Straterra and Climate Change

Wise Response has queried Straterra members about allowing a presentation from a credible climate scientist at the forthcoming Straterra Minerals Conference in Dunedin.


Mayor Dave Cull makes some fair points defending Council’s involvement in Straterra’s Minerals Conference, including the opportunity to spell out DCC opposition to off-shore oil and gas drilling, the city’s divestment and its zero carbon goal by 2050 (ODT 22 April). He also mentions that “delegates and speakers include representatives from … environmental groups”.

However, only 2 of the 58 speakers are likely to take a primarily environmental perspective – Kevin Hague, CEO of Forest and Bird and Dave Frame – Professor of Climate Change at Victoria University, but both are only involved in “debates” and are not presenting separate papers.

The key dilemma of our time is a way of life entirely dependant on a minerals sector which itself has the greatest impact on climate warming, but also a pecuniary stake in continuing to mine. Some minerals will always be needed, but if we are to avoid climate catastrophe, complying with emission limits will dictate what mining is permissible. Thus, the recognition this conference affords climate change is totally disproportionate to our emergency and the plea from our children for real action.

Straterra declined our appeal to include a presentation from a credible climate scientist. In his letter to the ODT (25.4.19) CEO, Chris Baker insists the environmental standards for mining are rigorous, however none directly address climate change. Likewise, Cameron Madgwick, CEO, Petroleum Exploration and
Production of NZ (ODT 25.4.19) believes we should be delighted if we find more gas as an alternative to oil, when our total GHG emissions are already in severe overshoot.

Such views underscore why a common and true understanding of climate science
and required emission reduction pathways is essential for effective policy and should therefore be central to this Minerals Conference.

Yours sincerely,

Dugald MacTavish
Secretary, Wise Response Society Inc


Members of Straterra

Aggregate and Quarry Association
Anderson Lloyd
Bathurst Resources
Bell Gully
Bioresearches Group
Chatham Rock Phosphate
Coal Association of NZ coal-association-of-nz
CRL Energy
Dowgold Consultants
Field Technical Services
First Break Mining & Construction
George Hooper
GHD New Zealand
Greenwood Roche
Greymouth Petroleum
Heavy Engineering Research Association
Imerys Tableware NZ
JGH Barristers
Kenex Knowledge Systems
McCracken Consulting Ltd
Minerals West Coast
Natural Resources Law Ltd
New Talisman Gold
New Zealand Coal & Carbon
NZ Resources
OceanaGold Corporation
Orica New Zealand
Pan NZ Resources
RedBull Powder Mining Services
RSC Mining and Mineral Exploration
Simpson Grierson
Stevenson Mining
Strategic Elements
Tasman Mining
Taylor Coal
Todd Corporation
TransDiesel Ltd
Waikaia Gold
Whitesails Minerals Ltd