A future worth changing for
Imagine a future where:
- the air we breathe in our cities is clean and healthy
- our homes and workplaces are powered by clean energy that works with our environment
- everyone has a home, and it is a place that keeps them warm and healthy
- our streets are open to people walking and using bikes, and most of us have the option to take public transport that is affordable and doesn't put carbon into our atmosphere
- our environment and ecosystems that sustain us are protected for all of us and our mokopuna to enjoy.
Unfortunately, our current way of life relies heavily on the burning of fossil fuels. This includes:
- how we travel locally, nationally and internationally
- how we make the stuff we buy
- what food we eat
- the places we build to live and work in
- how we heat our homes and entertain ourselves.
Over time these activities have created a climate and ecological emergency. But the great news is, because we made this system, together we can remake it to be zero carbon and regenerative.
We need to make the biggest reductions in our carbon emissions between now and 2030, and make significant changes to how we live, work and play. Acting on climate change matters, for our environment, our health and our wellbeing.
We have a role in making climate action possible by supporting urgent action in our communities, as does Central Government and businesses.
It's going to take all of us working together to halve our city's carbon footprint by 2030.
1. Connect with what matters
In traditional Māori knowledge, there's an understanding of the interconnectedness and relationship between all living and non-living things.
Take time to recognise how we are connected to the world around us. Connect to a sense of the place, a sense of community, and stay grounded in the physical and social world we're a part of.
This connection is a climate action in and of itself - take the time to remember what is important to you, and why you are wanting to take action. Connect with others who are on the same journey and take opportunities to re-connect with the land.
This can be as simple as taking a walk in the green belt, visiting coastal rock pools with your kids, or planting a tree. Consider getting involved in your community.
Here are some ways to start.