Now’s your chance to make a sign about our planet being hotter than your favourite celeb while pissing off old men in wraparound sunglasses. The climate strikes for 2023 are back baby! School Strike for Climate, Fridays for Future, and Extinction Rebellion groups across Aotearoa will be hosting a national strike on Friday the 3rd of March. Fridays for Future Tāmaki Makaurau is hosting your local strike, which starts at 3pm outside Britomart Train Station.
The strike is demanding the government to treat the climate crisis like the emergency they declared it to be in 2019. More specifically, that the next government takes these following steps to fight the climate crisis in their first 100 days of power:
- No new coal mines
- Support regenerative farming
- Double marine protection areas
- Lower the voting age to 16 years old
- E-bike rebates to students and lower income people
The Tāmaki strike will kick off at 3pm with a rally of DJs, songwriters, and speakers. Experienced activists will share their wisdom with the crowd, including Mike Smith (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu), Climate Spokesperson for the Iwi Chairs Forum and renowned Māori rights and climate change activist; Bianca Ranson (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa), Forest & Bird Ocean Campaigner and activist with Protect Pūtiki; Te Aata Rangimarie Smith (Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei, Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Tautu ki Aitutaki); and Zane Wedding (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Kuri), arborist and activist with Mana Rākau.
At 4pm strikers will march along Fanshawe Street to Victoria Park, with some stops along the way paying visit to some of Aotearoa’s worst polluters (hi BP, Air New Zealand, and Fonterra). A block party with DJs, songwriters, and an open mic will begin at Victoria Park from 5pm once the march route is completed. Everyone is encouraged to join in as soon as possible if they cannot make it at 3pm!
Following a summer of flooding and extreme weather in Tāmaki, it’s time to remind our government that we still want meaningful climate action!
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