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Why does the Marshall Islands serve the oil companies who drown us?

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 15:37 by Lagi Toribau

We have just seen the destruction caused by violent cyclone in Vanuatu. This is what climate change will bring us: storm surge, sea-level rise, polluted water supplies, and more extreme weather events such as droughts and tropical cyclones. Like Vanuatu, the Marshall Islands is particularly vulnerable to climate change. This is a drowning nation. Majuro Continue reading →

Cyclone Pam: Before and after images of the destruction

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 13:48 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

On March 13 and 14, Cyclone Pam tore through the island nations of Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands. These aerial photos reveal the devastating impacts of Vanuatu’s worst natural disaster in memory. Right now, our friends in the Pacific urgently need clean water, food, shelter and supplies. Some of the organisations helping to Continue reading →

Have your say on Reef dumping here!

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 16:02 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Right now, there are some sinister plans underway for our Reef. Indian coal giant Adani is hoping to get approval to dredge in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area for their Carmichael megamine project. They wanted to dump all their spoil in the Marine Park, but people like you and I spoke out and Continue reading →

Government unveils Reef 2050 plan: experts react

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 08:50 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Barbara Norman, University of Canberra; Iain McCalman, University of Sydney, and Terry Hughes, James Cook University On Saturday the federal and Queensland governments released the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, which outlines key measures to safeguard the Great Barrier Reef over the next 35 years. The plan identifies targets and actions to protect the reef’s Continue reading →

The Reef is fine – except it’s not

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 09:26 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

The Australian government is running a PR campaign to convince the world that the Great Barrier Reef is fine – most recently inviting international journalists to take a guided tour of the Reef. With a 50% decline in coral cover since 1985, we reckon there are some important parts of the story they’re leaving out. Continue reading →

Where in the world is all the water? 8 facts about coal and water

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 10:06 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Why do we so rarely talk about coal’s impact on already scarce water resources in Australia and around the world? This World Water Day, let’s take a good look at one of the most important questions facing the human population right now: Where is all the water? The global water crisis is the biggest looming Continue reading →

Sending the power of hope to Vanuatu

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 17:32 by Matisse Walkden-Brown

  Last week was a scary, sad and sickening wake-up call for many Pacific Islanders. Here at Greenpeace’s Pacific headquarters in Fiji, we were on full alert from Monday, as Cyclone Pam’s name began being muttered around the region. Water bottles were filled, phones and computers were charged, candles were bought, windows were locked and Continue reading →

13 quotes by women that will inspire you to save the world

Posted on March 07, 2015 at 09:47 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Happy International Women’s Day! Women around the world do incredible things every day – but today, on International Women’s Day, we’re making a special effort to celebrate and applaud the tireless work of women to overcome injustice and work towards a green and peaceful future. The theme of International Women’s Day this year is ‘Make it Happen’ Continue reading →

Queensland election explained: What does this mean for the future of the Great Barrier Reef?

Posted on February 06, 2015 at 18:52 by Shani Tager

As the tropical state of Australia, Queensland is known for its summer storms. We’re used to it being hot and steamy one day and raining buckets the next. This summer, though, was particularly crazy, and the Queensland election last weekend perfectly matched the unpredictable weather. Last weekend,  2.75 million Queenslanders cast their vote in a Continue reading →

6 reasons the Great Barrier Reef needs you to divest right now

Posted on February 05, 2015 at 13:04 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

1. The plot is cliché It’s like something from a James Bond script where an evil villain decides to dig up a massive amount of coal and detonate one of the world’s largest carbon bombs in order to make money for a company with a very dodgy environmental record. When the coal is burnt it Continue reading →

16 breathtaking photos of wetlands around the world

Posted on February 02, 2015 at 16:00 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

It’s World Wetlands Day! Today marks the 44th anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (otherwise known as the Ramsar Convention). Just in time for World Wetlands Day, last weekend brought some great news for our Caley Valley wetlands! The people of Queensland voted out the Newman government – who had proposed to dump Continue reading →

Clean air doesn’t come to those who wait

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 13:32 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

“One thing that fascinated and shocked me the most was the fact that even on smoggy days, people still lived their lives as usual,” said Chinese film director Jia Zhangke last week as the air outside in Beijing was a thick, soupy grey. “When the Air Quality Index hit 200 or 300, and the air Continue reading →

What was 2014’s greenest country?

Posted on December 28, 2014 at 15:44 by Julie Nicolini

Today, thinking about sustainable living is one of the only ways to picture a future for all of us on Earth. On a small scale, individuals can try to limit their carbon footprints by recycling, using renewable power and buying and consuming local and organic products. But what about the bigger picture – the habits Continue reading →

7 inspiring stories of communities taking action for climate

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 10:15 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Inspiring stories of communities taking action for the climate and refusing to accept the plans of polluting fossil fuel companies are happening more and more. Here are just a few inspiring climate acts of courage taken by doctors, villagers, students, farmers, and 92-year old veterans – people just like you. 1. Canoes vs. coal The Continue reading →

Twas the night before Christmas…

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 10:59 by Shani Tager

According to Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt, there’s nothing as damaging as a bit of red tape and bureaucracy to slow down economic growth. But what does fast-tracking, cutting red tape and streamlining approvals really mean for the places we love?

Nature does not negotiate: climate catastrophe is with us now!

Posted on December 08, 2014 at 10:48 by Kumi Naidoo

As Typhoon Hagupit hits the Philippines, one of the biggest peacetime evacuations in history has been launched to prevent a repeat of the massive loss of life which devastated communities when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the same area just over a year ago. “One of the biggest evacuations in peacetime” strikes a sickening chord. Is Continue reading →

9 reasons you should be a fan of wind energy

Posted on December 02, 2014 at 10:57 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

It’s no secret most Australians love renewable energy. But with Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey dismissing wind farms as “appalling” and “utterly offensive”, maybe it’s time we reminded ourselves why wind energy is great for Australia and the world. Wind power has an important role to play in reducing Australia’s contribution to dangerous climate change. And Continue reading →

Who brought him? Abbott’s G20 blunders

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 10:22 by Anna Weingord

We all have that one embarrassing uncle. You know, the one that hosts a family function and then proceeds to argue with everyone. The one that brings up all the embarrassing stories, such as the moment when you peed your pants when you were ten.  Well, at this year’s G20 summit hosted in Brisbane, Tony Continue reading →

Super seiners vs fishermen: How a nation dependant on fishing is being devastated by boats

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 13:25 by Nathaniel Pelle

We usually refer to them as Pacific Island nations, but calling places like Kiribati ocean nations is more accurate. The people of Kiribati are not just surrounded by oceans – they depend on healthy oceans for survival.

The Great Barrier Reef belongs to all of us.

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 11:30 by Alex Harris

Could the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area become one of the largest coal ports in the world? The Australian Government has approved construction of the devastating Carmichael mega-mine. This coal mine would be the largest Australia has ever seen. Its coal would produce a shocking 130 million tonnes of deadly carbon dioxide emissions every Continue reading →