The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described climate change as this generation’s “nuclear-free moment,” however her Government is expected to offer new areas of New Zealand’s land and seafloor for new oil and gas exploration. This announcement is expected to happen at the Petroleum Conference in Wellington on the 26th of March, and Christians are preparing to join the Rally for Climate Justice to let the Energy and Resources Minister, the Hon Dr Megan Woods, know that we are against this further exploitation of climate-damaging fossil fuels. The Diocesan Advocacy Enabler, Kate Day, says: “our protest will be peaceful, positive and within the law. We will be speaking truth to power in a way that respects our leaders and conveys love for global neighbours.”
Rally for Climate Justice
The rally itself will happen on the 26th of March, with details to be confirmed. Click here to go to the Facebook event, where updates will be provided closer to the time.
Information Evening at St Peter’s on Willis
Before the rally, St Peter’s on Willis Street will be holding an information evening on the 8th of March from 6pm until 7:15pm for those wanting to find out more about the rally. Kate Day says “as Christians, we see mitigating climate change as essential for loving our global neighbours, caring for creation, promoting peace and stewarding our resources responsibly for future generations.” This information session will give people a chance to understand that responsibility a little more deeply. This session will also be live streamed, with details being provided on this event page closer to the time.
Non-violent Direct Action Workshop in Palmerston North
And for those in Manawatu, All Saints’ curate Rev Andy Hickman will be leading a workshop on non-violent direct action (NVDA) for those wanting to protest peacefully at the rally. The session is for people of all ages, abilities and levels of NVDA experience, and will benefit anyone even if you are not able to attend the rally.
At the NVDA workshop, Andy will talk about what non-violence is and build collective understanding of what non-
violent direct action is, he will brief attendees on logistics and transport, talk about communications and legal factors,
discuss dealing with media and police and (the fun part!) simulate situations and practice tactics that can be used on the day. The day will end with an opportunity to prepare banners, placards and any other artwork needed. Click here for an information poster, with further details of the workshop’s agenda.