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Coal Action Network Aotearoa Newsletter Sept 2012

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Well, as your newsletter editor, I can officially say that I’m tired out. There are fifteen – count ‘em – separate items in this newsletter, and a number of those have sub-items.

There’s good news:

  • We announce a major new information resource on coal mines and coal projects in Aotearoa: the New Zealand section of Coal Swarm.
  • The legal system, in the form of the High Court, finally does something good on climate change.
  • The country’s alive with action: an occupation in Wellington, a protest in Auckland, stalls and conferences and meetings up and down the country, and two big events to look forward to: Powershift 2012 in December and the 2013 Summerfest in January.

And there’s bad news:

  • Solid Energy still wants to build a lignite-to-urea plant in Southland.
  • Steven Joyce is a fool, and what’s more, a fool who doesn’t understand the concept of ‘subjudice’.
  • Fonterra is planning a new coal mine near Auckland.

Most of all, there’s lots of news. And you’ll find it below.

Regards
Tim Jones
Coal Action Network Aotearoa

1. Coming Events
2. Coal Swarm: A New Resource on the New Zealand Coal Industry
3. Solid Energy Sheds Crocodile Tears, Steven Joyce Foams At The Mouth
4. High Court Throws Out Attempt To Discredit NIWA
5. The New Zealand Petroleum Summit: “Are You Ladies Here For The Summit?”
6. Summerfest 2013 Is On! 18-21 January 2013, Dolamore Park, near Gore
7. Powershift 2012: 7-9 December 2012, Auckland
8. Fonterra Is Planning A New Coal Mine Near Auckland
9. Taking A Stand On Otago University’s “Dirty Little Secret”: Lignite-Fired Boilers
10. We Don’t Allow Tobacco Sponsorship. Why Do We Allow Coal Sponsorship?
11. Regional Reports: Southland, Dunedin, Top of the South, Wellington
12. International News
13. Social Media Rivalry: Facebook Takes The Lead
14. Our Blog And Website
15. How To Donate To CANA

1. Coming Events

October

4:    Ka Nui! Enough/Climate Justice Wellington meeting, 7pm – contact Michelle Ducat,michelle@ducat.co.nz, for venue details.
5-7:  Ecumenical Environmental Conference, Wellington. Seehttp://lamenthopeactionconference.eventbrite.co.nz/
6:     Invercargill Eco Spring Festival, with Coal Action Murihiku stall
14:   Gore Rhododendron Festival, with Coal Action Murihiku stall
14-16: “Just Lignite?” Top of the South Tour with Anthony Dancer and Rosemary Penwarden:
Nelson: Sunday 14 October, 7.30pm,Victory Community Centre, Victory Square
Motueka: Monday 15 October, 7.30pm, St Thomas’ Church Hall, High Street
Takaka: Tuesday 16 October, 7.30pm, Anglican Church, Commercial Street
15: South Otago Forest & Bird Meeting, St Andrews’ Church Hall, Balclutha, 7.30pm. Prof Bob Lloyd will speak on “Can a Transition to Renewable Energy Be Made in Time?”
18: “Keep The Coal In The Hole” Wellington gathering, 6pm, at the 350.org offices, 18 Allen St, off Courtenay Place.

November
Is there really nothing going on in November?  We couldn’t find anything, but we’re sure there’s people being busy out there somewhere! Be sure to email us at coalactionnetwork@gmail.comto make sure we get it into the next newsletter.

December

3-12: Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiating session in Auckland. Seehttp://www.itsourfuture.org.nz/ for details of planned actions.
7-9: PowerShift 2012, Auckland. See http://powershift.org.nz/

January 2013

18-21: Summerfest 2013, Dolamore Park, near Gore

2. Coal Swarm: A New Resource on the New Zealand Coal Industry

One of the calls we heard most often at the Keep the Coal in the Hole Summer Festival in January 2012 was for the creation of a website or wiki that held all our knowledge of New Zealand coal mines, planned coal projects and the coal industry in one place, so people all around the country can find out about projects that will affect them if they go ahead; mines and projects elsewhere; and about the climate, environmental, health, social and economic effects of coal mining.

Now, thanks to a great deal of hard work by many people, kicked off by Cindy Baxter and Bob Burton and then taken up by Jane Young, Jane Mountier and Jeanette Fitzsimons, such a resource has been developed to the point where, although it’s certainly not comprehensive, it is ready for use.

Introduction

This new information source is a New Zealand section of the international Coal Swarm site, which is like a wiki on the coal industry from an activist perspective. At the heart of these pages are the lists of operating coal mines and of proposed coal projects – but there also pages about the major players in the coal industry, opposition to coal mining, and a number of other topics.

As you’ll soon see, the New Zealand section of Coal Swarm isn’t finished – indeed, it will never be finished, at least until we have completed the transition away from coal. Therefore, changes and additions are going to be needed. Our preference is that these changes be handled by Jane Young, who has kindly agreed to act as our Coal Swarm editor, but you also have the opportunity to make changes and additions yourself.

Requesting an addition or change to Coal Swarm

To request an edit or suggest an addition, please email Jane Young, janejimyoung@slingshot.co.nz, with “CoalSwarm” in the subject line.
Please provide the following information:

  • To request a change to existing content: please specify the web address (URL) of the page that you think should be changed, the precise change that you think should be made, and a source for the changed information.
  • To request new content: please specify in as much details as possible the new information that should be added, and supply a source (including a web address for online information) for the new information.

If you’ve found something that needs changing, please be as specific as possible about what it is: provide the web address of the page that you’re referring to, and say exactly where on the page the problem is.

Making changes or additions yourself

You can also make changes or additions yourself, once you sign up as an editor. Full details of how to do this are provided at http://coalswarm.org/get-involved/how-to-post-information/
If you’d like to help Jane with the editing of Coal Swarm’s New Zealand pages, please email her: janejimyoung@slingshot.co.nz.
I think the New Zealand section of Coal Swarm is going to be a very useful resource for both education and activism. I hope you find it useful too.

– Tim Jones

3. Solid Energy Sheds Crocodile Tears, Steven Joyce Foams At The Mouth 

It’s been another big old month on the Solid Energy front, and not any of it very good news, especially for the workers who have lost their jobs on the West Coast, in Christchurch and Huntly.

We have been in the middle of the debate, and Kristin Gillies’ Op Ed was published in theGreymouth Star and the Southland Times before we put it up on our blog.

The last week has seen some quite astounding reactions from the Government, in particular Steven Joyce’s “look over here” distraction antics when he pointed at the legal challenges around the Denniston mine and climate change as holding up jobs on the Coast.  We put out this press release in response to Steven Joyce.

We’d like to point out that Joyce is undermining Solid Energy’s own excuses for sacking 440 of its staff. Solid Energy CEO Don Elder says the sackings are because coal has become uneconomic, not because he is priming the SOE for selling off to the government’s cronies.

So is the price of coal uneconomic or is it not? The price of coking coal has tanked along with thermal coal, and Solid Energy is not only laying off underground miners; 63 jobs are to go at the opencast Stockton mine, just north of Denniston.  It’s one thing to play with miners’ livelihoods and another to take us all for fools. Miners deserve better. They deserve honesty from their employers and from the government. They should neither bear the cost of Solid Energy’s financial mismanagement, nor the cost of the reality that coal is not sustainable, economically or environmentally. They deserve secure, sustainable and safe jobs, but Steven Joyce chooses to take cheap shots at the ‘greenies’ instead of working for a fair and just transition for workers and their communities.

‘Mr February’ on Hot Topic summed up the legalities of the issue beautifully.

4. High Court Throws Out Attempt To Discredit NIWA 

Cindy Baxter reports:

New Zealand’s climate deniers have been slapped down in a High Court decision against their attempt to sue NIWA over its temperature records.  In his ruling on the case, taken by the Climate Science Education Trust (an offshoot of the NZ Climate Science Coalition), Justice Venning was clearly unimpressed with their actions , and ruled they must pay costs.  One week of High Court hearings would come in at more than $100,000.   See also this NZ Herald feature.

5. The New Zealand Petroleum Summit: “Are You Ladies Here For The Summit?”

Tim Jones reports:

The New Zealand oil and gas industry decided to organise a two-day luxury back-patting session for itself at the Amora Hotel, Wellington on 19-20 September which they grandiosely entitled “The New Zealand Petroleum Summit”. In the event, they spent much of their time trying to figure out how to overcome public opposition to mining, fracking and drilling: and that was because their opponents, not the industry, succeeded in setting the agenda for the two days.

As Energy Minister Phil Heatley was laying out the verbal welcome mat on behalf of the Government, six women from the Ka Nui! Enough! protest coalition formed to oppose the gathering made their way into the conference. According to reports, they were smartly dressed, and upon being asked “Are you ladies here for the summit?”, they truthfully answered “Yes”!

Four of the six women were able to make their way to the stage, disrupt Phil Heatley’s speech, and read out the Ka Nui! Declaration before being escorted out by the event’s security crew who were clearly caught off-guard. You can see video footage here.

Then, at 5pm, around 150 members of the coalition gathered outside the Amora Hotel to let those inside know, loudly and publicly, that they and their agenda of environmental vandalism and climate destruction are not welcome in Aotearoa. The fact that the 5pm conference cocktail party was sponsored by Halliburton, the notorious “blood for oil” purveyors from the Iraq War, summed up how far out of touch the fossil fuel industry is with the values of most New Zealanders.

And what was the reaction of the summit to the disruption of their agenda? They are planning aPR push.

But the reality is that the coal, oil and gas industries are in the same position now that the tobacco industry was in twenty years ago. They can spend all the money they like trying to persuade us that what they do is safe, but more and more people are seeing through their toxic agenda.

6. Summerfest 2013 Is On! 18-21 January 2013, Dolamore Park, near Gore

The first Keep the Coal in the Hole Summer Festival, organized by CANA and held in January 2012 on Mike Dumbar’s farm near Mataura, near Solid Energy’s pilot briquetting plant, was a great success. One of the most important outcomes of the first Summerfest was the formation of regional anti-coal groups throughout the country, including Coal Action Murihiku (CAM) in Southland.

CAM have taken on the job of organizing the 2013 Summerfest. This will be held from Friday 18-Monday 21 January 2013 at Dolamore Park, a beautiful native bush reserve near Gore, just outside the north-western boundary of Solid Energy’s landholdings in the Mataura Valley. The Saturday of the Festival will be an organising day for CANA and regional groups involved in the campaign – support, encouragement, updates, planning ahead, NVDA, etc. The Sunday will be an education day for the wider community

Jenny Campbell of CAM says that among the guest speakers will be Rob McCreath from Queensland who has successfully fronted the ‘Friends of Felton’. He will tell us a success story of how they saved their valley from mining and the establishment of a chemical plant there. Come to learn from their strategies and community action to ensure success here with our campaigns.

Also on the Sunday, WWF-NZ reps will explain the BERL report, A View to the South: Potential low carbon growth opportunities for the Southern Region economy, an independent report WWF-NZ commissioned.

Registration details for the Festival will be available soon, and we’ll let people now how to register through our mailing list, blog, Facebook and Twitter. We’ll have lots more information about the programme too. We hope to see you in January – make a holiday of it!

7. PowerShift 2012: 7-9 December 2012, Auckland

Generation Zero, 350.org and other groups are inviting young people (13-35) to attend the biggest youth climate summit ever held in New Zealand. The organisers say:

This isn’t a normal, boring, or expensive, conference. This is something different. It’s a 3-day youth event with entertainment, skills development workshops for our future leaders, fascinating and inspiring speakers, a massive media action on the last day, a place to make connections and network with others, a space to organise for a massive nation-wide climate campaign in 2013 and more. And tickets are only $90.

To outline some background information – over the last 5 years, PowerShift’s have taken place in countries across the world, in the US, the UK, India, and Australia. These events have proved highly effective in powering the youth climate movements.

We’re really excited about the potential this event has to empower and ignite the youth climate movement in New Zealand and to get change happening.

You can also check out our dedicated website www.powershift.org.nz or keep track of what’s happening at the Power Shift NZ-Pacific facebook and twitter pages. Please also feel free to get in touch if you’d like resources to help promote it amongst your networks.

So, if you are in the 18-35 age bracket (or, as the organisers say, older but with a youthful spirit!), PowerShift is the place to be in December.

8. Fonterra Is Planning A New Coal Mine Near Auckland

We reported in our July newsletter that Fonterra decided to use coal to fuel its new Darfield milk drying plant – a very bad decision. But did you know that Fonterra also operates coal mines, and that it is planning a new one near Auckland?

Glencoal, a subsidiary of Fonterra ,  is planning to open a new open cast coal mine at Mangatangi (between the old SH2, Mangatangi Rd, and the new deviation which is now SH2). It is planned to replace the  old Kopako mine which supplies Fonterra’s plants at Waitoa, Hautapu and Te Awamutu, and has only two years’ more coal in it.

Annual production is planned to be around 120,000 tonnes, which makes it not much smaller than Solid Energy’s New Vale lignite mine in Southland at its present level of operation.

It appears as though Fonterra are going to try to get away with applying for a limited or non-notified resource consent for this mine, but if I were Fonterra, I’d think twice about attempting to open a new coal mine so close to Auckland at a time when opposition to mining and fossil fuels is growing rapidly. And, even if I didn’t care in the least about the environment or climate change, I’d think about the PR advantages in switching entirely to renewable sources of heat energy, such as wood. Then maybe all that clean, green Fonterra PR overseas wouldn’t be so easily challenged.

9. Taking A Stand On Otago University’s “Dirty Little Secret”: Lignite-Fired Boilers

Along with our campaigns against new and expanded coal mining, CANA is also campaigning for a transition away from using coal to generate heat, in particular in heat plants (thermal boilers) in factories, schools, hospitals, Universities and so forth. You can find out whether there are such plants in your community using the EECA heat plants database.

According to the Otago Daily Times, there is a growing move away from coal-fired boilers in Dunedin, with EECA working with local businesses and institutions to speed the transition.

You might think that Otago University would be leading the charge towards cleaner sources of heat, but the reality is very different – although some progress has been made, Otago University still uses lignite to fuel a number of its boilers. Otago University students who don’t think that’s good enough got together earlier this month to discuss the University’s “Dirty Little Secret”, anda petition has been set up to tell the University to transition to a coal free campus.

Instead of fronting up to the issue openly, Otago University forbade two staff members from speaking at the meeting and is now pleading contractual obligations as an excuse for inaction.

In complete contrast, Otago University’s near neighbours, Otago Polytechnic, have led the way on the use of wood chips, a sustainable, renewable heat source, to provide heat.

Otago University will continue to come under pressure on this issue until they change their ways. Similarly, if you have boilers fuelled by coal or lignite in your community that you’d like to do something about, please contact us at coalactionnetwork@gmail.com and we’ll see what we can do to help. Experience so far suggests that some organisations will welcome the chance to make the transition to a sustainable source of heat, while others, like Otago University, may take a bit of persuading.

10. We Don’t Allow Tobacco Sponsorship. Why Do We Allow Coal Sponsorship?

Solid Energy spends a lot of money on sponsorship – or, to put it more crudely, on buying off opposition. Most of their sponsorship money is spent in the communities where they mine, or want to mine, but they recently decided to sponsor a tour by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, including a concert in Auckland on Friday 28 September.

Auckland Coal Action has chosen this concert to highlight the issue of coal sponsorship, andmake the comparison with tobacco sponsorship.

Auckland Coal Action had a presence outside the concert and handed out leaflets to concert-goers – as reported and shown here. We love the NZSO and want to see it properly supported by the Government – not forced to rely on sponsorship from Solid Energy. We look forward to the day when coal sponsorship is no more acceptable than tobacco sponsorship is now.

11. Regional reports: Southland, Dunedin, Top of the South and Wellington

Note: This is A quick way to find contacts of all the regional anti-coal action groups.

Southland: Coal Action Murihiku (CAM)

In addition to work on Summerfest 2013 (see above), plenty of other things have been going on in Southland, as Jenny Campbell reports:

Solid Energy is advertising regular monthly New Vale mine bus tours, starting 16 October as a result of ‘feedback from Waimumu Field days bus tours proving so popular’! They say: ‘‘We are giving people the chance to see for themselves what lignite mining involves – mining coal, sending it to market, and rehabilitating as we go.’’ As reported in an advertisement in Newslink community paper. CAM members are planning to go to ask strategic questions…

Solid Energy are continuing with feasibility studies to provide a decision on the location of the coal- to-fertiliser plant. This is of concern to those living adjacent to Dolamore Park area so our 2013 SummerFest is very strategic.

CAM information stalls have been held alongside Solid’s public monthly stalls – no one has been visiting theirs, but CAM has had visitors! We are holding stalls at other public events eg Invercargill Eco Spring festival, Sat 6 Oct, Gore Rhododendron Festival  Sun 14 Oct. Green and Labour MPs will be present at this, networking and talking to people about local issues, including lignite mining.

Information was provided about CANA and a motion was moved at Dunedin Anglican Synod recently about issues around asset sales, coal and lignite mining, and fracking — with some positive responses but lots of questions — more education is needed obviously.

Public Access Radio in Dunedin interviewed Tarsh Turner from SACA and Dave Kennedy from CAM about the lignite issues, hopefully informing another audience.

Rangimarie,
Jenny Campbell, Co-convenor CAM

Dunedin: Southern Anti-Coal Action (SACA)

Rosemary Penwarden reports on another busy month in Otago – and Southland:

  • The Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, MP Michael Woodhouse, some businesses and  city councillors rolled out the red carpet recently for the representatives of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC), who have recently confirmed their plans to drill off the coast of Oamaru in summer 2013.  In response, we gathered at St Clair Beach to roll out the black carpet for Anadarko. As far as we are concerned, they are not welcome here, and they will face opposition.
  • Environment Week (9-15 September) saw the launch of the Otago University “Dirty Little Secret” campaign and the showing of the Just Do It documentary.
  • Three SACA members recently toured Takitimu coal mine in Southland. Nightcaps is not getting a good deal; the mine is expanding but to no obvious benefit for the town. A townsperson said she’s given up dusting, noise goes from 7am to 7pm daily, and an old art deco building is about to be demolished to make way for the trucks turning. Many, many more sad stories could be told about these mining towns.

Top of the South (Golden Bay, Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough)

A lot has been going on in the Top of the South, as Helen Tulett reports:

1)             Motueka Hui tells Fossil Fuel Industry to Sod Off! 

Over 40 people from across the Top of the South and West Coast gathered for two days at Te Awhina Marae, in Motueka for the 2012 SODOFF (Stop Our Dependency On Fossil Fuels) Hui. The Hui brought together people motivated to take action to stop new fossil fuel extraction and prevent runaway climate change in Aotearoa. People met to build a stronger network across the Top of the South and West Coast, and to organise for greater effectiveness. An NVDA workshop is planned for the coming months.

During the Hui, the group endorsed the recent declaration made at the Ka Nui! Enough! Extractive Industries counter conference held in Rotorua in August. Top of The South groups wanted to send a message of solidarity to those who are also struggling against extractive industries in the North Island. This SODOFF Hui aims to become an annual event, and the organisers are already looking forward to next year. The issue of climate change will only become more pressing and action more urgent as time goes on.

2)             Public loss for private gain? 

People are concerned and outraged about an application to mine the entrance to Kahurangi National Park.

Steatite Ltd wish to mine for steatite (soapstone) in the Cobb Valley. See here for more detailed info. You can sign this petition against the proposed mine – and share it with your friends.

3)            Just Lignite?  Top of the South Tour 

In mid-October, a series of public meetings to discuss the implications of Lignite Mining in Southland  will bring together the Anglican Social Justice Commissioner, Dr Anthony Dancer, and Rosemary Penwarden, Grandmother and author of the Anglican Social Justice Commission’s publication on Lignite mining, Just Lignite, as follows:

Nelson: Sunday 14 October, 7.30pm,Victory Community Centre, Victory Square
Motueka: Monday 15 October, 7.30pm, St Thomas’ Church Hall, High Street
Takaka: Tuesday 16 October, 7.30pm, Anglican Church, Commercial Street

Wellington: “Keep the Coal in the Hole” and “Ka Nui!” Networks

1) “Ka Nui! Enough/Climate Justice Wellington” Network Meeting Invite

After the early evening protest at the New Zealand Petroleum Summit, many of the participants met up for kai and a strategy session. This resulted in a lot of good ideas for further work on fossil fuel extraction issues in the region and a decision to hold a further meeting on Thursday 4 October at 7pm – please contact Michelle Ducat, michelle@ducat.co.nz, for venue details. All who want to work for climate justice and against fossil fuel extraction welcome!

2) Next “Keep the Coal in the Hole” meeting, Thursday 18 October

Keep the Coal in the Hole Wellington is a network of Wellington-based people and groups who are concerned about the Government’s plans for a massive expansion of coal mining and are keen to share info and plan actions.

We warmly invite you to join our network, and to come along to our next meeting: Thursday 18 October 2012, 6pm, at the 350.org offices, 18 Allen St, off Courtenay Place.

Background: We started meeting after the Keep the Coal in the Hole Summer Festival that Coal Action Network Aotearoa organised in Mataura in January 2012.  We’ve been meeting every two months.  We would love to see more people involved and getting active on coal issues in Wellington.

We spend the first third of each meeting on education and information sharing. At the next meeting, this session will be on “The Health Effects of Coal”. Then we move into strategising and planning actions.

Please note, mining bosses and mining PR firms will not be welcome.  The meetings are for people who are opposed to new and expanded coal mining in NZ and are involved or want to get involved, in campaigning to that effect.

Please email frances.mountier@gmail.com if you need more information, or would like to express interest but can’t make the meeting.

Warm regards
Francie

12. International News

The Arctic summer sea ice shrank to a new record minimum this year, smashing all previous records. On September 16, Arctic ice covered just 1.32 million square miles — the lowest extent ever recorded. For comparison, it’s the size of India.  This minimum is 49 percent below the 1979 average, when satellite records began.

While this article  was written two weeks before the actual minimum (but at the point that a record low had already been reached) , it gives a good account of why it matters.  And here’s a graphic before/after image that shows the melt really well.

New research on ocean acidification 
In the US, following a summer of food price spikes  sparked by extreme weather events, researchers now say that global food supply disruptions are likely to continue for decades due to climate change impacts on fisheries.
New research shows that ocean acidification has and will continue to upset the balance of marine life. The destruction of fisheries will put some of the most vulnerable populations on the planet at risk of food insecurity for decades. In the US, where farmers and ranchers are dealing with the impacts of record drought, oyster farms are already suffering.
This new research suggest that the United States will lose about 12% of its catch potential by within 50 years. Although American fishers will suffer, the Persian Gulf and Pacific Island States as well as Pakistan, Madagascar, and Thailand are likely to see the most severe impacts.

Australia update 
Across the ditch in Australia, Greenpeace has released a report showing that if all the proposed coal mines in one area in Queensland, the Galilee Basin, go ahead, they would produce emissions ranking 7th highest in global country emissions.  While the industry argued that the same drop in the price of coal that has caused NZ job losses means the mines are now less likely, the plans remain in the pipeline.   All of this coal would go out through the Great Barrier Reef.  This great video tells the story. Share it!

Mining magnate shows her true colours
Meanwhile, the world’s richest woman, Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart, showed her respect for the Australian mine workers, arguing that it was getting too expensive to mine in Australia.  It turns out that Rinehart is quite keen on operating in Africa where she only has to pay workers $2 a day.

Grim situation for environmentalists in the Philippines

In the Philippines, anti-mining and climate change activists face the threat of death to prevent their country and their lands being ripped apart by the mining industry. The Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment highlights these issue on its website reporting on the torture and murder of indigenous anti-mining leader Genesis Ambason.

Genesis Ambason was the 55th anti-mining activist killed since 2001. He is the 19th environmental activist and 14th anti-mining activist victim killed since the Aquino administration came into power last 2010.

Just like the New Zealand Government, the Philippines Government doesn’t like the international spotlight falling on it. So you can aid anti-mining activists in the Philippines by emailing the New Zealand Government asking them to condemn such killings (murray.mccully@parliament.govt.nz), emailing the Philippines Government (President Benigno S. Aquino III, op@president.gov.ph), and donating to Philippines Solidarity Network Aotearoa.

Donation by cheque to: PSNA, Box 2450 , Christchurch . Accompany it with your email address.  Or you can deposit your donation directly into PSNA’s bank account – please email us for our bank details c/- cafca@chch.planet.org.nz.

13. Social Media Rivalry: Facebook Takes The Lead

In the last month, CANA’s Facebook group has taken a small but significant lead over its Twitter counterpart in the race to have more followers. At the time of writing, our Facebook group has 688 members, while our Twitter account has 611 followers.

The good news about this little competition is that, whoever wins, CANA comes out ahead. The more followers we can get, the better we can spread the word about anti-coal campaigns and sustainable alternatives. So, if you’re on Facebook and haven’t already done so, please join our group and invite your friends. If you’re on Twitter, please follow @coalaction, RT our tweets, and encourage your Twitter followers to follow us too.

A Facebook page we encourage you to Like is Leave the Lignite, Save the Soil

Say No To Fracking in NZ also has a Facebook group.

14. Blogs to follow 

15. How To Donate to CANA

We rely on your generous donations to keep the campaign going. Here are the account details if you want to donate:

Coal Action Network
Kiwibank
38 9011 0484435 00

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