Things we've been up to...
We’ve already shown we can do a lot with a little (see for yourself below) and this is just the beginning! We have plenty of enthusiasm and passion and we'll be doing even more in the coming years!
In December, 350 Aotearoa along with our friends from Generation Zero ran the BIGGEST youth climate summit New Zealand has ever seen! This was a 3-day youth summit with inspiring speakers, workshops and actions with over 700 young people from around New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
In the run up to Powershift NZ-Pacific we did outreach here in NZ to Pacific Island communities. We ran workshop in South Auckland and one in Wellington with a focus on recruiting people for Power Shift and generally raise the issue of climate change amongst these communities.
We also connected with the growing 350 Pacific crew to make sure we can amplify their voices about the impacts of climate change here in NZ and around the world.
We got 90 people together for a NZ premiere of One Day on Earth, a documentary filmed across the world on 10/10/10, a 350.org global day of action. The funds raised from the screening are going towards Power Shift and other 350 Aotearoa projects.
In October 2012, it was 4-long years since the idea of starting 350 Aotearoa was first kindled. This October, we invited anyone who wanted to join us to come together and share in planning the path for 350 Aotearoa over the next 5 years. More on this vision coming soon!
A dedicated crew of 350 Auckland supporters started working together at the start of the year to get action happening in their city. They also ran a PledgeMe campaign to secure funding for a desk at The Kitchen, Aucklands collaborative office space, to provide a place for volunteers to work and for fortnightly meet-ups.
On 5/5/12, people around the world volunteered, documented, educated, and protested. We connected the dots — and we're just getting started. Check out the slideshow at climatedots.org and get involved with our next steps →
On February 3rd to 6th 2012, 350 Aotearoa ran a 4-day workshop in Wellington, New Zealand. We trained regional co-ordinators to lead local groups, and we're also looking for other people to join us too... Find out more at local.350.org
Moving Planet was a worldwide day of action to move beyond fossil fuels, with over 2000 events held in more than 175 countries on September 24th 2011! Here in New Zealand 350 Aotearoa led over 35 events, including large gatherings in the main centres. Read more here.
As part of Moving Planet, 350 Aotearoa and Generation Zero launched a petition calling on our leaders (MP's and Council) to move us away from fossil fuels through a series of actions. Read more here. You can still sign the petition online. This will be presented to parliament in early 2012.
In November 2011, 350 Aotearoa received the social innovation award from the Sustainable Business Network for our work in engaging NZ and Pacific communities on the issue of climate change. Read more here.
On May 13-16th 2011 350 Aotearoa ran a 4-day workshop in Wellington, New Zealand. 30 young people from the north to the south of New Zealand came together to learn climate leadership skills and to start putting them into action for Moving Planet. Check it out here.
Dr. James Hansen, the scientist behind the number 350 and one of the world's most prominent and influential climate scientists, came to New Zealand in May 2011. Read more about his visit.
This year 350.org ran the Pasifika Climate Leaders workshop in Fiji in June and took a team of young Pacific people living in New Zealand to participate. The participants returned keen to raise awareness about climate change in New Zealand Pacific communities, through events and initiatives.
Radiowave was a campaign developed for the COP17 climate talks in Durban. African musicians created a new song, titled “People Power,” that both tells the truth about how hard climate change is affecting Africa and our world, and it calls us to action. Throughout NZ we organised radio interviews to get this song out, and to talk about the 350 climate movement here in Aotearoa. Hear the song and read more here.
Developed and piloted by Nelson City Council in 2010, the Solar Saver programme was highly successful in its first year. That's why 350 Aotearoa and the Nelson Environment Centre decided to spread the word about the programme framework nationwide, encouraging 25 more councils to start up Solar Saver in their area and help local households harness the power of the sun. Read more here.
Tuvalu and Tokelau entered into States of Emergency in October 2012. With severe water rations of 40 litres per day per household of 6-9 people, basic water needs are only just being met. 350 Aotearoa launched a solidarity act to support those in Tuvalu, particularly our friends at 350 Pacific.
350 threw our support behind a Robin Hood Tax - a tiny tax on banks that will raise billions to help fight poverty and tackle climate change.