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In my “Hard truths are hitting home” column last Thursday I expressed pleasure in the trend of your online climate emergency poll. On Saturday your “Believers edge out deniers in poll” article confirmed a majority vote for our district adopting the slogan and acting.

My theme of a general shift in consciences was also shown in your Weekender with two further articles — the front-page lead, Eastland Group is ready to face the realities of climate change, and the column “It’s an emergency, declare it” by local teenager Maia Ingoe.

Maia is campaigning for the council to join others, to publicly declare a climate emergency and acknowledge the extent of the crisis. She urged readers to sign the Action Station petition.

The climate emergency is fact. Some of your GH poll naysayers made it clear they are in denial, with comments like: “human-caused climate change is a hoax!”, “utter waste of time”, Gisborne declaring a climate emergency would make no difference, “The Earth goes in cycles . . . just live with it”.

I’ll link this to a recent online comment directed at me: “Humans are just not altruistic. We will not change our behaviour to benefit others at a perceived disadvantage to ourselves.”

My reply: “XX may not see altruistic tendencies in those that he mixes with. But amongst the public-spirited volunteers and helpers I mix with daily, I see a great deal of selfless, considerate, ungrudging compassion for others in need.”

These qualities are abundant amongst our people. Speaking out and making sacrifices has led to great changes in the past. Declaring this climate emergency and acting accordingly is definitely the right way to go.

The fact that Eastland Group and Eastland Community Trust are committed to this climate change fight belies the repeated claim that declaring a climate emergency is left-wing political posturing.

With the climate emergency a reality, and Eastland Group and our school kids ready to stand up for climate action, let us all get cracking and do what’s needed. Let’s join other communities to declare we have a climate emergency in Tairawhiti as well.

Bob Hughes

In my “Hard truths are hitting home” column last Thursday I expressed pleasure in the trend of your online climate emergency poll. On Saturday your “Believers edge out deniers in poll” article confirmed a majority vote for our district adopting the slogan and acting.

My theme of a general shift in consciences was also shown in your Weekender with two further articles — the front-page lead, Eastland Group is ready to face the realities of climate change, and the column “It’s an emergency, declare it” by local teenager Maia Ingoe.

Maia is campaigning for the council to join others, to publicly declare a climate emergency and acknowledge the extent of the crisis. She urged readers to sign the Action Station petition.

The climate emergency is fact. Some of your GH poll naysayers made it clear they are in denial, with comments like: “human-caused climate change is a hoax!”, “utter waste of time”, Gisborne declaring a climate emergency would make no difference, “The Earth goes in cycles . . . just live with it”.

I’ll link this to a recent online comment directed at me: “Humans are just not altruistic. We will not change our behaviour to benefit others at a perceived disadvantage to ourselves.”

My reply: “XX may not see altruistic tendencies in those that he mixes with. But amongst the public-spirited volunteers and helpers I mix with daily, I see a great deal of selfless, considerate, ungrudging compassion for others in need.”

These qualities are abundant amongst our people. Speaking out and making sacrifices has led to great changes in the past. Declaring this climate emergency and acting accordingly is definitely the right way to go.

The fact that Eastland Group and Eastland Community Trust are committed to this climate change fight belies the repeated claim that declaring a climate emergency is left-wing political posturing.

With the climate emergency a reality, and Eastland Group and our school kids ready to stand up for climate action, let us all get cracking and do what’s needed. Let’s join other communities to declare we have a climate emergency in Tairawhiti as well.

Bob Hughes

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