- End extraction of fossil fuels
- Ban industrial fertiliser
- End dairy exports, and
- No false solutions (like hydrogen)
End extraction of fossil fuels
We are in a climate crisis and must stop fossil fuel extraction before 2030. An urgent downshift in energy use is inevitable and the sooner we do this the less harm and cost will result. We demand a ban on any NEW coal, oil and gas prospecting, exploration, mining, expansion and extensions in Aotearoa by 2022 and an end to prospecting, exploration and re-drilling in all EXISTING fossil fuel permits by 2025 to allow only for current production to come to an end as soon as possible.
Ban industrial fertiliser
We demand a ban on all gas derived fertilisers and imported phosphates from Western Sahara or elsewhere immediately. These industrial fertilisers poison soil and waterways, emit harmful greenhouse gases and contribute to the illegal occupation and extraction of resources from other countries. Localised regenerative agriculture that uses balanced quantities of organic materials and works within natural processes and ecological limits can provide for sustainable agriculture.
End dairy exports
95% of dairy products in Aotearoa are processed, packaged, trucked and shipped overseas using huge amounts of fossil fuels. The industry contributes to deforestation, wetland removal, soil degradation, pollution of waterways and poor working conditions that is pushing local workers out of the industry. In Aotearoa settler hunger for farmland drove 22 years of bloody war to confiscate Maori territories and resources, and continues to force Maori to live within a racist, oppressive system that has lasted almost two centuries. Unsustainable capitalist growth models with massive debt and bad working conditions are not good for anyone. Local economies producing food and natural resources while restoring wild ecosystems within matauranga and mana motuhake of tangata whenua is a just and sustainable economy.
No false solutions
We need real solutions urgently and there are lots available if we stop investing in big business scams. Fiddling again with animal and plant biology, replacing private fossil fuel vehicles just with electric ones, or investing in wasteful and unproven technology like carbon capture and hydrogen is not the answer. We need an urgent downshift in energy and resource use by relocalising our economies and communities and sharing what we have as efficiently as possible.
Regeneration Not Extraction – extractive, linear economies come from colonial, top-down, individualist thinking based on taking, without boundaries nor giving back. Regenerative, circular economies come from the understanding of existing within living, interdependent communities on a finite planet.
3-6 November • webinar & local events across aotearoa