Back in June, one of our team went to a screening of Fools and Dreamers, by Happen Films, the story of one man’s vision to regenerate the Hinewai Nature Reserve, on Canterbury’s Banks Peninsula. The film has now been released on YouTube and you can watch it on their site.
Audiences at the Q&A in Wellington were asking what else they can do to take action on climate change. We have seen this at any number of other events when climate change is discussed – people always want to know what they can do to make a difference.
So we have put together some slides that might help. You are welcome to re-use these as you see fit, please just attribute them to the Common Climate Network and include a link to this website.
Over the course of the last year the news about climate change seemed to get exponentially worse. Despite years of international agreements designed to limit our greenhouse gas emissions, they had in fact continued to rise, as had the frequency of dire reports being issued by the UN and others. It seemed like high time to pay more attention.
As I started to become better informed, one
of the first things that occurred to me was that strangely few people around me
were talking about this enormous and urgent problem.
Last night I got together with a few people who are concerned about climate change and want to take action.
This all started with our own sense of climate grief and sense of loss at what is happening to the natural world. For me, it was watching an episode of Blue Planet with polar bears struggling to find food.
It will be different for the others, but we’ve all had our own tipping point, when we realise that change is happening now, not at some future point, and there is an urgent need to take action.
Alayna said “My nana used to say, if you feel blue, go for a walk”. And Jo chimed in with “You can’t feel sad if you hum”. As we all know, nanas are the ultimate source of wisdom. So action is the antidote for us. And perhaps, from time to time, humming.
Around the table we have diverse skills, in communications, climate science and organisation. We all have networks and relationships, and above all the motivation to act. We thrashed out some ideas for how we could create the right environment for local governments to take climate action. Watch this space for details.
Your capital needs you! Have your say on the Zero Carbon Capital plan for Wellington before Friday 10 May. As I write this, 400 Wellingtonians have already had their say. And even if you don’t live in Wellington, there is much to learn from the document.
I’ve been thinking for a while now that there must be more to fighting climate change than just taking public transport and using energy-efficient lightbulbs. Even if you don’t work on policy, innovation or frontline campaigning, there are five things you can do to make a bigger difference.
I want this to be the start of some real hope in New Zealand that climate change is a challenge we can meet, and by doing our part, inspire the world.