    Blogpost by James - Greenpeace UK - July 2, 2011 at 10:35

    Last night – at approximately 18:30 – our communications equipment took a direct hit. After providing nearly 2 million transmissions of our latest Rebellion underground message “VW: The Dark Side”, our YouTube films and channel were taken down. And now moments ago, Vimeo took them down.

    Our rebel engineers have been working shifts through the night out in the coldest depths of cyberspace to try and locate the source of the attack, and to keep the videos live on across the internet. 

    You can download and watch them with these links (right click to download, then open with your favorite video player): Episode I, Episode II

    There are many communications from around the YouTube Galaxy including Star Wars characters – indeed dozens of spoofs of exactly the same advert. Which begs the... Read more >

  • Save the Green Collar Job!

    Blogpost by Michael Tritt - July 1, 2011 at 12:37

    Last week I spoke on behalf of Greenpeace at a packed public meeting in Dunedin, where the community is trying to save forty important jobs from being axed - by Government-owned Kiwirail.

    These jobs, at the Hillside rail workshop, belong to highly skilled workers building modern, efficient trains that help reduce our dependence on oil.

    They're the kind of "green collar" jobs and skills that our country needs a lot more of if we are going to prosper in the 21st century.

    With oil prices rising and an urgent need to reduce transport emissions, now is the time we must set New Zealand on a more economically and environmentally sustainable path.

    Yet current Government policies are undermining our economic potential by failing to reduce our dependence on oil, and failing to foster a 'green col... Read more >

  • Clean energy centre the start of something big

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - June 30, 2011 at 19:22

    Yesterday saw the official opening of the New Zealand Clean Energy Centre – the state of the art facility on the shores of the stunning Lake Taupo. The modern and architecturally spectacular building sits comfortably amongst the ancient, bush clad mountains and enchanting landscape.

    The whirring wind turbines, bank of solar panels and the inconspicuous geothermal well merely hint at the wealth of innovation and ingenuity that makes this building the beating heart of the clean energy sector in Aotearoa.

    The Clean Energy Centre – the model of energy efficient and green design - has been established to accelerate the uptake of clean energy solutions by industry, communities, businesses and households across New Zealand, and is not shy in showcasing its talent to the world.

    The event was ... Read more >

  • Way up north, in a land far, far away, a legion of seven-year-old children armed with light sabers have taken on Europe’s biggest carmaker – Volkswagen – to highlight its poor environmental record.

    Despite a carefully crafted image as a family-friendly and environmentally responsible company - an image delivered through sometimes jaw-droppingly good advertising - Volkswagen is using its huge political muscle to lobby against key environmental laws in Europe and the United States. Indeed, it is part of an influential lobby group trying to block a new carbon target that would boost the European economy and cut carbon emissions.

    For a company that seems to be at the cutting edge of car technology, with the know-how to clean up its cars and make them more fuel efficient, this is hugely out ... Read more >

  • Deep Green: Why De-Growth? An interview

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 29, 2011 at 18:25 1 comment

    Deep Green is Rex Weyler's monthly column, reflecting on the roots of activism, environmentalism, and Greenpeace's past, present, and future. The opinions here are his own.

    Rex Weyler

    “GDP, the so-called measure of economic growth, does not separate costs from benefits.”
    Herman Daly, World Bank Economist, author of “Steady State Economics.”

    In 2008, economists and scientists met in Paris to discuss “Economic Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity.” The Degrowth (Décroissance) movement grew from this economic revolution in France. In 2010, a similar conference convened in Barcelona. For the last two years I have helped organize the Degrowth Conference in Vancouver, Canada. Journalists and traditional economists have asked why a degrowth movement is necessary. Here are ans... Read more >

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