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  • Why I chained myself to a Government oil exploration boat

    Blogpost by Siana Fitzjohn - November 24, 2015 at 11:46

    This morning along with four others I boarded a Government oil exploration ship in Wellington, climbed a mast and locked myself on. 

    Onboard the Tangaroa

    I've never done anything like this before and to be honest, I was terrified. But as our climate is being pushed to its limits, we must all push our own limits to protect it.

    As I contemplated the ledge at the stern of the ship to where I'll attempt to climb, I thought about how much I hate heights. They scare me a lot, however I'm more scared by the fact that this ship is being used to explore for oil in the deep ocean of our coasts.

    The Tangaroa is supposed to be used for atmosphere and ocean research, but the government have commandeered it to serve the interests of commercial oil companies.

    At a cost of 24 million to the tax-payer, and on the eve of t... Read more >

  • Another Historic Day in the Battle To Stop the Tarsands

    Blogpost by Mike Hudema - November 23, 2015 at 12:54

    Today people slowed the beast again but this time we did it at the source.

    After a string of pipeline victories and over a decade of campaigning on at least three different continents, the Alberta government has finally put a limit to the tarsands. Today they announced they will cap its expansion and limit the tarsands monster to 100 megatonnes a year (equivalent to what projects already operating and those currently under construction would produce).

    As momentous an occasion as it is when an oil jurisdiction actually puts limits on growth, 100 million tonnes of carbon a year at a time when science is demanding bold reductions is still far too much. While historic, the government’s cap needs to be viewed as a ceiling rather then a floor, and a ceiling that we will need to work like cr...

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  • Sad, scared, alone. The baby orangutan orphaned by the plantation industry

    Blogpost by Zamzami - November 21, 2015 at 10:08

    For half an hour Otan wouldn't let go. Only eight months old, he already had a vice-like grip, his nails digging so deep they left half-moon imprints in the skin of his carer. If there were trees, Otan would be swinging freely from branch to branch, his strong grip lifting him in high arcs through the forest canopy. But there were no more trees left for Otan.

    8-month old Otan who lost his mother and home due to deforestation. @ Galih Nofrio Nanda/Greenpeace8-month old Otan who lost his mother and home due to deforestation.

    I was with a Greenpeace team in fire-ravaged West Kalimantan last month, when I heard some news from Linga Village, about 30 minutes by road from the capital, Pontianak in which villagers were nurturing a wild orangutan. Otan's home had been razed to make way for an oil plantation. Only small patches of forest were left, but in time those areas would be razed too.

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  • Fonterra implicated in Indonesian forest fires

    For months, forest fires raged across Indonesia bringing the world's attention to the country's devastating forest destruction. Both people and orang-utans were endangered as the fires raged and a thick, choking haze swept across Southeast Asia.

    These forest fires were a legacy of decades of destruction by palm oil and paper companies. Despite 'no deforestation' promises held by companies, forests are still being trashed. 

    A recent investigation by Greenpeace International has shown forest and peatland destruction by so-called ‘sustainable’ palm oil companies, including Fonterra's PKE supplier Wilmar, is fuelling forest fires in Borneo.

    Here's 10 shocking facts showing the scale of Indonesia's forest destruction, and why it needs to stop now.

    1. Indonesia now has the highest rate of defores... Read more >

  • Join the most important movement in history

    Blogpost by Nick Young - November 19, 2015 at 14:30

    Very soon, in hundreds of towns and cities across the world people like you will march for the climate, for Paris and for our shared humanity.

    In the wake of appalling violence in Paris, political leaders will soon gather to decide what to do about something that impacts every living thing on the planet. Climate change.

    Climate talks are infamous for their lack of political courage to tackle the greatest challenge of our time. That's why what happens behind closed doors in Paris is not as important as what happens outside on the streets of the world.

    We, the People, will gather for something much bigger and more powerful.

    In dozens of cities and towns across the globe, people are rising in an unprecedented movement that is demanding real climate action and stopping polluting energy in i... Read more >

  • 5 Times Drone Footage Revealed the Environmental Destruction We Couldn't See

    Blogpost by Rashini Suriyaarachchi - November 18, 2015 at 14:15

    Even when we’re making dramatic transformations to our world – through deforestation, industrialisation, and fossil fuel extraction and use – it can be hard to see how large the scars we’re creating are. That is, until you zoom out.

    This footage captured by drone cameras reveal the destruction to the environment that we can’t see – because we can’t access it, or because someone doesn’t want us to see it. Take a look:

    Drone footage reveals Indonesian rainforest destruction

    Many people accept deforestation as part of the consumer economy, but it’s only when you see the large scale destruction that unsustainable deforestation can cause that you truly understand its impact.

    The nonprofit Forest Heroes shot and distributed this drone footage as part of their campaign to end globa... Read more >

  • 4 Ways Art Is Essential to Activism

    Blogpost by Ryan Schleeter - November 18, 2015 at 11:44

    The environmental movement runs on innovation. Our biggest victories aren’t won by out-spending or out-muscling our adversaries. Instead, we out-maneuver. We meet big challenges with even bigger creativity.

    And there are few challenges larger than taking on Thai Union Group.

    Thai Union is the world’s largest canned tuna company. Its major brands in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Thailand and more control 18 percent of the global market and raked in upwards of $5 billion in profits last year. But rather than use its influence to lead on sustainability, the company is behind some of the most devastating environmental and human rights abuses in the industry, having been repeatedly linked to destructive fishing methods, human trafficking and even forced labor.

    All this and ... Read more >

  • Here's why I'm celebrating Russia's fire ban

    Blogpost by Anton 'Benny' Beneslavsky - November 16, 2015 at 11:06

    Today the Russian government has banned the burning of dry grass on agricultural land and conservation areas. This might sound somewhat trivial, perhaps for those who have never witnessed a forest fire or had a chance to stand in line with firefighters. Let me tell you my story of lending a small hand in a big fight.

    Volunteers try to extinguish dry grass fires in Astrakhan Nature Reserve © Igor Podgorny / GreenpeaceDry Grass Fire in the Astrakhan Nature Reserve © Igor Podgorny / Greenpeace

    In the summer of 2010 when the smog from burning peatlands reached my home in Moscow, I could hardly make out a house across the street. When 50,000 premature deaths became the cost of the fire disaster, I was a lawyer by profession. I didn’t know anything about Greenpeace; I didn’t know that Greenpeace Russia was knocking on all the governmental doors foreseeing the looming catastrophe. The Governm...

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