They declare emergency, then what?

LETTER

If there’s one thing that’s worse than apathy, it’s empty virtue-signalling.

All over New Zealand, local councils have been falling over themselves to declare a “climate emergency”, but unless I’m missing something, there has been little or no action to get people out of their petrol-driven cars. It has been words only.
How many local authorities have made public transport free?
How many have free parking for electric cars?

I could go on, but the point is obvious.

Martin Hanson, Nelson

If there’s one thing that’s worse than apathy, it’s empty virtue-signalling.

All over New Zealand, local councils have been falling over themselves to declare a “climate emergency”, but unless I’m missing something, there has been little or no action to get people out of their petrol-driven cars. It has been words only.
How many local authorities have made public transport free?
How many have free parking for electric cars?

I could go on, but the point is obvious.

Martin Hanson, Nelson

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Bob Hughes - 11 days ago
Hi Martin.
Our GDC will most likely be declaring a climate emergency very soon, and hopefully for the right reasons.
To me, a district once committed to such would be much more likely to act and prepare for climate change, and the consequences, than a district uncommitted.

G R Webb - 11 days ago
So if there are "right" reasons for declaring a climate emergency there must also be "wrong" reasons. Perhaps, Bob, you could shed some light on these?

But at the end of the day it's easy to go around making these glamorous and glorious statements, but you actually have to do the real work. Not like Canada.


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.

Martin Hanson, Nelson - 10 days ago
Totally agree with Gordon re Canada - and the UK parliament voted for the 3rd runway at Heathrow shortly before (or after, I don't recall) declaring a climate emergency. Very few people in power are prepared to change their lives until absolutely forced to - and that will be too late, if it isn't already.

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