People’s Climate Rally a Success

25/03/2017
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Photos by Jeremy Gould, 22 March 2017

Thank you for everybody who came to the Rally. With your help, we have shaken the industry and sparked a change in attitude, evident in the numerous media stories below:

Protesters had the better of day one at New Zealand Petroleum Conference 2017, Stuff business, 22 March 17

Taranaki tangata whenua backing oil protests, Waatea News, 23 March 17

NZ Petroleum Conference opens to protesters, NZ Herald, 22 March 17

Government hopes for more oil and gas exploration, Radio NZ, 22 March 17

Petroleum conference to return to New Plymouth despite hundreds of protesters derailing first day, Stuff business, 23 March 17

The slow demise or temporary slump of New Zealand’s oil and gas industry, Stuff business 24 March 17

 


Groups ready to disrupt oil summit in New Plymouth

20/03/2017

PRESS RELEASE FROM PEOPLE’S CLIMATE RALLY COALITION, 20 MARCH 2017

rally poster vlrPeople from all over Aotearoa are gathering in Taranaki from Tuesday to begin The People’s Climate Rally, which aims to blockade the NZ Petroleum Conference at the TSB Showplace.

The annual oil conference has been moved to Taranaki after previously facing escalating protests in Wellington and Auckland, including thousands taking to the streets, and crowds blockading last year’s SkyCity venue.

At the conference this year, the Government will be announcing the 2017 Block Offer for gas and oil exploration.

The People’s Climate Rally spokesperson, Emily Tuhi-Ao Bailey, says the protests will highlight what is going on behind closed doors.

Over half a million square kilometres of land and sea have been put up for grabs for these destructive industries to survey, drill, extract and dump toxic waste into so they can produce materials that are killing the planet,” she says.

Government and corporations have been driving us down a short-term path of resource extraction that benefits the rich while destroying the planet and community. Oil was first drilled here in the 1860s after the land wars began. We have a history of resisting colonisation here in Taranaki, and these oil and gas companies, like their predecessors, will continue to be resisted. Read the rest of this entry »


Join us this March in Taranaki

11/03/2017

Frack Off show poster 5 to 26 march 2017 opening 5march 3pm

rally poster vlrMarch 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting month for us here in Taranaki!

From 5-26th March is the Frack Off Exhibition, featuring a diversity of local artists’ and writers at the JD Reid Gallery. You can have a glimpse here, and check out their ‘Now we’re talking program‘.

From 21-23rd March, CJT and other members of a growing coalition will be holding the People’s Climate Rally in New Plymouth.

On Tuesday 21 March, we start with a powhiri and Non-violent Direct Action training at 2 pm at Owae Marae in Waitara.

On Wednesday 22 March, we begin our rally at 8 am at the Clock Tower on Devon Street, with musicians and speakers on climate change, fossil fuel extraction and social justice. The Government will release the 2017 Block Offer for oil and gas exploration at the TSB Showplace, venue of the 2017 Petroleum Conference, on this day. Over half a million square kilometres of our land and sea have been proposed for release, including part of the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary designated for the critically endangered Maui’s Dolphin.

Thursday 23 March is a Day of Solutions, starting at 10.30am at the Senior Citizens Association on Liardet street. There will be talks and workshops with author Terrence Loomis, Al Yates of Ecotricity, Jeannette Fitzsimons, TeAnau Tuiono and other sustainability advocates; and demonstration of electric vehicles. There will also be a public forum on Just Transition off Fossil Fuels’, with experts on renewable energy, union organising, sustainable agriculture and education. All are welcome. Bring your friends, families, your electric bike, and spread the word!

If you can assist in any way, e.g. help with food, transport people around, manage crowds, photograph, film, blog or tweet about the event, or contribute financially, give us a yell. We need you all to make this event a success!

Details and registration on People’s Climate Rally website. Follow this facebook for updates.


Activist groups plan to disrupt 2017 oil summit in Taranaki

02/02/2017

Groups campaigning on climate change, fracking, oil and gas drilling and social justice from across Aotearoa have announced plans to disrupt the New Zealand Petroleum Conference in March this year.

The People’s Climate Rally is being organised by a coalition of groups including Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack Free, Oil Free Wellington, Greenpeace New Zealand and 350 Aotearoa.

The three-day event, from March 21 to 23, will include peaceful protest, workshops, and music for people of all ages that promotes a world without fossil fuels in order to curb the looming climate catastrophe.

The target is the NZ Petroleum Conference, held over the same time in New Plymouth, which will see hundreds of delegates from oil and gas companies meet to discuss oil exploration opportunities in New Zealand.

Sponsored by government agency NZ Petroleum & Minerals (NZPAM), the annual conference is also attended by domestic decision makers including the Minister of Energy and Resources, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Taranaki Regional Council, and NIWA.

Previously held in Auckland and Wellington, the petroleum conference has been met by mass peaceful protest since 2012. This has included hīkoi and marches of more than 5,000 people. Last year, a blockade outside Auckland’s SkyCity delayed the start of the conference by several hours.

The conference has now been moved to New Plymouth for 2017. Taranaki has been the centre of the New Zealand oil industry for 100 years.

Spokesperson for Climate Justice Taranaki, Emily Bailey, says the oil industry and the Government have continued to exploit oil and gas and ignore local community concerns about its environmental and human costs.

“The oil and gas industry have been making a retreat this year, pulling out of permits and cutting investments,” she says.

“Now they’re moving from Auckland to hold their annual conference in what can only be seen as a retreat to ‘safe territory’, but we are stepping things up to tell them it’s time to stop the drilling and ensure a future without runaway climate change.”

New Zealand needs a rapid investment in a just transition away from these dirty fuels and into climate-friendly jobs, Bailey says.

The coalition will be developing The People’s Climate Rally over the coming weeks. Kicking off just days after Taranaki music festival, WOMAD, the group is encouraging festival goers to stay on afterwards to take part in the protest.

350 Aotearoa spokesperson, Niamh O’flynn, says the petroleum conference “flies in the face” of what is right for people and the planet.

“These companies and our Government are acting like drilling for more oil and gas has no consequences. We know that they do, and it’s climate change,” she says.

“When our farmers are struggling through drought, our snowfields are without snow, and our sea-levels are rising, it’s our responsibility to stand-up to the Government and the fossil fuel industry that are ignoring reality and willfully wrecking our climate.”

So lock those dates 21-23 March in, and share your interest & ideas on facebook

 


Press release: CJT call for independent investigation on the risks of extreme weather and earthquakes on aging oil and gas infrastructure

25/11/2016
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Source: Caprari

Climate Justice Taranaki says an independent investigation is critical to determine the cause and extent of damage on the OMV Maari oil platform and associated infrastructure, and to assess the risks of aging oil and gas installations failing.

Wild weather and heightened earthquake risk have prompted OMV to evacuate its staff off the Maari oil platform where a crack was discovered during a scheduled underwater check. Read the rest of this entry »


Oil and gas exploration and extraction are important to our social, economic and cultural well-being, says Taranaki Regional Council

17/11/2016

draft-coastal-plan-coverWe cannot accept this statement, can you?

While a few may benefit financially from the oil and gas industry, local communities surrounded by oil and gas drilling, fracking, extraction and deepwell injection suffer as future generations are being robbed of a benign climate to live in. Yet council wants recognition for the industry as a policy in the Draft Coastal Plan for Taranaki (Policy 5b, Rules 11, 25-29).

The Draft Plan also proposes to allow the continuation of sewage (Rules 6 & 7) and industrial (Rules 12 & 13) discharge into our marine environment, despite the risks to human and environmental health and breaches on Maori rights (Wai-6).

If you don’t agree with what’s in the draft plan, then tell council. Use council’s online feedback form. You have until Friday 18 November 2016. The plan and associated documents are here.

Read CJT’s feedback to council here.


Media release: Climate change again missing in NPDC Plan

13/10/2016

npdc-draft-district-plan-oct2016-coverClimate change is again missing from a document that is supposed to be a guiding plan for New Plymouth’s next ten years. The New Plymouth District Council’s District Plan, which will shortly go out for public consultation, makes hardly any attempt to adapt to the realities of climate change, let alone mitigate” says Urs Signer, member of community group Climate Justice Taranaki.

In the 150-page document, there is no single reference to climate change. It is simply unbelievable that local authorities are doing nothing when it comes to planning on climate change issues. Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions has to be our number priority. Yet, the Council is not even planning for adaptation to the effects of climate change.

We are seeing more and more extreme weather events in Taranaki: droughts, floods, coastal erosion. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning. It is our generation’s task to sort this mess out. To do that, we need to take action in our communities, because clearly the so-called political leaders at both national and local level are not prepared to even talk the talk. We should have been walking decades ago.

Let’s pull our heads out of the sand and start dealing with the root causes of climate change and work towards a society based on triple-bottom-lines of a sustainable society, environment and economics” concludes Urs Signer.