Climate Change and Business Conference – Low Expectations



The Environmental Defense Company has partnered with climate change leaders and sustainable businesses for the Climate Change and Business Conference, September 19-20 at the Aotea Center.

Most conference attendees, including Fonterra, Z Energy, Contact Energy, Westpac, Genesis and Air New Zealand, have so far shown no commitment to meaningful climate action. All comments are greenwash – operational with a reliance on public demand for their products. This ignores the extensive advertising that influences public demand, the long history of the fossil fuel industry obscuring science, actively misleading the public about climate change, and suppressing alternative energy sources.

“With these companies’ approach to the climate crisis, there is no hope for a stable future,” says Hasini Wanigasuriya.

Extinction Rebellion holds a vigil during the Business and Climate Change Conference at the Aotea Center. Extinction Rebellion welcomes the conversations between business, government and the environmental community needed to urgently transition to a post-carbon society. Extinction Rebellion expects the conversation to be science-based.

To achieve the Paris Agreement goal of a post-industrial temperature increase of 1.5 (less than 2) degrees. It means achieving zero anthropogenic emissions by 2025, abandoning the self-defeating mindset of perpetual economic growth, urgently stopping the use of fossil fuels, relying on technologies that don’t exist or are experimental today and above all take bold but necessary political decisions.

Extinction Rebellion Vigil will reinforce the green voice in the conference: 350, Gen Zero, MP Chloe Swarbrick, Climate Change Commissioner Rod Carr, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and possibly even the Prime Minister. Conversations with the business community need to be carefully guided and monitored to ensure they result in stronger climate action, as opposed to greenwashing.

“Decisions made now will have lasting consequences. They will determine whether this century is one of ongoing climate-induced crises, or a century in which we and our children’s children can safely thrive. Says Extinction Rebellion Spokesperson Caril Cowan

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