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Robert Howell: Investing In People And The Planet – New Book And Speaking Tour

Investing in People and the Planet We think Dr Robert Howell’s new book “Investing in People and the Planet” is worth your attention – and so we’re pleased to help promote his New Zealand speaking tour. You can find out more about the book on Robert Howell’s website, where he says: In a world threatened by ecological disaster, global inequality and human tragedy, how can we make a difference? The bank that we select, the pension fund and insurance that we choose, the investments that we support, and the voice that we raise to shape Government investments and financial behaviour, can begin to make the changes that are needed when joined with the efforts of others. This book shows how and why. It can be purchased at quaker.books@quaker.org.nz New Zealand Speaking Tour – Dates and Venues Invercargill: Thursday March 23.    Southern Institute Technology Room B1-12 7.30 pm Contact: jennycam@xtra.co.nz Dunedin: March 25.  Otago Polytechnic.  4.00pm.   Lecture Room G106, Ground Floor, G Block, Otago Polytechnic, Union Street East (near corner with Harbour Terrace). Contact:simsam45@gmail.com Christchurch: March 27.  5.30 pm (tea and coffee provided) for a 6.00 pm start.  Quaker Centre,   217 Ferry Rd, Christchurch.   On the corner of Nursery Road.   Some parking onsite. Nelson: March 29.  NMIT, T Block, 7.00pm. Contact: C.M.Richards@clear.net.nz Wellington: March 31. GBLT3, Lecture Theatre 3, Old Govt Building, Pipitea Campus 12.30 – 1.30 pm. Palmerston...

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Grandmothers and farmers block Fonterra plant

23 January 2017 Three grandmothers, a student and a farmer have this morning chained themselves to a gate to prevent coal being delivered to Fonterra’s Clandeboye dairy factory in South Canterbury. Early this morning, the five locked themselves to the gate at the entrance to the factory’s coal plant, as a pile of woodchips was dumped in front of them, with the message “FONTERRA QUIT COAL,” while others were dressed as cows pointing to the woodchips as an alternative.  In all, 24 people are now at the site taking part in the protest. One of the grandmothers is Coal...

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Growth in the dairy industry is resurrecting coal – and killing the climate. Join us in the heart of dairy country to take action.

Growth in the dairy industry is resurrecting coal – and killing the climate. 95% of Fonterra’s milk is made into powder for export and most of the powder is dried using coal – the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet. There is an alternative. Fonterra could use wood waste – but while there’s no price on carbon they have no incentive to do this.  They won’t stop using coal until we make them stop. Our COAL, COWS and CLIMATE Summerfest will include all levels of participation for a weekend of family-friendly networking, sharing, NVDA (nonviolent direct action) training and action.Registrations are now open....

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Registrations Now Open For CANA Summerfest 2017: Coal, Cows and Climate

Draft Programme is now available: http://coalaction.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/CANA-Summerfest-Draft-Programme.pdf Email coalactionnetwork@gmail.com now to ask for your Registration Pack by return email Registrations for CANA Summerfest 2017 Are Now Open! Registrations for the CANA Summerfest 2017 are now open. Don’t delay – get your request for a Registration Pack in to coalactionnetwork@gmail.com and we’ll send you one by return email. Growth in the dairy industry is resurrecting coal – and killing the climate. 95% of Fonterra’s milk is made into powder for export and most of the powder is dried using coal – the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet. There is an alternative. Fonterra...

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CANA Calls It Right: Fonterra’s Studholme Plant Unlikely To Be Built

Our expert witness Peter Fraser testified at the hearing on Fonterra’s consent application for a huge new milk drying plant at Studholme that there would be insufficient milk to run it. He calculated that more than half a million new cows would be needed to supply the plant.  Part way through the process Fonterra changed its application to downsize the plant by half. Even this would have required more than a quarter million new cows, and since then cow numbers have decreased and milk supply has dropped. CANA has said repeatedly that our analysis is that the plant will never be built. There is no incentive to expand dairying, especially irrigated dairying, at a milk price less than $6.50/kg MS. At that price there are lower cost producers overseas ready to move into the market ahead of us. Last week Auckland Coal Action’s very effective and funny action Stop the Greenwash outside Fonterra’s head office led to a visit from their PR staff, one of whom told them the coal-guzzling Studholme would not be built for lack of milk. We wish we could have saved those hard working farmers the millions their company put into the planning process for a consent they don’t need. Peak milk anyone? But while Fonterra may have bailed out on their Studholme plans, they are still the company most responsible for keeping the New Zealand coal...

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