Fewer cows, cleaner water & safer climate

28/04/2017

Today we told the government what we think about its ‘Clean Water‘ document:

  • Rivers that are ‘suitable for swimming more than 80% of the time‘ are not swimmable
  • The shift of E.coli guideline to 540 per 100 mls is unacceptable
  • All rivers and lakes where communities use or seek to use for recreation should be included for improvement, not just ‘large’ ones
  • Residues of pesticides and hydrocarbons need to be included as additional attributes for determining ecological and human health risks of waterways
  • The life-supporting capacity of our waterways and the rights of communities and future generations to adequate and clean water must not be compromised by so-called economic arguments
  • National bottom lines for freshwater must not be breached because of polluting infrastructure
  • Support, not penalize, tangata whenua efforts in protecting the health of our waterways
  • Exclude stock from waterways, reduce stock number and halt further dairy conversion for the sake of clean water, ecosystem health and livable climate
  • Honour Te Mana o te Wai and invest in responsible and sustainable alternatives

Read our submission here with the case of the Waitara River.

Waitara warning signs combined April 2017 Janice Liddle

Photos courtesy of Friends of the Waitara River, April 2017

 


From Day of Solutions to Climate Declaration, Zero Carbon Act & Community Korero

19/04/2017

oil, protest, greenpeace

The Peoples’ Climate Rally did not end with the blockade which was in itself a success. It was followed by a Day of Solutions featuring a popular electric vehicle display at the Huatoki Plaza where EV enthusiasts shared their knowledge and tips with the public the whole day long. Alongside the EV show in a public hall, committed researchers,  campaigners and businesses presented a series of informative and inspiring talks on topics from petroleum politics  to renewable energy technology, sustainable energy research at Parihaka Papakainga, Our Climate Declaration and a public forum on just transition from fossil fuels… Notably Our Climate Declaration calls on all of us to:

  • Stop the bad stuff
  • Bring on the good, and
  • Pressure government…

Last week, Generation Zero launched their blueprint for a Zero Carbon Act and is calling for cross-party support. The proposed Zero Carbon Act will require future governments to set five year ‘carbon budgets’ on track to the zero carbon target, set up an independent Climate Commission, conduct a National Climate Risk Assessment, a climate change adaptation programme, and transparent planning and reporting on New Zealand’s contributions to climate action in other countries.

Next Thur 27th April, Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki is hosting a community korero titled Climate Change Impacts and Implications for Taranaki. All are welcome.

Indeed ‘to change everything, we need everyone’, as Naomi Klein said in her book. Together we are creating a brighter future everyday!

Photos: Participants of the Peoples’ Climate Rally at Owae Marae, by Jeremy Gould;  Electric vehicle show on Day of Solutions, by Donald Love, 23 March 2017


People’s Climate Rally a Success

25/03/2017
GP climate rally OFW system change collage LR

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

Protesters blockade oil conference in Taranaki, Maori TV, 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

NZ anti-oil haka being watched around the world, Stuff National, 1 April 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.


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.