Greenpeace will hold peaceful civil disobedience training in Wellington this weekend, following the arrival of a 40,000 tonne oil rig in New Zealand waters.
Nine exploratory wells
Austrian oil giant OMV will be using the rig to drill nine exploratory wells and three appraisal wells off the coast of Taranaki with the intention of finding new oil or gas reserves.
It will then move onto the Great South Basin off the Dunedin Coast.
Civil disobedience workshops
Greenpeace is holding the peaceful civil disobedience workshops around the country in regions including Wellington, Auckland, Taranaki, Dunedin, and Christchurch.
Its mobilisation manager, Abi Smith, says if life as we know it is to continue, the world can’t afford to burn the majority of fossil fuel reserves that are known about, let alone search for more.
“Searching for new oil and gas is immoral. We’re living through a climate emergency, and people around the world are standing up to the governments and corporations that have driven this crisis,” she says.
Smith says peaceful civil disobedience has been a catalyst for change throughout history, and is being used today in the movement for action on climate change.
Millions now taking part in peceful actions
“We’re seeing millions of students around the world going on strike from school for the climate, and people everywhere taking part in peaceful action,” she says.
One of the worst emitters
OMV is one of the 100 companies that have caused more than 70% of the world’s climate emissions since 1980.
In New Zealand, it will be searching for new oil and gas in previously untouched areas of ocean, close to Māui dolphin habitat and breeding and foraging grounds for Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales.
The Wellington peaceful civil disobedience training will be held this Saturday, July 13 at the SPCA Function Centre from 9:30am-3.00pm.
It will offer a variety of workshops spanning the spectrum of tricks and tools, both philosophical and practical, to protest the corporations driving the climate crisis, like OMV.
It will cover strategy and tactics, philosophy and history, banner making and blockading.