A large petition to stop coal mining in New Zealand has been started by the Forest and Bird society.
The environmental group made the announcement on a virtual conference held over the weekend. The conference featured Environment Minister David Parker and former prime minister Helen Clark.
Forest and Bird believe the government needs to consider how to stop new or expand coal mines in New Zealand to keep climate warming to safe levels.
During his main speech, the organisation’s chief executive Kevin Hague announced the new petition.
There are currently proposals for new opencast coal mines in Southland and on the West Coast.
Forest & Bird has been campaigning for more than a decade to save this area, much of which is public conservation land. They believe land should not be mined and wetlands and forests needed to be protected for future generations, Hague said.