Leading NZers urge Ardern to end oil exploration

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8th March 2018 Community Scoop

A group of leading New Zealanders, including scientists, health professionals, unions, and the current New Zealand Poet Laureate, have launched an open letter urging Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to end oil and gas exploration.A group of leading New Zealanders, including scientists, health professionals, unions, and the current New Zealand Poet Laureate, have launched an open letter urging Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to end oil and gas exploration.

More than three dozen notable individuals and associations have so far put their name to the letter, which encourages Ardern and her Government to turn her “passion into action” on climate change.

Ardern made history in the lead-up to the election when she stated that climate change is the nuclear free moment of her generation.

Pacific poet-scholar and current New Zealand Poet Laureate, Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh, has signed the letter out of concern for climate change. In her 2013 poem, ‘NZ, the Lucky Country’, she writes:

“… We need inter-generationality / eco-sustainability / for our fossil fuels and energy / in this land of space, water and sea / We need a bit of Hillary / who had the same fear of heights as you and me / but knocked the bastard off anyway…”

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