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Next Monday, 26 June, Stand with Sarah for the Climate: 9.15am, High Court, 2 Molesworth St, Wellington

Law student Sarah Thomson has launched a judicial review of the New Zealand Government’s completely inadequate greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Sarah Thomson and her lawyers now have a firm date for the hearing of her judicial review: It will be at the High Court, 2 Molesworth Street, Wellington, from 26-28 June, start time 10am. Now there’s a rally as well: The rally is planned for just before the start of the case on Monday 26th June. Meet outside the High Court on Molesworth St at 9.15am. Sarah will address the rally, and CANA will be taking part as well. Sarah is encouraging people...

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Stand with Sarah for the Climate: High Court, Wellington, 26-28 June

Law student Sarah Thomson has launched a judicial review of the New Zealand Government’s completely inadequate greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Sarah Thomson and her lawyers now have a firm date for the hearing of her judicial review: It will be at the High Court, 2 Molesworth Street, Wellington, from 26-28 June, start time 10am. Sarah is encouraging people to attend the hearing to show their support for the need for action on climate change. Do contribute to the important national conversation on climate change in any ways that you can. Sarah explains her case and why she’s taking it: As part of the Paris Agreement, the NZ Government adopted a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 11% below 1990 levels by 2030 (the NDC). My case claims that this target is unlawful. I’m arguing that the Minister for Climate Change Issues failed to take into account relevant considerations when deciding the target – the Minister considered the cost of reducing emissions in the short term, but not the cost of climate change in the longterm if we fail to act. I’m also arguing that the target is irrational because it’s well below what’s needed to strengthen the global response to climate change. I’m taking the case because action on climate change is urgent, and it’s going to affect everyone and every aspect of our lives. Failure to reduce emissions will result in...

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You are invited to the launch of Our Climate Declaration on Sunday 18 June

You are invited to the launch of Our Climate Declaration at any of four video-linked locations on Sunday, June 18th, 2017, from 3 to 5pm The aim of our Declaration is to bring people together around a short, simple narrative describing a future New Zealand that protects the climate. We aim to stimulate a national movement, supporting concerned citizens to develop climate action plans in their groups for work, learning, leisure and worship.  It outlines the bad stuff we have to stop doing and the good things we have to pursue. We believe that with the force of numbers, we can achieve a secure future for Aotearoa/New Zealand. Keynote speakers include Prof James Renwick, leading climate scientist and lead author with the IPCC Drs Alex Macmillan and Rhys Jones of Ora Taiao (climate and health) Sir Alan Mark, ecologist Robyn Malcolm, actress local musicians local school students Venues and contacts Auckland: Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd Grey Lynn; patbaskett@xtra.co.nz Wellington: Preservatorium – Cafe and Cannery 39 Webb St; brucepaul39@gmail.com Christchurch: XCHC Exchange Christchurch  376 Wilsons Rd Nth; lucette@teamdevelopment.nz Dunedin: Centre for Sustainability, Otago University, Castle St; ralph.adler@otago.ac.nz For people far from these centres it will be possible to watch it live streamed on your computer. Details later on our website.  Convener Dr Joanna Santa Barbara...

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New Bathurst coal mine as much use as tits on a bull

by Rosemary Penwarden Bathurst Resources’ (BRL) shareholders were treated to a tale from fantasy land last week. The fantasy is that Bathurst’s newly acquired coal exploration permit near Waimate will service Fonterra’s expanding Studholme milk drying plant, reported an energy trade news service. What Bathurst doesn’t appear to understand is that the new Studholme plant is never going to be built. At their consent hearing a year ago Fonterra downgraded their grandiose plan from a ten-fold expansion of the current setup to a four-fold one, but even that will now never go ahead. There isn’t the milk – cow numbers are down by about half a million and those would have to be restored before even the existing capacity would be fully used. Much can change in a year; public opinion for one. New Zealanders have had enough of shit in our rivers and aquifers. Public opinion is firming against more cows – even against the number we have now. The evidence about water keeps mounting and being better understood. Fonterra are feeling that. They themselves reported in big type in a farming paper a few months ago that their capital works programme is now complete. The Studholme expansion is a fizzer. Is Bathurst trying to claim to potential investors that it has bright prospects? “Build it (mine it) and they will come”? Public opinion is also firming against coal. We...

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Submit by Thursday Against the Proposed Te Kuha Coalmine

Kia Ora Koutou You may have recently seen TVNZ’s The Sunday Programme’s “Back to Black” story on Te Kuha, a new coal mine proposal on the West Coast.   If you haven’t, it’s worth a look. CANA has been following the progress of this mine for quite some time. We have made submissions on various aspects: including one about a year ago on the request for access to mine on the DOC conservation estate – Mt Rochfort. The mine would take off the top of this mountain, in the DOC estate, which contains rare bird and plant species – like...

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