Wayne Sheeran of Downer cleans off chalk from the church steps in central Nelson last Friday. The slogan was put there as an awareness for the 100% Possible campaign. Photos: Andrew Board.

Slogan blasted off church steps

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An attempt to raise awareness about the use of fossil fuels has partially backfired, with Nelson City Council cleaning the slogan off the city’s church steps before the event.
A group of Nelson high school students were responsible for the chalk slogan which was put on the church steps on Thursday night in preparation for an awareness event on Saturday. The enthusiastic young activists had recently returned from a council-sponsored hui on the environment and were keen to make a difference.
They were not aware their artistic actions on the church steps were not allowed though and the mother of two of the girls says they were just trying to do a good thing.
“They were all excited and thought they had permission from the council to do this but it turns out they didn’t. They were just trying to do a good thing and raise some awareness about the 100% Possible campaign,” she told Nelson Weekly.
The event was scheduled for Saturday but the chalk was waterblasted off by Downer contractors on Friday afternoon at a cost to ratepayers.
The group’s efforts weren’t totally in vain though with a group of students taking their awareness event to central Trafalgar St on Saturday, instead of the orignal location at the church steps.
One of the girls at the event said it went extremely well. “We’re really happy with how it’s going and the number of people we’ve been able to talk to about 100 per cent possible and what it is trying to achieve for our country.”
The 100% Possible campaign is a collaboration between Generation Zero and 350 Aotearoa and supported by WWF-NZ. It aims to make New Zealand free of fossil fuels and have the country operating entirely on renewable energy.
To find out more infomation about the campaign visit 100percentpossible.org.nz.