Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Greenpeace Activist News Vol. 2, No. 7

Greenpeace Activist News Vol. 2, No. 7

In this issue, Dow and Bhopal, a victory for safe food, the latest on oil tankers, a new Exxon poster from Adbusters and an opportunity for the Webby awards.


A message from Greenpeace web editor Tom Dowdall:

I have just returned from 3 weeks in India working with the survivors of the 1984 Bhopal poison gas disaster that killed 20 thousand people - the world's worst industrial accident. To witness, firsthand, their strength, resilience and commitment to make sure their plight is not forgotten was amazing - from the enthusiastic support shown in our action to clean up the abandoned Union Carbide (now Dow) factory and the spontaneous protest at the rough police treatment, through the vocal, passionate march on the Dow Indian headquarters to the large demonstration to remember the disaster on the Anniversary.

Find out about the last few weeks and the campaign in news, pictures, audio and video here:


I'll be participating in this week's Cybercentre open house on Bhopal so you can post your questions there and remember you can help maintain the new sense of optimism in Bhopal that finally after 18 years of neglect their situation, with the help of the concerned people around the globe, may just be about to change for the better.


You can join in the Bhopal open house here:


More than 6000 Greenpeace cyberactivists have already written to Dow on this issue. If you haven't sent a letter yet, or want to reply to their form letter automatic responses, you can send a letter to Dow from here:


We'll be putting up a new website on Dow and Bhopal by the end of the week. Check the open house link above for more information.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A VICTORY FOR SAFE FOOD

Since genetically modified foods hit the markets, consumers have asked for labeling of products that contain GE ingredients. We have not been able to make this fundamental choice to eat genetically modified organisms or not because we often cannot tell what products contain GE ingredients and which do not. Now the European Union is leading the way with the strictest labeling requirements in the world for genetically modified food and consumers will have a choice.

All GE food and food ingredients, including highly processed derivatives such as sugar, refined oil and starch, produced from genetically modified organisms, will have to be clearly labeled. Another separate new regulation will set up a thorough 'traceability' system in order to follow food and food ingredients consisting of, containing or produced from genetically modified organisms across all stages of the food processing and distribution chain through to the final product.

This decision proves that consumers, when asserting their rights, can win against the most powerful corporate lobbies. The most important practical effect of this new regulation is that no genetically modified food will be able to enter the European market unlabelled.

Thank you to the 2500 European cyberactivists who wrote to their agriculture ministers opposing seed contamination.

For more information, see this story:


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OIL TANKER DISAPPOINTMENT

European transport ministers failed to immediately ban single hull oil tankers at a recent meeting in Brussels. While the European Union agreed to ban single hulled vessels transporting heavy fuel from its ports, it is up to each EU member state to decide when the ban takes effect.

Greenpeace activists simulated an oil spill at EU Headquarters and using approximately 300 litres of oil waste and residue brought from the Prestige oil disaster. Activists dressed as oil-stained birds held signs for the ministers saying Act Now.

For more information, click on:


You can participate in the oil tanker discussion here:


You can join the 14 thousand people who have written to the International Maritime Organization here:


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ EXXON POSTER

The wonderful anti-corporate campaign organisation Adbusters has introduced a new Exxon parody poster here:


You can download a high resolution PDF version here:


Read all about the StopEsso campaign here:


To join the StopEsso campaign, go here:


To write a letter to the ExxonMobil board, go here:


To take personal action with your own Exxon banner, visit:


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WEBBY AWARDS

Do you know about the Webby awards? What Oscars are to the movies, Webby Awards are to websites. They have an "activism" category which recognises the best designed and most effective sites dedicated to environmentalism and social change. We're big believers that the power and creativity of activism on the web needs to be recognised, and encourage you to submit your favourite sites as nominees. There's a charge for nomination, but Greenpeace Cyberactivists get a 10% discount. Just enter the following Greenpeace code, GP-021969, during the registration at:


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election