Monthly Archives: December 2014

A German TV Crew Reports The Mission Bay “Heads In The Sand” Event

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!

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Guest Blog By John Adams: The New Zealand View On Climate Change

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.

220 Christchurch people came to New Brighton Beach for #HeadsInSandNZ. Photo credit: Ruth Dyson

220 Christchurch people show what they think of the Government’s climate policies at #HeadsInSandNZ on Sunday 7 December. Photo credit: Ruth Dyson

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.

Cartoon by @domesticanimal for the Christchurch Press. Reproduced by permission of Sharon Murdoch

Cartoon by Murdoch for the Christchurch Press. Reproduced by permission of @domesticanimal.

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:

https://coalactionnetworkaotearoa.wordpress.com/?s=head+in+the+sand

…Now let’s follow up this coming Monday

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The Imperative to Leave it in the Ground

Guest blog by Tarsh Turner, a member of the NZ Youth Delegation at the climate talks in Lima. 

tarsh at the talks

Tarsh at the talks

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

Heads In The Sand: Video

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.

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Invercargill

 

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):

http://vod.istars.co.nz/watch_video.php?v=3RN13MR2R2OU

The International Business Times (Australian edition) has also covered the story:

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/575201/20141208/climate-change-new-zealand-protest-beach-peru.htm#.VIZCkGck9Xp

Heads in the Sand: News Roundup and More Images

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!

Doing the best we can to support the Heads in the Sand campaign over here at the conference in Lima! Unfortunately there's no sand onsite. From the New Zealand Youth Delegation and other NZers. Photo: Maddie Little

Doing the best we can to support the Heads in the Sand campaign over here at the conference in Lima! Unfortunately there’s no sand onsite. From the New Zealand Youth Delegation and other NZers. Photo: Maddie Little

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

Stuff.co.nz: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/63915759/Heads-in-the-sand-in-climate-change-protest

NZ Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11370436

Radio New Zealand: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/261126/climate-activists-bury-heads-in-sand

Scoop: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1412/S00101/heads-in-the-sand-in-response-to-govt-climate-policies.htm

350.org: http://350.org/new-zealanders-bury-heads-in-sand-just-like-their-government-on-climate-change/

Taranaki Daily News: http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/63927132/Climate-activists-bury-their-heads-in-sand

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

In the far south of New Zealand, on Oreti Beach, #HeadsInSandNZ was also a climate crime scene. Photo: Jenny Campbell

In the far south of New Zealand, on Oreti Beach, #HeadsInSandNZ was also a climate crime scene. Photo: Jenny Campbell

Dunedin – St Clair Beach

Santa took time out of his schedule to take part in #HeadsInSandNZ in Dunedin yesterday. Photo: Metiria Turei MP

Santa took time out of his schedule to take part in #HeadsInSandNZ in Dunedin yesterday. Photo: Metiria Turei MP

Bonus Dunedin picture – since that one doesn’t show much of the crowd:

The Oil Free Otago flag flew proudly at the Dunedin #HeadsInSandNZ event. Photo: Ruby Harris

The Oil Free Otago flag flew proudly at the Dunedin #HeadsInSandNZ event. Photo: Ruby Harris

Christchurch – New Brighton Beach

In Christchurch, 220 people put their #HeadsinSandNZ on New Brighton beach. Photo: Alan Bishop

In Christchurch, 220 people put their #HeadsinSandNZ on New Brighton beach. Photo: Alan Bishop

Nelson – Tahunanui Beach

People getting ready to put their #HeadsInSandNZ at Nelson's Tahunanui Beach. Photo: Sara Cooper

People getting ready to put their #HeadsInSandNZ at Nelson’s Tahunanui Beach. Photo: Sara Cooper

Motueka – Kaiteriteri Beach

A beautiful scene at Motueka's Kaiteriteri Beach for #HeadsInSandNZ. Photo: Babs McGee

A beautiful scene at Motueka’s Kaiteriteri Beach for #HeadsInSandNZ. Photo: Babs McGee

Wellington – Oriental Bay

#HeadsinSandNZ participants provide the colour on a wet Wellington day. Thanks Ashlee Gross/Harvey Molloy

#HeadsinSandNZ participants provide the colour on a wet Wellington day. Thanks Ashlee Gross/Harvey Molloy

Taranaki – Oakura Beach

19 bums in the air at Oakura for #HeadsInSandNZ. Photo: Nicola Patrick

19 bums in the air at Oakura for #HeadsInSandNZ. Photo: Nicola Patrick

Auckland – Bethells Beach (West Auckland), Mission Bay, Waiheke, and Browns Bay (North Shore)

Signs of the times at Bethells Beach for #HeadsInSandNZ. Photo: Liz March

Signs of the times at Bethells Beach for #HeadsInSandNZ. Photo: Liz March

An aerial (UAV) photo of #HeadsinSandNZ at Bethells Beach. Photo:  Chris Jackson

An aerial (UAV) photo of #HeadsinSandNZ at Bethells Beach. Photo: Chris Jackson

Getting ready to blow the whistle on climate change at Mission Bay

Getting ready to blow the whistle on climate change at Mission Bay. Photo credit: Curnow/Leigh

Heads in the sand, saluting the sun:  Waiheke Island takes part in #HeadsInSandNZ. Photo: Peter Rees

Heads in the sand, saluting the sun: Waiheke Island takes part in #HeadsInSandNZ. Photo: Peter Rees

The sun shines on #HeadsInSandNZ at Browns Bay. Photo: Jean McElhaney

The sun shines on #HeadsInSandNZ at Browns Bay. Photo: Jean McElhaney

Images from Heads in the Sand events today

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.

220 people took part in Heads in the Sand at Christchurch's New Brighton beach. This photo gives you a sense of the scale of the event. Photo credit: Alan Bishop

220 people took part in Heads in the Sand at Christchurch’s New Brighton beach. This photo gives you a sense of the scale of the event. Photo credit: Alan Bishop

Mission Bay, Auckland: looking across a lot of Heads in the Sand to Rangitoto at one of 4 Auckland events today

Mission Bay, Auckland: looking across a lot of Heads in the Sand to Rangitoto at one of 4 Auckland events today

220 Christchurch people came to New Brighton Beach for #HeadsInSandNZ. Photo credit: Ruth Dyson

220 Christchurch people came to New Brighton Beach for #HeadsInSandNZ. As local MP Megan Woods said, “Sea level rise will get real here!” Photo credit: Ruth Dyson MP

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.

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Browns Bay: part of the crew who turned out for our North Shore #HeadsInSandNZ event which was organised over the last couple of days.

Browns Bay: part of the crew who turned out for our North Shore #HeadsInSandNZ event which was organised over the last couple of days. Photo credit: Gabriele Schmidt-Adam

 

Waiheke took on Heads in the Sand in their own distinctive style. Photo: Peter Rees

Waiheke took on Heads in the Sand in their own distinctive style. Photo: Peter Rees

 

At Bethells Beach, West Auckland, participants gather prior to #HeadsInSandNZ

At Bethells Beach, West Auckland, participants gather prior to #HeadsInSandNZ

At Bethells Beach, this dog was resolutely on-message for #HeadsInSandNZ. Photo credit: A. Rogers / NZ Greens

At Bethells Beach, this dog was resolutely on-message for #HeadsInSandNZ. Photo credit: A. Rogers / NZ Greens

Again at Bethells Beach, Green MP Jan Logie shows her commitment to #HeadsInSandNZ in acrobatic style. Photo credit: A. Rogers / NZ Greens

Again at Bethells Beach, Green MP Jan Logie shows her commitment to #HeadsInSandNZ in acrobatic style. Photo credit: A. Rogers / NZ Greens

It looks a bit nippy at Dunedin's St Clair beach, but that didn't stop these #HeadsInSandNZ participants

It looks a bit nippy at Dunedin’s St Clair beach, but that didn’t stop these #HeadsInSandNZ participants. Photo credit: Ruby Harris

At Dunedin's St Clair beach,   participants face the dunes that separate low-lying South Dunedin from the sea. Photo credit: Namakau Nalumango

At Dunedin’s St Clair beach, participants face the dunes that separate low-lying South Dunedin from the sea. Photo credit: Namakau Nalumango

At Invercargill's Oreti Beach, it was climate change rather than toheroa that had people digging in the sand. Photo credit: Dave Kennedy

At Invercargill’s Oreti Beach, it was climate change rather than toheroa that had people digging in the sand. Photo credit: Dave Kennedy