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In memory of Fossil Fuels

Oil Free Otago Media Release 30 October 2015

Fossil Fuels are Dead – Long Live Renewables

Oil Free Otago friends and supporters are meeting this afternoon, Friday 30 October, to mourn the demise of the fossil fuel industry. “The time has come to face facts” Oil Free Otago’s Rosemary Penwarden said. “With vital signs so low, recovery really is out of the question. Fossil fuels are on the way out.”

A wake for Oil and Gas is being held outside the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, 118 High Street, Dunedin, to coincide with the New Zealand Oil and Gas Investor briefing inside.

“We want to support New Zealand Oil and Gas investors.” Ms Penwarden said. “They must be feeling pretty bad right now with their share price so low. But it’s time for investors to face reality. The first stage of grief is always denial, so we are here to support them as they move to the next stage.

“Even Energy Minister Simon Bridges is calling for fossil fuel subsidies to be stopped.”

“A realistic carbon price is just around the corner, and fossil fuel companies are fast losing their social licence to operate.”

Fossil fuels lost the race with renewables in 2013 when 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity surpassed 141 gigawatts in fossil fuel-powered plants. By 2030 Bloomberg analysts predict there will be more than four times more renewable than fossil fuelled capacity, and by 2050 scientists warn that the world must have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

“NZ Oil and Gas investors should cut their losses and reinvest in a clean future.”

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Next Meeting: Potluck & Poetry

Join Oil Free Otago next week on Wednesday 24 June at 6pm for a POTLUCK and PLANNING for our next event.

We are gearing up for the return of exploratory drilling off our coasts next summer. In anticipation for a possible flotilla to confront the drill ships we will need to do some fundraising and in the process some soul searching. We are planning a poetry night and we’d love to have your help in weaving the words to page.

RSVP by oilfreeotago@gmail.com by Tuesday 23 June if you’d like to attend the potluck planning evening. Email us anytime if you would like to deliver some of your spoken word at the event (date TBA).

Religious or not, got to LOVE that Pope Francis

Catholic or not, the Pope is talking to you! “Faced with the global deterioration of the environment, I want to address every person who inhabits this planet,” the pope wrote. “In this encyclical, I especially propose to enter into discussion with everyone regarding our common home.”

It is a strange day when the Pope quotes modern science. The face of religion is changing, along with the climate. Pope Francis says, “numerous scientific studies indicate that the greater part of the global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases … given off above all because of human activity. ”

The Guardian reports that the “draft is not a detailed scientific analysis of the global warming crisis. Instead, it is the pope’s reflection of humanity’s God-given responsibility as custodians of the Earth.”

The Pope calls on governments to tackle pollution and carefully consider the development of poorer nations.

His holyness also calls out the climate change deniers and those that unravel social progress by saying “the attitudes that stand in the way of a solution, even among believers, range from negation of the problem, to indifference, to convenient resignation or blind faith in technical solutions.”

Besides the calamity of the Pope’s encyclical being leaked before planned release, he will still have the chance to address the United Nations at his upcoming speach in the United States.

The internet has spoken its praise and gratitude to the Pope by creating this satirical and thrilling trailer to the Pope’s hypothetical new movie Pope Francis: The Encyclical. Hysterical! #PopeForPlanet

ANZ STOP FUNDIN DEEP SEA DRILLING

Oil Free Otago Press Release

24 MAR 2015
ANZ STOP FUNDING DEEP SEA DRILLING

Today Oil Free Otago and 350.org will be at the ANZ bank, 71 George St, to present a letter to the manager asking ANZ to stop sponsoring deep sea drilling.“ANZ is using its customers’ money to sponsor deep sea drilling” said Oil Free Otago spokesperson Rosemary Penwarden.ANZ bank is sponsoring the Advantage New Zealand Petroleum Summit, to be held at Sky City at the end of March, where Energy Minister Simon Bridges will launch the 2015 Block Offer.

This is the third time ANZ has been targeted this week. ANZ Christchurch was yesterday visited by climate activists holding banners and demanding ANZ stop sponsoring the Petroleum Summit. In Auckland, helium-filled black balloons werereleased inside the bank. Stranded against the bank’s ceiling they represented carbon bubbles; future stranded assets of the fossil fuel industry.

“Scientists say we cannot burn most of the already discovered oil, gas and coal and still keep global warming to two degrees” said Ms Penwarden “yet ANZ is using our money to help the petroleum industry look for more! ANZ is sponsoring climate change.”

“ANZ say they are responding to climate change because it poses serious risks to the environment, to the economy and to their clients. But to the oil industry ANZ say they are committed to supporting deep sea drilling. They can’t have it both ways.”

“We are calling on the ANZ Bank NOT to sponsor the NZ Petroleum Summit. We are calling on ANZ to divest from fossil fuels. It’s their customers’ money, so customers have a say in how their banks shape our future. ANZ: stop sponsoring climate change.”
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Contacts
350@350.org.nz

OilFreeOtago@gmail.com

Global Divestment Day 13 Feb 2014

Oil Free Otago Press Release

13 FEB 2015
DUNEDIN EVENT: GLOBAL DIVESTMENT DAY

On Global Divestment Day 13th Feb, supporters of Oil Free Otago and 350 Aotearoa will meet in the Octagon at noon to deliver messages of support to the DCC on their divestment from fossil-fuels.

The group commends the council for taking a stand last May when the initial vote committed to adopt legislation on ethical investments. To finalise the process, legislation which resulted from May 2014 will be voted on in early March this year. When adopted, Waipori Fund investments will be shifted away from arms, tobacco, gambling, pornography, and fossil fuel extraction companies.

Supporters of Oil Free Otago and 350 Aotearoa will line up together at the DCC customer service centre to deliver “Valentine’s” cards to the DCC to encourage their move to a fossil-free city. According to http://gofossilfree.org/commitments/ there are already over 30 cities around the world divested from fossil fuels or in the process like Dunedin.

Oil Free Otago spokesperson Annabeth Cohen says, “Dunedin is not alone: we’re accompanied by the Anglican Church of Aotearoa and Victoria University. Being that it is an international day of action, we expect a plethora of organisations and other city councils to announce their plans to divest as well.”

Founder of the global divestment movement, Bill McKibben who traveled to Dunedin last year said it best when he said, “If it’s wrong to wreck the climate then it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.”

Cohen said, “divesting is about casting a vote of confidence with our money. We can have a clean and clear conscious then re-invest that money in our local economy and renewable energy. This let’s the global markets and governments know we want to be free from dirty fossil fuels.“

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Contact

OilFreeOtago@gmail.com

Petition Links: Active Petition

Event Links: Facebook, 350.org