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  • Image by NeetfluxOver the weekend, the National party had their annual get together in Wellington. We popped along too, with our polar bear, to find out whether action on climate change was part of their agenda. From what we can gather from the muted and confused responses (video coming soon) of those attending, including Ministers, the most important economic and environmental issue that faces our country was absent from the Government’s mind.

    And the only major announcement to come from this meeting might hint at why.

    The Government has announced that as part of what even the Road Transport Forum is calling an “election year lolly scramble”, it is going to use the money raised from the controversial sale of New Zealanders’ energy assets to upgrade regional roads. John Key announced that should National ... Read more >

  • It's pretty flat out on the Arctic campaign these days and there often isn't much time to stop and reflect on things.

    But if the 2 year anniversary of what is possibly the defining environmental battleground of our time, and the incredible effort of millions of heroes from all walks of life who are at forefront of its defence, isn't worth a pause then nothing is. So let's take a little trip down Save the Arctic memory lane…

    Save the Arctic was born out of frustration stemming from inaction. The Arctic was under siege, with sea ice melting at such eye-opening rates that our global air conditioner was at risk of vanishing. Yet instead of being concerned by this in-your-face climate change warning and using it as a spur to take some real action, governments and companies were instead getting... Read more >

  • 15 legendary pictures to celebrate: The Arctic Sunrise is coming home!

    Blogpost by Angela Glienicke - June 20, 2014 at 14:00

    MY Arctic Sunrise is making her way through ice in the fjord of Scoresbysund as part of her tour of Greenland in 2005

    I'm so happy to hear that the Arctic Sunrise is finally released by Russian authorities after months in custody! That's great news, but she should never have been detained in the first place as she was in international waters during a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling when she was seized. Some of my favourite photos of the ship show her in remote locations in harsh conditions.

    The Arctic Sunrise is instrumental in our campaigning and has been to many different places supporting various campaigns over the years.

    Have a look at some of her key moments and support us in getting her back into shape.

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    1996: The Arctic Sunrise during an action against plans to bu...

  • Farewell to Uli

    Blogpost by Gerd Leipold - June 19, 2014 at 8:57

    Ulrich von Eitzen. The new Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior III enters the water at the Fassmer Shipyard in Berne, near Bremen, Germany, before the addition of masts and other essential finishing touches. The Rainbow Warrior is Greenpeace's first purpose-built vessel, and will be officially launched in Autumn 2011. 07/04/2011 © Marcus Meyer / Greenpeace

    Ulrich von Eitzen, Operations Director of Greenpeace International from 2004 until 2013 and then a senior advisor to the Executive Director’s Office, finally lost his battle with cancer last Thursday, 12 June, 2014.

    The way he reacted to cancer was typically Uli, as his friends called him. If one would not have known him, one would never have suspected that he had a lethal illness. He did not complain, he did not speak about his health, he did not show his sadness or his desperation. To assume, however, that he was a cool, unemotional man, could not have been further from the truth. The sparkle in his eyes, the energy with which he approached his work, and the warmth with which he talked about his family told another story–the story of a passionate man, who simply did not wear his emotio... Read more >