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  • Tell Auckland Transport to shove it up their berms

    Blogpost by Kamal Sunker - October 28, 2015 at 13:42

    I can relate to Dan. Like most of the inner-city dwelling 20-somethings, I had no idea what a berm was. That was until I found out that Auckland Transport was taking away the rights of ratepayers to cultivate roadside gardens. To me that makes absolutely no sense, and it seems a few people agree with me - in a few days, a petition to allow fruit and vegetable gardens on Auckland’s berms gained over 3000 signatures and is continuing to grow (no pun intended).

    In 2014, Auckland Transport took away berm mowing services and are now proposing a $150 fee for the right to garden on berms, with regulations that effectively prohibit the growing of fruit and vegetables. On the Auckland Transport website, under their section on footpaths and berm maintenance it states that, “People are asked to ple... Read more >

  • #BlockTheOffer - Auckland Council

    Blogpost by Kamal Sunker - October 27, 2015 at 19:32

    Join us on Thursday 29 October outside the Auckland Town Hall on Queen Street at 9am to encourage Auckland councillors to vote against deep sea oil drilling off Auckland’s coast.

    Last time, the council vote was split 50/50 and the casting vote sided with the oil drillers. We need you there with us to show the council that Aucklanders don’t want deep sea oil drilling.

    Deep sea drilling risks a disastrous oil spills that could inundate West Coast beaches and harbours. If oil is found and burned, it will drive catastrophic climate change.

    If the vote is tight again, Mayor Len Brown’s vote could be crucial. He wasn’t there last time but he will be this time.

    You can take immediate action now by urging Mayor Len Brown to say NO to deep sea oil.

    He’s made a strong statement in the Environmen... Read more >

  • Illegal Logging is threatening China’s Giant Pandas

    Blogpost by Wu Hao - October 23, 2015 at 15:07

    This is the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries. Home to 30% of China’s endangered and iconic giant pandas, it’s the largest giant panda habitat in the world. The area was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006 for its vital role in the survival of the species.

    This is one of the most botanically rich areas on the planet outside the tropical rainforests, home to over 5,000 different flora, a diverse and colourful area bursting with wildlife, some of which is unique to this part of the world. 

    However, due to illegal logging, this ‘sanctuary’ is becoming fragmented and putting China’s pandas and the rest of the stunning wildlife that lives here in danger.

    Over two years, Greenpeace East Asia has been investigating deforestation in the heart of the Sichuan...

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  • Three ways people power is changing in the tuna industry for good

    Blogpost by Graham Forbes - October 23, 2015 at 15:04

    The tuna industry is out of control. It is emptying the oceans of fish, killing other marine creatures like sharks and sea turtles — even abusing workers, who spend months or years at sea for meager pay.

    Greenpeace volunteers in Auckland, New Zealand discuss tuna with consumers. 8 Jun, 2012 © Greenpeace

    For years, tuna companies have been getting away with this behaviour: out of sight, out of mind from most consumers. But a growing movement is taking on the tuna industry. And it’s winning battles for our oceans all over the world.

    Just this past month, a Greenpeace student group at Michigan State University in the United States worked with their school to drop the dirty tuna brand Starkist and instead offer more responsibly sourced tuna on campus. With more than 50,000 students, that’s a lot of tuna!

    And it’s only the start. Here are three ways people are making a difference in the ...

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  • A new chapter in the New Zealand story

    Blogpost by Genevieve Toop - October 22, 2015 at 15:04

    When Simon Bridges announced the areas of Aotearoa that he wants to open up for oil and gas exploration in 2016 (the “Block Offers”), he probably wasn’t expecting this…

    In just six weeks since the announcement 25 communities around the country have mobilised and publicly demanded that their local councils say NO to deep sea oil and Block the Offer.

    Christchurch City Council was the first to listen to their constituents and have called the Government’s deep sea drilling plans “sheer lunacy”.  Kaikoura District Council followed suit soon after.  

    Over the next week many other councils will be deciding where they stand.  Auckland Council will decide at a public meeting on October 29th and we will all get see what they’re made of.  

    In recent history decisions like the one Christchurch and Ka... Read more >

  • UPDATE 1: Our investigations are going well. We’ve narrowed down what happened, and hope to have our email system back up and running later today or tomorrow.

    UPDATE 2: We’ve managed to confirm that all your financial data is safe, and was not compromised at all. Phew! We'll be back online soon.

    I’m writing this message because some of you will have been sent a spam email that appeared to come from us last night. It didn’t come from us. If you received the message, please just treat it like all spam. Delete it, and don’t click on the links.

    We’re really sorry, and right now we’re working to find out how this happened, and how we can fix it.

    What we do know is that yesterday evening someone got into the software we use to send you emails. They tried to send you a spam message about ‘Lott... Read more >

  • 1.4 million Brazilians just stood up for Zero Deforestation

    Blogpost by Maïa Booker - October 22, 2015 at 9:16

    Zero Deforestation Project Bill Delivery in Brazil. 7 Oct, 2015 © Adriano Machado / Greenpeace

    It was an historic moment. After three years of campaigning, a coalition of activists, celebrities and civil society representatives crowded into the Brazilian Congress last week. They were there to submit a bill calling for an end to deforestation – for good.

    More than 70 coalition members poured into Congress. Behind them, a mural made up of thousands of photographs of people who were part of the campaign declared “Zero Deforestation Now!” But this group was just a tiny fraction of those behind the bill.

    The coalition was there to represent the 1.4 million Brazilians who co-signed in support of Zero Deforestation.

    Submitting this legislation to Brazilian Congress marks an important step towards attaining zero deforestation in Brazil. But why is such a mass movement needed?

    Zero Deforestation Project Bill Delivery in Brazil. 7 Oct, 2015 © Adriano Machado / Greenpeace

    Why w...

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  • Why changing the tuna industry means stopping labour abuse

    Blogpost by Jackie Dragon - October 21, 2015 at 13:38

    The same unbridled economic interests that are driving destruction in our oceans are also allowing horrific labour practices and human rights abuses of workers in the seafood industry.

    Fishermen Sleep Onboard a Taiwanese Longliner in Samoa. 19 Aug, 2015 © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

    This week, powerful allies joined forces to call on the world's largest producer of canned tuna – Thai Union Group – and its largest US brand – Chicken of the Sea – to eradicate destructive fishing practices and forced labour from their supply chains.

    Three US unions have released a statement of solidarity with Greenpeace's campaign to reform the tuna industry. Household names in the United States synonymous with worker rights, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represent nearly ... Read more >

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