Source: Scoop,20 June 2017
People from around the country, weary with waiting for the
Government to take the necessary action to address climate change,
have decided to take matters into their own hands.
They have drafted a Declaration setting out what needs to be
done, with people signing up to commit to making it happen. This
will be done through community climate action plans where
organisations investigate their own climate impact and make plans
to reduce it. It is within these everyday groups that we are all
contributing to climate change and it is within these groups where
actions for a safe climate will make a difference.
"We know what has to be done. And it has to be done by people at
all levels - citizens, businesses, local councils and government.
We are not waiting - the problem is too serious and too urgent -
and we are setting out to do it ourselves" said Dr Joanna Santa
Barbara, national chair of Our Climate Declaration.
The project will be launched on Sunday 18 June, simultaneously
in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. The launches
will be video-linked, with each venue receiving some speakers from
the others. It will also be live streamed to every device that
wants to watch.
"We wanted to demonstrate that you don't have to fly or drive
long distances to connect with others around the country" said Pat
Baskett, organiser of the Auckland launch. This is the kind of
world we are heading into to reduce our climate impact."
Help will be available to groups such as schools, churches,
small business, sports clubs, medical practices, unions, farmers,
and all places where people collectively use energy and can help
protect the climate.
The Declaration is available at www.ourclimatedeclaration.org.nz and can
be signed online. There is also advice on speaking to groups about
climate change and how to develop local plans, which can be posted
by community groups on the website for others to share. Details of
the four launches are also available there, and the link for the
live stream will be there from Saturday.
Endorsements have come in from Prof James Renwick, climate
scientist; Phillip Mills, businessman; Ora Taiao, the NZ Climate
and Health council, an organisation of health professionals
advocating for healthy climate action; musicians such as Peter
Scholes and Sean O'Connor; and celebrities such as Robyn Malcolm,
who will all be featured at the launch.
"Eventually, when they see that citizens care enough to take
their own action, governments will have to follow" said Santa
More information can be found on the Our
Climate Declaration website.