350 Aotearoa - Hero of the Week | The Jackal

13 May 2017

350 Aotearoa - Hero of the Week

We should all know by now that climate change is the most pressing issue the world is facing. Not only is increased severe weather patterns causing unprecedented flooding and droughts around the globe mean substantial disruptions to our way of life, the cost to our ecosystem and economy is also extensive and can no longer be ignored.

That’s why it’s so good to see grassroots activism confronting businesses that are still supporting the fossil fuel industry.

Yesterday, Stuff reported:

Protesters storm Dunedin bank and sing Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up

Dozens of climate change protesters stormed into a Dunedin bank and sung the Rick Astley classic Never Gonna Give You Up.

Friday's light hearted protest by 350 Aotearoa was in stark contrast to a similar protest a year ago, where people, including the elderly, were stopped from entering the George St ANZ branch.

This time about 30 protesters went into the branch and began singing the 80s song, in a move known as 'Rick-rolling'.

Peaceful protest is the way to go people. Therefore 350 Aotearoa has won this weeks Hero Award. Keep up the good work.