First step recognition

LETTER

Re: Eyeing implications of a climate emergency declaration, October 18 letter.

The whole world is in climate emergency, and no doubt our new council will be declaring such shortly.

After a decade of having my climate alerts rubbished or played down, I am pleased that at last the majority accept we are in trouble.

The first step in solving a problem is to recognise that it does exist — a positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts.

I believe these old sayings to be true.

Peter Wooding gave a list, said “some of these things are already happening” and asked “Does it require the declaration of a State of Emergency to make local and central government take action?”

I say the State of Emergency will occur before long whether local or national government declares it or not. So why not declare it now?

Will the new team be brave enough to apply emergency measures? I do not know.

The question Mr Wooding did not ask is, will we be prepared to accept the necessary measures that must be imposed on us?

Although I was only ever in Boys’ Brigade, I loved the Boy Scouts motto: “Be Prepared”. Let’s heed that motto now.

Bob Hughes

Re: Eyeing implications of a climate emergency declaration, October 18 letter.

The whole world is in climate emergency, and no doubt our new council will be declaring such shortly.

After a decade of having my climate alerts rubbished or played down, I am pleased that at last the majority accept we are in trouble.

The first step in solving a problem is to recognise that it does exist — a positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts.

I believe these old sayings to be true.

Peter Wooding gave a list, said “some of these things are already happening” and asked “Does it require the declaration of a State of Emergency to make local and central government take action?”

I say the State of Emergency will occur before long whether local or national government declares it or not. So why not declare it now?

Will the new team be brave enough to apply emergency measures? I do not know.

The question Mr Wooding did not ask is, will we be prepared to accept the necessary measures that must be imposed on us?

Although I was only ever in Boys’ Brigade, I loved the Boy Scouts motto: “Be Prepared”. Let’s heed that motto now.

Bob Hughes

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G R Webb - 1 month ago
So if we are in an emergency, why do we need a declaration?

Bob Hughes - 30 days ago
Mr Webb,
Putting it more simply, a declaration is required to acknowledge recognition "we are in an emergency", thereby foster the positive action needed to address the big problem we all face. Could you please put words to a reason we should to do otherwise, Gordon?

Wolf - 30 days ago
Kia ora Bob, the best possible outcome of everyone coming together and accepting the fact that we are facing an emergency at a scale we never have before is that we can have a say in the way the measures taken affect us. So instead of having emergency measures imposed upon us because it's too late to have a conversation about the implications of these, we can all come to the table and find solutions that will be both effective and inclusive, avoiding the trauma of having them forced upon us.

The only ones to blame if it were ever to get to that point would be ourselves.

That's why we urge everyone to stop denying the obvious facts that we have come to reveal through years of research and gathering of evidence and simply sit down and, all together, figure out what on earth we can do to work through this. There is no question about the fact that we will have to deal with the consequences of our actions, or inaction, together. The real question is, will we take it upon ourselves? Or will we leave it in the hands of 14 people sitting in the council, who may or may not hold our best interests at heart?

Again, will we choose extinction or rebellion?

G R Webb - 30 days ago
Apart from the fact that you have got it all the wrong way around. You should be convincing me that we need to declare a climate change emergency rather than me saying why we shouldn't. But that aside its purely symbolic, meaningless and a waste of time.

Canada is a case in point.

On June 18, Canada became the second country to make the declaration.

The following day, the same Canadian government approved the massive expansion of an oil pipeline that will be capable of moving up to 600,000 barrels of oil every day out of Alberta to port in British Columbia.

This is not what we might expect from a country that has just declared an emergency largely caused by fossil fuels.