Flotilla and campaign to protect Aotearoa from oil drilling
Extinction Rebellion will launch a flotilla to OMV's drill site off Dunedin, and organise other peaceful activities to raise awareness.Otago
Austrian oil giant OMV is currently drilling for oil in the seas of Aotearoa. Right now its rig is drilling off the coast of Otago, in deeper and rougher water than the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in the middle of a climate emergency. It plans to continue drilling for the rest of the year, with new exploration in Taranaki also.
We will launch a flotilla of yachts to the OMV drill site in the Great South Basin. We will document the people and the journey, and bear witness to this huge oil rig in operation. Stories will be spread on social media, and to conventional media outlets. www.facebook.com/events/258565398452153/
Our campaign will also continue to take action to peacefully oppose this drilling program, and raise awareness of it to the general public across the country. Deep sea oil drilling is out of sight and mind for most kiwis; we want to give OMV the publicity they deserve.
The current climate emergency is fuelled by continued fossil fuel extraction. We already have more known fossil fuel reserves than we can afford to burn if we’re to maintain a safe climate for us to live in. The Government banned new offshore permits in 2019, yet they also extended this permit to allow continued exploration. Deep sea oil drilling places our precious oceans and our climate in the hands of the oil and gas industry that most New Zealanders don't trust - according to the industry’s own surveys.
Extinction Rebellion is committed to peaceful, non-violent activities. When enough people join together we will show decision makers it’s time for change.
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To promote events, and ensure a range of kiwis can join the flotilla and the ongoing OMV campaign. Funding for boat operating costs, food supplies (if needed), safety equipment, gear to capture great imagery and sat' data to share the unfolding stories.
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