Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Thousands March In Support Of Copenhagen Summit

Thousands march in support of 40% by 2020 at Copenhagen

Auckland Saturday December 5, 2009 – Thousands of people turned out today in support of John Key taking strong action at the Copenhagen climate talks.

The Planet A, March and Concert for the Climate was held in Auckland. Over 4,000 people marched up Queen Street then gathered at Myers Park, to hear top Kiwi bands play in support of a good outcome at the summit. Performers included Opshop, Midnight Youth, Don McGlashan and Lucy Lawless.



Four thousand people turned out to show their support for the Sign On campaign today in Auckland with a march to Myers Park for the Planet A concert. The Sign On campaign aims to get John key to support a 40 % by 2020 emissions reduction target at the Copenhagen climate talks. Image copyright Phil Crawford, Greenpeace, New Zealand.


Sign On ambassador Lucy Lawless, right, leads 4000 people who turned out to show their support for the Sign On campaign today in Auckland with a march to Myers Park for the Planet A concert. The Sign On campaign aims to get John key to support a 40 % by 2020 emissions reduction target at the Copenhagen climate talks. Image copyright Greenpeace, New Zealand.


Sign On ambassador Keisha Castle Hughes and Greenpeace Executive Director Bunny McDiarmid perform to the crowd at the Sign On concert for the climate in Myers Park, Auckland. The Sign On campaign aims to get John key to support a 40 % by 2020 emissions reduction target at the Copenhagen climate talks. Image copyright Greenpeace, New Zealand.

Rhys Darby MC’d the event and the crowd performed a giant haka to challenge the New Zealand delegation at Copenhagen.

“It was the greatest music concert I’ve ever hosted,” said Darby. “It was the right mix of a serious issue and rockin’ entertainment. It was so great to see the younger generation getting the message and enjoying my polar bear skit.”

Similar events occurred around the country, including a march in Wellington which attracted 2,000 people.

Lucy Lawless: “We want our Prime Minister to know that the people of New Zealand demand that he commits to a 40% 2020 emissions reduction target. There is no Planet B so the health of Planet A, is fundamental to our future and economy.”

Don McGlashan: “New Zealand is a well-off, enlightened, stable country that prides itself on the quality of its environment. We should be a world leader in the fight to recognise the importance of climate change. Copenhagen is our Government's big chance to step up to that challenge.”

Opshop’s Jason Kerrison: “We can’t afford to stick our heads in the sand thinking some bigger country, some other generation, some other future will work it out. It's up to us to help the pendulum begin to swing the other way. So hear our collective message John Key, and take it to the rest of the world. Be bold. Lead. The time is now, the generation is ours."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

TAIC: Final Report On Grounding Of MV Rena

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (the Commission) concluded that the Rena grounding was not in any way attributable to the malfunction of any on-board machinery or equipment, including on-board navigational equipment. Factors that directly contributed to the grounding included the crew:

- not following standard good practice for planning and executing the voyage
- not following standard good practice for navigation watchkeeping
- not following standard good practice when taking over control of the ship. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Parliament Adjourns:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Pakistan Schoolchildren Killings

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of the Pakistan military/security establishment on one hand and sections of the Taliban of the other… More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire:
The Politician’s Song

am a perfect picture of the modern politic-i-an:
I don’t precisely have a plan so much as an ambition;
‘Say what will sound most pleasant to the public’ is my main dictum:
And when in doubt attack someone who already is a victim More>>

ALSO:

Flight: Review Into Phillip Smith’s Escape Submitted To Government

The review follows an earlier operational review by the Department of Corrections and interim measures put in place by the Department shortly after prisoner Smith’s escape, and will inform the Government Inquiry currently underway. More>>

ALSO:

Intelligence: Inspector-General Accepts Apology For Leak Of Report

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication. The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further. More>>

ALSO:

Drink: Alcohol Advertising Report Released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals. More>>

ALSO:

Other Report:

NSW Police Statement: Three Dead Following Martin Place Siege

About 2.10am (Tuesday 16 December), a confrontation occurred between police and a man who had taken a number of people hostage inside a café on Martin Place. Shots were fired during the confrontation. As a result, the 50-year-old man was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. Another man, aged 34, and a woman, aged 38, were pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sydney Siege (And DHB Budget Cuts)
Whenever the authorities bring a siege situation to an end, there will be criticism if – as has happened in Sydney – any hostages are seriously hurt, or killed... In the Sydney Morning Herald this morning, columnist Peter Hartcher raises a different point – that the initial public response had been noticeably different to the agitated reactions of politicians and the media. More>>

ALSO:

Leaked Cabinet Papers: Treasury Calls For Health Cuts

Leaked Cabinet papers that show that Government has been advised to cut the health budget by around $200 million is ringing alarm bells throughout the nursing and midwifery community. More>>

ALSO:

Maori Party: Tribunal Report Confirms Iwi Ownership Of Lake Waikaremoana

“We are pleased for the claimants that eight years after the hearing began on Lake Waikaremoana they have some closure,” says Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell. “Most importantly, the report confirms freshwater is a taonga and identifies the ownership rights of Tūhoe, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti Kahungunu, and Ngāi Tamaterangi to the lake bed.” More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news