Great to see all those who made it to the last two keepacoolworld events. James Renwick shared interesting insights on the NZ climate situation, and the fact that these next 20-30 years are critical in getting CO2 concentrations down. Lizzie Sullivan updated the audience on 350’s divestment campaign. For those who don’t know, Divestment is where individuals, organisations or companies withdraw funds from any investments in fossil fuels. If we can build up a divestment momentum, it is hoped that it will send a strong message that we don’t want to keep ‘digging up’, ‘fracking up’ and ‘drilling up’ these fuels, and will put the squeeze on the FF industry. Last year was a successful one in this regard, with Victoria University, Dunedin city council and the Anglican church of Aotearoa all taking this stand. See what you can do http://350.org.nz/…/divestment…/divestment-resources/
.Hear the expert panel with Veronika Meduna Pala Molisa, Catherine Leining, Phil Squire and Aaron Packard from last week’s event.
or hear two thought-provoking radio interviews
1. Pala Molisa (Lecturer Victoria university Economics and business school) speaks about the economic factors involved in climate change. Traditionally accounting has excluded environmental and social impacts but how can the true costs of pollution be applied? http://accessradio.org.nz/Community+Zone#.VfOGp0LldSX
Go to ‘demand content’ Community Zone Thursday 4th Sept 2015
2. Aaron Packard (Global Climate impacts Co-ordinator, discussing powerful climate action happening around the world350.org) http://accessradio.org.nz/Community+Zone#.VegMVULldSX His talk starts at 14mins
||THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE asks, what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people.
Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives.
People do care about climate change. Well plenty do…. if our Facebook page Keep A Cool World is anything to go by – 500 likes in its first 2 weeks. People need to see that others care and that together our efforts will make a difference. If we reached our target of 1250 visitors to these September events that’s 1250 people showing they care about Climate Change and learning how they can do their bit. So get your friends along. Speak about this issue. This is the only event of this kind in Wellington, reaching a large number of everyday people. Lets take a stand .
You see that pale, blue dot? That’s us. Everything that has ever happened in all of human history, has happened on that pixel. All the triumphs and all the tragedies, all the wars all the famines, all the major advances… it’s our only home. And that is what is at stake, our ability to live on planet Earth, to have a future as a civilization. I believe this is a moral issue, it is your time to seize this issue, it is our time to rise again to secure our future. Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
“What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?”
― F. Sherwood Rowland
Margaret Atwood is one of those names that don’t need any introduction. If you’re up for a (good) long read, I cannot do better than recommending her article: It’s Not Climate Change — It’s Everything Change.
James Renwick on TV one news last night stressing that need to plan for a 1m sea-level rise this century, Whilist James Hansen/s 3m prediction seems radical, it will eventually come, if the world fails to act with urgency.
And Jemes’s succinct description of CC for Anglican diocese Aotearoa who had pledged to divest from fossil fuels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv4YvHGj8yE
Pulling Funds out of Fossil Fuels. Listen to the full interview on Radio NZ.co.nz
Aired on Our Changing World, Thursday 23 April 2015
Veronika Meduna speaks with :
Matheson Russell- of The Anglican Church has large investments in property and shares.
Rick Zwaan University of Wellington Students’ Association president
Kennett brothers New Zealand’s leading publishers of cycling guide books
Veronika interviewed these three people about decisions to deliberately withdraw investment funds from oil, gas and coal companies . Often these are reinvested in sustainable ethical portfolios. This is a move aimed to help accelerate a transition to renewable energy sources – The Guardian newspaper gained attention when it spearheaded the ‘Keep it in the ground’ campaign encouraging divestment
Matheson Russell says the Anglican Church views climate change as a social justice issue. “Every year at our regional assemblies, when we meet with our friends and colleagues in the Pacific Islands, they tell us about the effects of climate change they are already experiencing. Morally responsible organisations like churches need to take action swiftly and need to show moral leadership on these issues now.”
Rick Zwann shares what he sees as a “failure of world leaders to take action on climate change” motivated him to take action locally and to start campaigning for divestment at Victoria University, where he now studies geophysics, environmental science and politics.“It’s really heartening to see the university taking the lead on this. It was one of the moments when I was really proud of being a student at Victoria.” has moved out of fossil fuel investments.
Jonathan Kennett says the first discussions arose when they were considering sponsorship for cycling events. “Our business has formed to promote healthy and environmentally aware lifestyles, and cycling is the biggest part of that. ….
We have control over our own lives, and we have responsibilities for our own actions. … “
Sharing a documentary with friends is a great way to increase awareness
Thin Ice, Hot air, Cowspiracy, Planetary, The Yes Men are revolting
Also, we have rights to offer some small screenings (no admission charge) of two documentaries:
“The wisdom to survive” …..
” The Age of Stupid”….. looking back from the future at the story of climate change.
Some of the many examples of communities coming together to make a
FOOD: Transition Towns Otaki’s weekly Seasonal Surplus Stall brings together gardeners with excess to sell and shoppers seeking local-grown fruit and vegetables at the height of their freshness. Less waste, less transport-related greenhouse gas emissions, stronger communities.
WASTE: ‘Toss it? No way!’ – Repair Cafés started in Amsterdam in 2009 and have spread to over 400 locations worldwide. Volunteers reduce waste and increase solidarity amongst neighbours by repairing broken items together. Could Kāpiti host the first in New Zealand? The starter kit is available here: http://www.repaircafe.org/start-a-repair-cafe
TRANSPORT: The Ministry of Transport’s Household Travel Survey 2009 tells us we are spending more time in our cars. New Zealand adults now average four and three quarter hours a week driving, up from less than four hours 20 years ago. In 1989/90 more than half of our primary school children walked or cycled to school. Now, it’s less than a third. Hastings and New Plymouth are going against this trend, as they seek to become New Zealand’s first model walking and cycling communities. The stories of their journey can be found at www.nzta.govt.nz/planning/process/doc/modelcommunity-story-single.pdf
ENERGY: Blueskin Energy Project is developing New Zealand’s first community-owned wind cluster. In addition to renewable energy, Blueskin residents will have better control over their electricity, greater understanding of their energy use, warmer healthier homes and less fuel poverty going into the future. www.blueskinpower.co.nz
DIVESTMENT: Bathurst Resources, the company which plans to mine the Denniston Plateau for coal, is financed by Westpac. Some Westpac customers are closing their accounts to show they won’t help finance new coal mining at Denniston and they won’t stay with a bank that doesn’t take its commitment to sustainability seriously. Campaigns such as these can help starve the growth of the fossil fuel industry. See www.350.org
ENVIRONMENT: One of the major impacts of climate change is on biodiversity. Scientists predict that a warming planet will force many plants and animals to migrate to find the conditions that allow them to thrive. The creation of native corridors of vegetation to connect existing areas of intact bushland will aid this migration. In Australia, the Great Eastern Range corridor will stretch 3600 km from the Grampians in western Victoria to far north Queensland. See www.naturespace.org.nz for NZ biodiversity projects.
To these I’d add Wildpoldsried – a German town of 2600 residents which has transformed itself into a world leader in energy efficiency and forward thinking. You can find an overview at http://green.blorge.com/2011/08/wildpoldsried-germany-now-has-an-energy-surplus-generating-5-7-million-in-revenue/
“Forget about positioning giant mirrors in space to reduce the amount of sunlight being trapped in the earth’s atmosphere or seeding clouds to reduce the amount of light entering earth’s atmosphere. Those approaches to climate engineering aren’t likely to be effective or practical in slowing global warming.
A new report by professors from UCLA and five other universities concludes that there’s no way around it: We have to cut down the amount of carbon being released into the atmosphere.”
On the plus side, it’s good to have clarity in the ‘what can we do?’ debate; on the down side, we need to do a lot more of it.