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  • 3 Types of Eco-Friendly Graffiti Art That Will Blow Your Mind

    Blogpost by Rashini Suriyaarachchi - June 4, 2015 at 8:16

    Graffiti art can be one of the most powerful ways to spread the message about important causes. Whether it’s used to promote a political cause and speak out against oppressive governments, or speak up about climate change and the degradation of the environment, street art can bring attention to problems that aren’t addressed, and connect local communities with global issues.

    The following types of non-permanent graffiti take art for the earth a step further – they’re created using or in combination with nature. Take a look below and then share your favourite street art with us in the comments!

    1. Moss Graffiti

    Street art using moss has taken the Internet by storm – and with good reason. This brilliant art form is easy enough to do yourself, and brings together nature and the city. All yo... Read more >

  • Seven expeditions across the globe to detox the great outdoors

    Blogpost by Gabriele Salari - June 4, 2015 at 8:13

    Detox Expedition in the Sibillini Mountains. 05/26/2015 © Greenpeace / Roberto Isotto

    Four years ago, when we started challenging the fashion industry to commit to eliminating toxic chemicals, we didn't know how far we could get. Today, Detox is becoming a standard for textiles; something that brands are proud to be a part of. It is time to challenge another sector: the outdoor industry.

    In 2012 and 2013 Greenpeace Germany conducted investigations which showed that most of the outdoor sector relies on per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) to make outdoor gear waterproof.

    Some PFCs are known to be hazardous. With others, we don't know enough. That's why we are calling for much more stringent regulations to protect the environment and our health. In light of the hazardous properties of many PFCs, it is not enough to merely regulate single substances as is currently bei... Read more >

  • APRIL, pulp and paper giant ends its deforestation

    Blogpost by Bustar Maitar - June 4, 2015 at 8:09

    Indonesian paper giant APRIL just agreed to stop pulping the rainforest. With so many companies trying to put deforestation behind them, will Indonesia's President Jokowi follow their lead?

    We've achieved so much together.

    Across Indonesia, years of campaigning to end forest destruction are starting to pay off. Indonesia's biggest pulp & paper company, and some of its biggest palm oil companies and traders, have promised to turn their backs on deforestation. This came about because hundreds of thousands of us took action to force major brands including Nestlé, Unilever, P&G and Mattel to agree to stop buying the products linked to deforestation.

    Then today, another breakthrough.

    Instead of turning amazing forests into throwaway paper and pulp, Indonesia's remaining pulp and paper gian... Read more >

  • Sharks butchered for questionable cure-all

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - June 2, 2015 at 21:22

    It’s a macabre case spanning continents. A European vessel crewed by under paid and ill-treated Indonesian fishermen turned up in the port of Suva this week. Meanwhile, an illegal shipment of sharks, shark fins and other fish from the vessel is seized in Spain – and the owners are reportedly in a deal with New Zealand company SeaDragon to supply shark livers to be rendered into a cure-all product that’s questioned by science.

    The ship in question, Artico, doesn’t have a great reputation. It’s there on the Greenpeace monsterboats list - a compilation of vessels from Europe that are decimating fish stocks around the world on an industrial scale. Although flagged to Portugal and owned by Pescarias Cayon & Garcia LDA, the ship actually operates on the opposite side of the world, deploying its ... Read more >


  • Our Associate Minister for Climate Change, Simon Bridges, doesn't know what 'emissions reduction targets' are. That was his shocking response to a question from opposition MP Dr Megan Woods last month.

    And it’s scary because this is basically what the government is going to do to reduce pollution. Not only is it Bridges’ job to know about it, but it’s  also pretty straightforward.

    To be fair, not everyone will be as cosy with the term as us policy wonks who lie awake worrying about these things, but come on - the guy is paid 250 grand a year of taxpayers’ hard-earned cash to know this stuff.

    So, when in response to a parliamentary question, Bridges feigned naivety and asked what "she means by ‘emissions reduction targets’" and requested for Woods to be more specific, my head fell crashing int... Read more >

  • Shell burns priceless art in latest Greenpeace Arctic video

    Blogpost by nyoung - May 29, 2015 at 9:14

    Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic campaign has created a shocking video targeting oil giant Shell and its plans to drill in the US Arctic this summer.

     

    In the film, three replicas of famous landscape art are set on fire, and as they burn away, new versions by famous British montage artists Kennard Phillipps are revealed. In the new artworks, the landscape has been transformed by Shell drilling infrastructure, devastating oil spills and explosions.

    “Shell could be risking disaster by drilling for oil in Arctic waters in less than six weeks. We made this video to expose that, and show how its plans affect all of us too – because the impact of climate change affects the places we all live in.” – Greenpeace Arctic Campaigner Elena  Polisano

    In March the Obama Administration decide... Read more >

  • Whistling in the dark

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - May 26, 2015 at 15:49

    The government’s deep sea oil programme is failing. There I said it. Like other polluting businesses around the world, the deep sea oil industry has been stunned by the seismic shift in investor support for clean power.

    Shareholders, pension funds and financial powerhouses are all looking to a future where pollution is taken out of our economy and our homes and businesses are powered by cleaner, safer sources of energy. And it’s starting to hurt the oil industry.

    At recent meetings, top executives from Shell, Statoil and Chevron were rocked by the level of discontent raised by shareholders, who felt they faced huge financial risk due to their company’s lack of plan to deal with climate change.

    As a result, proposals were tabled requiring the companies to disclose just how much their busi... Read more >

  • On Wednesday I went to the opening performance of “Fallout” playing at the Basement theatre.

    It’s a play about the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior by French government agents, 30 years ago this July. But it’s equally a story about NZ and its people. It was really brilliant. It made me laugh, cry, remember and be glad that Bronwyn Elsmore had written and Jennifer Ward-Lealand had produced a play that did the story justice.

    I always feel nervous about how people will tell that story. For me it’s a little too personal to get any really solid distance, but this time I was really glad that my feelings about it matched lots of the younger people from Greenpeace who went – some for whom this really is history. They loved it too.

    There are only four actors in the cast and over the hour they becom... Read more >

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