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What happened in the Philippines won’t just happen in the Philippines

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 17:41 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Greg Hunt is an intelligent man. For years, Australia has been telling him that coal port expansion at Abbot Point will be harmful to the Great Barrier Reef. Since he became the Australian Federal Environment Minister, his constituents have been telling him that if the Galilee Basin is fully developed, we’re severely undermining our chances Continue reading →

A Warm Welcome for the Rainbow Warrior in Vanuatu

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 13:01 by Matisse Walkden-Brown

This morning I woke up in a house on the Pango peninsula, the entrance of Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, under a giant, complete and vivid rainbow. Somehow the sky knew we were here, and that the Rainbow Warrior had arrived into the harbour quietly during the night. The clouds decided to frame the island city Continue reading →

Here’s what your political representatives just did to our renewable energy future

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 02:05 by Nikola Cašule

If you had a policy that delivered billions worth of investment in Australian industry, created tens of thousands of jobs, cut living costs for Australians and worked to build the infrastructure of the future all while fighting climate change – what would you do? Well, according the Abbott government and Labor opposition – the best Continue reading →

The Great Barrier Reef: for dummies

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 14:48 by Penny Mercoulia

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the greatest natural treasures on the planet. And it needs our help. We find it hard to keep track of everything that’s happening, places and names up at the Reef, so the team whipped up an infographic that really helped us and we want to share with you. Continue reading →

How stupid can they be? Why everyone in the world should care about the Reef

Posted on May 14, 2015 at 15:59 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Everybody remembers their first dive. Well, take pity on me because my first dive was in Ireland, back in the 70s. I had no idea how great the underwater world could look until I moved to Australia, where I eventually made a living diving and educating people about the Great Barrier Reef. I’ve seen a Continue reading →

Greenpeace India: The price of dissent

Posted on May 14, 2015 at 11:03 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

In less than a month, Greenpeace India is in danger of closing. Over the last year, we have born the brunt of repeated attacks. In June 2014, all funds coming from Greenpeace’s international office were frozen. Then in January, my colleague Priya Pillai was due to fly to London to meet with British politicians but Continue reading →

10 before-and-after photos that track the changes we’ve made to the Earth

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 14:06 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Often, small changes made over time are hard to see. Even when we’re making dramatic transformations to our world – through deforestation, industrialisation, and fossil fuel extraction and use – it can be hard to see how large the scars we’re creating are. That is, until you zoom out. For decades, NASA has been monitoring the changes we’ve Continue reading →

Is this bank about to go from advising to condemning Reef destruction?

Posted on May 07, 2015 at 12:26 by Marina Lou

As a contracted advisor to the planned Carmichael mega-mine, UK-based international bank Standard Chartered must be feeling rather exposed at the moment following a Hong Kong protest and then questions from Greenpeace at its annual general meeting in London. To date, 11 major international banks, including Standard Chartered rivals HSBC and Morgan Stanley, have distanced Continue reading →

The verdict is in: 85% of Australians choose the Great Barrier Reef over coal

Posted on May 04, 2015 at 17:07 by Shani Tager

Scientists made it clear that we have an important choice to make – we can have the Reef, or we can have coal, but we can’t have both. We know that the science is telling us to choose the Reef, but what does the Australian community want?

Let’s stir up a Twitterstorm for the Reef on Q&A!

Posted on May 01, 2015 at 13:52 by Penny Mercoulia

This Monday, Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Shadow Environment Minister Mark Butler will be on the panel of the ABC’s Q&A programme. This is a great opportunity to make the Reef a hot topic and put the Ministers on the spot! We need your help to stir up a Twitter Storm and put the destruction Continue reading →

Eat your ugly vegetables to fight food waste: 4 reasons ‘not pretty enough’ is just fine

Posted on May 01, 2015 at 11:59 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

In 2015, it’s not just us who feel the pressure to look beautiful for Instagram. Our obsession with perfect-looking fruit and vegetables causes huge amounts of food waste. Here’s why ugly food is the new hottest thing in produce. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO), roughly one third of Continue reading →

8 photos that reveal the local impacts of climate change

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 11:43 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Climate change is not a faraway nightmare. It’s real, it’s here, and it’s changing the way humans live. We’re seeing the effects all around us – polar ice melting, sea level rising and extreme weather events.

Coal industry fact check: Mining for the truth

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 16:19 by Marina Lou

If you’ve been reading newspapers, listening to the Abbott Government, or paying attention to mining companies lately – you’d be forgiven for thinking the Carmichael megamine project is ready to bring thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars to Australia. Sadly, you couldn’t be further from the truth. Here’s our coal industry fact Continue reading →

Renewable Energy for All: How an Indian Village Was Electrified

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 16:23 by Kumi Naidoo

Let’s accept it. Climate change is a reality and current and future generations are up against the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced. Yet some people believe that there is a trade-off between combating climate change and delivering development for the people. Around this year’s Earth Day, it is time to explode this harmful Continue reading →

We have less than a week to Save the Reef

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 12:40 by Jacki Boyce

Can you imagine a world without our Great Barrier Reef? Right now, We have a big decision to make. The Australian government will soon choose a future with coal, or a future with the Great Barrier Reef. What we do in the next 7 days can change the course of the world’s greatest reef. The Continue reading →

Remembering the devastation: photos from the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 12:14 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

5 years ago, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, spewing 210 million gallons of crude oil. These Greenpeace photos from 2010 reveal the devastating mark the BP oil spill disaster left on our planet. Gulf residents and wildlife continue to reel from the impacts of BP’s negligence. Coastal residents Continue reading →

Explore the underwater beauty of the Great Barrier Reef through Google Street View

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 15:49 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

If you’ve ever been diving in the Great Barrier Reef, you know why it’s a natural wonder revered all around the world. The Reef is a massive, vibrant, diverse underwater gem. It’s full of life and colour – and it needs your help. Right now, the Great Barrier Reef has a UNESCO World Heritage Listing. Continue reading →

How to Climb an Oil Rig – in Pictures

Posted on April 11, 2015 at 11:25 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

What you need to climb an oil rig a very good reason (to stop Shell drilling for oil in the Arctic) an oil rig (Shell drill rig, bound for the Arctic)

Life choices, and hopes for the future

Posted on April 08, 2015 at 14:15 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Blog post by Andreas Widlund on board the Polar Pioneer My name is Andreas Widlund. I am 27 years old, and I grew up in Umeå in the Northern part of Sweden. As you read this, I will have boarded Shell’s oil rig, Polar Pioneer, that is on the way to the Arctic to drill Continue reading →

My reasons for climbing up a 100-meter high oil rig

Posted on April 07, 2015 at 12:52 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Blog post by Zoe Buckley Lennox – On board the Esperanza – Follow @zoevirginia  Before I head off, I want to share with you my reasons for climbing up a 100-meter high oil rig, perched on the back of a cargo ship, swaying in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Just so we’re all on the same Continue reading →