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Break Free New Zealand and nonviolent protest

Break Free is the legacy of decades of nonviolent resistance. Protests against ANZ Over the past fortnight, some exciting events took place in the name of climate justice. All over the world, people peacefully protested and blockaded coal, oil and gas projects. As part of the global Break Free 2016 campaign, New Zealand took part (More...)

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Beach party!! …In a bank?

Today I went to a beach party. We had a great time, we dressed up, and we danced. Then we left – after five minutes. Why? Because this party was in a bank. We were protesting ANZ’s massive investments in fossil fuels, and the impact that will have on our future. Our message to ANZ (More...)

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I want to Break Free!

People are into shit. People like all sorts of weird stuff. I know 30 year-olds who still love the computer game Worms. Metal-detectors are making a come-back. Geo-tagging exists. I have a mate who writes fan-fiction to obscure renaissance artists for goodness sake (ok, that one was me). Right, so we have really diverse interests. That (More...)

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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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