is disgraceful, our own bloody Government is attempting to charge
Russel Norman for protesting against more deep sea oil exploration.
is part of new laws the National Party passed to arrest anyone daring
to protest against the oil companies at sea.
the Government can arrest former leaders of political parties using
trumped up laws they passed to enable the oil companies to get a free
pass from protestors, you know they have gone way too far to protect
corporate interests over the rights of citizens.
RELEASE: Greenpeace swimmers stop Amazon Warrior seismic blasting, 50
miles out to sea
activists have thrown themselves into the sea in front of a huge
offshore oil exploration vessel off the New Zealand coast.
them is Greenpeace Executive Director, Russel Norman.
swimmers’ position has forced the oil exploration ship to halt its
operations and deviate off course.
drama is taking place 50 nautical miles off the Wairarapa coast where
the 125 metre Amazon Warrior, nicknamed “The Beast” is seismic
blasting for oil.
oil exploration is being carried out for Arctic driller Statoil and
Chevron, a US oil company part-owned by President Donald Trump.
find oil, the Amazon Warrior is using seismic cannons to blast the
seafloor with sound waves every eight seconds, day and night. It
needs to travel in straight lines along a grid to get data about
potential oil reserves, and any deviation makes this data unusable.
blasts it lets off are comparable in sound to an underwater volcano
and can cause chronic distress to whales and dolphins in the area.
and Chevron have permits to drill to extreme depths of up to three
kilometres if oil is found – twice as deep as Deepwater Horizon in
the Gulf of Mexico, which caused the world’s largest and most
devastating oil spill in 2010.
Fossil Fuel President, Donald Trump, has shares in Chevron, and the
oil company funded a large part of his presidential inauguration.
Sara is another of the swimmers currently floating in the path of the
Amazon Warrior with Russel Norman.
says she’s putting her body on the line because the ship is
searching for the very oil that will destroy her future.
science is settled that we can’t burn the majority of the fossil
fuel reserves we know about if we want to keep the Earth’s
temperature below dangerous levels,” she says.
this means is that not a single newly discovered oil well anywhere in
the world can operate if we want to avoid a climate catastrophe.
Right now I’m looking at a ship that’s been invited here by the
New Zealand Government to do just that.
young and I’m already experiencing the effects of climate change.
Every year the storms get worse, the floods and the droughts are
getting more extreme. Just imagine how grim my future looks if we
can’t stop this.
easy to feel powerless because what we’re up against is so big. But
everywhere, people are rising up and demanding change. Their actions
are having a snowball effect, and in many parts of the world, we’re
starting to see huge, positive changes.”
has been tailing the Amazon Warrior for the past 2 days in its newest
organisation crowdfunded nearly $100,000 in just a week to buy the
15-metre boat, and ran an online competition to choose its name.
2013 Amendment to the Crown Minerals Act, dubbed the 'Anadarko
Amendment', was put in place to stop protests at sea around oil
exploration. The law change makes it an offence to interfere with or
get closer than 500 metres of an offshore ship involved in oil
on board Taitu, Greenpeace Executive Director, Dr Russel Norman, says
the right to peaceful protest is essential to a healthy democracy and
New Zealand has a long and proud tradition of protest at sea.
the Government nor the oil industry can stifle people across New
Zealand peacefully rising up against this mad pursuit of new oil to
burn in the midst of what is nothing less than a climate emergency,”
change threatens our homes, health and families. Despite knowing
this, our Government is actively subsidising oil companies to look
for new oil, putting profits above people’s lives - it has become
necessary for people to take action.
New Zealand we’ve already seen extreme storms, flooding, drought
and fires in the space of a just a few weeks, and it’s only April.
Climate change makes these weather events more frequent and more
trip follows on from a flotilla that included Ngāti Kahungunu’s
voyaging waka, Te Matau a Māui, which travelled out to the Amazon
Warrior to deliver a message on behalf of more than 80 hapū of Te
opposition to oil exploration has seen protests in ports, petitions
garnering tens of thousands of signatures, and significant local
government and iwi opposition.