The Fossil Free State Sector Coalition welcomes today’s announcement from the Minister for Climate Change, Hon. James Shaw, that all coal boilers in schools will be replaced with renewable heating sources by 2025... But this still leaves around 600 schools still burning gas and at least 100 burning diesel. We require much bigger investments to replace all fossil fuel boilers in schools, and in the wider state sector.
On Friday evening 350 Aotearoa projected messages to call for stronger climate action from New Zealand’s biggest climate polluter Fonterra, onto the facade of Fonterra’s office building of the NTT Tower on Lambton Quay.
On Friday 22nd of April (Earth Day) at 1.30 pm, 350 Aotearoa handed over their petition to the House of Representatives which calls for an immediate ban on new fossil fuel boiler installations in the state sector and gained over 19 000 signatures over the past weeks.
The planet is facing a climate crisis, the government has called a climate emergency and made a promise to decarbonise the state sector by 2025, yet we are seeing a continued push for fossil fuels to be utilised for heating, and not enough funding to decarbonise existing fossil fuel boilers.