CLIMACTION CALL OUT TO AL GORE to debate at PEOPLE's ASSEMBLY
10am Tuesday Nov 14th 2006
Assemble at the Quad, University of Auckland.
Then march to Auckland Business School for People's Assembly.
To con-incide with Al Gore's visit to Auckland's Business School,
Climaction will host a People's Assembly on Climate Change, as we
believe that big business is the major problem rather that the
solution to climate change. Al Gore is so far only meeting with the
political and business elite at a closed meeting- the People's
Assembly will be issuing a Call Out to him to join our debate on why a
radical system change is needed to climate change, and to talk to the
people of Auckland rather than the corporate polluters.
We will also be asking him to support the Climaction demands for free
and frequent public transport in Auckland and a 90% reduction in
carbon emissions by 2030.
Pls fwd widely!
More info at our blogsite- www.climaction.blogspot.com
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From NZ Herald-
Al Gore to star at Kiwi Summit 29 October 2006 By GREG MEYLAN
Former US vice-president Al Gore will visit Auckland next month to
tell key business leaders and politicians in a closed meeting that
they must act now to avert climate change catastrophe.
Gore will jet in on November 14 for half a day en route to Australia
to promote the message of his widely acclaimed film An Inconvenient
Truth, which lays out evidence for the potentially devastating effects
of man-made climate change.
The film has been seen by almost 70,000 Kiwis and screened during this
weekend's Labour Party conference, at which Prime Minister Helen Clark
called for boldness in tackling climate change.
"Why shouldn't New Zealand aim to be the first country which is truly
sustainable?" she said. "I want New Zealand to be in the vanguard of
making it happen, for our own sakes, and for the sake of our planet."
Clark said the government would use "a mix of carrots and sticks" to
work towards sustainable land use and transportation and increase the
energy efficiency of our homes.
She credited An Inconvenient Truth with helping to sharpen public
opinion on the need to act.
Gore will address the board of the New Zealand Super Fund, then give a
90-minute lecture at Auckland University's business school to an
invited audience of MPs and business leaders - but no media. The
impending visit comes as the World Bank's former chief economist Sir
Nicholas Stern warns that climate change could tip the world economy
into a recession as devastating as the 1930s depression and that
governments must start spending serious money to stop it.
His report, due tomorrow, stands the orthodox economic argument on its
head by saying it will be cheaper for developed nations to tackle the
problem now with significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, than to
deal with the consequences.
It is a message that resonates with Gore's own.
The Super Fund, which manages billions of dollars of public money set
aside to help fund baby boomers' pensions, invited Gore in his role as
chair of UK-based company Generation Investment Management which
invests in companies that take into account issues such as climate
change and sustainable development.
Economist and Sunday Star-Times columnist Rod Oram said Gore's visit
was part of a growing consensus that the world must take the threat of
climate change seriously.
But he also warned that New Zealand's clean green image was vulnerable
to attacks in our key export markets.
A recent British ad campaign against New Zealand butter used the fact
that it had to be shipped half way round the world to encourage
shoppers to buy British butter, despite the fact that our farming
methods mean even after transportation the end product requires half
the energy of its UK rivals.
"The view from abroad would not necessarily be fair but it could take
bare facts about New Zealand and present them in an absolutely
unflattering way," said Oram.
The Stern report will also highlight the immense geopolitical
ramifications of rising sea levels, which over the next 100 years may
make New Zealand a destination for climate change refugees as well as
displacing our own coastal communities.
Neither the Super Fund nor Business School is paying Gore for the visit.
Bill Clinton, to whom Gore was vice-president for eight years, charged
$1694 a ticket for a talk in Auckland this year.
# Sunday Star-Times columnist Rod Oram will be exploding the myth of
New Zealand's clean green image at a public lecture called "100%
Impure New Zealand: A View From Abroad" at 6pm on Tuesday November 7
at the Red Lecture Theatre on the Unitec campus, Carrington Rd, Mt