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Walking the Walk: time to end coal mining!

Walking the Walk: time to end coal mining!
Demo at Huntly Power station – 3rd February 2007.

Press Release:
Save Happy Valley Coalition - Auckland and Walk the Walk.
1st February 2008.

The Save Happy Valley Coalition Auckland in association with other Environmental groups will be holding a highly visible protest outside Huntly Power Station at the Huntly (Boaties) Reserve at 5p.m. on Sunday the 3rd of February 2008.

There will be a candle lit vigil for the planet at 9p.m. at the same place.

The Save Happy Valley Coalition Auckland is challenging the Prime Minster to show that she deserves the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Champions of the Earth award announced on Monday and calls for an end to coal mining in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

"New Zealand still has a coal fired power station at Huntly pumping tonnes of pollution into the atmosphere daily, releasing vast amounts of carbon dioxide" said Save Happy Valley Coalition - Auckland spokesperson Alex Foulkes.
New Zealand is hosting World Environment Day on June 5 with the theme "kick the carbon habit."

“If the Prime Minister is serious about kicking the carbon habit then she would decommission Huntly, stop the export of coal and hence save the pristine upland wetland at Happy Valley in Buller” says Mr Foulkes.

"Helen Clark has stated that she wants New Zealand 'to be in the vanguard for achieving carbon neutrality.' If she wants to be a leader on this, following Australia's failed energy and coal mining practices will not work."

"State owned coal miner Solid Energy ripped 4.65m tonnes of coal out of the earth in the last financial year."

Save Happy Valley members and supporters are taking part in a Walk from Auckland’s Sky Tower to Happy Valley to raise awareness of Climate change and Happy Valley

More Details: www.walkingthewalk.org.nz www.savehappyvalley.org.nz


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