New Zealanders from Dunedin to Auckland will lead globalised protests to commemorate the one-year anniversary of BP's Gulf Oil Disaster by demanding an end to the environmental destruction and climate destabilization created by fossil fuel and other extractive industries. Communities of Aotearoa will stand alongside environmental, climate, and social justice groups all over the world in an International Day of Direct Action Against Extraction.
New Zealanders in Taranaki, Wellington, Dunedin, Whanganui, Nelson, Auckland, the East Cape and more are joining Gulf Coast residents fighting offshore drilling, Appalachians resisting mountaintop removal coal mining, Pennsylvania and New York residents opposing natural gas hydrofracking, Canadians fighting tar sands mining in Alberta, Indigenous community groups resisting fossil fuel extraction projects in South America and across the globe.
"We must stand united with other hapu, other iwi, other New Zealanders who care about the environment. We must support those who carry this kaupapa for us to the international stage. We must unite with other indigenous peoples and learn from their experiences.", said Ani Pahuru-Huriwai of Ahi Ka Action Group who are fighting fossil fuel extraction projects both on and offshore of the East Cape.
"Only by collectively forcing systematic change to our current mode of social organisation will we be able to bring an end to the exploitative economic system that allows all this to happen. We will not watch silently as Papatuanuku and Ranginui are threatened by profit-driven companies for the benefit of the rich. Instead, we are organising a movement here in Taranaki to confront and stop the rampant mining and stand in solidarity with people across the world who are resisting at the front lines of climate change", said Emily Bailey, resident of Parihaka and member of Climate Justice Taranaki.
"The 11 workers who died on BP's oil rig and the 29 who perished in the Pike River coal mine disaster were killed by the same thing; corporate greed. These deaths are not accidents. They are the direct result of these companies cutting corners in pursuit of profit.", said Frances Mountier of Coal Action Network Aotearoa.
"Climate Justice links us together not as victims of disaster, but ordinary people taking action for ourselves, together. We will win by standing on solidarity with communities around the world who are successfully defeating the climate polluters in their own back yards.", read a statement from Camp for Climate Action Aotearoa.
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