Climate change protest targets political parties


Young protesters in Dunedin expressed their frustration over inaction on climate change yesterday.

About 50 young people gathered to make sure people heard their message — that political parties are not doing enough about the climate crisis.

The protesters gathered at the Museum Reserve and created letters and art, before marching to MPs David Clark’s and Michael Woodhouse’s offices to hand them over.

Placards read "vote for climate", "back our future and we’ll back you" and "I’m voting for her".

Chanting and singing could be heard from blocks away as the protesters made their voices heard.

Zak Rudin leads young climate change activists as they march from the Museum Reserve to Labour MP...
Zak Rudin leads young climate change activists as they march from the Museum Reserve to Labour MP David Clark’s office yesterday. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON


Vote Climate 2020 spokesman Adam Currie said no political party was doing enough about the climate crisis.

"Politicians have proved that they’re not going to act on the climate crisis until their jobs are on the line, so we’re here to let them know that if they don’t step up their game on climate, we’ll vote them out.

"The stakes for the 2020 election have never been higher — the action we take this election cycle will determine the future we are passing on to the next generation."

The window of opportunity for action on the climate crisis was fast closing, Mr Currie said.

"This election cycle will determine whether the economic recovery to Covid-19 will create a clean, low-carbon future for Aotearoa — or leave our generation not only with an economic debt to pay, but an ecological one as well."


Strange how these children never seem to want to protest over the weekend!

Maybe the Govt should add 10 extra days to the school holidays each year, for protesting? That way no school will miss out on the benefits of their students wandering the streets.

Good for them! I just hope it's not to late.
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I wonder if these individuals know what can be done and what is being done. Or maybe they are all just following the herd. History has some dire warnings about following the herd - the Children’s Crusade, for example. I wonder how many of these individuals rode in a car or bus or flushed the toilet or wore leather shoes or ate food flown to New Zealand from overseas or bought polyester clothes made with Chinese slave labour. In other words, considered their high quality of life and what costs to the natural environment go hand in hand with that and whether they have ever thought of contributing to the transition themselves. Or even know how our system of government, including local government, actually works.

having or showing an attitude of patronizing superiority:

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n. The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.
n. An expression or utterance marked by a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning.


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