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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

 

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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

Entry by koha

Government consultation on climate change – in Auckland this Monday night

16 May

For the first time since being elected, the National Government has responded to public pressure by engaging in a public consultation on climate change – with very short notice and limited time to present your views. This is your chance to tell the government in person that their policy of agricultural intensification, expected to increase New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions by around 50% over the next 20 years (after they have already increased nearly 50% in the last 20 years) is totally unacceptable.
The Auckland meeting is this Monday night at Rendezvous Hotel, corner of Vincent Street and Mayoral Drive (opposite the police station) 7pm

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FREE film screening: “Hot Air” Thursday 5 March 7PM at Auckland University

6 Feb

How big business persuaded the New Zealand government to adopt one of the worst climate change policies in the world.

A free documentary screening at OGGB4, Owen Glenn Building, University of Auckland, 5 March 7pm.

Hosted by Auckland Coal Action and Engineers for Social Responsibility. Donations appreciated.

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Auckland Coal Action Annual General Meeting, Saturday 7 February 1pm in Mt. Eden

1 Feb

Auckland Coal Action will hold its annual general meeting at the Friends Meeting House, corner of Sylvan Ave and Mt. Eden Road, Mt. Eden at 1pm this Saturday.

Anyone with an interest in positive action to prevent climate change is welcome.

Agenda available on request: aucklandcoalaction@gmail.com

Protest at Fonterra HQ in Auckland Wednesday

15 Oct

FonterraHQProtestAuckland Coal Action will be meeting 4.00 pm this Wednesday 16th, outside the main entrance to the Maidment Theatre, Auckland University Quad, Alfred St to deliver wood chips to Fonterra’s Headquarters in Princes St to protest the likely approval of Fonterra’s new mine at Mangatangi, 50km south of Auckland.

Coal is one of the dirtiest fossil fuels and leading climate scientists have stated that coal usage must be phased out as soon as possible in order to prevent catastrophic global warming.

Fonterra plans to open a new mine to continue supplying coal to its existing operations in the Waikato, even though wood waste is a viable alternative.

Fonterra and other companies have sat on their hands for twenty years and the need for action is now extremely urgent.

Join us to deliver the message: Fonterra must commit to wood waste now!

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Let’s Talk Divestment

8 Oct

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The movement to remove investments from fossil fuel companies is taking off worldwide, and has kicked off in New Zealand with five Anglican dioceses  committed to remove their money from climate change. Join us for an evening with expert speakers as we discuss some of the big questions around this growing movement.

What is divestment? What will it contribute to the movement for a heathy climate and sustainable future? What are the alternatives and how can we demand divestment of institutions?

Speakers:
Rodger Spiller- Responsible Investment Association
Jeanette Fitzsimmons- Former co-leader of the Green Party and Coal Action Network organiser
Ashlee Gross- 350 National Coordinator

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Lecture Theatre 401, Building 401, 20 Symonds st, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland