Te Kuha: Coal is 100% not our future
On June 16th, Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage, and Minister for Energy and resources, Megan Woods, announced that the application for the part of Te Kuha Mine on conservation land, the 12 hectares that are part of the Mt Rochfort Conservation Park, has been declined. This decision came after months of campaigning by 350 Aotearoa, Coal Action Network Aotearoa and Forest and Bird for strong opposition to the mine. We all know that if we want a safe, liveable climate we need to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Yet, the mining company, Stevenson Group, is ignoring this fact, and still plans to proceed with the Te Kuha coal mine.
The June announcement is a huge step in stopping them in their destructive tracks. But our fight is not over! If Stevenson Group does go ahead with this mine the climate implications of Te Kuha mine will reach much further than the West Coast. This is an issue that impacts our whole nation, our neighbours in the Pacific, and our global commitments. Stay tuned to hear how you can help keep it in the ground! Read more about the campaign here
350 Wellington: Ban the Petroleum Conference from council-owned venues
Mayor of Wellington, Justin Lester has said “Climate change is the most pressing issue of my generation” and “…how we plan, grow, and build our cities is going to be critical in the global fight against climate change.” He takes this stuff seriously.
Build on Wellington’s momentum: [Send a letter] to your mayor telling them to stand against hosting the Oil Conference! This will show the industry there is no place for new oil and gas in Aotearoa!
Fossil Free University of Auckland
Did you know the The University of Auckland is investing in coal, oil, and gas companies in the face of a global climate emergency?
It’s time for The University of Auckland to show true commitment to sustainability. FFUOA, the student-led organisation at University of Auckland, is demanding that Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stuart McCutcheon actively supports divestment from coal, oil, and gas, #ForAllOurFutures.
Click here to tell University of Auckland to divest from fossil fuels.
Fossil Free Aoraki
Christchurch’s newest climate action group, Fossil Free Aoraki, is starting its first campaign: to switch Fonterra from coal to renewables for drying milk. Fonterra is Aotearoa’s second largest user of coal, so this change will make a massive difference to our climate, but they need our help to kick the habit.
For a company that cares about its emissions, choosing not to invest in new coal boilers is a no-brainer. Coal is the dirtiest way to dry milk, and cleaner alternative technologies are already being used both in Aotearoa and overseas. Fonterra must step up and kick their coal habit.
Click here to sign the petition to call on Fonterra to walk their talk on climate, and quit coal!
350 Auckland are calling on the Auckland War Memorial Museum to take a moral stance and reject financial and non-financial support from Stevenson Foundation or Group (the company that hold the permits to mine Te Kuha in the West Coast), and other fossil fuel companies like them.
The Museum is kaitiaki of 4.5 million treasures, a place of learning, and a great proponent of sustainability, with one of the largest solar panel installations in the country. It’s time for the museum to cut ties with partners and sponsors like Stevenson, whose business models send their carbon emissions in precisely the opposite direction. Support them in cutting ties with this dirty industry by signing 350 Auckland’s petition here.
Fossil Free Banks
Our banks are funding a big problem. Since 2008, the “Big 4” Australian banks that dominate NZ’s banking – Westpac, Commonwealth (parent company of ASB), NAB (parent company of BNZ), and ANZ – have loaned over $76 billion NZD to new coal and gas projects in Australia, as well as financing projects here in NZ.
These investments threaten our climate and precious ecosystems like the Denniston Plateau and the Great Barrier Reef. As custodians of the majority of New Zealanders’ money, we can hold the Big Banks accountable for how it is used.
In New Zealand, Australia and all around the world, a movement of people are using their collective customer power to demand that the banks invest their savings responsibly.
New Zealand is in a unique position, where none of our locally-owned banks – like KiwiBank and the Cooperative – have any direct fossil fuel investments. Yet. We have an opportunity as a nation to have our banks commit to providing truly fossil free alternatives for Kiwis.
You can download our full 2015 Banks report here.
Check out our chart to see how your bank invests in fossil fuels, and send a letter to your bank telling them to divest!
News of the default KiwiSaver funds’ investments in cluster bombs shocked people around the country. In addition, these funds are also invested in fossil fuels, which have similar destructive abilities to weapons – the climate catastrophes they cause decimate entire villages, towns, and ecosystems.
See how ethical your KiwiSaver is by looking at the [chart]! If you decide to move to a more ethical KiwiSaver, let your current KiwiSaver know why.