The author of “the Arctic Methane Monster” and “Demise of the Arctic“, Jennifer Hynes, of Boulder, Colorado, USA, will discuss both of these works and bring us up-to-date with the latest developments. Things are changing very rapidly and this is a unique opportunity to hear and discuss the latest.
11 February 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Stop Out Sports Club,
Hutt Park, 161 Hutt Park Road, Hutt Park Road, Seaview,
Dear friend of Aotearoa,
Regarding the Trans-Pacific-Partnership-Agreement (TPPA),
Thank you for your attention to this petition (Download pdf here). The Petition pdf is also in this link with explanation:
This is one of several tactical steps to stop the TPPA being signed in February 2016. Simply put, the Government is not listening to the people and is bulldozing ahead, without mandate.
The grounds on which there is no mandate to sign the TPPA include:
- Significant public objection, including protests of ~25,000 people and professional bodies expressing serious concern. Twelve councils throughout New Zealand have adopted the TPPA 12- point resolution plan. This represents about 60% of New Zealand’s population.
- The unprecedented scale in which the TPPA impacts our democracy. It is the longest surrender document in our history. The (then) Trade Minister Tim Groser, has said himself that “trade agreements involve concessions over the sovereign rights of countries”.
- The Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement provisions undermine our nation’s own justice systems
- The TPPA text was kept secret during the last election
- In practice successive Governments may not feasibly be able to reverse the TPPA
It is time to appeal to a higher authority in order to uphold our democracy.
Our Governor General is the appointed guardian of our representative democracy. His reserve powers include refusing assent to legislation. We are calling on his Excellency to protect our democracy. We request that he insists the Government obtain a democratic mandate to enter in to the TPPA treaty. This should be in the form of a binding referendum. These powers are reserved for the most extreme situations and no New Zealand Governor-General has ever previously needed to use them.
Now is the time for the people of New Zealand to ask that he exercise this power.
We are approaching the Governor General in the form of a petition, including citizens of high standing, in order to increase the impact of our point: that this is an extreme situation.
Please would you sign this petition and post it as soon as possible. Ensuring that you act on this does make a real difference to the potential outcome of stopping the TPPA.
Note that we are not concerned too much about the volume of signatures per se, although other signatures would be a bonus. There are no set rules regarding this petition as there is for Parliament. This is a paper only petition. One signature on the page – yours – is perfect.
The attached information, plus updated information is available for download at
Please note the instructions and material on page 2 of the petition. This is a paper petition and we request you download and print both page 1 and 2, double sided on the one sheet of A4 paper. Set your printer to ‘landscape’ before printing, and for manual double sided printing select ‘flip on short edge.’
Thank you very much in anticipation for taking action on this. Please feel free to contact us if you wish.
Amanda Vickers (Kapiti TPPA Concern)
Amanda.email@example.com 027 237 0008
Greg Rzesniowiecki TPP Action
TPP FREE Wgtn/Hutt Valley
0274 368 083
Petition of the People of Aotearoa (pdf)
Run for your life is a relay race across Northern Europe to promote climate justice and a sustainable future.
Check it out www2.runforyourlife.nu/en/about-2/
I heard about this from A former Kapiti coast resident and past Kapiti coast council staff member who worked on climate change here on the coast and now lives in Paris and is helping organise this event.
Hi TTK people
Please consider coming to the Peoples Climate March on Saturday the 28th of November.
I am planning on going, and Jake Roos has written a great email (below) encouraging us to take action.
Also there is a good article on the Guardian website by Owen Jones, titled
Melting glacier? Yawn. Climate change is boring, worthy – and terrifying
read it at www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/13/climate-change-melting-greenland-glacier-warning
This article talks about the common challenge we all face, most of us know Climate change is the biggest problem humanity faces, but we have been hearing about it for so long now that we have stopped paying attention.
BUT with everyone not paying attention, we are all getting to the point of no return, (Some say we have already long passed it) where the future for us and our children is gravely threatened.
Many people think that the Paris talks could be the last opportunity for the world’s governments to meet and make the right choice to help protect our future, so to encourage our government to take climate change seriously please consider going to the Peoples Climate March on Saturday the 28th of November.
See the the Peoples climate march website and read the email below.
I’m writing to you as a neighbour, and as someone who has spent his adult life learning about and trying to do something about climate change, professionally and personally. In short, we’re all in big trouble and it scares the heck out of me.
The world is on course to warm up by over 4 deg C by the end of the century, far beyond anything in human experience, in all likelihood unleashing famine, war, mass migration and other disasters on a scale never before seen. For the sake of ourselves, our children and people everywhere, this can’t be allowed to happen. Already the world has warmed 1 degC since pre-industrial times due to human activities and scientists are finding links from this to various calamities around the world, including in NZ.
The main driver of climate change is human’s use of fossil fuels. We can’t give them up overnight, but we must give them up soon, and it’s only our governments, working together, that can set our societies on a course to do this before time runs out. That’s why the UN climate conference in Paris starting on 28 November is so important.
And that’s why my family are going on this march – to help send a message to our leaders that we expect them to do what needs to be done to protect our shared home and safeguard our futures. This is one climate march of thousands going on around the world.
Please consider going too – because as the saying goes ‘to change everything, we need everyone’. If you are, please let me know and maybe we can meet up there.
Please forward this on to anyone you know who might be interested.
Thanks for your time.
Click to download PDF of Climate March flyer
Email From Brent Cherry
As part of my volunteer role for 350 Wellington I am on the organising committee for “The People’s Climate March – Wellington” – Saturday 28 November – 1.00pm at Civic Square – see attached flyer (below).
To both promote the March and fundraise for it we are organising a screening of “This Changes Everything” at the Shoreline Cinema, Waikanae on Monday 16 November at 8.00pm – see attached promotional flyer (below). Tickets can only be purchased at the link below and the People’s Climate March – Wellington receives 5% of the ticket sales:
I am hopeful that you will both purchase some tickets but maybe more importantly – help promote both the screening and the March via your networks, email lists etc.
We are also organising a screening at the Paramount Cinema, Wellington on Tuesday 17 November at 6.30pm – see link below.
More about the People’s Climate March and the surrounding events on Saturday 28 November.
I think inspired by Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything” multiple organisations including climate, environmental, action, health, church and unions are all working together (see the attached flyer) to organise the March. It is truly inspiring to be working with such a diverse range of groups and organisations all focused on climate change.
As Avi Lewis (director This Changes Everything) states “No one is going to come and save us. In fact, we know, the way change happens is people in movements change politicians.
Prior to the March there will be a pray/meditation/silent event 10 to 12noon at Civic Square, where people will be invited to sit and reflect on their love and prayers for the earth, and on the interdependence of all life on the planet.
To make it really “The People’s March” – we are looking at having people march in blocks to Parliament behind large banners – 350, nurses, parents, students, Gen Zero, unions, church and religous, children, grandparents, Kapiti communities, schools etc etc.
Once the rally at parliament ends there will be a multi denomination vigil/church service at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Brent Cherry (volunteer 350 Wellington).
To Contact Brent for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pope Francis delivers his Climate Encyclical
His holiness Pope Francis has released an Encyclical — the highest form of teaching by the Catholic Church – that focuses solely on our relationships with the environment.
It is a long read, I am not religious myself, but this has certainly has raised my respect for Pope Francis.
350.org through their Go Fossil Free website have highlighted this Encyclical and are encouraging people to Urge their own faith leaders to join the call for climate action.
In the years since New Zealand politicians began to grapple with climate change our greenhouse gas emissions have burgeoned. Alister Barry’s doco draws on TV archives and interviews with key participants to find out why.
Watch the full documentary online at www.hotairfilm.co.nz
Since 1990, when the National government set a target of 20% reduction within ten years, our greenhouse gas emissions have burgeoned. Alister Barry’s film identifies the forces arrayed against the scientists, activists and successive ministers for environment and climate change who tried, over the next 20 years, to reduce New Zealand’s contribution to the global crisis. No one in New Zealand makes more judicious use of the TV archive than Alister Barry, separating the news and current affairs footage from the clutter of broadcast and reasserting its value as permanent record. The parade of climate change deniers he unearths, claiming and being granted their ‘equal time’, may engender tears of rage in rational viewers. And, as any lobbyist knows, a bunch of riled-up farmers protesting a ‘fart tax’ on Queen Street or running a tractor up the steps of Parliament House will not be deflected by mere science. In new interviews, scientists, activists and officials add their commentaries. Three former ministers – Simon Upton, David Parker and a forthright, embattled Pete Hodgson – provide incisive, illuminating accounts. The truth is more inconvenient than ever.
Published on May 30, 2015
Paul Beckwith discusses how ground level flask measurements of methane have been spiking upwards over the last few years. I analyze the implications to the breakdown of climate stability, causing jet stream fracturing and weather regime change. I believe that this behaviour will rapidly worsen as Arctic temperature amplification continues, leading our planet to a much warmer and unrecognizable climate over the next 5 to 10 years.