Mining industry delegates greeted by protesters on tour of Rotowaru and K1

18 Sep

Delegates from the AusIMM (Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy) conference were taken on a field trip to Rotowaro and Maramarua (K1) mines on Sunday 16 September.

At both venues they were met by protesters with the clear message that the coal must be kept underground for the sake of the climate.

This action was a joint effort between Auckland Coal Action, Coal Action Network Aotearoa with support also from Auckland Peace Action and Auckland 350.org.

The conference is being held in Tauranga on Monday and Tuesday of this week. 

 

The reception for mining industry delegates at Rotowaro Mine

At the gates of K1 Mine, Maramarua

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Cows protest Fonterra’s lack of climate action

26 Jul

Press release 26/07/18

A herd of bellowing cows have joined a protest on busy Fanshawe St today, outside Fonterra’s Auckland Office, calling for it to stop sitting on the fence with regard to climate change, and to start taking urgent action to reduce its climate-wrecking emissions from coal burning. Protesters are from Auckland Coal Action, and other local groups that are highly concerned.

Fonterra presents itself as an environmentally friendly business and has joined the recently-formed Climate Leaders Coalition business group. But Auckland Coal Action spokesperson, Peter Whitmore, says that, based on available information, New Zealand’s second largest coal user still has not taken any meaningful steps to reduce its emissions by switching to sustainable fuels or to other processing methods in its major dairy factories.

“The need to rapidly phase out of coal use has now been clearly articulated by many scientists over a long period”, says Whitmore. “It is over 10 years since leading climate scientist, James Hansen, said that to maintain a liveable planet coal must be phased out in developed countries by 2025 and in developing countries by 2030, a finding that has also been backed up by more recent studies.”

“It is essential for industry to do its part so that this country can meet the internationally agreed Paris objective of holding global warming to under 2°C, and preferably to under 1.5°C”, says Whitmore. “Fonterra needs to step up by urgently phasing out all its coal-fired boilers, with the aim of none being operational after 2025 and definitely not after 2030”, he says. This is a challenge, but the assessment of his Auckland Coal Action group and others is that it is achievable, if Fonterra starts right now.

This is also a challenge that Fonterra must not shirk as we are already seeing serious impacts of climate change occurring globally.

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Spokesperson
Peter Whitmore
Auckland Coal Action
021 457 465

 

Auckland Coal Action urge Fonterra to ‘Quit the Greenwash’

20 Apr

Climate change campaigners aired Fonterra’s ‘dirty laundry’ in public yesterday. Auckland Coal Action have called the dairy giant’s promises to reduce its coal use largely ‘greenwash’ – an attempt to appear environmentally friendly without taking any substantive action.

“Now that the Government has signalled an end to offshore oil exploration, it is high time we turned our attention to coal, the fossil fuel that makes the largest contribution to causing climate change”, said spokesperson Jill Whitmore. “Fonterra cannot claim to be ‘the world’s leading milk processor’ if this requires it to be the second largest coal user in this country.”

Fonterra recently announced that it would install no new coal boilers after 2030.  Whitmore calls this a “feeble target” because coal boilers have a typical life span of 40 years. She points out that 2030 is the date by which leading climate scientists say the world must have completely phased out coal if we are to maintain a liveable climate.

With an improvised washing line of messages for Fonterra, including a giant pair of bloomers urging Fonterra to ‘Quit the Greenwash’, protesters made their view heard, opposite Fonterra head office.

Images from the protest below.

 

Climate Change: The Challenge – Movies & Messages

11 Jul

Thursday 27 July 2017
6:00pm – 8.30pm
University of Auckland, Owen Glenn Building, OGB 3/260-092

Climate Change - The Challenge

Come and watch:

Earthrise – Take the Power Back
How ordinary people are mobilizing to disrupt the fossil fuel industry.

Disobedience
Shows the amazing things the regular people are willing to do when faced with the biggest crisis in human history.

Come and hear:

Russel Norman
Executive Director of Greenpeace NZ

Chlöe Swarbrick
Past Auckland Mayoral Candidate and now Parliamentary Candidate for the Green Party

Sarah Thomson
Hamilton Law Student taking NZ Government to court over lack of action on climate change

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Fonterra says it will quit coal, but when?

24 May

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Fonterra Sustainability Effort is “Pants”

1 Dec

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Fonterra’s greenwash exposed by Auckland Coal Action protest 
Auckland Coal Action members did street theatre today outside Fonterra’s Fanshawe St headquarters in protest against Fonterra’s increasing coal use in their factories. Fonterra now burns more coal than Huntly Power Station.The group says Fonterra’s claims of sustainability are greenwash. To illustrate this they painted “Fonterra Stop the Greenwash” on a giant pair of bloomers.

Fonterra relies heavily on coal in its dairy factories, despite the very high greenhouse gas emissions this fuel produces.

“Scientists are now saying that coal has to be phased out as early as 2030, and that no new coal-fired power plant should be built – from today,” said Geoff Mason of Auckland Coal Action.

“This should include Fonterra, a company that claims it’s committed to reducind its emissions and protecting the environment, yet its coal use has increased by around 38% since 2008, making it now New Zealand’s second largest coal user.”

Fonterra is  planning to building more coal-fired dairy factories, and a new coal mine has been opened in the Waikato to help meet the company’s ongoing coal demand.

He noted there was enough wood waste from forestry operations in New Zealand to power many of Fonterra’s factories. This fuel is now commonly used in Europe and Canada to fuel industrial boilers. It is almost carbon-neutral because re-planted trees absorb the CO2 produced. Fonterra also has other sustainable alternatives.

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Nick explains why K1 must be stopped

27 Jun

“We’re here to scope out the area, with a view to being here in the future when coal is mined. To put our bodies in the way of coal being mined.” – Nick on Auckland Coal Action’s inspection of the K1 mine near Maramarua.