Cartoon by @domesticanimal for the Christchurch Press. Reproduced by permission of Sharon Murdoch

Cartoon by Murdoch for the Christchurch Press. Reproduced by permission of @domesticanimal.

We took action last Sunday…

Heads in the Sand last Sunday, in which a thousand or so New Zealanders at 12 beaches around the country put their heads in the sand to symbolise the Government’s failure to act on climate change, was a great success.

It was covered on TV1, on NZ’s leading Chinese-language TV station, by a German TV crew, on Stuff, in the Herald, on Scoop, by radio  channels including Newstalk ZB,  in the International Business Times and in the “The Ecologist” magazine. And it clearly rocked Climate Change Minister Tim Groser, who was forced to defend his Government’s awful record on climate change and ludicrously inadequate climate negotiating position just as he prepared to leave for the COP 20 climate talks in Lima.

You can see videos, photos and reports from Heads in the Sand here:

…Now let’s follow up this coming Monday


Thanks to Generation Zero

Thanks to Generation Zero

But the climate movement isn’t finished with the Government yet over its woeful failure to deliver real action on climate change.Generation Zero has an excellent action called “Cut the Gap” coming up on Monday. They are asking people to sign up to visit their local National Party MPs on Monday morning, between 8 and 9am, to either congratulate them for pledging new action on climate change in Lima, or showing our disapproval if they don’t act. The list of confirmed actions is at the bottom of this post.

If you’d like to sign up to take part in this action, there’s lots more info and a simple signup form at

You can also sign up on Facebook:

And you can watch a Firstline interview with Paul Young of Generation Zero:

Coal Action Network Aotearoa thinks Generation Zero’s Cut the Gap is a great sequel to Heads in the Sand. We hope you’ll decide to take part.


The list of MP visits on Monday has now been announced – if there’s one near you, please come along. (Please note that start times vary):

North Island:

Wellington City – 8am
Quinovic House, 32-34 Kent Terrace, Wellington

Paraparaumu – 8.30am
Shop 3 23 Amohia Street, Brazier Building, Paraparaumu

Auckland – 8.30am
Dominion Road area – Level 1, 246 Dominion Road

Mt Albert – 779 New North Road

Auckland Central – 82 College Hill

Tauranga – 8am
184 Devonport Rd, Tauranga 3110

Hamilton – 8am
5 King Street, Hamilton

Ōrewa – 9am
National Party’s Rodney electorate office, 7 Tamariki Avenue, Ōrewa

South Island:

Nelson – 8.30am
544 Waimea Road, Annesbrook, Nelson

Blenheim – 8.30am
National Party Office, The Forum, Blenheim

Christchurch – 12.30pm
283 Greers Rd, Bryndwr, Christchurch

Timaru – 4pm
139 Stafford St, Timaru

Dunedin – 8.30
333 Princes Street, Dunedin

Alexandra – 10am
Community House, Centennial Ave, Alexandra

Email if you would like your town to be on this list!