Oil Free Wellington Update August 2013

On Saturday, two Oil Free Wellington "penguins" joined the Polar Plunge Petone
Winter Festival. The team spent the afternoon leafleting and chatting with hundreds
of people at the festival.

Anadarko Out! No Deep Sea Oil Drilling Off Our Coast

Kia ora koutou

On Saturday, two Oil Free Wellington "penguins" joined the Polar Plunge Petone
Winter Festival. The team spent the afternoon leafleting and chatting with hundreds
of people at the festival. There's another piccie up on Stuff.

It's gearing up to be a busy month of climate campaigning in Wellington, with a film
screening, a demo against the Minister of Energy, two public meetings against deep
sea oil drilling, a Gen Zero public meeting, and plans afoot for summer. Read on
for more.

** Thursday 8 August: Challenge the Government's mining agenda

On Thursday 8 August, Simon Bridges, Minister of Energy and Resources is going to
the mining club, Straterra, to "discuss how he sees the energy and resources
portfolio evolving and his views on challenges facing the minerals industry." He's
speaking at Straterra at 4:45pm.
Let's tell him what those challenges are. Let's remind him of the damage the mining
he supports is doing. The Denniston plateau (under threat from open cast coal
mining by Bathurst Resources). The Pegasus Basin (under threat from Deep Sea Oil
drilling by Anadarko). Taranaki (where farmland is poisoned by fracking). Let's
remind him about Solid Energy's recent implosion at huge cost to workers and local
communities - this is the boom and bust nature of the mining industry. Let's remind
him that this is not the future we want in Aotearoa.
Join other Wellingtonians in a demonstration against the Government's mining agenda.
When: 4:30-6:30 Thursday 8th August Where: Outside Straterra Inc, Ground Floor, 93
The Terrace. What: Protest - including chanting, and speeches. Please bring

Organised by a coalition of community anti-mining groups in Wellington. If you are
on Facebook, please join the Facebook event

** Tuesday 20 August: Bidder 70 screening at the Paramount

Co-hosted by Oil Free Wellington

Join us for the screening of this incredible and award winning documentary and tale
of civil disobedience in the face of climate injustice. Paramount Theatre Tuesday
20th August 6.30pm Tickets on sale now from Paramount!!!

Waged $15, unwaged $10

The choice you are making today is what side are you on.
-Tim DeChristopher

Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil
disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University
of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine
patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of
climate justice.

Follow Tim, Bidder 70, from college student to incarcerated felon. Redefine justice
for yourself. Choose your side.


** 12 August: Gen Zero "What's the holdup?"

We mentioned this GenZero event in last month's newsletter - but it got postponed
due to the earthquake.

The tour is coming back for us in Wellington and will be held in the Ilott Theatre
of the Town Hall, on August 12th from 7pm.

As a reminder of what it's all about; the event is part of a nationwide speaking
tour that Gen Zero are hosting about climate change and renewable energy solutions.
“What’s the Holdup?” has a line-up of refreshing speakers including Ralph Sims (Lead
author IPCC report 2007, IEA Senior Analyst, Massey University) and Paul Young
(Generation Zero co-founder), among other Wellington-based youth climate leaders.
(More about the tour here)

This tour will catalyse a conversation on the solutions and opportunities for New
Zealanders to move beyond fossil fuels. "We believe that, in a rapidly changing
world, the responsible thing for us to do is to have a national conversation about
how New Zealand can play its part in the global effort to combat climate change."
If you can attend, please RSVP on the Gen Zero website,here

** 14 & 15 August: Green Party Public Meetings

Organised by the Green Party. Oil Free Wellington will be speaking, and will have a
stall at both events.

Protect Our Beaches- Stop Deep Sea Drilling.
Wednesday 14th August 6:30pm
Maranui Cafe, Lyall Bay, Wellington
Thursday 15th August 6:30pm
Sustainability Trust, 2 Forresters Lane, Te Aro, Wellington Come and hear Green
Party Co leader Russel Norman and Energy Spokesperson Gareth Hughes MP discuss the
Government's plans for risky deep sea oil drilling of Wellington's coastline.

Gareth and Russel will be joined by Greenpeace Political Advisor, Nathan Argent, and
a speaker from Oil Free Wellington to outline the risks of deep sea oil drilling and
what we can do to oppose it.

Why I support Oil Free Wellington - Tom Bennion

I am a husband, father of 3 young children and an environment lawyer in practice for
the past 25 years. I have also been teaching short courses environment law at
Victoria University for about 15 years. In 2010 I was involved in an urgent inquiry
into Maori claims about the management of our petroleum resources - which was
ironically held during the Deep Water Horizons spill.

We are in the midst of a full climate emergency. On that basis, drilling off our
coasts for new oil is ecocide and all reasonable non-violent means should be used to
stop it. Even without the climate emergency, I think that drilling in deep water off
the NZ coast is unacceptable due to the risk of a large spill and its consequences.

** Volunteering

Do you have a story to tell? We're looking for
volunteers to feature in our new social media/photography project which will profile
Wellingtonians and their personal reasons for opposition. If you are keen to be a
part of this, send us an email at oilfreewellington@gmail.com
(mailto:oilfreewellington@gmail.com) with your name and a line or two (keep it brief
please!) about why you are opposed to deep sea oil drilling off the coast of

As the weather gets warmer Oil Free Wellington will be hotting up with a number of
exciting events and projects in the pipeline, keep an eye on these email updates for
more opportunities to volunteer or get in touch oilfreewellington@gmail.com

** News Updates

John Key and The Guardian
A scathing news article by Guardian reporter Graham Redfearn last week raised the
issue of New Zealand's '100% Middle Earth' marketing being overshadowed by the push
to drill for oil and gas. In a recent Youtube address, Prime Minister and Minister
of Tourism John Key describes our scenic landscapes as 'untouched' and an asset to
our country, yet in the same breath goes on to talk about increasing oil and gas
exploration by 50%. The irony seems lost on Mr Key, but has clearly been picked up
on by groups around the country and overseas, and does nothing to inspire confidence
in New Zealand's 'clean, green' image.
Thailand Oil Disaster
50 000 litres of oil spilled in the Gulf of Thailand off Samet Island just over a
week ago. The spill is the equivalent of about half a fuel tanker. Coral reefs and
white beaches have been covered. Clean-up workers are experiencing nausea and
dizziness, while government agencies say it will take three months to see if the
toxic substances in the crude oil have entered the food chain.

Opposition lawmaker Sathit Pitutecha said Thursday that the operator had failed to
plan for such a problem despite previous leaks.

"This is a failure to solve a problem by a company that earns hundreds of billions
of baht (billions of dollars) every year, using the country's natural resources," he
said during a parliamentary session. "I wouldn't criticize if this was the first
time, but it's the fourth time already. Now the people of Rayong (province) have to
bear the burden of risk from the industrial sector."





Gas drilling rig fire in Gulf of Mexico

Pelicans covered in oil after Port of Brisbane Spill

Prime Minister's Chief Science Adviser gives Climate Change Warning
Sir Peter Gluckman has released a report warning about the growing risks of
catastrophic climate change as average temperatures rise. He says we need
substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions - including the use of fossil

"We do many things in life that are based on the balance of probabilities ... It is
the same with climate change - the collective wisdom of the scientific community is
that action is needed to address global warming because without action the potential
risk to the planet and ourselves is too high."


** Donate

Oil Free Wellington is a grassroots group and we rely on community support to raise
funds. Right now, we are fundraising to print more posters and leaflets. If you
are able to donate, please do. Every dollar helps.

Oil Free Wellington
Kiwibank account
38 9014 0627315 00

Please include your surname in the reference column (if you wish) so we can email
you a thank you.

** Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you, so if you've got a campaign idea, or want to offer a
particular skill etc. or invite us to talk to your group, please email us on
oilfreewellington@gmail.com (mailto:oilfreewellington@gmail.com)

Thanks for campaigning with us
The Oil Free Wellington Crew
oilfreewellington@gmail.com (mailto:oilfreewellington@gmail.com)


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