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Direct action vs. fossil fuel interests

Last week’s successful protest at the Petroleum Conference is proof that we can make a difference. Let’s keep the momentum going! Taking action for the climate Last week, hundreds of protesters blocked the entrances to the New Zealand Oil Conference in Auckland. As the oil industry and the government came to discuss New Zealand’s dirty energy (More...)

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Victory! ANZ pull out of oil sponsorship!

We are very excited to update you on a small, but very significant, victory. For the last few years,  ANZ sponsored the NZ Petroleum Summit, where oil giants and our government get together to make plans to drill for more oil and gas in NZ. You signed a petition and an open letter to ANZ. You (More...)

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It’s not hopeless: How to not give up on social change

“I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” – Jana Stanfield In the wake of news that climate change may be happening even faster than we previously thought, how should we react? In any person’s life, there will be at least one time (More...)

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The ETS: Not a climate solution

New Zealand’s mistake As countries around the world work to fulfill their obligations under the new Paris agreement, they will turn to various regulatory systems to limit greenhouse gas emissions. From direct regulation, to carbon taxation, to cap-and-trade, many countries have multiple already existing national policies to expand upon in the coming years. Unfortunately, New Zealand (More...)

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Climate Justice and the TPPA

The people speak out Last Thursday, over 2000 people set up blockades around Auckland Central to protest the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, shutting down traffic in the area. Later that day, 15,000 people marched in the streets and joined the blockade in front of the Grand Hotel, where the deal was being (More...)

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First, Look Within: The Pros and Cons of Individual Action

Social change requires movements. We each bring our uniqueness to the table, but we are stronger together. Individual action When you think about creating social change, what strategy comes to mind first? For a lot of people, responsibility for change lies with the individual. A society is made up of individuals, after all, so it (More...)

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What is Climate Justice?

Climate change has been a topical issue for decades now, however “climate justice” is a relatively new concept. So what is it and how is it different from other environmental movements? Climate change as an ethical, political issue In the early 1980s in the United States, a new movement grew out of multiple protests and (More...)

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