Author: tjonescan

Years Of Pressure On Oil and Gas Exploration Pay Off: Jacinda Ardern Announces An End To Offshore Oil And Gas Block Offers

by Zella Downing. Good on Jacinda Ardern and the current New Zealand government for their courage in announcing an end to offshore oil exploration, and issuing no new onshore permits outside of Taranaki.  This vital first step re-directs our focus away from fossil fuels toward an industry sustained by renewable energy.  Transitions do have to start somewhere, and at the least, this is a start.  James Shaw is correct when he states that there is an “enormous opportunity for the creation of new jobs and new technologies that our dependence on fossil fuels has held back for too long.”...

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Good News For Your Health, Bad News For The Coal Industry: Christchurch Hospital Decides To Use Biomass For Heat

Together with friends from OraTaiao: New Zealand Climate and Health Council, I spent a wet, cold winter morning in July 2016 leafletting staff as they arrived for work at the Ministry of Health in Molesworth St, Wellington. The reason CANA, OraTaiao and also 350 Aotearoa were putting pressure on the Ministry was to persuade it not to choose coal for heating Christchurch Hospital. Coal was the cheapest option, but also the most polluting – not only in terms of local pollution, but in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. But coal is only cheap because coal miners and users don’t have...

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Te Kuha Update: Petition Presented, Appeal Continues!

This post is to say “thank you”. Thank you to everyone who signed the petition asking Ministers Sage and Woods to say “no” to granting coal miners access to despoil DoC land in their rapacious greed for coal. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to CANA’s appeal for funds to help us assist Forest and Bird in their Environment Court appeal against the decision to grant resource consent for Te Kuha by providing an expert economic witness to argue against the mine on economic grounds. Te Kuha Appeal Update We have raised well over $4000 from this appeal,...

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Last Chance To Sign! Petition to Save Te Kuha From Coal Mining Closes This Sunday, 18 March!

Sign the petition here: It’s astonishing and appalling that a Government that says all the right words about the need for action on climate change may nevertheless let a new coal mine go ahead on the West Coast, when it could stop that mine with the stroke of a pen. We’re calling on the responsible Ministers, Labour’s Megan Woods and the Greens’ Eugenie Sage, to do the right thing for our country, our climate and our planet and say “No!” to this project.  Sign our petition by Sunday to tell these two Ministers – no to a Te Kuha mine, no to new coal! Background The Buller District Council has just granted resource consent for Te Kuha mine, a 109 hectare opencast coal mine on the West Coast, but the government has yet to decide whether to allow the miners to take the top off the mountain – the 12 hectares that are part of the Mt Rochfort Conservation Park. The Department of Conservation has stated that this area is “recognised as nationally and internationally unique and for having very high ecological and conservation value.” It contains Great Spotted Kiwi and other rare and endangered species and plants. At a time when our government is claiming that climate change is our generation’s “nuclear-free moment,”  and has recently said that there will be no new coal mines on conservation land,...

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Fundraising Appeal: Help Us Save Te Kuha

It’s 2018. Coal belongs in the last century. Can you believe there are 14 new coal mines on the industry’s books for the Buller Plateau? Right now our focus is on the first of these 14 mines – Te Kuha, an untouched bushclad mountain ridge visible from the small town of Westport and from the beautiful West Coast tourist highway. Stevenson Mining have been granted consent to destroy Te Kuha for coal. Coal that, if we were responsible global citizens, we would not burn. Forest and Bird, with support from CANA, has appealed the West Coast Regional Council’s decision...

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