CLIMATE DISRUPTION REQUIRES THE DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

Open Letter to the New Zealand Parliament

Open Letter to NZ Parliament: CLIMATE DISRUPTION IS A GLOBAL EMERGENCY.

This open letter, with 2,291 signatures, has already been published in the DominionPost (27.3.2019) as a full page advertisement. We now continue to collect more signatures. It will be presented to Parliament again. We will not rest until our Members of Parliament stop wasting precious time and act decisively to ensure our kids’ future.

The latest IPCC report makes it clear: global mean temperature rise greater than 1.5oC will cause widespread suffering and mass migration, irreversible damage to the natural world, and massive damage to the world economy. We have only years, not decades, to act. Our government needs to tell the truth about this unprecedented challenge to our well-being.

Sea level rise, ocean acidification and increasingly adverse weather events mean that business as usual is over.  It is no longer possible to pursue conventional economics with endless GDP growth as its target.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, DEMAND THAT THE GOVERNMENT ENACTS LEGALLY-BINDING MEASURES TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS TO NET ZERO BY 2025*.

 

Anything less will condemn our young people and future generations to impoverishment and insecurity. 

Poorly-constructed policies will unfairly hurt the less-well-off. So transition to a low carbon economy MUST put social justice at the heart of policy change.

* We’ve set the goal of 2025 to emphasise the urgency needed for our rapidly heating planet, and because we know governments don’t move as quickly as is currently required.

Aiming for 2025 gives us a chance to attain the 45% decrease in human caused CO2 emissions by 2030 (from
2010 levels) necessary to limit warming to 1.5o, as warned by the latest IPCC report. Beyond that, any actions we take will likely be too late.

Solutions DO exist. See for instance www.ourclimatedeclaration.org.nz, and www.drawdown.org.

This is no time for green-washing, token policy changes, weak leadership or party politics.

Our children will judge us and hold us accountable if we fail them.

Sign the letter here.

To join the international movement for effective climate action go to extinctionrebellion.nz.

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