An anti-oil group is using the political momentum to get like-minded groups in Wellington to put pressure on Wellington Mayor Justin Lester to remove fossil-fuel companies to leave the capital by banning petroleum conferences from any council-owned venues.
Climate group 350 Wellington spokeswoman Claudia Palmer claimed the city was at risk from climate-related flooding, sea-level rise, and extreme weather events, and this industry must be held to account for this.
The climate group claimed Mayor Lester had claimed climate change was the most pressing issue of his generation.
Ms Palmer claimed that several times in the past five years, including in 2018, the council has supported the fossil fuel industry, “the industry most responsible for climate change globally” by allowing the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ) to hold its conference in council venues.
She claimed that at this annual event, deals are done to secure new oil and gas projects, exploration and extraction products and ministers lobbied so the petroleum industry can expand, and “continue to wreck our climate.”