St Clair Esplanade
11am Saturday 19 May
We are winning – but it’s not quite over!
This year, PM Jacinda Ardern’s government put their money where their mouth is and banned future oil and gas permits. A great start, but it’s not enough. Current permits in our southern ocean have not been banned, and two major oil companies, NZ Oil & Gas and OMV (which bought Shell’s permit this year) are still considering drilling in the Canterbury and Great South Basins this summer.
Scientists tell us we can’t burn most of the coal, oil and gas already discovered and keep below two degrees of global warming. We know that if we are to win this race against time to protect a liveable future, we cannot afford to explore for any more new oil and gas.
It’s time for the oil companies to get this too. If the government isn’t going to stop them, we will.
Please join us as we peacefully draw our human line in the sand to say NO to more oil and gas drilling and YES to a clean renewable energy future.
See you there!
Oil Free Otago crew
PS: “Hands Across the Sand” began in 2010 after the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon disaster and quickly grew into the biggest protest against offshore oil and gas drilling in the world, with over 40 countries participating. Oil Free Otago have joined this event since 2012 when we first began opposing deep sea drilling in our precious Southern Ocean. Let’s kick it to touch this time!