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  • The superhero two year old who represents thousands affected by the air pollution crisis

    Blogpost by India Thorogood - September 26, 2017 at 12:06

    “It was really distressing to see her working so hard to breathe. She’s so small.”

    It’s a parents’ worst nightmare to see their child being rushed in and out of hospital. Yet Sephie’s parents - Bo and Amii - have all too often seen their daughter confined to a hospital ward, breathing through a toddler-sized breathing machine.

    Her body would become limp, she would become unable to eat or get up and was exhausted simply from trying to breathe in and out. Her parents would take her to hospital, go home-then it would happen again. They were terrified.

    What’s worse is that, as Bo and Amii waited in the hospital’s emergency department, they noticed it wasn’t just Sephie being rushed into hospital with chest problems – there were lots more children too. Doctors said they thought chest pr... Read more >

  • The beginning of the end for nuclear weapons

    Blogpost by Jen Maman - September 21, 2017 at 9:20

    Peace Doves - Hiroshima Atomic Bombing 60th Anniversary. Japan 2005

    "I have been waiting for this day for seven decades and I am overjoyed that it has finally arrived,” said Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow in July, when a new treaty banning nuclear weapons was agreed at the United Nations in New York. “This is the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons.

    However agreeing on a new treaty is only the first step towards a treaty becoming valid international law. As of Wednesday 20th September, governments can take the next step and officially sign the Treaty on the Prohibition on Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Once a country signs, it needs to have it adopted as national law to ratify it. And 50 countries need to do this before this treaty becomes agreed international law. (New Zealand is amongst the first to sign).

    Governments that sign and ratify the treaty... Read more >

  • Chevron's Amazon Chernobyl Case moves to Canada

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - September 19, 2017 at 13:43

    After perpetrating what is probably the worst oil-related catastrophe on Earth - a 20,000 hectare death zone in Ecuador, known as the “Amazon Chernobyl” - the Chevron Corporation has spent two decades and over a billion dollars trying to avoid responsibility. In 2011, Indigenous and peasant villagers won an $9.5-billion compensation judgment in Ecuador. Chevron, despite accepting jurisdiction in Ecuador to avoid a US jury trial, refused to pay.

    Indigenous Person - Image Courtesy of Amazon WatchImage courtesy of Amazon Watch

    The company sold its assets in Ecuador to avoid seizure, left the country, and threatened the victims with a "lifetime of litigation" if they pursued compensation. The 30,000 plaintiffs, however, have not given up. The case now moves to Canada, where Chevron holds assets, and where the victims hope, at last, to gain jus... Read more >

  • 5 reasons the car industry needs to change its ways now

    Blogpost by Richard Casson - September 19, 2017 at 12:57

    Today the world’s biggest motor show gets underway in Germany. The Frankfurt Motorshow is the moment many of the world’s best known car manufacturers get together for a grand display of vehicles that have been polished so hard it’s a miracle there’s any paint left on them.

     Protest at Opening of IAA in Frankfurt

    But while the firms exhibiting at the event will be keen to tell you how fast their cars get from zero to 100 kilometers an hour, what you’re unlikely to hear is how the car industry is looking increasingly irrelevant as consumer choices, technology, and government policies are rapidly forcing the industry to change. 

    Here are five reasons why.

    1. Climate change

    Air pollution in Delhi

    While some car firms are keen to brag about how efficient their petrol and diesel models have become, the reality is the vehicles they produce now co...

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  • FAQ for September 14th Peaceful Disobedience

    Blogpost by Andrew Tobert - September 13, 2017 at 11:53

    If you’ve got loads of burning questions and want to know more then come along to the briefing on Wednesday, September 13th at Halo, 66B Wharenui Road.  Make sure you’re registered to get updates.

    How long do I have to stay?

    We’re asking people to join us for the whole day on Thursday, Sept. the 14th and you’ll need to be prepared to meet us in Chch at 7:45am in the morning in Chch. If you can only come for part of the day we’d still love to have you come along.

    What am I actually going to have to do?

    There will be lots of different ways people can participate and you don’t need to come with specific or specialist skills to be involved. If you can make it along to the briefing on September 13th in Chch we can talk to you more about the plans. Make sure you’re registered - we’ll email yo... Read more >

  • Save Our Rivers: Peaceful Civil Disobedience

    Blogpost by Andrew Tobert - September 13, 2017 at 11:25

    Construction has started on huge irrigation schemes in Canterbury. When they start working, it’s going to be disastrous for our rivers - most of which are already struggling.

    More irrigation means more cows and that means more pollution.

    A few weeks ago, the completion of these schemes would have been inevitable. But not any more. The movement against irrigation schemes is getting stronger and stronger, and you can join in. Click here to take part in a peaceful civil disobedience to Save Our Rivers.

    A few weeks ago, we blocked pipes in the Central Plains Water irrigation scheme. It was all over the papers and TV. Then a few days later, Labour came out and announced they’d ditch the $480 million irrigation fund. It was a huge moment, birthed from the courage of a few people.

    Imagine wh... Read more >

  • Thursday, September 7: Occupying Central Plains Water

    Blogpost by Andrew Tobert - September 12, 2017 at 15:30

    The day started early, or late, depending on your perspective.

    We met the night before in Christchurch. People had travelled from across New Zealand at a moment’s notice - one group had even driven from Dunedin. The energy was high. Everyone was here because they cared about Saving Our Rivers.

    We talked about the day ahead, nonviolence and safety. We ate vegan pizza. Then the real work started...

    Lightning Occupation CPW 7 Sep
    Activists survey the CPW site, September 7

    We shopped, we packed, we cooked, we planned. Then by about 2am it was time to crash out and get ready for a busy day of action ahead.

    At 4am the alarm went off, and to be honest, I’ve felt better. There’s nothing quite like two hours of sleep to make you aware of your own mortality. You also definitely know you’ve hit the wrong side of 30 when a bit ... Read more >

  • We shall not be moved

    Blogpost by Marianna Hoszowska - September 7, 2017 at 12:13

    This week, a courageous group of activists from across Europe are joining Greenpeace Poland to stop illegal logging in the ancient Białowieża Forest.

    Dozens of people have been chaining themselves to trees and logging machinery to stop foresters from cutting down trees in Europe’s last remaining ancient lowland forest. The forest is home to many rare birds, lynxes, wolves and the biggest wild-ranging herd of European bison.

    Activists Occupy Trees 06/09/2017 © Grzegorz Broniatowski / Greenpeace © Rafal Wojczal / Greenpeace      © Grzegorz Broniatowski / Greenpeace            © Rafal Wojczal / Greenpeace                                   Activist occupies trees - 6 Sept, 2017           Activist participating in the blockade

    In case you haven’t been keeping up to date with the story, here’s what’s happened so far: the Court of Justice of the European Union has told the Polish government ...

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