Climate ‘rebellion’ required

LETTER

I support the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations now under way in New Zealand and elsewhere.

Such unified action would have been unimaginable a decade ago when I began campaigning for action on climate change.

Thank God for teenager Greta Thunberg, for shaming the adults into action and sparking the Skolstrejk for Klimate strikes and worldwide acknowledgement we have a climate emergency.

I have supported local school climate strikes, and joined Extinction Rebellion New Zealand.

Most of our GDC election candidates have pledged to commit to a climate emergency. Our district will at last join the 790 local governments in 17 countries which have already done so.

I also urge the vulnerable to dismiss the National Party’s denialism, with climate spokesman Todd Muller having said “climate change emergency is nothing more than hot air” . . . and Simon Bridges with his “I don’t believe there is a climate emergency”.

Also there is the ANZUS allies’ influence: Australia under Scott Morrison is increasingly seen as running a “denialist government”. In the USA under Trump, climate change is “A Hoax”.

Since I began on this, the climate debate has changed.

Critics used to tell me I’d be dead anyway. To me, personal death is a fact of life.

However, I’ve been through a period of grieving for humanity’s likely near-term extinction — and am still coming to terms with this.

I was disappointed our PM Jacinda Ardern criticised Wellington’s Extinction Rebellion protest disruption on Tuesday.

To me, a short-term inconvenience compared with longer-term disruption against our offspring beginning to join the Sixth Mass Extinction is a no-brainer.

Alert readers may have noticed my altered focus. In my March, “What do we do next?” column, I wrote of rapid species decline, a likely reversal of the present human population trend, and our species joining the decline. I’ve had columns since “Avoiding extinction meantime” and “Emergency or extinction?”.

Finally, it is impossible to make it with business as usual. We must embrace climate emergency action and rebel against extinction in earnest.

We are part of the big picture, and life on Earth is at stake.

Bob Hughes

I support the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations now under way in New Zealand and elsewhere.

Such unified action would have been unimaginable a decade ago when I began campaigning for action on climate change.

Thank God for teenager Greta Thunberg, for shaming the adults into action and sparking the Skolstrejk for Klimate strikes and worldwide acknowledgement we have a climate emergency.

I have supported local school climate strikes, and joined Extinction Rebellion New Zealand.

Most of our GDC election candidates have pledged to commit to a climate emergency. Our district will at last join the 790 local governments in 17 countries which have already done so.

I also urge the vulnerable to dismiss the National Party’s denialism, with climate spokesman Todd Muller having said “climate change emergency is nothing more than hot air” . . . and Simon Bridges with his “I don’t believe there is a climate emergency”.

Also there is the ANZUS allies’ influence: Australia under Scott Morrison is increasingly seen as running a “denialist government”. In the USA under Trump, climate change is “A Hoax”.

Since I began on this, the climate debate has changed.

Critics used to tell me I’d be dead anyway. To me, personal death is a fact of life.

However, I’ve been through a period of grieving for humanity’s likely near-term extinction — and am still coming to terms with this.

I was disappointed our PM Jacinda Ardern criticised Wellington’s Extinction Rebellion protest disruption on Tuesday.

To me, a short-term inconvenience compared with longer-term disruption against our offspring beginning to join the Sixth Mass Extinction is a no-brainer.

Alert readers may have noticed my altered focus. In my March, “What do we do next?” column, I wrote of rapid species decline, a likely reversal of the present human population trend, and our species joining the decline. I’ve had columns since “Avoiding extinction meantime” and “Emergency or extinction?”.

Finally, it is impossible to make it with business as usual. We must embrace climate emergency action and rebel against extinction in earnest.

We are part of the big picture, and life on Earth is at stake.

Bob Hughes

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Kate Jensen, Paraparaumu - 14 days ago
Well done Bob. You are right, scientists have no doubt now that we are entering the 6th mass extinction - a human-caused catastrophe of apocalyptic proportion that will lead to the death of all living on Earth, unless we act now. We have a small window of opportunity to stop the worst.
IMHO (in my humble opinion) the most appalling aspect of this situation is that this has been known for over 40 years. And if we had done something back in the 1990s, put the money we spent on war toys on renewable energy and regenerative practice, well then we would have saved trillions in cost, and saved species and millions of people suffering from the effects of climate change. Even now, the sooner we act the less it will cost. And yet governments aren't doing the maths, and don't seem to give a rat's arse if they are committing hundreds, thousands or millions to needless deaths through climate change-caused wars, famines, heat events, extreme weather events and lack of water.

G R Webb - 13 days ago
Bob, the demonstrators appear to have a propensity for supa glue and applying it between fingers and public structures. If you are keen (and as an extinction supporter you must be) then I'll bring the glue and meet you on the Gladstone Road bridge at 12 noon Friday.

Wolf - 13 days ago
Hello Bob, hello everyone. I want to thank you personally for having the courage and taking the time to write such a heartfelt article. Extinction Rebellion is all about action, that is something that I learned this week while standing together in Wellington. Starting this week (Week of Action) there is a XR Tairawhiti and we would love someone like yourself to join hands with us and share with us your invaluable experience and wisdom. Details are being worked out right this moment for social media presence, but if you would like to get in touch I would direct you to our email address xrtairawhiti@gmail.com. Thank you so much for your support and for putting yourself out there, we can talk about the glue and any other fun parts of the action, but the first thing is strategic planning, as I am absolutely sure you know without me having to say it. Keep it up, you inspire me.

Neil Walker, Hawera - 12 days ago
Yes, but what do you suggest is done? I don't hear anything but emotional rhetoric. What action do you propose? What concrete thing can you suggest?

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