Our Government, with its relentless focus on minerals extraction policies and addiction to dairy, has got its head in the sand on climate change.  We’ve had enough of its weak, “let everyone else go first” attitude on climate, and its ongoing minerals extraction programme that threatens our beaches, our water, our coastlines and our Maui’s dolphins.

So we’ve decided to organise a Day of Action at beaches around the country on Sunday 7 December, to send a message to the Government that we think it has its head in the sand on these issues. *** Browns Bay event now added – get to it if you’re on the North Shore!  ***

The date coincides with the beginning of the second week of the international climate change talks in Lima, when our Ministers will be either there, or getting ready to leave.

We now have events set up in these places (links are to Facebook page events)

Invercargill:      11.30 Oreti Beach
Dunedin:           12.00 St Clair Beach
Christchurch:     12.00 New Brighton Pier
Nelson:               11.30 Tahunanui Beach
Wellington       11.30 Oriental Bay (meet on Oriental Parade by the water fountain)
Taranaki:            16.00 Oakura River Mouth (Corbett Park)
Auckland West Coast: 10.00 Bethells Beach
Auckland Central: 11.30 Mission Bay
Browns Bay:    11.00 Browns Bay Beach
:          12 noon, Little Palm Beach
Ahipara:             Time tbc, Ahipara Beach

Lima: a small team of kiwis will carry out this action on Lima’s Miraflores beach.

If you want to hold an event at your own beach, create a Facebook event and post it up on our main event page, and we’ll promote it for you. We’ve set up a Facebook page as an overall event page.   Also please let us know – email coalactionnetwork@gmail.com

It’s a really easy event to do – on our overall Facebook event page we have details of the “how to” (with health and safety guidelines, plus media guidelines) and we think it’ll send a strong message.  This event was done in Australia as a message to Prime Minister Tony Abbott but, to be honest, our Government is no better.  We’ll also have a media plan to go with it and instructions to support you.

Please help us promote this event by sharing on Facebook and with your friends and, of course, taking part.  

BONUS CONTENT! Heads in the Sand has now inspired a poem by Harvey Molloy that’s been published on an international poetry site!