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Newsletter for our Green Guardians

© Mitja Kobal / Greenpeace

A word from our Green Guardians

Gillian

To the people of 2020. The destruction and loss...

Victoria

It was an immaculate day in June. The sea was a mirror...

Helen

I think all of the Greenpeace activists are very brave...

Ildika

Without clean air, water and soil our planet might...

Behind the scenes: ReEnergise

What is ReEnergise?

Our ReEnergise Campaign aims to shift corporations in Australia to 100% renewable energy.

ReEnergise Interview

Interview with Lindsay Soutar, senior campaigner and head of ReEnergise campaign

A recipe for lobbying:

1.

Make a plan

Set some objectives and make sure your ‘ask’ is clear and direct. Know what outcomes to expect from a meeting.

2.

Do your research

Who are you lobbying?

What motivates them?

What do they care about? What would help them do what you are asking for? What might be the barriers? Don’t hesitate to ask these questions in the meeting too.

3.

Know your power

How many people do you represent? What do you bring to the table - ideas, information, energy, action?

4.

Plan your next step,

and follow up after the meeting.

The end of whaling in Australia

© Greenpeace / Rex Weyler

Throwback to our first Australian campaign

It is 1977. The town of Albany in WA saw a group of five people come along in an old beat-up truck. Inside, Canadian national Bob Hunter, Australians Jonny Lewis and Tom Barber, a Frenchman named Jean Paul Gouin (aka ‘The Phantom’) and an American woman, Aline Chaney...

Meet Chris Pash author of 'The Last Whale'

"My first contact with Greenpeace convinced me that the people behind it were crazy. Many called them ratbags. Who would put their lives on the line by using their bodies as shields for whales against explosive head harpoons..."

© Greenpeace / Jaimen Hudson

© Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Eulogy to activist Paddy Hart

Greenpeace Australia Pacific is saddened by the death of Paddy Hart. Paddy worked as a whaler in Albany for 17 years but later became an activist...

Event review: Music, hope, and community

On 10 December 2019 a group of Green Guardians got together at Redfern Community Centre in Sydney.


Despite the smoke from the bushfires choking the city, we rallied together with the Human Sound Project to fight back with melody. Around the room, everyone shared stories about when nature had touched their hearts and left a mark. The words were flowing and we saved the best. One after the other, we put them together to form a collective song, an anthem for those who wish to act for change. A call to action for anyone willing to try. A song inviting all, not only to protect, but to regenerate, to rally, to lead.

Bight win: Celebrating successes together

Tuesday 25 March marked a pivotal success in our fight to put an end to the oil age. The oil giant Equinor announced that it will abandon its plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.

The Great Australian Bight is home to an array of animal, fish and plant species, 85% of which are not found anywhere else in the world! It is also the home to majestic whales who go there every year to feed, play and raise their young.


The Bight was classified as one of the most prospective unexplored offshore basins in the world, estimated to contain around two billion barrels of oil. Equinor was granted approval last December to begin exploratory drilling in the Bight. 

© Greenpeace / Jaimen Hudson

Book recommendations from our Green Guardians

Other Minds: The octopus, the sea & the deep origins of consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith

This erudite, yet accessible, book takes in squid, cuttlefish and octopus...

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

One of the twentieth centuries most recognised and respected environmental books. Carefully researched and beautifully written...

City of Trees: Essays on life, death and the need for a forest by Sophie Cunningham

This book is less scientific than Peter Godfrey-Smith’s book but its radical...

Storytime: Magical Australia

© wandi_dingo / Instagram

It’s a story so incredible that it’s hard to believe: a tiny, pure-bred baby dingo is dropped from the sky and lands, alive and well, in someone’s backyard. That’s what happened in August last year in Wandiligong, near Bright in north-east Victoria.


Happening upon the tiny bundle of fluff, not sure if it was a fox or a dog, a local phoned a vet who helped identify the pup, named Wandi, and confirmed it to be of a pure alpine breed. Marks on its back suggested a wedge-tailed eagle had taken it and accidentally dropped it in mid-flight.


There are three types within the species: alpine, desert and tropical, each with slightly different appearances and traits. Wandi’s discovery dispelled the idea that no pure-bred alpine dingoes remain in the wild. The alpine dingo is currently on

the list of endangered species vulnerable to extinction.

Nerdy facts

© Paul Hilton / Earth Tree Images

Pyrophile plants

Some plants have evolved oils to increase combustion, and these are known as active pyrophytes. Plants which require fire as an environmental trigger to complete their life-cycle (an ecological adaptation called serotiny), are known as pyrophiles, for example gums, banksias, and Xanthorrhoeas.

© Ella Colley / Greenpeace

Epicormic shoots

A shoot which lies dormant underneath the bark of a trunk, stem, or branch of a plant. Its growth is suppressed by hormones from active shoots higher up the plant. Under certain conditions, such as when damage occurs to higher parts of the plant, the buds develop into active shoots growing from an epicormic bud. Epicormic buds in eucalyptus species are highly protected, set deeper beneath the thick bark than in other tree species, allowing both the buds and vascular cambium to be insulated from the intense heat of bushfires.

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