The nationwide Heads in the Sand events on Sunday 7 December to protest the New Zealand Government’s pathetic lack of action on climate change got lots of media coverage, including on English– and Chinese-language TV stations in NZ. But this coverage of the Mission Bay, Auckland event by a German TV crew is particularly good – and features Julie Anne Genter MP, climate scientist Dr Jim Salinger, and CANA’s Jeanette Fitzsimons. Check it out!
Monthly Archives: December 2014
New Zealand may be a small contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, but on a per capita basis our emissions are very high, so we have a responsibility to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
Climate science and climate politics are frequently reported in the media, so some form of assessment of New Zealand’s role and options is worthwhile.
At the end of the recent G20 meeting in Brisbane the leaders issued a statement stressing the importance of climate change and the urgency of finding suitable responses. They recognised that the situation is different in different countries, but stressed that action to reduce emissions will have to come from all quarters and that an easy first move is the elimination of subsidies for fossil fuels.
As was commented at the time, that statement was a rebuff for the government in Australia which had not wanted the issue to be discussed at all, and wants no constraints on its mining industry.
It was further commented that Mr. Key, speaking on behalf of New Zealand, has described us as “fast followers” on the issue of emissions reductions. He wants to see the big players (U.S., China, and Europe) play their cards before he will commit to a course of action.
Mr. Key has used that phrase “fast followers” before and it’s worth stopping to consider it. Are we really fast? Are we really following? Could we lead? Is Mr. Key using the phrase to deceive the public into believing that there is action when the reality is quite different? Continue reading
We put our Heads in the Sand last Sunday. This Monday, it’s time to tell National MPs to Cut the Gap on climate change.
We took action last Sunday…
Heads in the Sand last Sunday, in which a thousand or so New Zealanders at 12 beaches around the country put their heads in the sand to symbolise the Government’s failure to act on climate change, was a great success.
It was covered on TV1, on NZ’s leading Chinese-language TV station, by a German TV crew, on Stuff, in the Herald, on Scoop, by radio channels including Newstalk ZB, in the International Business Times and in the “The Ecologist” magazine. And it clearly rocked Climate Change Minister Tim Groser, who was forced to defend his Government’s awful record on climate change and ludicrously inadequate climate negotiating position just as he prepared to leave for the COP 20 climate talks in Lima.
You can see videos, photos and reports from Heads in the Sand here:
…Now let’s follow up this coming Monday
Guest blog by Tarsh Turner, a member of the NZ Youth Delegation at the climate talks in Lima.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been working to avert climate disaster for over two decades.
While there are a myriad of challenges in attempting to get nations to agree to an action plan to save our planet, there is one major flaw in attempts to date.
UNFCCC negotiations have dealt only with emissions; governments are required to produce emissions reduction targets, and market mechanisms are aimed at making it more expensive to emit. Continue reading
After all the photos and the extensive media coverage, we are now getting video of Sunday’s Heads in the Sand events. Here is video of the Christchurch, Invercargill and Bethells Beach (West Auckland) events.
Bethells Beach, West Auckland
You can also watch Wellington’s pre-event promotional video:
and video from the Wellington event at Oriental Bay:
More Media Coverage
Chinese-language TV channel World TV (available on Freeview 28) devoted nearly five minutes to the story last night – you can see this from 0.00-4.45 in this video (link kindly provided by World TV):
The International Business Times (Australian edition) has also covered the story:
Yesterday’s Heads in the Sand events were a great success. At 12 beaches from Invercargill to Ahipara, hundreds of New Zealanders – possibly a thousand all up – gathered to send an unambiguous message to John Key’s Government, Climate Change Minister Tim Groser and the New Zealand negotiating team at the Lima climate talks: get your heads out of the sand, take real action on climate change, and stop blocking other countries’ efforts to reach agreement on action.
You can read about the reasons for Heads in the Sand and see yesterday’s selection of images. Here is some of the excellent coverage of the event, plus a further selection of photos – this time, going south to north.
UPDATE: NZ’ers in Lima for the climate talks weren’t near a beach, so they did this instead!
Coverage of Heads in the Sand
Here’s a selection of the coverage we’ve seen:
One News (6pm news, Sunday 7 December): http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/critics-claim-government-burying-its-head-in-sand-over-climate-change-6194669
Climate Justice Taranaki: https://climatejusticetaranaki.wordpress.com/2014/12/07/heads-in-the-sand-what-climate-change/
Wellington Scoop: http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=73667
More Images from Heads in the Sand
From south to north:
Invercargill – Oreti Beach
Dunedin – St Clair Beach
Bonus Dunedin picture – since that one doesn’t show much of the crowd:
Christchurch – New Brighton Beach
Nelson – Tahunanui Beach
Motueka – Kaiteriteri Beach
Wellington – Oriental Bay
Taranaki – Oakura Beach
Auckland – Bethells Beach (West Auckland), Mission Bay, Waiheke, and Browns Bay (North Shore)
At least 12 Heads in the Sand events were held today – with Motueka as a late addition to the announced list – to give the Government an unambiguous message: get your heads out of the sand and start doing something real about climate change. Images from those events will be appearing on Facebook, with a selection below.
Images from Wellington’s event at Oriental Bay: whether it’s many of the close to 100 participants high up the beach or one activist daring the rising sea, the message is clear: get your head out of the sand on climate change, John Key.