“The minimal uptake of the national government’s petroleum block offer reflects not only the low global oil prices but growing public resistance, and signals the beginning of the end to extreme oil” says Catherine Cheung, member of Climate Justice Taranaki (CJT).
The nine new permits granted are all located in Taranaki or the offshore Taranaki Basin. (Map from NZPAM website)
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Youth delegation at COP21. Source: New Internationalist
Growing up in foothills of the Himalayas, Sagar Aryal from Nepal was 10 years old when he realised the urgency of climate action. He witnessed the mountains melt, glacial lakes flood, and the human impacts of the climate crisis. Over 2 million people depend on the mountains for fresh water and natural resources. At 20, Sagar spoke strongly at the UN climate conference (COP21) in Paris.
AJ from the Marshall Islands also spoke, “I want you guys to look at me, and think about my people. One point five to survive, one point five to strive,” echoed by the crowd chanting. Read the rest of this entry »