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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 →

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 Continue reading →

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 Continue reading →

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 Continue reading →

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.

For the oceans – every week is Shark Week!

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:09 by Willie Mackenzie

‘Shark‘:  it’s an evocative and symbolic single syllable. Just the sound of the word conjures up a host of associated images, usually to do with menacing fins, teeth, and a certain cinematic soundtrack.

Fossil fuel divestment: it’s (not) about the money

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 15:40 by Nikola Cašule

‘If it’s wrong to wreck the climate, it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.’ (Bill McKibben, founder 350.org) The Australian National University (ANU)’s decision to sell its shares in seven unethical resource companies has hit the headlines over the past week. Suddenly ‘divestment’ is splashed across the front pages and the government is up in Continue reading →

5 steps to Save the Arctic: How LEGO made everything awesome

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 08:40 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Today we got the awesome news: after a three-month campaign supported by more than a million people worldwide, LEGO has announced it will not renew its contract with Arctic destroyer Shell. This is fantastic news for LEGO fans and Arctic defenders everywhere. And it’s a huge blow to Shell’s strategy of partnering with beloved brands to clean Continue reading →

What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic

Posted on October 08, 2014 at 16:41 by David Ritter

‘Look, a polar bear!’ He might be a Head of State, but even the President of Kiribati, His Excellency Anote Tong, could not hide his excitement at seeing one of these magnificent animals in the wild. The young male polar bear was sitting on an elevated rocky ledge looking down at us with curiosity – perhaps Continue reading →

A tale of 5 countries: taking a look at fossil fuel corruption around the world

Posted on October 02, 2014 at 17:02 by Marina Lou

When it comes to resource extraction and the political process — the issue is a global one. Have a look at some of the recent coal-ruption stories that have been breaking all around the world.

What happens when a coal company builds a mine inside Australia’s most prestigious university?

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 12:21 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Greenpeace recently revealed that one of Australia’s most prestigious universities, the University of Sydney, has a million dollar stake in the company responsible for the largest coal mine currently under construction in Australia. But what happens when the university shows their commitment to fossil fuels by letting Whitehaven Coal build a coal mine inside the Continue reading →

Your pictures from the People’s Climate March

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 12:05 by Jess Macleod

So many inspiring pictures are flooding in from the People’s Climate March events around the world. Spread the word to turn up the heat on politicians attending the UN climate summit this week.               Were you there yesterday? Share your photos with us in the comments

When ‘popular policy’ isn’t so popular: 4 surprising things Australians think about climate change

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 09:31 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Try as they might, climate change deniers have been unable to convince Australians that extreme weather events aren’t increasing, and that fossil fuel companies are innocent bystanders to global warming. Check out the results of new Australian polling below. Image via @geeksrulz on Twitter

Coal, Divestment and Democracy

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 17:06 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

By John Keane, University of Sydney Pushed and pulled in different directions by government policies and market forces, modern universities try hard to be public institutions for the public good. Fond of proclamations, their efforts are impressive – sources of hope in times when many people feel things are not going well. The historic Quadrangle Continue reading →

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