‘Supergrans’ take on oil industry

GRANDPARENTS from around New Zealand joined priests, doctors, and scientists to protest at the annual oil and gas conference in Wellington, which started yesterday.

Several dozen grandparents, dubbed the ‘Supergrans’ said they joined protesters to show how determined they are to help the environment on behalf of future generations.

Group co-ordinator Joanna Santa Barbara, 74, said they recognised how unfair it was that their grandchildren are inheriting a warming planet.

“My generation has had a good time on fossil fuels and abundant energy and the costs will be paid by these young ones … we want a good life for them.”

Ms Santa Barbara said grandparents, who were mainly aged in their seventies but some were in their nineties, had travelled from across the North and South Islands to show their opposition to oil and gas exploration in New Zealand.

“We need to get across the message that the fossil fuel age is over and the oil and gas companies, they have to be prepared to phase out. They have to be starting to prepare for a non-fossil fuel energy age,” she said.

The Anglican Diocese is also organising members to protest, along with doctors, scientists and environmental groups.

Protesters took part in a march at Frank Kitts Park after midday yesterday, ahead of a blockade outside the conference at TSB Arena today.

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