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  • Cease and desist message delivered to seismic blasting ship

    Blogpost by Kate Simcock - January 13, 2017 at 15:06

    Amazon Warrior, this is the Margaret Mahy. Do you copy?

    The world's biggest seismic blasting ship - the Amazon Warrior, AKA the 'The Beast' - is exploring for oil in the seas between Kaikoura and Napier. Despite the climate crisis, the risk of catastrophic oil spills and the immediate harm done to marine life, Statoil and Chevron are exploring for new oil at the invitation of the NZ Govt. 

    It’s utter madness.

    Today, two Greenpeace boats intercepted the 126 metre-long monster and from on board one  - the Margaret Mahy - Greenpeace climate campaigner Kate Simcock, delivered a message directly to the master of the ship on behalf of almost 70,000 people who have signed on to the letter to Statoil and Chevron.

    Also on board is Raihania Tipoki, of Ngāti Kahungunu. He'll deliver this message... Read more >

  • Wisdom & Foolishness

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - January 9, 2017 at 10:30

    For Earth scientists and environmental activists, the urgent need for a dramatic shift in humanity’s relationship with the world seems painfully obvious, yet we find ourselves pushing against obsolete systems of economics and development and against a relentless commitment to a destructive path. When the wise path appears so obvious to us, why do human social systems continue to make foolish decisions?

    I believe that “intelligence” arises from natural process, inherent in life itself, in all species of life and manifested in myriad forms throughout the biosphere. Intelligence appears as the quality of organisms to interface successfully, and durably, with the world in all its complexity. 

    'Brain' coral, Ashmore Reef, Australia. 01/08/1999 © Greenpeace / Roger Grace'Brain' coral, Ashmore Reef, Australia

    We sense that humans have evolved a particularly dynamic in... Read more >

  • Every single piece of plastic ever made still exists. Here’s the story.

    Blogpost by Diego Gonzaga - January 9, 2017 at 10:26

    Plastic toothbrushes are lined up on Kahuku beach, Hawaii. 26 Oct, 2006,  © Greenpeace / Alex Hofford

    From the moment we wake up in the morning and brush our teeth, to when we watch TV at the end of the day, plastic is all around us. So much so that it can be hard to imagine leaving the supermarket without at least one item that isn’t in a plastic container.

    It hasn't always been like this. In fact, there are people alive today that were born in an almost plastic-free world. Imagine going to the beach and not finding a single piece of washed up plastic trash.

    What, in the course of history, caused such a change? Read more >

    Plastic waste is seen washed ashore in the Truk Lagoon, Micronesia. 15 Jun, 2016,  © Robert Marc Lehmann / Greenpeace

    There are a few stories of what drove the demand for modern plastics. One version is that, in the second half of the 19th century, companies in the billiard ball industry realised they needed a substitute for ivory. By then, humans were consuming at least one million pounds...

  • 7 social media moments that will keep us fighting in 2017

    Blogpost by Stefanus Wong - January 5, 2017 at 15:11

    If anyone has ever sneered at the idea of slacktivism, 2016 would like to prove them wrong.

    From fake news to echo chambers to trolls, this year, social media became more than just a “status update”. There are 1.79 billion active users on Facebook alone. If it were a nation, it would have surpassed China as the largest country by population. It can reach millions of people in a matter of seconds - faster than traditional media ever could.

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    One thing is for certain - social media is about people power.  At Greenpeace we've learnt the crucial role slacktivism plays in helping to strive for a green, just, and peaceful future. Your voice matters a great deal more than you could ever think - some social media posts have had a WAY bigger impact than we could’ve ever imagined, reaching millio...

  • The best environmental movies of 2016

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - January 4, 2017 at 18:04

     A wrap up of some of the best environmental movies and documentaries in 2016.

    If art imitates life then surely it must mean that it’s the end of the world as we know it, and climate change is taking us all down with it.

    These days, the films that we are getting down to “Netflix and chill” with have less to do with green-screen magic, explosions or mystical monsters; and more to do with the unfortunate slow catastrophe that is unfolding in the world.

    Want disaster? How about a town ravaged by a super typhoon? In the mood for tension? How about the real-life David and Goliath story of the indigenous tribe defending their land against major conglomerates? Drama and action more your thing? What about illegal fishing and slavery happening out of sight, and deep in the middle of the vast ...

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  • 9 incredible feats of people power that happened in 2016

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - December 30, 2016 at 23:02

    The Indigenous and environmental rights movement was stronger than ever...

    This year proved that when real life David and Goliath battles happen, word spreads, people listen, the truth eventually comes out, and the movement becomes bigger and stronger. 

    - A mega-dam planned for construction in the heart of the Amazon, had its license cancelled - a massive victory for the Munduruku people and more than 1.2 million people around the world who supported the campaign.

    - The people of Clyde River – an Inuit community in the Canadian Arctic –  went to the Supreme Court of Canada for the government’s failure to properly consult the community before handing permits to fossil fuel companies for oil exploration in the area.

    - And after a rough, threatening, and tense battle, dedication and persev...

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  • 2016 — The year in photos

    Blogpost by Madeleine Smith - December 22, 2016 at 16:08

    2016 was a challenging year for people and the planet. It brought many challenges that will continue in the year ahead — a changing climate, greedy corporations and politicians whose policies spell trouble for the planet.

    As we look back on 2016, it's clear there's a lot of work still to be done. It's difficult to pick just a few images among the over 20,000 images our photographers have made while covering the struggle for a green and peaceful future all around the world. Here are some of this year’s highlights, and a reminder of why we need to continue the good fight. We couldn’t have done this work without all of you, thank you, and on to 2017!

    Greenpeace activists in London climbed Nelson’s Column, putting an emergency face mask on the statue to demand action on air pollution. A separate Greenpeace team eluded security and climbed over the fence around the Houses of Parliament to put another mask on Oliver Cromwell’s statue.

    Greenpeace UK activists in London climbed Nelson’s Column, putting an emergency face mask on the statue to demand action on air pollution.  Read more >

  • Building a future for fish AND people

    Blogpost by Dr Cat Dorey - December 21, 2016 at 10:37

    You’d think it would be hard to get emotional about fish and how they’re managed. But at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) emotions ran high - after five long days of tough negotiations, I was exhausted and it was starting to feel like Groundhog Day.

    As I’ve said before here, WCPFC is failing in its mandate to manage tuna, sharks and billfish fisheries in the region. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry and especially important to Pacific Island Countries so the stakes are high. I knew the meeting would be a tough battle.

    In her opening speech, the Chair of WCPFC asked us to recognize how difficult it is to get consensus between so many countries with so many opposing views. She asked that we at least commit to moving forward, one step a... Read more >

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