Greenpeace Australia Pacific BLOG

10 reasons why super trawlers are not welcome in Australia!

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 15:34 by Alex Harris

Do you remember the Margiris super trawler that we kicked out of Australian oceans in 2012? I certainly do – I sat on a Greenpeace inflatable and cheered as I watched the monstrous machine leave Australia.

It was the end of quite a remarkable campaign that saw ocean lovers and fishermen unite across Australia to stop this over-sized fishing vessel destroying Australian fish stocks. The Australian Government listened to its people and put a two-year ban in place. But now, that ban is set to expire on the 19th November, meaning super trawlers like the Margiris are free to come back.

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Understanding climate science in 10 easy steps

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 16:36 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

The latest United Nations report on climate change is about to be finalised, written by thousands of scientists. The report is VERY important, but also a bit dull.

What we really want to know is: How bad is climate change? And what can we do about it? Using the latest IPCC findings and a few other recent discoveries, here’s our take on what you need to know about climate change and what to do about it.

1. Politicians talk – too little happens

Politicians spend a lot of time talking about reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are causing the planet to heat up. But despite all the chatter, emissions are still growing.

From 2000 to 2010, greenhouse gas emissions grew faster than before. The reason? We keep burning more fossil fuels. The climate scientists’ advice, however, is clear: we need to get rid of man-made carbon emissions entirely. (more…)

On the fast track to Reef destruction

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 16:13 by Alex Harris

The Great Barrier Reef is a national icon. It’s a place people all over the world travel to Australia to see. It’s the world’s largest reef. Now all of this is at risk. It’s an absolute outrage that the Government would allow Indian mining giant Adani to dredge millions of cubic metres of seabed within the Great Barrier Reef marine park to make way for its coal ships.

And now it gets even worse – Environmental Minister Greg Hunt has fast-tracked dredging the reef at Abbot Point and dumping the dredge spoil inside the Caley Valley wetlands without conducting a full environmental study.

Reef dredge spoil coming to the Caley Valley wetlands

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10 reasons why funding reef destruction is bad for business

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 09:24 by Alex Harris


Amazing news for the Reef! One of the world’s top investment banks Citi – has joined Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and Barclays by stating they will not fund Reef destruction by financing the new Abbot Point coal terminal. If foreign banks aren’t willing to finance the development of coal ports in the Great Barrier Reef then why aren’t Australia’s big four banks standing up for our own natural wonder? (more…)

Spring Fishion Show kicks off seafood labelling campaign

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 09:40 by Alison Orme

It’s all about the label, according to top model and environmental scientist Laura Wells who compered the Bouillabaisse Spring Fishion Show which launched the ‘Label My Fish’ campaign in Sydney this month.

Roses and sunshine served as a glorious backdrop in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Guests nibbled on fish shortbread and watched models strut the ‘fishwalk’, with pouting fashionistas and photographers looking on.

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How 30 Climate Warriors took on the world’s biggest coal port

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 13:29 by Rosie Dickison

It’s no secret that I am an emotional person, and that nothing inspires me more than people standing up for what they believe in. Last week, as the Pacific Climate Warriors led a flotilla in the world’s largest coal port – even the most unemotional among those witnessing were moved.

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Horrific footage: Are you eating ocean slaughter?

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 15:14 by Nathaniel Pelle

This shocking video about destructive tuna fishing underlines why we need accurate seafood labelling in Australia.