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Summer events and ways to get involved...
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Kia ora koutou,
We hope you have had a great summer so far! Read on to find out about:
  • Oil Free Wellington events this summer and ways you can get involved,
  • updates from events around the country, and
  • links to our blog series - this month's is about the ETS.
Summer Stalls - come along!!
Oil Free Wellington will be at summer fairs and festivals all over Wellington in the coming month. We will be gathering support to oppose deep sea oil, offering signs to pop on fences, and gathering as many signatures as possible for our latest campaign.

While Wellington has had a reprieve with no Anadarko this summer, sadly they have just begun their seismic survey off Otago. See here and here for some information from Oil Free Otago.

Norwegian-owned Statoil have been exploring off the coast of Northland all summer despite strong local opposition - see here for the hikoi to Waitangi - and in December were granted a permit with Chevron to explore in the Pegasus Basin.  We are gathering as many letters as possible to deliver to the Norwegian Embassy here in Wellington.

Can you help?
Come along to Island Bay Sunday 15th February , Kilbirnie Sunday 1st March, Newtown Sunday 8th March  or Aro Valley Saturday 21st March - sign a letter, write you own, take a sign - or feel free to come along and help out. If you'd like to know more - get in touch oilfreewellington@gmail.com

 
Hui highlights the strength of local opposition

Last weekend, three activists from Oil Free Wellington attended Taranaki’s Beauty and the Beast conference at Muru Raupatu Marae. The hui was hosted by ECO, Climate Justice Taranaki and Sustainable Whanganui, and attended by groups from all over Aotearoa opposed to climate change and fossil fuel exploration.
 
It was a great opportunity and pleasure for us to share strategies, perspectives and knowledge with other activists. We attended workshops and information sessions, were taken on a field trip to oil and gas sites in the Taranaki region, and heard many stories about local struggles and local resistance – some sad, some uplifting and inspiring.
 
With over 80 attending, this has been the most successful regional gathering so far.
 
Joint Community Statement to Ban Fracking.
 
At the Taranaki regional gathering, our members agreed to sign a joint community statement demanding a nationwide ban or moratorium on fracking.
 
The statement has been signed by hapu, businesses and environmental groups across Aotearoa. It calls for communities and landowners to “lock the gate” against oil and gas companies, and declare their communities “frack free”. It also calls upon the government, businesses and communities to develop effective strategies to transition away from fossil fuels and into clean renewable energy.
 
To learn more, visit Climate Justice Taranaki’s website
City Councils: where do they stand?

Since 2012, the government has been offering up huge areas of sea and land to oil companies to tender for the right to explore. It refuses to allow public submissions, but invites local government and iwi to participate.

Late last month Christchurch City Council unanimously voted to oppose deep sea oil in its submission on the 2015 Block Offer. "The council considers that the risks of deepwater offshore petroleum exploration and production in these areas are too great," it said in its submission.

Siana Fitzjohn, of Oil Free Otautahi, commended the council for opposing the block offer and for urging the Government to undertake wider public consultation."I want to thank the council for representing us when we've been silenced and ignored by the Government," she said.

And just yesterday a motion to oppose deep sea oil was defeated by the narrowest of margins, after thousands of locals contacted their council in just a few days.

We haven't been able to find out what Wellington City Council thinks about the 2015 Block Offer, It made no submission on the 2014 one - but we think it's time they made their opposition clear. See here for more details.
What is Emissions Trading and why won't it work?

Recently an Oil Free Wellington member wrote a two part blog post investigating the current trend in combating climate change, Emissions Trading. These two parts explain what it is, the consequences of Emissions Trading, and why it is a false solution to climate change.
 
"In this blog post I will be describing how ETS are not genuine attempts to mitigate climate change but instead merely act as a way to protect the status quo. They are a smokescreen, hiding the contradictions of acknowledging the threat of climate change while continuing to explore for fossil fuels."

See here for Part 2.



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