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  • Why I am sailing with the Oil Free Seas flotilla

    Blogpost by Bunny McDiarmid - November 16, 2013 at 13:28

    I am setting sail with the Oil Free Seas flotilla. We’re heading towards the site where the now infamous Texan oil giant Anadarko will attempt to drill. It’s about 110 nautical miles to the west of Raglan, and around one and a half kilometres under the ocean. A blow-out here could see oil belched into seas, and slop onto our beaches. Even Anadarko’s own information on the disastrous effects of an oil spill shows this. But both they, and their ‘yes-men’ in the National Government, have refused to release this to the people of Aotearoa.

    I should be clear here: both the oil industry and the government are hiding the possible effects of an oil spill from the people of New Zealand.

    Yachts join the flotilla

    Our children want fresh surf to splash and fish in. But this is not the only reason I am sailing. They also wan... Read more >

  • "Dear Vladimir...": Ex-Beatle Sir Paul writes to Putin calling for Arctic 30 release

    Blogpost by Elena Polisano - November 15, 2013 at 9:50

    Support for the Arctic 30 just went pop. In a really good way. And Sir Paul McCartney just made a sure-fire bid to become my favourite Beatle.

    Today on his website Sir Paul published a personal letter to Vladimir Putin, in which the ex-Beatle calls for the Arctic 30 to be reunited with their families. I caught it on twitter:

    In the letter, Sir Paul makes a lyrical appeal for the release of the 28 Greenpeace International campaigners and two freelance journalists who remain locked up in St Petersburg, facing ludicrous charges of piracy and hooliganism. They were detained nine weeks ago following a peaceful protest again Arctic oil drilling.

    My first thought was wow, what unlikely pen pals, but it turns out Sir Paul has previously met with Putin in the Kremlin. Here’s my favo...

  • Support from the Amazon to the Arctic

    Blogpost by Anne Dingwall - November 14, 2013 at 9:39

    A small group of us had been working in Manaus, deep in the Amazon, for two years. We were exposing illegal logging operations and making some enemies in the process.

    The Amazon was isolated and violent. Assassinations of local politicians and activists were an almost weekly event and corruption was rampant.

    As Paulo Adario, our lead campaigner said "we always knew the Amazon was a risky campaign. To campaign in a wild-west frontier is totally different from campaigning in Sao Paulo or Canada. In those places our adversaries would never call for a pistolero to solve the ‘problem’. In the Amazon, impunity is law and the people we target don’t give a damn for international repercussions. The more we succeed, the more we face risks."

    We’d received threats in the past but, in October 2001, we ... Read more >

  • This week, a flotilla of yachts will be leaving our shores and heading out to the deep waters off the coast of Raglan. Their purpose: to protest at Texan oil giant Anadarko’s plans to drill an exploratory well in our backyard.

    This is the moment that the dangerous act of drilling in depths of up to 3 kilometers of water and the risks to our coastlines and economy become a reality. The relentless drive by oil companies to go to the deepest, darkest depths, and pristine regions like the Arctic and our seas is simply to allow oil executives to continue to profit from pollution. And they have the blessing of the industry’s spin doctor and climate change Minister Simon Bridges.

    The flotilla is on the way

    Yes, that’s right, our man who’s supposed to be leading our efforts to reduce pollution has been doing secret deals...

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  • The Oil Free Seas Flotilla and Greenpeace

    Blogpost by John Dunford - November 11, 2013 at 16:58

    A lot has changed in the more than 40 years since Greenpeace started out in Vancouver. From a small group of people with a driving passion for the environment, we've grown into a worldwide movement.

    Working in 'digital campaigns' as I do - a job which couldn't even have been conceived of when that first Greenpeace crew set out to protest US nuclear testing in 1971 - it's easy sometimes to feel like we're operating in a completely different world now. Not today.

    As I joined the group of staff from the Greenpeace office heading down to Princes Wharf in Auckland to see off the SV Friendship, SV Shearwater and the Greenpeace sponsored SV Vega as they joined the Oil Free Seas Flotilla, the sense of history was palpable. The connection to that first Greenpeace sailing and all those that have ha... Read more >

  • Ban on shark finning moves a step closer…slowly

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - November 11, 2013 at 16:08