Greenpeace Australia Pacific BLOG

The Reef is banking on us. We need your ideas to save it.

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 10:52 by Nikola Cašule

Thanks for your help! Our quick survey below should only take a few minutes of your valuable time and will help us shape the next part of our campaign to save the Great Barrier Reef.  Our Reef campaign is moving into a new phase – calling on one of the big four Aussie banks to walk away from financing Reef destruction. Take the survey below or follow this link.

Dr Naidoo visits Australia to talk about the Reef, the climate and the Commonwealth Bank

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 16:10 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Dr Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International Executive Director, has a special message for Australia as he heads down-under to talk about the Reef, climate change and the Commonwealth Bank.

Our International Executive Director is arriving at a critical time for Australia and the planet. The Abbott government is pushing ahead with coal mines that threaten our Great Barrier Reef, attacking the renewable energy sector, threatening to wreck global climate talks and trying to silence environmental advocacy.

Kumi Naidoo is saying yes to coral, and no to coal.  He’s calling on banks like Commonwealth Bank to do the same by walking away from Reef destruction and the coal mega-mines in the Galilee Basin. The commonsense solution is harnessing the renewable energy of wind and sun. Can you help share his message?

About Dr Kumi Naidoo

Born in South Africa, Kumi Naidoo became involved in his country’s liberation struggle at the young age of 15. In 1986, he was arrested, charged with violating the state of emergency regulations and was forced underground before fleeing to exile. He has deep and broad experience of democratic struggles for justice and sustainability across the world. Like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kumi Naidoo sees parallels between the struggle against Apartheid and the quest for climate justice. Kumi Naidoo is a former Rhodes Scholar and holds a doctorate in political sociology.

Why International Tiger Day is about more than just saving tigers

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 11:06 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

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International Tiger Day is a day to celebrate, raise awareness and protect the animals, and their natural habitat.

The lion may be the king of the jungle, but it’s the tiger that holds mystique and charisma. From the Chinese zodiac, to Buddhism, and even Rocky Balboa (cue trumpets), the largest of the cat species has been a symbol of strength and power throughout history and across cultures.

But unfortunately, the survival of these majestic beasts is in danger. Today, there are only 3,200 tigers living in the wild globally; and very recently it was announced that there are only 100 tigers left in Bangladesh’s largest mangrove forest. In Indonesia, there remain as few as 400 Sumatran tigers, while both Bali and Javan Tigers are already extinct. The main culprit for this rush towards extinction is forest clearing for palm oil and pulpwood plantations to be used to make many of the products we use every day.

But it’s not all doom and gloom! Here are ways you can help.

Look for forest-friendly products

Over the years, Greenpeace has successfully moved companies like Procter & Gamble, Mars, Unilever, Mattel and Nestle to commit to No Deforestation policies. In June, Indonesian paper giant APRIL finally agreed an immediate stop to pulping rainforests. Make sure to look for products with a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo and check out Greenpeace International’s friendly guide to buying sustainably.

Be aware of ‘dirty’ palm oil

Celebrities like Joaquin Phoenix, Kellan Lutz and Gillian Anderson have joined Greenpeace to call for an end to everyday products being manufactured through forest destruction. Check out our short animation to see how deforestation from palm oil is threatening the Sumatran Tiger in Indonesia.

Protect Paradise!

Already over 700,000 people have signed our petition to demand tiger and forest-friendly products. But we need more support! Help us reach our goal and put your name down to protect the forest home of tigers and many other wildlife and demand a forest-friendly future.

Greg Hunt, let’s just pretend Carmichael never happened

Posted on July 24, 2015 at 13:47 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

It’s been a tough week for Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt. We have some advice we think might just help…

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It’s not been his best week. Image copyright News Limited, via news.com.au (more…)

Look at what you did

Posted on July 24, 2015 at 11:20 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Sometimes, the state of the world can seem so bleak that it’s hard to remember how far we’ve come. Together, the Greenpeace community has achieved so much.

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We think you’re brilliant. You’re one of millions of Greenpeace supporters all around the world that does amazing things every day to protect the future of our planet.

Whether you’ve signed a petition, donated some money or taken direct action, you’re the reason the Greenpeace community can do and achieve so much. So we want to thank you for everything that you make possible. Take a look at what we can do when we work together below.

Isn’t it amazing what we can do together?

The driving force behind Greenpeace is a community of people like you — people who speak out and take action to make the world a better place.

If you’re a Greenpeace member, thank you for your courage. We are so proud to stand with you in this fight. If you’re not a member yet, now is the time to join – click here to join our online campaigns or here to become an invaluable financial supporter.

Join the Greenpeace movement today and work towards a green and peaceful future,

12 photos that got the world’s attention

Posted on July 24, 2015 at 11:01 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

The Quaker concept of bearing witness is one of the guiding principles of Greenpeace. Nowhere is this more manifest than in the images we produce.

One of the founders of Greenpeace, Bob Hunter, proposed the notion of ‘Mind Bombs’ –  when an image is so powerful it is like a bomb going off in your head.

Today, in a world saturated by images, a photograph still has the power to move one to action. We take a look back through the lens at some of the Greenpeace images that have helped to change the world for the better.

Crew of the Greenpeace - Voyage Documentation (Vancouver to Amchitka: 1971) (more…)

Who’s paying for your cheap seafood? 5 things you can do about slavery in your seafood supply chain

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 11:28 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Let's tackle slavery in the seafood industry.  Rusting Fishing Vessel - Defending Our Oceans Tour. 4 Apr, 2006 © Greenpeace / Pierre Gleizes

There’s no easy way to say this: The seafood at your local supermarket may be connected to slavery. It’s heartbreaking.

Fishing operators in over 50 countries around the world are crewing ships through human trafficking networks – using “debt bondage, violence, intimidation and murder to keep crews in line and maintain cheap seafood on supermarket shelves,” according to one of many recent reports exposing this exploitation. (more…)