Today Oil Free Wellington has launched its campaign for a climate justice rally to shut down the Oil Summit in Wellington, March 2018, releasing a “what if…” video showing what could happen if the Labour government committed to a moratorium on fossil fuel exploration.
Spokesperson Michelle Ducat says, “the government needs to listen to the science and protests calling for climate justice and a just transition to a sustainable world. This means halting all exploration and withdrawing all existing permits for exploration and drilling.”
The Oil Summit is an annual business conference which has been running for several years. During that time thousands of square kilometres have been opened for oil and gas exploration, some areas even outside of New Zealand’s territory or exclusive economic zone. The conferences have faced escalating protests with most recently hundreds blocking the entrances and delaying the conference for hours when it was held in New Plymouth in March 2017. In March 2018 the conference is taking place in Wellington.
Michelle continues, “the government and fossil fuel companies need to know that they will continue to face concerted opposition to their plans for more oil and gas exploration, and if they do not make the transitions needed towards a just and sustainable society then people will make these changes. They will see this with the upcoming community flotilla in Taranaki and the climate justice rally in Wellington at their business conference.”
Oil Free Wellington warmly invites everyone keen to stand up for climate justice, and a fair and sustainable future, to the rally for climate justice on March 26, Wellington.
Find out more at rallyforclimatejustice.nz