Greenpeace Australia Pacific BLOG

17 Stunning Images of the Arctic Sunrise Taking Peaceful Action

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 13:35 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

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Great news – after being held for nearly 10 months, our Arctic Sunrise is home! To celebrate this news, we’ve put together 17 stunning images of the Arctic Sunrise in peaceful action.

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How much trash do you produce in a week?

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 11:38 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

If you could see all the waste you produce, would it change the way you consume? This photographer is hoping so.

Australians produce a lot of waste. According to Clean Up Australia, the amount of waste that hits landfill in Australia every year is enough to cover the entire state of Victoria.

The average Australian produces 1.5 tonnes of waste in a year. Much of this household waste is avoidable – like plastic packaging and food waste. But according to the ABC, Australians still let $8 billion worth of edible food hit the bin each year.

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Being environmentally conscious on recycling day and sorting your rubbish into compost, recycling and general waste bins is fantastic – but it’s important to think about producing less rubbish to begin with. That’s why photographer Gregg Segal created 7 Days of Garbage – a series of portraits of Americans surrounded by a week’s worth of household rubbish. Gregg says:

“7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of friends, neighbors, and other acquaintances with the garbage they accumulate in the course of a week. Subjects are photographed surrounded by their trash in a setting that is part nest, part archeological record. We’ve made our bed and in it we lie.”

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5 things you need to know about Sydney University

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 14:58 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

There’s something about Australia’s sandstone universities – they’re grand, prestigious, and a little mysterious. But the University of Sydney’s million dollar investment in Whitehaven Coal and their destructive Maules Creek Coal Mine isn’t just mysterious – it’s downright dodgy.

Tell Sydney University to stop funding Maules Creek Coal Mine! (more…)

Arrest of forest rights activists symbolic of what’s wrong in India

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 08:38 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

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It was just past midnight when Indian police hauled two Greenpeace India activists out of their sleep and arrested them this week as a crackdown on protests against a planned coal mine in the Mahan forest intensified.

The arrests are the latest example of intimidation tactics used in India to quell unrest over the plans by Indian conglomerate Essar to turn the Mahan forest into a climate-wrecking coal mine. (more…)

10 amazing shark pictures

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 17:05 by Jess Macleod

Did you know that scientists can determine the age of a shark by counting the rings that form on its vertebra? Much the same as you can count the rings on a tree to tell its age. [1]

Enjoy our gallery below. 

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Our Green Electricity Guide has landed!

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 16:34 by Alison Orme
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Want to know whether your power company is really green and not just a wolf in green? You’re not alone.
 

Since Greenpeace kicked off our campaign to stop the big three power companies – EnergyAustralia, Origin and AGL – wrecking Australia’s Renewable Energy Target we’ve had a stream of people asking, ‘If I want to leave them where should I go?’This question from Sonya, a Greenpeace supporter, is typical:

“Thank you for raising the issue of the “Dirty Three”. It would be helpful if there was another power company that we could change to. Who do you recommend?”

Finally help is at hand – a new, independent online Green Electricity Guide which provides a state by state ranking of electricity retailers against seven clear criteria. Greenpeace worked closely with the Total Environment Centre to produce this independent, thorough guide to Australia’s energy companies.

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Shark Girl: Why the Discovery Channel has got it wrong on sharks

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 17:22 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

This is a guest blog by activist and shark lover Madi Stewart – also known as Shark Girl. Madi has been swimming with sharks since she was 12 years old, and makes conservation films to try and change the way people see her finned friends.

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Many people develop relationships with animals. For some, it’s their pet dog or cat, the possum that lives in their backyard tree, or their local birds. The animal I most connect with is the shark.

But growing up loving sharks can be very different to growing up with your pet labrador. Put yourself in my shoes – how would you feel if people took pride in killing your favourite animal, if the media gave them a terrible reputation, or if people ate them and hated them? (more…)