Petrol vs People on Facebook

VIDEO: Welcome messages to Chevron from members of ActionStation in Aotearoa

Yesterday, Simon Bridges the Minister of Energy & Resources announced 15 new oil and mining permits in NZ including areas of the Maui’s Marine Mammal Sanctuary and Victoria Forest Park. [1]

Bridges went on to say that he believes the public's level of concern about oil drilling has lessened in the past few years. This despite the fact that according to a Colmar Brunton survey earlier this year, “Slightly more than two thirds of the population think the government should invest taxpayers’ money in building an economy that’s based on clean energy industries.” [2]

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Mr Bridges summary didn’t sound quite right to us here at ActionStation, because we survey our 15,000+ members each month and protecting our ecosystems from oil and drilling almost always come out on top as important issues.

So, last night at 8pm we launched a campaign via Facebook to gather signatures to send a giant over-sized novelty postcard to the Minister with a message he couldn’t ignore. In less than 12 hours, the campaign now has almost 3,000 signatures and over 850 shares. We also saw hundreds of ActionStation and Greenpeace members posting messages like this to Simon Bridges’ Facebook wall…

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With concerns coming in from overseas as well...

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And more...

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Not forgetting to send a few messages to Statoil as well...

All of the above messages and more have since been deleted by page admin - which I think means the message is getting through! Bridges has even turned off public posts to his page, so we need to get creative if we’re going to keep this very public pressure up, while the moment is hot.

We’re ramping up this campaign to see if we can crowdfund enough money to get a billboard version of our giant postcard to sit somewhere near Simon’s electorate office in Tauranga.

Can you help us do it?

If every single person that signed the postcard donated just 50c each, that’d be enough money for a 6m x 3m billboard in Tauranga.

And the best news? We’re already 40% of the way there…

Together we can reclaim the narrative one billboard at a time.


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