We declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency
July 15 2019 by Extinction Rebellion Queenstown Lakes team
QLDC has recently joined more than 600 other government bodies in declaring a Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEED) at the request of our Extinction Rebellion Queenstown Lakes group. Why did we do this?
It is hard to believe, but climate change has been a political and scientific talking point for more than 30 years. Our leaders have actively avoided taking action, focussing on nurturing the health of our financial economy at the expense of our planet. As the school student protesters wisely point out, ‘there is no financial economy on a dead planet’. The health of our biosphere and its inhabitants must come first.
Locally, the purpose of the CEED campaign was twofold. One, to encourage the community to turn and face our situation head on. And secondly, to draw attention to the fact that while there is very little argument regarding the facts about our situation from local leaders, there is very little meaningful action resulting from it. This will help us all ‘sort the wheat from the chaff’ at the upcoming local elections in October. Our community needs to face daunting challenges in order to play our role in contributing to solutions. We need to look critically at our penchant for rampant growth in our town, often at the expense of our own community. Our livelihood relies heavily on ever-growing tourism numbers and if we stay on this path it’s very possible the whole system could collapse. If we don’t consider a new plan before this happens, how will our community cope?
It’s now clear the solutions need to come from us, the people. We environmentalists are not off the hook either, we need to look at where it is best to concentrate our energy. It’s a sad truth that government funding ensures we are incentivised to play by the rules and not rock the boat too much. We all know that we no longer have time to operate within the status quo. How we navigate meaningful action with this potential conflict and still find the funding to do our work is an area which needs careful attention.
We don’t have all the answers and we rely on our community to get on board, join the Rebellion and engage our leaders to find our most effective solutions to increase our resilience going forward.
To join us and play a positive role in the coming changes, follow us on our Facebook page “Extinction Rebellion Queenstown Lakes” and keep an eye out for our next action, we’d love to have your support. People power is real power when we join together.
Extinction Rebellion Queenstown Lakes team