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7 inspiring stories of communities taking action for climate

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 10:15 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Inspiring stories of communities taking action for the climate and refusing to accept the plans of polluting fossil fuel companies are happening more and more. Here are just a few inspiring climate acts of courage taken by doctors, villagers, students, farmers, and 92-year old veterans – people just like you.

1. Canoes vs. coal

The People of the Pacific refuse to allow themselves to drown, they are fighting back against climate change! Residents of the Pacific islands, among the countries most vulnerable to rising sea levels, are taking the fight to save their homes directly to the fossil fuel industry. Using traditional canoes, 30 Pacific Climate Warriors from 12 Pacific islands paddled into the oncoming path of coal ships in Newcastle, Australia in an effort to shut down the world’s biggest coal port for a day.

The Pacific Climate Warriors


Twas the night before Christmas…

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 10:59 by Shani Tager

According to Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt, there’s nothing as damaging as a bit of red tape and bureaucracy to slow down economic growth. But what does fast-tracking, cutting red tape and streamlining approvals really mean for the places we love? (more…)

Nature does not negotiate: climate catastrophe is with us now!

Posted on December 08, 2014 at 10:48 by Kumi Naidoo

Typhon Agupit Phillippines december 2014

As Typhoon Hagupit hits the Philippines, one of the biggest peacetime evacuations in history has been launched to prevent a repeat of the massive loss of life which devastated communities when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the same area just over a year ago.

“One of the biggest evacuations in peacetime” strikes a sickening chord. Is this peacetime or are we at war with nature?


What happens in the Greenpeace office?

Posted on December 08, 2014 at 10:33 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Krystal Li is a year 10 student from North Sydney Girls High School. She joined the Greenpeace team in the office for a week long work experience placement. What did she learn? Here’s the lowdown on what goes on in the Greenpeace office.

Hi there! My name is Krystal, and I like to make lists. I spent a week at Greenpeace for work experience I have learnt more than a list’s worth about this organisation, but here are some things that I would like to share:

1. Friendly faces are all you see

It’s true; everyone is welcoming, approachable and always willing to help. No one will turn you down!  With the impact that Greenpeace staff and volunteers have on the wider community, it’s no wonder everyone seems so happy about their jobs.

Krystal Li - Work Experience Student at the Greenpeace Australia office (more…)

9 reasons you should be a fan of wind energy

Posted on December 02, 2014 at 10:57 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Renewable energy is the answer to our global energy crisis - here's why wind power is our future!

It’s no secret most Australians love renewable energy. But with Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey dismissing wind farms as “appalling” and “utterly offensive”, maybe it’s time we reminded ourselves why wind energy is great for Australia and the world.

Wind power has an important role to play in reducing Australia’s contribution to dangerous climate change. And it’s not just in Australia that wind has great potential. Alongside the Global Wind Energy Council, Greenpeace have just released a report on the status of wind energy, detailing how it could contribute to global energy supply in the future. Here are some of the best facts from the report: (more…)

5 tips for eating seafood guilt-free!

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 14:10 by Alix Foster Vander Elst

Do you know what you’re putting in your mouth? Chances are, when it comes to seafood, you probably don’t.

The SBS TV series ‘What’s the Catch’, shocked many Australians by showing us the startling truth about seafood consumed in Australia.  Much of it is imported, sometimes many other sea creatures are killed in the process then discarded as ‘waste’, and some may even be harmful to our health. (more…)

Last chance to save the vaquita?

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 12:38 by Willie Mackenzie

The vaquita is a beastie with some remarkable claims to fame: It’s one of the two smallest cetaceans in the world, just managing to nudge about 1.5metres long on a good day Its name means ‘little cow’, though it is also called the ‘desert porpoise’ as it lives near arid Baja California. They are the Continue reading →