“Business as usual” won’t transform our city to be a low-carbon, sustainable one. Nor will “business as usual” voting!
dig in to the details and find out who is actually going to lead us out
of our climate emergency. Council and even the local board are critical to implementing a good
plan; moves from central government will filter through in the medium term
but this steady march towards climate catastrophe requires some immediate action which
only Council can take.
are four sources of information about the candidates in our local area
based on answers given to questionnaires.
Safer speeds and traffic calming is an important tool in the transport carbon emissions reduction toolkit. Our people will only be able to shift from car dependency to low-carbon active travel in the numbers required for an appropriate climate change response, if the unsafe traffic environment in this city is fixed. Making our city safe is the only ethical way forward, shown by the number of children being hit recently even in the nearby area. All have been hit on roads where the speed limits do not meet international guidelines.
With Auckland’s population set to
swell to 2 million by as early as 2029, growing demands on housing and
infrastructure, and climate change exposing our city to impending natural
disasters, future-proofing Auckland has become more important than ever before.
The way we plan, design,
construct and govern our city will determine Auckland’s future viability.
The world’s cities are under threat by climate change. Building a
sustainable city is an integral part of Auckland’s future.
But what does the ideal sustainable city look like? And is it possible? Join us with Dr Michelle Dickinson as she facilitates the conversation focusing on crucial attributes and solutions – high-rise medium-density, incorporating resilience into urban design and development, and high-quality living for our people with easy access to employment, social infrastructure and clean, green spaces.
Please take a moment to read the attached: “If you don’t act like adults we will”.
There is also a short video by Bronwyn Hayward who shares her thoughts about “Children, Citizenship and Environment” which may be helpful when deciding to accept the children’s invitation to sign the petition and the request to share it on your social media.
This is an
interesting article. The psychological aspects of climate denialism were
something some of our members have been studying for a while – and I was
treated to Action Station’s excellent “Climate Conversations
Training” a couple of years ago, which touched on the subject too. The
range of types of denialism are good to think about, too. Like those who have
given up on reducing the scale of climate change, and think our only option is
“every inch of warming makes a difference”—we cannot stop the process of
warming altogether, but we can control whether climate change yields a future
that is apocalyptic or instead “merely grim.”
It reminds us that Transition Town has never been about just adaptation to a
new reality. Our first, and most urgent job, is to meet this huge challenge by
reducing our contribution to climate change.
The good news for a city like Auckland, is that reducing our transport carbon
emissions and preventing further loss of soil carbon in greenfields growth, are
both not only possible, but doing so would improve lifestyles, and increase
community connections and quality of life.
In the process, Auckland can inspire other cities around the world to do the
same. It’s wonderful Transition Town stuff.
Please join XR next Tuesday at 9am to urge Auckland Council
to declare a Climate Emergency!
If you have a spare couple of hours next Tuesday morning, Extinction Rebellion Tamaki Makaurau Auckland is making a presentation to the Auckland Council about the need for immediate action on climate change. We are speaking at the Community and Environment committee meeting. It would be great to have support from other climate groups around Auckland.
Extinction Rebellion will be presenting our proposal to
Auckland Council, calling on them to join 369 councils all over the world by
declaring a Climate Emergency and acting with proper urgency.
Meet at the bottom of the council chambers in the Town
Hall – 9am Tuesday 12th March. Please wear black.
The Tamaki Makaurau Extinction Rebellion group is organising a hui of all climate action groups in Auckland. I’m one of the liaison people. We are inviting one or two people from each group. The purpose is to meet, discuss common kaupapa and see where we might join together on upcoming projects/actions. It’s on Sunday 17th March 3pm at Cityside Baptist Church, 7 Mt Eden Road.