From: Kate Day, Anglican Advocacy Wellington Enabler
Consider this your personal invitation – support a Christian presence at protests of the Petroleum Conference next Monday and Tuesday.
Right now the Prime Minister is deciding whether to allow NEW permits for oil and gas exploration. Pressure is on her to rule this out. Today the Dominion Post published this open letter in which Bishop Justin and other prominent leaders urge her to act to protect our climate. But next week, the Petroleum Conference is coming to Wellington, and powerful companies will lobby our government to continue business as usual. Watch Kate, our Advocacy Enabler, explain the background here.
Many groups will peacefully protest this event. As a Diocese that supports climate action, it’s important that we join them.
Come along and help make these protests BIG. This is a crucial moment to show our Prime Minister that the public does NOT want new permits for oil exploration in New Zealand.
If you’re in Wellington:
- Come along to Kate’s briefing event, 7:30pm Sunday 25 March at Level 2, Anvil House, 138 Wakefield St. Helpful information about how and why Christians will join the protests.
- Next Monday 26 March, join this peaceful rally. Meet at Frank Kitts Park at 12:15 then walk to TSB Arena to hear speeches.
- Next Tuesday, 27 March, come down to TSB Arena anytime between 7:30am and 3:00pm. Sit quietly in our prayer space, or join the peaceful protest by standing and holding one of signs saying “love our neighbours, end oil”. Sign up here for information.
If you’re outside Wellington:
- Message the Energy Minister, Hon Dr Megan Woods by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Facebook her, asking her to rule out new permits for oil and gas. Here’s a message you can adapt:
“Dear Minister Woods, I’ve heard that you have NOT ruled out new permits for oil and gas exploration in 2018. Please, put a moratorium on new permits immediately. I agree with our Prime Minister’s statement that climate change is this generation’s nuclear free moment. That means urgent action is needed. As a Christian, and a global citizen, I urge you to lead this action now, by ruling out any new permits for oil or gas exploration.”
- Share Anglican Advocacy Wellington’s posts to let people know Christians will protest the Petroleum Conference. See if you can generate discussion.