Jill Whitmore of G-Force writes:
My granddaughter and I and her parents will be on the steps of Parliament for two afternoons, starting on Wednesday.
On Thursday 1 March from 12 noon until about 2pm, we hope to be joined there by many other grandparents and grandchildren, also great-aunts and –uncles and other mature New Zealanders – “G-Force”, and all those who would like the opportunity to protest against our continuing slide towards runaway climate change.
For almost the first time, the human race has the power to extinguish our planet’s capacity to support life. All we have to do to accomplish this ultimate catastrophe, is to continue to burn all the world’s coal reserves. According to a recent study, this would result in global temperature rising at least 15 degrees Centigrade!!.
The authors of this study conclude that we are not going to “run out” of fossil fuels; long before then, we will run out of liveable planet.
As “props” we will have a large blue ball, painted to represent planet Earth, with its green and tawny land masses and its ice caps. And a sign saying “Too Precious to Fry”. And a few other signs, many of them relating to coal, e.g. “Save the Climate / No New Coal!”.
Those joining us, feel free to bring your own signs. We will gather under a banner saying “We Care What Sort Of World Our Grandchildren Inherit!”
We are hoping that we will hear briefly from Green MP Gareth Hughes, and from Dr Martin Manning of Victoria University’s Climate Change Research Institute.
It would be great if Wellington people can go along and support Jill and other members of G-Force at Thursday lunchtime.
Five presentations made at the Community Day of the Keep the Coal in the Hole Summer Festival are now available online. Please note that some of these (in particular, Sid Plant’s presentation) are large files, and may take a long time to download.
Sid Plant, Keep the Coal in the Hole: An Australian Experience [48 MB Powerpoint file]
Jeanette Fitzsimons, Lignite and the Southland Economy [257 kB Powerpoint file]
Dr Russell Tregonning,The Health Effects of Lignite Coal Mining in Southland and Otago [7.3 MB Powerpoint file]
Dr Peter Barrett, Basic Climate Science and the Threat from Fossil Energy [1.3 MB PDF file]
Dr Shannon Page, Carbon Capture and Storage – Can It Make Coal Clean? [5.5 MB PDF file]
Tuesday 21 February 2012, 7.00 pm
256 Wicksteed St., Whanganui
- Kevin Hackwell – Ecologist
- Esther Williams – Forest & Bird Society
- Jonah Marinovich – Talking about his experiences of camping and protesting in and around the Upper Waimangaroa Valley, as part of the Save Happy Valley Coalition campaign against Solid Energy’s Cypress coal mine.
Come along to hear about this amazing area – all welcome!
The spectacular Denniston Plateau is threatened with a 160-hectare open-cast coal mine. If it goes ahead, it will be the largest coal mine on public conservation land. The government, breaking its pre-election promise, has failed to publicly notify the access arrangement for the coal mine for public consultation.
With its great spotted kiwi, West Coast geckos, kaka, giant land snails and other special animals and plants, the wild Denniston Plateau has been identified by DoC as a priority site for biodiversity protection. Forest and Bird are campaigning for this area to be protected in a reserve.
To send John Key an e-card:
To sign e-petition:
To print hard copy petition:
Other ways to help:
Writing to the Minister of Convervation, Hon Kate Wilkinson, asking her to protect the Denniston Plateau in a reserve and notify any access arrangements for public consultation, and contacting MPs and discussing this issue with them.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to do some of these together!