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New Zealanders Say No to Offshore Oil Drilling, Yes to Clean Energy

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Thousands of New Zealanders are coming together to say no to deep sea oil.

Akaroa Banks Peninsula. Photo credit: Greenpeace New Zealand

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.

More than 350 people turned out to protest deep sea oil in Kaikoura. Photo credit: Greenpeace New Zealand

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.

Protesters at New Brighton Beach cover themselves in oil. Photo credit: Greenpeace New Zealand

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.

Protesters construct a mock 'climate crime scene.' Photo credit: Greenpeace New Zealand

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.

Visit EcoWatch’s ENERGY and OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING pages for more related news on this topic.

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