Tag: Greenpeace New Zealand

Climate action “a matter of life and death”

Press Release – Greenpeace New Zealand Thursday, 3 March: The month of February has experienced a whopping temperature rise not seen before in the history of record-keeping, according to just-released global satellite data.Climate action “a matter of life and death” after February temperatures smash global records Thursday, 3 March: The month of February has experienced a whopping temperature rise not seen before in the history of record-keeping, according to just-released global satellite data. Greenpeace Executive Director Russel Norman says temperatures around the planet, including in New Zealand, have experienced such a spike that the world would be “crazy” not to act immediately. “Based on the data that’s just been put out it’s pretty clear that February has obliterated our previous record-setting month. It’s completely unusual, even taking El Niño into consideration. Doing something about this right away is a matter of life and death. We can’t afford to muck around,” he says. “Even the climate deniers, who ironically have used this very satellite data in the past to further their own agendas, have gone very quiet.” Action here in New Zealand needs to start with calling it quits on any future oil exploration, says Norman. But on the back of the Paris Climate Conference in January, Prime Minister John Key stated he had no intention of scaling back any search for fossil fuels. “Key is doing less than bugger...

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Groser Loses TPP High Court Secrecy Fight

Press Release – Greenpeace New Zealand Responding to todays High Court loss for Tim Groser and his TPP secrecy bid, Greenpeace chief policy advisor Nathan Argent said:13 October 2015 Groser Loses TPP High Court Secrecy Fight: Greenpeace Response Responding to today’s High Court loss for Tim Groser and his TPP secrecy bid, Greenpeace chief policy advisor Nathan Argent said: “This is a humiliating judicial slapdown for Tim Groser and his anti-democratic moves to hide the TPP text from the people of New Zealand. “This judgment is clearly saying that Groser’s excuses for refusing to release information about the TPP were wrong. “The New Zealand government has got to release the full text immediately, so we can all see for ourselves what is in this deal because, right now, all the indications are that the TPP has been concocted solely for the benefit of foreign companies and their sharp-suited billionaires, not for the people of New Zealand. “The current government is flouting Official Information Act requests left, right and centre, over a range of issues, and today’s judgment is surely a warning that they cannot continue to do so. “This is great news for supporters of transparency and openness. And bad news for those, like Tim Groser and the rest of the government, who appear to favour secret negotiations with big corporates over open conversations with ordinary New Zealanders.” Groser...

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Greenpeace Response to TPP Deal Announcement

Press Release – Greenpeace New Zealand Responding to this mornings TPP deal announcement, Nathan Argent, chief policy advisor for Greenpeace New Zealand, said:6 October 2015 Greenpeace Response to TPP Deal Announcement Responding to this morning’s TPP deal announcement, Nathan Argent, chief policy advisor for Greenpeace New Zealand, said: “The TPP is a shady deal cooked up behind closed doors, and the details are still being hidden. “The New Zealand government has got to release the full text immediately, so we can all see for ourselves what is in this deal. Their continuing refusal only gives weight to those who believe this is a bad deal for New Zealanders, and a slap in the face for democracy. “All the indications are that the TPP has been concocted solely for the benefit of foreign companies and their sharp-suited billionaires, not for the people of New Zealand. “The inclusion of so-called investor state dispute settlement clauses gives special legal rights to foreign investors, which could see our government being sued for, say, stopping the pollution of our rivers if these companies think it would undermine their profits. “From what we can tell so far, and given the government’s withholding of the details, this deal looks like very bad news for New Zealanders, for the seas in which we swim and fish, the air we breathe, and even for our health.” ENDS Content...

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