Here at Sign On HQ, focus has well and truly shifted to the campaign’s big finale for 2009 – simultaneous marches in Auckland and Wellington, and a free concert in Myers Park at the end of the Auckland march, featuring Opshop, Midnight Youth, Kirsten Morrell, Don McGlashan and Lucy Lawless. The day shall hereby be known as “Planet A Day”.

At the Auckland do, we’ll also have a go at a giant haka to challenge the New Zealand delegation at Copenhagen. There’ll be special speakers, Rhys Darby being funny as MC and hopefully sun. It’s going to be a right royal send off for the NZ team heading to Copenhagen, and a clear directive to Prime Minister John Key to ensure his Government does the right thing at the most important meeting in history.

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Here’s what the performers have to say about the Planet A concert in Auckland:

Lucy Lawless: “It's going to be a wicked event.  Everyone who’s involved takes climate change very seriously and we want our Prime Minister to know that the people of New Zealand demand that he attends the world summit in Copenhagen and support a 40% 2020 emissions reduction target. There is no Planet B so the health of Planet A, is fundamental to our future and economy.  I urge everyone to come on down on December 5th and get hot on this issue.”
 
Don McGlashan: “New Zealand is a well-off, enlightened, stable country that prides itself on the quality of its environment.  We should be a world leader in the fight to recognise the importance of climate change. Copenhagen is our Government's big chance to step up to that challenge.  Let's make some noise and encourage them.”

Opshop’s Jason Kerrison:  “We can’t afford to stick our heads in the sand thinking some bigger country, some other generation, some other future will work it out. It's up to us to help the pendulum begin to swing the other way. So hear our collective message John Key, and take it to the rest of the world. Be bold. Lead. The time is now, the generation is ours."

Rhys Darby:  "Returning home to New Zealand to live this year was an easy decision to make, but lately I've been wondering if we're losing our grip on the environmental stage. Here's our chance to voice it up and rock it out. I'm hosting this event so if you're not into music or actors, I'll make you laugh with my robot impressions." 


Images below, from left to right: Kirsten Morrell, Don McGlashan, Midnight Youth, Opshop