Kia Ora Friends!
I hope this message finds you well.
I’m Sarah, and I’m writing on behalf of the Greenpeace Climate Campaign team!
As you know, the campaign work that Greenpeace does isn’t consistent in its output - We have busy periods when we’re doing lots of planning, lobbying, research and writing - the behind-the-scenes stuff that builds the foundations of our campaigns. During these quieter periods Greenwire is a good place to connect with other likeminded people and plan some activities of your own!
Greenpeace also has busy periods when we’re doing lots of loud, attention-grabbing activities - the kinds of things that we’re more well-known for. We’re about to get really busy with some of this type, and that’s why I’m asking for your support!
Each year the oil industry big-wigs get together to plan for the next year of climate change inducing, environmentally destructive, oil exploration in Aotearoa. Concerned community groups including Greenpeace have been organising protests and demonstrations to oppose the conference for the past 4 years. Last year over 200 people of all ages and backgrounds, came together in central Auckland to peacefully block the delegates access to the conference. In 2015 we marched to the conference and disrupted it by banging our drums.
In 2017 the oil industry conference has retreated to Taranaki - the heartland of the New Zealand oil industry where they think they’re out of reach of public scrutiny… but they’re wrong!
A powerful coalition, including Ngatiawa Ki Taranaki Trust, Oil Free Auckland, Oil Free Wellington, Greenpeace, 350 Aotearoa, Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack Free, Pacific Panthers, Parihaka, and Friends of Waitara River Inc., have banded together to organise the ‘People’s Climate Rally’. This event will be 3 days of workshops, speakers, music, and once again a peaceful blockade. We are hoping for an escalation on previous years of opposition to the Petroleum Conference, and a representation of people as diverse as those of us who oppose climate change.
We would love it if you could join us at the People’s Climate Rally on March 21st-23rd and strengthen this alliance even further. Register here and we’ll keep you updated: www.peoplesclimaterallytaranaki.nz
We will start with a powhiri at Owae Marae in Waitara at 2.30pm on Tuesday 21st followed by a training in Non-Violent Direct Action. We will finish with a closing ceremony in New Plymouth around 4pm on Thursday 23rd. The blockade of the conference will be on Wednesday 22nd and there will be different levels of involvement to suit everyone. We have been invited to stay at Owae Marae for all those who would like to join us and are working on transport options to support people getting there.
If you’re not able to be there you can still show your support in a range of different ways…
by talking to people in your community about oil exploration.
liking and sharing social media information about the rally - take a look here for a start: https://www.facebook.com/events/217889391953878/
Putting up posters in your area - download a poster from’
Donating. Yes, these sorts of activities cost a lot of money, and we don’t want money to be a barrier to peoples participation. If you can chip in it’s really appreciated - it’s a bit like sponsoring someone in your community to be an activist. www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/pcr
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch here via Greenwire, or my phone number is at the bottom of this message.
We’ve had enough of this government backing the industry over the health of the climate. We need to start the transition to a sustainable future and we need to do this now. The more we can work together to encourage this change, the stronger our voices are and the better chance we have.
Hope to see you there!
Sarah and the team at Greenpeace