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Climate change front and centre of online seminar

Minister for Climate Change James Shaw will deliver the keynote address on Friday.

The role of community organisations in tackling climate change will be the focus of this year’s Strengthening Communities Hui, which starts today.

The annual conference brings together three networks: Environment Hubs Aotearoa, the Community Energy Network and the Zero Waste Network, who connect more than one hundred community organisations and thousands of workers.

Minister for Climate Change James Shaw will deliver the keynote address on Friday, September 17.

Executive Officer of the Zero Waste Network, Dorte Wray, says the organisations look forward to hearing from James Shaw about how the government sees the role of community enterprises in delivering on our climate commitments.

“The three networks work on the front lines of our climate and ecological crises, taking action to reduce emissions and increase community resilience to climate change impacts every day,” she says.

“We are working to make a zero waste, zero carbon circular economy, limiting resource extraction and keeping valuable resources in use as long as possible. We work on renewable and resilient local energy solutions for communities to eliminate fossil fuel use. We work on regenerating degraded and damaged ecosystems, building healthy warm homes, and creating community projects for real sustainability and a just transition.

“Our Hui will help the three networks maximise our impact by working collectively.”

“We see climate change as intimately connected with other issues, including colonisation, inequality, energy hardship, waste, pollution and devastating biodiversity loss. We have practical, real-world solutions that address these issues, and we want to expand our relationships with other groups and individuals who want to see this kind of transformative change.”

The event is held over four days, and this year, as a result of Covid-19, will be entirely online.

It is free to attend, and anyone who is interested is encouraged to register for sessions.

Some sessions may be limited to network members only.

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Wow they have answers

Posted on 15-09-2021 10:16 | By Kancho

Was reading yesterday about China’s car industry and there import of European cars all together totaling 28 million new vehicles in a year. China is now encouraging population growth and living standards have improved so more can afford cars and multiple other products. We are so green we get China and other countries to burn coal etc to manufacture all our vehicles , electronic , toys, building materials etc etc. Meanwhile we import more coal to generate power from Indonesia that has appalling mine conditions yet we stop gas exploration that burns so much cleaner. Fly with a group to Scotland to tell them how great we do in a tiny country and then take up preferential quarantine spaces. Population will over take all measures as world population increase already beyond sustainable living conditions in much of the world

Such sadness and so many problems...

Posted on 14-09-2021 20:33 | By groutby

...and most of those "problems" have little or no meaning whatsoever. “We see climate change as intimately connected with other issues, including colonisation, inequality, energy hardship, waste, pollution and devastating biodiversity loss. We have practical, real-world solutions that address these issues,"... WOW!..that’s a whole lot of problems most rational thinking people never new existed!..and you know what?...THEY PROBABLY DONT! So how about all of those with time on their hands to discuss stuff that leads to absolutely nothing useful whatsoever, spend time and get involved in real life things... look at the real world, their are plenty to issues choose from. Not gonna happen is it?...we have a collection of people just wanting to virtue signal their individual importance to those gullible enough to listen. Nothing will change for the good of the planet, that simply isn’t the intention. James Shaw is a perfect example of nil achievement..