The planned protest against the Petroleum Conference will now occur over two days, says our diocese’s Anglican Advocacy Enabler, Kate Day.
The purpose of the protest on 26 and 27 March will be to call on Energy Minister, Megan Woods, to rule out offering any new New Zealand land or sea for fossil fuels exploration. Although the Prime Minister described climate change as this generation’s “nuclear-free moment”, the Government will soon offer blocks of New Zealand land and sea for new oil and gas exploration. “This is incompatible with New Zealand reducing its carbon emissions,” Kate says.
As a diocese, we have committed to reducing our own carbon emissions, and calling on the Government to urgently reduce our emissions as a country. The basis for this action is that 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.
The government’s ‘block offer’ announcement is likely to occur at the Petroleum Conference, 26-27 March in Wellington.
The Anglican Advocacy Enabler is organising Christians to protest this conference. Our action will take place alongside protests organised by other groups and will be peaceful and positive. We will be speaking truth to power in a way that respects our leaders and conveys love for global neighbours.
You can get involved: you are invited to come to the information session (or watch the Livestream) to hear how you can take part in this action to protect the climate. This session is taking place at St Peter’s on Willis Church in Wellington tonight, Thursday the 8th of March at 6pm. You can also live stream the information session from the Anglican Advocacy Wellington Facebook page.
To find out more about the protest and to keep abreast of updates, follow the Facebook event here. For more information, click on this updated flier or contact Kate Day on firstname.lastname@example.org or 022 315 6499.