I was inspired by an article in Newsroom this week about a well-retired scientist signing a petition objecting to the government’s backing down on environmental issues. The scientist is Sir Alan Mark and he is 90 years old. However, he wasn’t the oldest signatory. That was one of my big heroes Sir … [Read more...]
Youth March on Council
I feel a real sense of hope when I view intelligent young people taking over the Council foyer. It’s wonderful to see young people challenging those in powerful positions: To give him his due the mayor turned up. He was generally unable to answer the questions thrust at him. I find it hard … [Read more...]
Global Climate Strike 3 March
Global Climate StrikeFri 3 March, 3.00pmCathedral Square School Strike 4 Climate are BACK with their first strike for 2023, demanding transparent and meaningful climate action from our decision makers. Bring your placards, banners, masks, and loving rage as we stand together to ask: … [Read more...]
Global + Local Climate Action: Where to from here?
6pm December 2 Aldersgate 309 Durham St RSVP here Join Green Party Co-leader James Shaw and Christchurch City Councillor Sara Templeton for a kōrero about action on climate change both globally and at a local level. James will have recently returned from the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference … [Read more...]
Where is Christchurch/NZs Energy Plan
I read an article on how countries around the world are addressing the international challenge of Global Warming. It made me wonder about NZ and, closer to home, Christchurch. What are we doing that is different? When I read the reports of the, quite frankly, imbecilic debates at the Council over … [Read more...]
Now is exactly the right time to talk about how we adapt our cities for intense rain events
Over the past few years there have been more and more rain events which have led to flooding and general chaos in people’s lives. Auckland had a massive 76.8mm of rain in an hour last Monday. This will become the new norm as the planet continues to heat up. In some cities they have started … [Read more...]
Are electric vehicles really the solution to everything?
I’m an unremitted petrol head. Why am I a petrol head? Because the vehicle manufacturers decided that oil was the answer to how to make each of us buy a motor vehicle. My family were deeply into the motor trade from the 1930’s. My father and his brother were both motor mechanics as were cousins and … [Read more...]
Climate Change Complexities – are we up for them?
Rosemary Neave writes: Climate change keeps me awake at night. I am sure I am not the only one. How to bring about change in this area is one my main occupations (unpaid of course!). Solar Panels went up on our roof this week, we are down to one car and looking at changing that to … [Read more...]
COP26 videos and links
Two Videos -Definately worth a watch Rod Oram, Louise Nash and Jonathon Milne talking about Climate Change and Cop26 talked about progress (or not), Louise talked about Circularity.co.nz – activiting the circular economy in business. Watch the Video hereAnd Tuvalu's Prime minister speaks from … [Read more...]
Rod Oram on COP26
The most ambitious leaders in civil society and business convincingly make the case that only big, fast and transformative responses will solve the climate crisis. But the Glasgow agreement shows once again that politicians still don’t know how to deliver them. The real test comes over the next … [Read more...]
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