Previously on Sustainable Lens Emeritus Professor Sir Alan Mark (pod) described work towards the Wise Response campaign. This call to face up to New Zealand’s critical risks was launched in Dunedin recently with a series of speeches. Sustainable Lens highlights these messages (Part 1 last week).
- Russell Tregonning: (OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council). Climate change is the #1 threat to health. NZ a global free loader.
- Neville Peat : Each generation defines “natural” without realising baseline has shifted – unwittingly we are accepting less and less. These baseline shift results in community amnesia. We need a baseline assessment of true relationship of economy & ecology. Danger of DOC’s dual role of conservation & tourism. Community fatigue while government dodges responsibility
- Professor Tim Hazeldine: Economics is our friend. Problem is not enough market (why are we subsidising polluters?)
- Louis Chambers: Generation Zero is not doing this because we’ve nothing better to do, we’re doing it because we must. It needs an all systems, all society transformation. We must find allies; change culture; strategic microcosms; clarify vision; pick strategic battles; repeat until we win.