Author: tjonescan

Welcome to the Maquiladoras: New Zealand Government Considers Setting Up Special Economic Zones To Privilege Mining Interests And Override Environmental Protections And Investment And Immigration Controls

  Ever since its election in 2008, the National-led Government has tried to talk up the mining and exploitation of fossil fuels as New Zealand’s economic salvation. But, as anyone capable of looking further than the next three-year electoral cycle could have told them, they were chasing fool’s gold. Despite bending over backwards to smooth the path of oil drillers and coal miners, all National’s fossil fools have to show for their obsession is an eight-year record of failed projects and broken promises. Has any of that changed their thinking? Has National finally woken up to the fact that...

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Te Kuha, the Sacrificial Lamb

by Zella Downing   The idea of throwing a virgin into a volcano to appease the gods and prevent the inevitable seems somewhat comical in 2017, but 1st World, 21st century New Zealand is doing much the same thing. Sacrificing virgin, unspoilt wilderness in an attempt to fend off the demise of the coal industry. Stevenson Mining is asking permission to decapitate Mt Te Kuha and violate the pristine, untouched beauty found in the Paparoa Ranges so that they can dig out some more coal. Forest and Bird is fighting valiantly to prevent this attack, and yet there is...

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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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