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Wed 16 Feb 2011, 7:00pm–9:00pm

Where: St John's in the City Presbyterian Church, 170 Willis Street., Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

Listed by: timjones

Keep the coal in the hole: why Southland lignite shouldn't be mined - Coal Action Network public meeting.

Speaker: Jeanette Fitzsimons, climate change campaigner, former co-leader of the Green Party.

Why come along?

Government-owned Solid Energy and other coal companies want to mine the massive quantities of lignite, a low-quality brown coal, that lies under Southland farmland. They plan to turn it into briquettes, urea fertiliser, and synthetic diesel.

Mining and processing lignite will cause extensive local pollution. Even worse, it will lead to huge greenhouse gas emissions. In her recent report Lignite and climate change: The high cost of low grade coal, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, estimates that there are at least 6 billion tonnes of economically recoverable lignite reserves in Southland. Using all this, as the mining companies intend, would lead to at least 8.7 billion tonnes of Co2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions - a huge increase in New Zealand's emissions, and a significant increase in emissions on a global scale.

Dr Wright, Parliament's environmental watchdog, has called for the lignite to remain in the ground. But the Government, blinded by its love for "sexy coal", isn't listening. Government-owned coalminer Solid Energy has just announced plans for a pilot briquetting plant in Southland. As far as they're concerned, that's just the beginning.

Find out why lignite mining is such a huge issue for the future of this country. Find out what the Government and the mining companies are planning. Find out why they have to be stopped. And join the campaign to stop them.

The Coal Action Network (CAN) is a network of climate campaigners committed to fighting the continuation of coal mining in Aotearoa New Zealand.

CAN's objectives are to:
1. Phase out coal mining and coal usage within 20 years, initially by opposing new and expanded coal mines.
2. Promote a cultural change so that mining and using coal are unacceptable.
3. Work towards a society where people and the environment are not exploited for profit.
4. Be part of a just transition to a coal-free Aotearoa New Zealand.

To get involved, please email and ask to be put on our mailing list.

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