December 5 2009. By M. E. Climo
I thought I was the only one when I turned up to Civic Square in Wellington. There was a gathering crowd of up to what looked like close to 1800 people, calling for a 40% reduction in New Zealand of the evil poisonous C02. After about 10 minutes Jeremy Morrison found me, with another rather worried looking protester, and was relieved he wasn’t the only one standing up for freedom.
Jeremy Morrison of OpenUREyes, Confronting Misguided Protesters
We moved to the front of the crowd to the steps of Civic Square to listen to selected speakers relay the story of disaster and doom that awaits us if we don’t tax production. It was hard to keep my attention on the speakers, as we were being subjected to taunts which ranged from tongue and cheek, to outright hostility. A couple behind me seethed with anger and repeatedly told me I was at the wrong protest and I should fuck off. It was exactly the same as if we had landed in the middle of an intolerant religious rally (the parallels are unmistakable). One man said that it doesn’t matter whether man made global warming is actually happening or not, that this was a brilliant vehicle to stop environmental damage and pollution in the world.
We then moved with the crowd down to parliament receiving taunts all the way including a small looking man (who looked a little like a comic book alien) who repeatedly asked me about UFOs, & lizard people, while getting very close to the limit of my personal space. One girl said “I suppose you think C02 isn’t a pollutant.” Another girl said” the science doesn’t matter”.
Along Lambton Quay I bumped into an Australian man and his partner, he asked to look at my sign and was instantly in agreement that this was just a new tax and control mechanism “yep I’ll take that” as he grabbed one of my signs and headed off in the direction we had just come from “wake up, this is just a new tax! “.
At parliament we stood at the eye of the needle and did the best we could to warn them of what signing on actually entailed, and that the science was far from being settled in regards to our changing climate and mans impact upon it. This was met with more indignation and more ridicule. Another three or four brave demonstrators then joined us, one with the Tino Rangatiratanga flag draped over his shoulders saying “on your grandchildren” (as they were chanting “…40% reduction now”). Then we chimed in “40% reduction now to destroy your economic base”, at this point some of the people thought we were engaging in comedy.
After Jim Salinger had said the oceans were turning acidic due to MMGW a man turned to me and gave me a glaring look to say Ha! What have you got to say to that? By this stage all four of us felt mighty drained so went off for a beer and a nice soft couch to sit in.
I don’t know why they cannot see how preposterous this is, 350PPM the optimum level of C02!? That is physically impossible! I think we made a reasonable impact, it will be us they remember from the day.