Greenpeace Australia Pacific BLOG

How green are Australians?

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 12:32 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Many of us are making conscious efforts to lessen our impact on the earth. From our diet, to the things we buy, to the way we get to work – there’s a lot we can do to tread lightly on the environment.

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All images via National Geographic

Recently, Greenpeace Australia Pacific began a Green Living blog series to help supporters make better and more informed lifestyle choices. But how do the green habits of Australians rate compared to the rest of the world? A new study by the National Geographic reveals how green we really are down under. (more…)

For the oceans – every week is Shark Week!

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:09 by Willie Mackenzie

Shark‘:  it’s an evocative and symbolic single syllable. Just the sound of the word conjures up a host of associated images, usually to do with menacing fins, teeth, and a certain cinematic soundtrack. (more…)

Navigating seafood

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 16:02 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

This is a guest post by Tooni Mahto, Marine Campaigner at the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

Sealife is one of the last sources of food hunted from the wild. Most of what we eat comes from farming, where we have thousands of years of history in domesticating animals for food production and growing crops. Fish caught in the wild oceans are the final frontier.

But the expectation that the oceans can meet our increasing demand for seafood could be leading us down a dangerous path. Fish can be an infinite resource if managed well and taken without damaging the environment that nurtures them, and can provide livelihoods for local fishing communities and a rich tapestry of fishing tradition and history.

Fishing for sustainable seafood

If we want to keep fishing, we must fish sustainably

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Fossil fuel divestment: it’s (not) about the money

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 15:40 by Nikola Cašule

‘If it’s wrong to wreck the climate, it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.’ (Bill McKibben, founder 350.org)

The Australian National University (ANU)’s decision to sell its shares in seven unethical resource companies has hit the headlines over the past week.

Suddenly ‘divestment’ is splashed across the front pages and the government is up in arms.

ANU’s decision comes off the back of some major wins, with councils, churches, superannuation funds and universities pulling their money out of dirty fossil fuels.

But in comparison to the trillions still invested, the divestment—while impressive—is pocketmoney. So why the fuss? (more…)

Top ten reasons to LOVE the ocean

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 13:38 by Willie Mackenzie

We don’t need an excuse to celebrate our oceans – we love them every day! Here are ten reasons to love oceans that’ll make your day a little brighter.

1. A whole lotta heart

Octopuses have three hearts. That’s good news when you’re a sucker for tangling your tentacles. They have lots of heart and arms to share.

Octopus (more…)

Palm oil companies say they’ll put forest destruction on hold. But what happens next?

Posted on October 12, 2014 at 10:59 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Some of the world’s biggest palm oil companies have suspended their forest destruction. Is this a ceasefire or the end of their war on forests?

Seafood labelling – why are we whiting?

Posted on October 11, 2014 at 11:06 by Matthew Evans

Over time I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way Australians can make informed choices about what we’re eating is if we’re given sufficient information, if we’re told exactly what’s on the plate.

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