Coal Action Network Aotearoa

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Coal Action Network Aotearoa is a group of climate justice campaigners committed to fighting the continuation of coal mining in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Origins

Coal Action Network Aotearoa was first formed in 2007 by people who had experience campaigning against coal mining, such as in the Save Happy Valley Coalition, and who were looking for a way to broaden the coal and climate campaign. In 2010, largely in response to Solid Energy’s plans to mine massive amounts of lignite in Southland, the campaign got more active on a national level.[1]

Vision statement

Coal Action Network Aotearoa (CANA) recognises coal as the primary threat to Earth’s climate system. CANA promotes climate justice by advocating and acting for a just transition to an Aotearoa free of coal mining and use.

We do this work in order to open up a space for a sustainable ways of living and organising our societies, so that our future generations will have a thriving planet to sustain them.[2]

Objectives

  • Phase out coal mining and coal usage by 2027, initially by opposing new and expanded coal mines.
  • Promote a cultural change so that mining and using coal are unacceptable.
  • Work towards a society where people and the environment are not exploited for profit.
  • Work towards a socially just transition to a coal-free Aotearoa New Zealand.[3]

People

Anarchist connection

As The World Burns: Direct Action For Climate Justice – film / discussion night

Fri 4 Mar 2011

Time 7:00pm – 9:00pm Location 128 Abel Smith Street, Wellington

Film / discussion night with Ron Sakolsky, (anarchist, pirate radio broadcaster, critic, academic and anti-coal-mining activist visiting from Vancouver Island) and Sheila Nopper (poet/activist).

Premiere screening of Franklin Lopez’s new film END:CIV http://endciv.com

Organised by Coal Action Network.[5]

Green connections

On May 10, 2011, the Coal Action Network Aotearoa and the Green Party, condemned the Gore District Council's decision not to allow public submissions on Solid Energy's resource consent application to build a briquette manufacturing plant near Mataura.Coal Action Network spokeswoman

Frances Mountier and Green Party lignite coal spokesman Gareth Hughes both said the district council had made the wrong decision. Mr Hughes said he would call on the Government to "step in and stop this lignite madness".

Both referred to the irony of the decision being made the same week as a visit to New Zealand by leading climate change scientist and strong coal-mining opponent Dr Jim Hansen.

Dr Hansen, who is speaking in Dunedin and Gore next week, has called coal "the single greatest threat to civilisation and all life on our planet".[6]

Kotare connection

In 2012, some Coal Action Network Aotearoa members took part in Kotare Trust's Climate Justice Workshop in Wellington, at the end of October.[7]

References