In July 2019 the Whangarei District Council (WDC) declared a Climate Change Emergency. Northland decided to move from talk to action.
On 29. July 2019 a group of us met a NorthTec for a Climate Change event. As a result we started to work on a climate change declaration and develop the framework for a climate action plan. Our target is to get over hundred Northland organisations (schools, local government/ council, businesses, clubs etc) and over five hundred individuals involved and acting to avert further, negative Climate Change impacts every day.
Areas where each of us can make a contribution include:
- transport – walk, cycle, rather than take a 2.5 ton fossil fuel vehicle
- waste – avoid using plastic, reduce our food waste, recycle – best in closed loop systems
- food – buy seasonal, local food or even better grow food yourself
- energy – don’t waste, but conserve energy; use renewable energy where you can
- housing – insulate your house for health reasons and energy saving (wouldn’t it be great to have a Northland designed, affordable house & build with Tai Tokerau materials)
Fig: Personal action to impact CC (Phys.org, 2017)
If each of us does something small every day, it will make a big difference. We all have a responsibility to our children, their children and generations to come. We don’t want to be know for the crash & burn, but the build-up, regneration – generation, don’t we?
Fig: IPCC farming CC mitigation options
Innovation will also have to play a role in mitigating the crisis we brought upon ourselves. This will include how to deal with
- growing pollution (our local Hatea River is deemed not swimmable)
- micro plastics (apparently all of us eat up to one credit card worth of plastic a week)
- deforestation (planting trees is one of the best strategies to offset Greenhouse Gas pollution. Every day humans log as many trees as the size of Tai Tokerau. That needs to stop NOW.)
So, please help to make a positive difference every day and make our planet the most liveable planet again.
We need YOU
to help reverse Climate Change, reduce pollution and make Tai Tokerau the most sustainable region in the Southern Hemisphere by 2025.