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  • Why we support the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary

    Blogpost by Russel Norman - September 19, 2016 at 14:33

    Controversy now surrounds the proposal for a giant ocean sanctuary around the Kermadecs, with the fishing industry taking the government to court to try to stop it.

    The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary would be massive - 620,000 square kilometres - and provide protection to millions of seabirds, three species of endangered turtles, dozens of marine mammals and a third of all the fish species in New Zealand waters. It is a tremendously important sustainability measure by this government and is to be applauded, which we did when it was announced.

    While the vast majority of New Zealanders support the proposed Sanctuary, the fishing industry (unsurprisingly) opposes it.

    This is all pretty standard and to be expected. But here’s the wrinkle - one of the groups opposing it, Te Ohu Kaimoana (TOKM), w...

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  • If you're left without reindeer, there is nothing else

    Blogpost by Tatiana Vasilieva - September 17, 2016 at 14:54

    “You feed a reindeer and step away - and it suddenly drops dead. Within a day it swells up like a ball ready to burst. We thought the heat was to blame, as they were still in their thick winter coats. A neighbour lost 50 of them.”

    Indigenous Nenets man in Yamal Peninsula, Russia, 22 Aug, 2016. © Greenpeace / Tatiana VasilievaIndigenous Nenets man in Yamal Peninsula, Russia.

    Alexey Nenyanga is an Indigenous Nenets man from the Yamal Peninsula in Northern Russia. He lost most of his reindeer during the sudden outbreak of anthrax in the region this summer.

    “People were evacuated, dogs put to sleep, chums (traditional Nenets tents) and sledges and everything were set on fire. Nothing was left. Then, calm ensued: they built new chums for us and we hoped that there might be some form of compensation. The state is lending a hand at the moment, but what the future holds, I don't know.” Read more >

  • Forty-five years of people power

    Blogpost by Jennifer Morgan and Bunny McDiarmid - September 17, 2016 at 14:35

    After forty-five years, countless campaigns and stories - one thing remains central to the Greenpeace identity, and that is people. People are at the heart of who we are and what is needed to create the green and peaceful world we need.

    Greenpeace began with a handful of men and women in the port city of Vancouver on Canada’s Pacific coast who volunteered their time, energy and creative skills and courageously took on something greater than themselves. This small group worked together to protest a planned nuclear test on Amchitka Island off the Alaskan coast.

    Bob Hunter with Ben Metcalfe at the helm of the Phyllis Cormack en route to Amchitka, 1 Sep 1971 © Greenpeace / Robert KeziereBob Hunter and Ben Metcalfe at the helm of the Phyllis Cormack en route to Amchitka, September 1971.

    After raising funds and securing a boat, known as the Phyllis Cormack, which was renamed the Greenpeace, the small group of activ... Read more >

  • Emma Thompson speaking truth to power at the UN

    Blogpost by Sofia Tsenikli - September 15, 2016 at 17:17

    Words are powerful, especially when they speak the truth and come straight from the heart. That’s why Oscar-winning actor and writer Emma Thompson’s plea to UN delegates to do what is right for the oceans moved so many of us. She reminded international representatives meeting in New York that, while some are sitting in important negotiations, the oceans and the people that depend on them most are under severe threat.

    Emma spoke from the Arctic, where she joined the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise and the Inuit community of Clyde River in their efforts against oil and gas prospecting in the region. She spoke of the crisis facing our planet and she spoke for all of us when she called upon governments to please, act now!

    At the UN, Emma’s video message was met by loud applause, with many... Read more >

  • Early this morning, we travelled to the proposed site of the Ruataniwha irrigation dam in Hawke’s Bay. With a small crane we uplifted the construction site office, put it on the back of a truck and drove it 100kms to Napier.  There we left it at the door of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC).

    There is huge opposition to the Ruataniwha dam because it would drive industrial dairying and further pollute Hawke’s Bay’s freshwater.  It would also need to be subsidised with millions of tax and ratepayer dollars.  Read more >

    Over 40,000 people have already signed the petition to stop Government-funded river pollution, and 8,500 have sent a direct message to the HBRC – it’s clear as day that this is an issue that deeply resonates with New Zealanders.

    If the Ruataniwha dam goes ahead, it will have r...

  • YouTube duo AsapSCIENCE travels with Greenpeace to Save the Arctic!

    Blogpost by Ray To - September 9, 2016 at 17:56

    Creators of popular YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE, Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, travelled aboard the Arctic Sunrise to learn more about Greenpeace's work in the Canadian Arctic.

    Mitch and Greg have garnered a following of over 5 million avid subscribers on their YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE with their unique, off-the-wall brand of videos which take a look at popular themes from a scientific angle, explaining phenomena, such as that blue and gold dress, in an entertaining and accessible way.

    Traveling with Greenpeace, the pair visited the small Inuit town of Clyde River, Nunavut to support the community's fight to defend their Arctic home from harmful oil exploration.

    Mitch and Greg spent five days in the community of Clyde River, visiting the town's cultural centre and meeting res... Read more >

  • Ruataniwha dam down but not out… yet

    Blogpost by Genevieve Toop - September 9, 2016 at 14:23

    The proposed Ruataniwha Dam is the poster child of Big Irrigation.  

    It stands as a symbol of the Government's agenda to prop up industrial dairying despite the fact that it’s poisoning our waterways and indebting farmers.

    Because of this we can be assured that, blinded by ideology and greed the Government and those with vested interests will stop at nothing to get the dam thing built.

    So even though the Court of Appeal has ruled that the dam company cannot kill the 22-hectare piece of forest protected by the Conservation Act that is getting in the way of their dam we cannot celebrate the demise of the dam just yet.

    When it comes to that precious piece of conservation land here is what could happen next:

    They could try, using the Public Works Act to forcibly take this forest from the h...

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  • The cat’s out of the bag! Mars puts Thai Union under pressure

    Blogpost by Kate Simcock - September 7, 2016 at 14:02

    Give yourself a massive pat on the back! 

    After constant pressure from cat, tuna and ocean lovers alike, calling on global food giant Mars, and its brand Whiskas, to face up to human rights abuses in the supply chain of seafood supplier Thai Union, they’ve taken the first step: Committing to a Plan of Action to protect the workers of the seafood industry - the people who catch the fish to feed cats, who all too often suffer in the process. 


    Along with some of the world’s most famous cats, thousands of you demanded answers from Mars, and now they’ve provided us with exactly that - a step in the right direction.

    This is a big win for people power and for Mars, which sources seafood from some of the biggest fishing companies in the world. 

    In May, after you forced them to confe...

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