They are calling for an escalation in protest tactics at the Oil Conference at SkyCity in Auckland this year because, despite years of public opposition and a total failure to find any oil, this Government continues to invite oil companies to do risky deep sea oil exploration in our waters. Searching for the very oil the world can’t afford to burn if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change, and only three months after signing the agreement in Paris to limit global warming!
If you feel passionately about the need for real action on climate change and that our government should be respecting the agreement signed in Paris, then you can join Greenpeace to do a non-violent, peaceful act of civil disobedience, inspired by and in the tradition of Te Whiti and Tohu of Parihaka, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr.
This is a great opportunity to be involved with Greenpeace non-violent direct action and also to meet other people who feel strongly about the need for action on climate change.
They are asking those who want to attend the event come to a briefing session from 1pm on Sunday 20th March to prepare people for the activity and foster the essence of peaceful protest. This will also be a great networking/community building opportunity. The venue will be in central Auckland and the exact location will be announced via the facebook event page and website blog closer to the time, along with more details about the day. There are ride-share options popping up on the facebook event too. And if you don’t live in Auckland, or can’t make it along, perhaps you can forward this email to a friend who might be able to go.
If you have any questions you can communicate with the team via the facebook event or by contacting Greenpeace directly.
Laura on behalf of the ActionStation team
PS. We know that peaceful acts of civil disobedience isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and we don’t expect everyone to want to be part of this. But we noted that you’ve taken action with us in the past to halt climate change, so we wanted to make sure you were aware of this opportunity for action too. We have guarantees from Greenpeace that this is a safe action designed for people of all ages and abilities to be able to participate.