Three experts - business journalist Rod Oram, TEAR Fund CEO Ian McInnes and VUW climate scientist James Renwick - lay out facts and stories about climate change and its impacts, explaining how financial investments in fossil fuel industry are directly connected with wrecking the planet.
Yesterday more than 70 people met at the steps of the Parliament to let the Government know that "you can't silence us on deep sea oil drilling". It was a response to the Governments plans to remove the right of the public to have a say on deep-sea oil and gas exploration permits.
This week is an important one - right now leaders of Pacific Islands are meeting in the Marshall Islands for the Pacific Island Leaders Forum. Their biggest focus is on how Pacific Islands are going to face the climate change - Marshall Islands Vice-President Tony de Brum has called on New Zealand and Australia to show leadership on climate change, saying "for us, climate change is already here."
In September 2013, the New Zealand government announced its plans to stop public submissions on deep-sea oil and gas exploration permits. This followed another law change that criminalises certain aspects of protest at sea. Democracy in New Zealand is under threat.
NZ Super Fund has already divested from several industries that are either already too harmful and destructive, or potentially dangerous and risky to human life all over the world. It has become some sort of a common sense not invest in industries which are taking lives and leaving lasting impacts on human health and wellbeing. Here is why it's time to add fossil fuel companies to that list.
Last week NZ Government announced our new carbon emission reduction target - 5% below 1990 level by 2020. Back in 2010, when announcing New Zealand's initial carbon reduction target, the Climate Change Minister at that time, Nick Smith, said that "Joining the Copenhagen Accord reinforces New Zealand's ongoing commitment to do its fair share of the global effort to address climate change". 5% "fair share" turns out to be the smallest of the smallest - weaker than science demands and sends a clear signal that NZ intends to do as little as possible to stop climate change.