On Friday 28 January, the Fridays for Future group is helping to clean up the Wellington waterfront. It will be a great way to get out in the community and raise our profile – and do something practical at the same time!
The clean-up is organised by the Museum of Wellington City and Sea, through Sustainable Coastlines.
Friday 28 January 2022
12 noon – 2pm
Meet at Wellington Museum (3 Jervois Quay, Wellington)
You will need your Vaccine Pass. Children under 12 years old need to be accompanied by an adult.
Wear close-toed shoes and dress for sun/rain protection. Bring your own filled drink bottle. Gloves are provided, but if you have your own, please bring them.
You don’t have to be there for the whole two hours, but it’s best to get there for at least the first half hour, for the health and safety briefing.
A slow start, last minute targets and a 5 month delay to the implementation of carbon budgets under the Zero Carbon Act have been underlined by the Prime Minister’s failure to attend in Glasgow. It is also hard to see how Aotearoa will meet its commitment to methane reduction given its selective treatment of agricultural emissions.
It seems to us that the Government is not getting the message that “Go Early Means Now”
So Fridays for Future Aotearoa NZ will continue our protests for climate justice outside Parliament House in Wellington every Friday from 12.30 – 1.30pm. We started our protests in May 2019 with a call for a Climate Emergency. This call was answered in December 2020 by the Government by declaring a nationwide Climate Emergency. The lack of meaningful climate action orchestrated by our Government – or how Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Centre at Penn State University calls it, – the Implementation Gap – is the reason why we continue protesting. Click the link below to hear the voices of protesters who joined the Global Climate Strike earlier this year.
We will continue to protest at the Parliament Lawn over the holiday period, including Christmas Eve.
So if you are in Wellington at this time, come and spend an hour with us. Take a break from all the consumption to stand for something real.
We will bring some signs but you are welcome to bring your own (we love seeing climate protest art).
Every Friday at the Parliament Lawn, 12.30 – 1.30pm
Just a note about Friday 17 December – there’s an anti-vax protest expected on Thursday 16th. If they return to Parliament Lawn on the Friday and are still there when we FFF protesters arrive, we will set up further along the Lawn. So look out for our FFF flags!
I’ll leave you with a list of climate-related podcasts from the Fridays for Future Action Network, here. I’m especially looking forward to listening to Suzanne Simard talk about how trees communicate with other!
We are big fans of Joanna Macy and The Work That Reconnects (WTR). The WTR network joined forces with award-winning film makers Emmanuel Cappellin and Anne-Marie Sangla to launch the documentary ‘Once You Know’.
Several of the registered WTR Network Facilitator Members will be hosting screenings of this moving film and facilitating post-screening WTR experiences to support us in processing the emotions the film stirs and help build resilience and solidarity.
So please follow their invitation to this special online event series, the last screening is on Monday, November 22nd (NZ Time).
Please note, registration comes with a minimum US$15 donation, which will support the filmmaker and the film production and distribution companies that have made this international screening possible, along with covering the cost to the WTR Network.
We’ll also have: – interactive installations – delicious kai – big fun!
There’ll be urban agriculture experts, artists, and speculative designers (future thinkers) there to guide the generation and communication of future food ideas. Decision-makers will arrive in the evening to hear about the day’s outcomes and meet our young changemakers over a BBQ futures feast produced by local chefs.
The garden will be an in-context site for all of these groups of people to meet, listen, share, and potentially collaborate, moving ideas beyond this initial workshop.
It’s shaping up to be a hugely impactful youth event. We’re looking for young people between the ages of 15 and 25 who are interested in:
– community gardening and urban farming
– indigenous food sovereignty and climate action
– waste minimisation and creative reuse sustainability-focused cooking, foraging and mahinga kai
– eco architecture and urban planning (edible green spaces) storytelling for social change
Please RSVP via email to Alex firstname.lastname@example.org! Please note FFF Aotearoa NZ isn’t involved in organising this event, we are simply standing in solidarity with BGI, Grow Space Wellington and The Sustainability Trust.
Bring your lunch and share kai & korero with people who want more action on climate justice . We will sing action songs and there will be chalk so we can leave our messages for the politicians at parliament.
IF YOU WISH WE CAN CHALK UP MESSAGES TO HOLD PARLIAMENT TO COP26 COMMITMENTS FOR PLANET AND PEOPLE
Taranaki is the ‘energy centre’ of Aotearoa and a major industrial dairy region.
Join Climate Justice Taranaki and a host of other social justice and climate groups for local and online actions during the COP26 international climate negotiations in November, to take direct action against major climate polluters and demand urgent, just transformation of government and big business.
Their demands are:
end extraction of fossil fuels;
ban industrial fertiliser;
end dairy exports; and
no false solutions (like hydrogen).
Due to the Covid-19 situation there will be an online webinar followed by local and online actions across the motu from 3-6 November.The national in-person event is postponed to Easter in early April 2022.
The two days of protest are:
5 November: Parihaka Invasion Day – the day colonial troops invaded Parihaka after 21 years of bloody war across the country to take land and resources from Māori.
6 November: International Day of Climate Action for COP26
During last month’s Global Climate Strike we asked fellow activists ‘Why are you protesting today?’ Watch their reasons in this 90 second video.
The Global Climate Strike in numbers
Close to 1,000,000 people in over 100 countries across 1,900 strikes took their climate concerns to the streets. For the Global Strike in March 2019 it was less than 1,000 strikes; 900 strikes more is a huge leap forward, considering we are still facing the challenges of the global pandemic.
Doing our bit here in Aotearoa
It wasn’t an easy task to get the message out to as many folks as possible for our local strike on Parliament Lawn. The delta outbreak, moving alert levels, the uncertainty that comes with it and the need to keep all of us safe were weighing on our shoulders. Surely you can all sympathise with the difficulties around decision making during these times.
Yet, it felt like a responsibility (at least for us) to do something, even if it is little.
First of all to send a positive message to our fellow New Zealanders in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland who couldn’t protest. Kia kaha Tāmaki Makaurau 💜
And secondly to keep the Climate Crisis in everyone’s mind, especially when witnessing the recent delay tactics from our government despite having declared a Climate Emergency in December last year, that is 9 months ago. Rod Oram found some clear words for it in his newsroom comment article ‘Govt lacks integrity, skill and will on climate’ from September 17, 2021.
With some last minute Fast Chalking action in Pōneke CBD, a social media and email mahi, and support from other wonderful grassroots action groups – a green shout out to Alex and the awesome humans from Picnic in Parks 💚 – we were an energetic crowd of 30. We sang together, we chanted together, we cared together. Sending gratitude to everyone who had a chance to come along and support the action. Ka pai team!
A massive thank you again!
PS You can find us every Friday from 12.30 Noon protesting on Parliament Lawn. ✊
Please note FFF TUI is not involved in organising this Family Fun Day, we are simply standing in solidarity with Wellington 350. Get in touch with them directly via email (see above) if you have any questions.