“Greenpeace’s Head of Pacific Net slams Australia for selling out its Pacific neighbours” … HEEEEEY THAT’S ME!

Thursday 13th April 2017   Media Release: http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/mediacentre/media-releases/Greenpeaces-Head-of-Pacific-Net-slams-Australia-for-selling-out-its-Pacific-neighbours/   “Australia – you are either with the coal industry, or with the Pacific”, said Greenpeace’s Head of Pacific Net Matisse Walkden-Brown in response to this week’s lobby trip by Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to meet the CEO of the company behind the proposed Carmichael megamine,…

A Little Green Piece … by Matisse. ‘Even Our Words’

Stay the course Pacific. We are the brave ones. We are the Climate leaders. This year… is OUR year. Fiji is President of so many important international decision-making bodies. The Conference of Parties… the major international Climate Change Negations. The first ever global Oceans Conference… for SDG14 And, The United Nations General Assembly! So let’s be proud!…

The rise of Pacific power: From small island states to large ocean states

As seen on Pacific Island News Association:  http://www.pina.com.fj/?p=pacnews&m=read&o=165345851256fdcdb6faccbdd9d578 By Matisse Walkden-Brown The Pacific region consists of 24 island states scattered across a quarter of the earth’s surface – a vast area of some 30 million square kilometres. By description alone, the vast area should command the respect and attention of the international community. The countries…

CAGILABA 

I have never had any guest bloggers on ‘Piece by Matisse’. Perhaps because of the title of my site. Sort of indicates who is doing the talking. But! I am nothing if not a rule breaker. And my favourite rules to break are my own. So introducing Miss Cayla Tikaram! “The Girl Who Tweeted From…

I’ve done some bad bad things 

Dear Mum and Dad, I’ve done some bad bad things.  You might have heard of some. Maybe you have read about others.  But I wanted to put down in writing ALL the bad bad things I have done, or have helped to do, in 2015 alone.   It’s not pretty. But I’m not sorry.  Wait…

I have just wrapped up one of the most amazing days of my life

I am now in my Bob Marley Rasta pants and borrow sun-bleached surf tee, inside my cabin on the crew deck of the Rainbow Warrior. I have new epic shells on my desk, another island to add to the “must come back” list, more people to hug when I see them again and a brain-space…

ISLAND WARRIORS … SING A LONG

Last week my colleague and I went to Kiribati. Kiribati is here: You may need to zoom. I swear it’s there though. We, like most ‘foreigners’, were there for work surrounding Climate Change. I was standing on the edge of the causeway on Wednesday in fact, with the video team, when a bus full of…

One Body One Love

It’s not very often you find yourself in a job that makes you cry on a daily basis. For all the right reasons that is… Not because your boss is mean, or you are overloaded and stressed, or because your ex-boyfriend who works in the finance department flirts with the receptionist, Sue, right in front…

Sending The Power Of Hope To Vanuatu

With a heavy heart and complete commitment to work towards the end of human contribution to Climate Change…. I send my love and prayers to our Pacific brothers and sisters in Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu and everyone else affected by Cyclone Pam. BLOG ENTRY IS HERE FOR A CHANGE…. http://www.greenpeace.org.au XXX Matisse XXX

The Love Story

I have a story I want to tell. It is called, The Love Story. It is about a man and a woman. When they first met, they adored everything about each other. The man was smart and strong and the woman, fierce and free. One morning, they went for a walk on a beach. The…