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5 indoor plants that are natural purifiers

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 17:00 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi


Think your office could do with some fresh air? Try working on a space station. When NASA wanted to help its astronauts breathe easier, they used plants that improve air quality. Take a look at these 5 plants that could help eliminate nasty toxins in the air. (more…)

Australia made history, but for all the wrong reasons

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:59 by Nic Clyde

Image via @geeksrulz on Twitter

Image via @geeksrulz on Twitter

A few short years ago, putting a price on carbon was a sensible first step on the journey to tackle the main cause of climate change – our carbon emissions from increasing use of fossil fuels. (more…)

How to stage a #LEGOuprising

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 09:37 by Alex Harris

Someone’s ruffled our LEGO figures bricks!

All over the world mini LEGO people are rising up in protest against LEGO’s partnership with Arctic driller Shell. They have taken the world by storm. So far, we’ve witnessed protests in Sydney, Hong Kong, China, Helsinki, Paris, London, Washington DC and Buenos Aires.

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The big bosses at LEGO have responded to it’s mini people’s outcry over it’s partnership with Shell by saying:

“We’re determined to leave a positive impact on our society and children. We’re saddened when the LEGO brand is used as a tool in any dispute”.

LEGO bosses have their heads in the sand if they think their partnership with Shell backs their vision of “leaving a positive impact on society and the planet“.  

We won’t rest until LEGO bosses cut all ties with Shell, not allowing the Arctic destroyer to clean up its disreputable image by associating itself with it’s well-loved brand.

We need your help! Join the LEGOlution in 5 easy steps!

1. Raid your drawers – the more LEGO figures you can gather the louder the noise they will make.

2. Get your craft on and make some mini placards.

Buy some BBQ skewer sticks – they perfectly fit inside the LEGO figures hands and can be cut up into different sizes.

Find some cardboard and colour pens. Cut the cardboard out into mini squares and draw your own slogans onto the cardboard or print off the following graphics and stick them on:


In case you’re stuck for ideas, here are a few suggested slogans:

LEGO block Shell
Save the Arctic
Shell get out of the Arctic
LEGO Uprising

Now stick the back of the cardboard banners onto the BBQ skewer sticks using sellotape.

3. Find a well known landmark, a nice background that represents a typical Aussie scene, or just go crazy and be creative by creating your own protest or Arctic scene. Here’s something we made earlier:

PicMonkey Collage3web4. Take a pic on your phone. Make sure the LEGO figures are in focus. Blue tack on the bottom of the LEGO figures feet will stop them from falling over in the wind.

5. Upload your picture to all or one of the following sites:

  • Facebook – upload your pic onto our Facebook wall at:
  • Twitter – upload your pic using the hashtag #LEGOuprising and #BlockShell
  • Instagram – upload your pic using the hashtag #LEGOuprising and #BlockShell. Use the tilt-shift feature on Instagram to create a greater sense of scale.

Once the hard work is over, celebrate! Thank you for joining the LEGOlution!


Taking a look around the Greenpeace globe in June

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 15:01 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

We pressure oil companies to stay out of the Arctic

ExxonMobil out of the Arctic Action in Norway

11th June 2014 – Norway
Greenpeace activists protest against a commissioned ExxonMobil drilling rig that is being prepared for extreme oil drilling in the Arctic. Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest oil company, plans to drill in the Kara Sea along with Russian company Rosneft. The well, located at 75 degrees north, partially overlaps with Russia’s Arctic National Park, known for its diverse wildlife. According to Russian legislation, oil drilling in this area is prohibited.

We power the World Cup games

Solar Powered Screening of World Cup Game in Croatia

12th June 2014 – Croatia
Football fans watch the opening game of the 2014 football World Cup, between Brazil and Croatia from a projection powered entirely by solar power, at Drenovci school. The solar panels were installed by Greenpeace after the village was severely affected by recent floods. The panels will later be used to power the school’s IT department. More than 90 percent of Croatian people think the country should use more renewable energy.

We hang for renewable enegry

Action at Eugenio Montale Coal Power Plant in Italy

25th June 2014 – Italy
Activists climb an Enel coal rig in Italy, demanding the EU Council move away from dirty and unsafe energy policies and into renewable energies as Italy takes on the Council presidency in July.

We send a message to the EU

Action Against EU's Dependence on Energy Imports in Brussels

27th June 2014 – Brussels
35 Greenpeace activists from six countries climb cranes and office blocks surrounding the EU building and unfurl three giant banners. The banners display a cartoon showing EU leaders speeding to the edge of a cliff in a stretched limo sponsored by some of Europes most environmentally destructive energy companies.

We frack David Cameron’s home

Fracking Site at David Cameron's House in UK

4th June 2014 – UK
Greenpeace activists set up a fence around David Cameron’s house in protest against a controversial legislation for under-house drilling expected to be announced in the Queens Speech on the same day. The law would allow fracking under peoples homes without their permission. The activists are symbolically turning the Prime Minister’s constituency home into a fracking site and display banners reading – We apologise for any inconvenience caused while we frack your home.

We fly over forest clearing and mine construction

Bearing Witness to Forest Clearing and Mine Construction in Australia

4th June 2014 – Australia
Greenpeace paragliders fly over Maules Creek coal mine site in the Leard State Forest to bear witness to the winter clearing. Maules Creek is Australia’s biggest coal mine under construction.

We travel to the Arctic

Capturing Meltwater in the Arctic

3rd June 2014 – Bear Island
Greenpeace ship the Esperanza travels to Bear Island in the Arctic Circle to research the effects of Arctic melt water.

We deliver a petition for the Arctic Sanctuary (and bake a cake)

Arctic Sanctuary Cake Delivery in Canada

5th June 2014 – Canada
Greenpeace Canada delivers a petition to the prime minister’s office signed by thousands of Canadians calling for protection of the Arctic.

We say ‘No’ to drilling in nature reserves!

Protest Against Oil Exploration in Ibiza

11th June 2014 – Spain
Greenpeace activists protest against Cairn Energy’s plans to drill for oil in the Es Vedrà nature reserve off the island of Ibiza.

We take a look into a future run by oil

Simulated Oil Spill at Tenerife's Beach Las Teresitas

28th June 2014 – Spain
Greenpeace activists deploy a black piece of cloth over 300 square meters of beach simulating an oil spill with mock oil drilling platforms and display banners with the message ‘NO OIL DRILLING (in Spanish). Greenpeace is protesting against the Spanish multinational oil and gas company Repsol. Repsol plans to drill for oil in the waters of the Canary Islands.

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 14:56 by Alex Harris

Greenpeace photographer Paul Hilton takes us to an underwater nirvana with his breathtaking pictures from the UNESCO-listed Komodo National Park.

Take a minute to look at these pictures and celebrate our natural world and our World Heritage sites.

Sunrise over the reef at Kanawa Island near Flores, Indonesia.

Sunrise over the reef at Kanawa Island near Flores, Indonesia.


Inspired by History

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 11:25 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Aftermath of Shipwreck After the Rainbow Warrior. Bombing The Rainbow Warrior is in Marsden Wharf in Auckland Harbour after the bombing by French secret service agents. 07/11/1985 © Greenpeace / John Miller

It was 29 years ago today that the Rainbow Warrior came to rest at the bottom of the port of Auckland after her bombing by French secret service agents. She took Fernando with her. We will always remember both. (more…)

Local produce: not just for hipsters

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 09:00 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Whether you’re on a low-carbon diet or just want fruit and vegetables that taste great, here are 4 reasons eating local produce is for everyone. Image via