Sign the petition to slow down fast fashion

Fast fashion has created underpriced disposable clothing, and is enabling environmental destruction. It is driven by capitalism and corporate profit, driving the world’s biggest problems such as the climate, biodiversity and humanitarian crises.

The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

🧵We need to regulate the industry and slow down the giant corporate overproduction of fast fashion.

Fast fashion is second to oil in its damage to our environment. Oil is currently involved in every part of the production and delivery process of fast fashion, including the creation of the materials (such as polyester and nylon).

Ghana’s desert and other places around the world have become dumping grounds for the worlds throw-away clothes. Micro plastics are pouring into our oceans everyday from simply washing our clothes made out of plastic.

Fast fashion depends on modern slavery. 1 in every 130 women and girls around the world fall victim to modern slavery, many working in sweatshops creating garments for fast fashion brands.

🧵We need businesses that honour our environment and life on earth, the natural laws that we operate inside of. We need policies from Government that will control and regulate the industry and put the responsibility back on corporations.

It doesn’t have to be this way. By regulating to slow down fast fashion we can use and appreciate what we have. We can support our local clothes designers and makers.

🧵Join the rebellion!

Sign the petition and demand an end to our part in the harms of fast fashion.

8 June protest marches

March for Nature

If you will be in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, join Greenpeace, Forest & Bird, Communities Against Fast Track, Coromandel Watchdog, WWF-NZ, and Kiwis Against Seabed Mining, in the March for Nature! This is a protest against the fast-track approvals bill.

It starts at 1pm at Aotea Square.

Find out more on the March for Nature website.

People over Profit

If you will be in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, you won’t miss out.

Join ActionStation, Pōneke Anti-Fascist Coalition, Renters United and others, to protest against cuts to public services.

Rally at 1pm at Pukeahu Memorial Park, marching to Te Papa.

Learn more about this event on the People over Profit Facebook

Support the campaign to end free emissions credits for big polluters

Under the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), businesses have to buy carbon credits that allow them to produce greenhouse gases, which is meant to motivate them to reduce their emissions.

But certain businesses get free carbon credits. They’re businesses deemed to be ‘Emissions Intensive and Trade Exposed’ (that they have significant emissions, but would face a competitive disadvantage if they had to pay for their emissions while similar industries in other countries wouldn’t). Also known as preventing ’emissions leakage’.

In 2021, free carbon credits made up 6.6 million of a total 33 million units in the emissions cap (20% of credits surrendered by polluters that year were given to them by the government for free).

Just four businesses received 75% of these free credits:

  • NZ Steel (owned by Bluescope)
  • Ballance – a fertiliser company
  • Methanex – a fossil fuel company exporting methanol, and
  • NZ Aluminium Smelters (owned by Rio Tinto) – making aluminium for export.

These four businesses are responsible for 7.45% of NZ’s gross emissions.

Even if agriculture was to enter the ETS from 2025, it would also receive free credits to cover 95% of its emissions.

That’s why a coalition of environment groups (including Common Grace Aotearoa, Parents for Climate Aotearoa and Oxfam Aotearoa) is supporting a campaign to end carbon credits.

Learn more about the End Free Credits campaign.

Sign the petition on Action Station.

Make a submission against the Fast-track Approvals Bill – more submission guides added (13/4/24)

The New Zealand Government has introduced a Fast-Track Approvals Bill in Parliament, which threatens to undermine the vital process of public consultation on large-scale infrastructure projects and resource consents.

The Bill grants unchecked authority to a select group of Ministers, while limiting input from experts, Tangata Whenua, advocacy organisations, and the public.

It would strip away the mandate for adequate public consultation on projects such as:

  • intensive barns
  • winter grazing
  • fish farms
  • marine developments and
  • dairy intensification.

Learn more about the bill on the Greenpeace website.

Please consider making a submission to fight this bill. Submissions close on Friday 19 April.

If you missed Forest and Bird’s submission Zoom, don’t worry. You can use:

Update on 5 April Climate Strikes

Here are the details for the climate strike in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Time: 12 noon

Venue: Meet at Te Ngākau Civic Square, marching to Parliament at 12.30pm.

With so much at stake, it’s never been more important for us to stand united for climate justice and social justice. This is an intergenerational strike.

Find out the demands, on the SS4CNZ website.

Read the media release.

Bring your placards, and join us at 12 noon at Civic Square!!  📢

See details on the SS4C Pōneke Facebook event.

Climate strikes all over New Zealand

Check the SS4C NZ Facebook events page for details of climate strikes elsewhere in New Zealand.

It’s all go with Fridays for Future on Tuesdays

The day David Parker (ex-Minister of the Environment, Ocean and Fisheries and more) joined our protest
On Waitangi Day we joined the Hikoi for Solidarity with Tangata Whenua
Last Tuesday, Green MPs Lan Pham and Steve Abel joined us outside Parliament

And today (23 Feb) we are also protesting at Midland Park outside the Fonterror office. Come and join us!