All articles by Greenpeace Aotearoa

  • Busting the oil industry’s alternative facts about NZ’s offshore oil and gas exploration ban

    After Jacinda’s historic announcement that brought an end to new offshore oil and gas exploration, we’ve been hearing a lot from the industry about how the sky is about to fall in. Fun fact: it isn’t. But just in case  you find yourself having a heated debate with someone around the dinner table, we’ve put…

    Andrew Tobert 5 min read
  • Great news for the Arctic AND the Antarctic!

    Today is a great day for oceans at both ends of the earth. Last night, governments from around the world agreed to protect a huge part of the Arctic Ocean against all commercial fishing. Thanks to the millions of you who supported our Save the Arctic campaign.

    Louisa Casson 1 min read
  • Can we create healthy oceans and tackle climate change at the same time?

    “We woke up to the fact that there’s ocean change just like climate change. We need ocean action like there’s climate action.” These words rang out at international climate talks last week, spoken by Peter Thompson, the UN’s special envoy for the ocean. This is just one sign that protecting the ocean is fast becoming…

    Louisa Casson 2 min read
  • Plastic is Everyone’s Problem, So Why Are We Focusing on Coke?

    Coke is one of the most recognizable brands in the world and says it is committed to environmental sustainability. As the world’s largest soft drink company, Coca-Cola has a special responsibility to drastically reduce its plastic footprint and stop its bottles from choking our oceans.

    John Hocevar 4 min read
  • Antarctic krill – not just whale food

    Krill is whale food. In fact, it’s a commonly held misbelief that ‘krill’ in Norwegian literally means ‘whale food’. It doesn’t, but it’s still true. Massive swarms of krill, a tiny micro-shrimp in the Antarctic Ocean, provide the principal food for blue whales – the largest animal that ever lived.

    Willie Mackenzie 2 min read
  • 3 reasons this small country’s court decision will have a big impact on global climate action

    Two years ago, a courageous law student, Sarah Thomson, sued the New Zealand Government over its weak climate targets. Now she’s made history. On 2 November, 2017, the High Court of New Zealand issued a game-changing ruling. It found that climate change presents significant risks and government actions on climate change are subject to judicial…

    Kristin Casper and Kate Simcock 3 min read
  • Drinking water nitrate: a ticking time-bomb for public health?

    The new Government must put people’s health first, by addressing the growing problem of farm contaminants in our water supply. Just days before our new Government was announced, Canterbury’s Chief Medical Officer of Health warned that increased irrigation in Canterbury is putting newborns at risk from water contamination. Dr. Alistair Humphrey was talking about new…

    Andrew Tobert 2 min read
  • We have one year to create the largest ever protected area on Earth

    In the words of David Attenborough, “Our planet is a blue planet”. With over 70% of our world covered by water, our oceans can be seen from across the solar system. It wasn’t long ago that the oceans were still believed to be too vast for human activity to be able to cause them significant,…

    Greenpeace 3 min read
  • Capitalism’s moral maze

    Life as a consumer is very different to what we’re told. We’re told it’s easy, it’s effortless. That life flows better with Visa. We’re sold an image of smash…

    Andrew Tobert 2 min read
  • Save Our Rivers: Peaceful Civil Disobedience

    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.

    Andrew Tobert 1 min read