350 international day of action SATURDAY

If you somehow don’t know yet, 350 is about getting a sane deal for the climate – one which allows for human civilisation to continue – at the Copenhagen talks in December. Oct 24 is an international day of action to put pressure on decision makers at those talks.

Lots of groups and individuals have organised amazing events and actions that will take place around the Wellington region on 24 October. Come over and join one of the many activities to show that you want action on climate change!

* Opening – Dawn ceremony at Brooklyn Hill at 6pm
* Climate Action Festival
* Ecotherapy
* Lanterns of Hope
* Cycling for Sustainability and Safety
* Frocks on Bikes
* Silent Meditation, Contemplation or Prayer
* The Big Stretch
* Ice sculpture from 2pm–4pm
* Biggest Kiwi in the World! at 3.50pm!

Get out and do something.

More information: http://www.350.org.nz/wellington/international-day-of-climate-action

Make a submission on the Climate Change Response Bill

The Climate Change Response (Moderated Emissions Trading) Amendment Bill 85-1 (2009) is about to go into select committee. Submissions to the select committee are due by Oct 13.

Under National, the bill effectively seems to involve the public subsidising polluters to the tune of $2 billion/year until 2030, and not doing much that is effective about climate change. This is pretty shit, really, and worth opposing.

Thus it seems well worth every environment/sanity/survival of the species inclined person in the country to submit to this select committee. IN our legal and government system, submissions to the select committee are probably, pound for pound, the most relevant and effective political action one can take.

You can download the bill here.

You can make an online submission here. This is pretty darn easy.

Advice on making submissions is here.

If you want some ideas about what specific things to say, here is one example, and the greens have some ideas here. On the whole it would probably be better if it was put in your own words rather than cut’n’paste, though.



Got a bunch of projects and deadlines crunching this month. Will be stopping online information trawling, blogging, and probably reading blogs, for a few weeks or so.

If you want me to know something for the rest of the month, email.