July 20, 2018
Slick move in Greenpeace oil protest
Greenpeace executive director Russel Norman and climate activist Sara Howell have asked for discharge without conviction on charges relating to a protest against oil exploration ship the Amazon Warrior.
The pair have pleaded guilty and appeared for sentencing today in the Napier District Court.
Judge Arthur Tompkins reserved his decision.
Dr Norman says their action was necessary and urgent to protect people from climate change being driven by the oil industry.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment dropped charges against Greenpeace itself.
The environmental organisation had crowdfunded a boat, Taitu, to confront the Amazon Warrior 60 nautical miles out to sea, and Norman and Howell swam in front of it, stopping it from searching for oil and gas for the day.
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