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New Zealanders Say No to Offshore Oil Drilling, Yes to Clean Energy
Thousands of New Zealanders are coming together to say no to deep sea oil.
The Get Active and Get Free campaign aims to reclaim New Zealand’s future by putting a stop to oil exploration in New Zealand waters.
As part of the public mobilization—aimed at supporting prosperity based on clean energy over dirty fossil fuels—thousands of protesters gathered on beaches up and down the South Island’s east coast to demonstrate their oppostition.
It follows pervious protests at sea by Otago, Kaikoura and Wellington community groups opposing deep sea oil as Anadarko starts exploratory drilling work off Otago and continues seismic surveying in the Pegasus Basin near Kaikoura and Wellington.
“Banners on the Beach” had a clear message—New Zealanders will not stand by and watch as their land and waters are put at risk with dirty and dangerous deep sea oil drilling and mining.
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