As demand for growth exceeds earth’s physical limits, causing unprecedented risks, what knowledge and changes do we need to secure New Zealand’s future wellbeing?
Ours is a biologically complex and exquisite planet. Caring, informed people now accept that a healthy sustainable environment is integral to all life and that our future depends on having genuine sustainability as our core goal.
Today, most scientists believe critical “thresholds” are upon us, that the consequences are likely to be disastrous and irreversible if we do not make urgent fundamental changes. In this respect the links between climate change, current fossil fuel extraction and combustion, and a stable economy are deeply concerning. So far, New Zealand has failed to truly face up to such unprecedented threats to its security.
We, the undersigned, therefore call on the New Zealand parliament to face up to the situation and forthwith, dispassionately assess the risks in the following five priority areas*and from those recommendations, design cross-party policies to avert any confirmed threats to give future generations the very best chance of security, peace, social justice and opportunity.
1. Economic security: the risk of a sudden, deepening, or prolonged financial crisis.
2. Energy and climate security: the risk of continuing our heavy dependence on fossil fuels.
3. Business continuity: the risk exposure of all New Zealand business, including farming, to a lower
4. Ecological security: the risks associated with failing to genuinely protect both land-based and
marine ecosystems and their natural processes.
5. Genuine well-being: the risk of persisting with a subsidised, debt-based economy, preoccupied
with maximising consumption and GDP.
* for further explanation on these five, refer to “The Appeal” on this website
Please add your name to the Appeal to be formally presented to parliament, and your comments for other Kiwis to read.
I support a National Risk Assessment of the five subjects identified in the Appeal for a wise political response to our deteriorating world.
Help to collect signatures – download the Appeal as a PDF here: Risk Appeal Petition
Recent comments from signatories:
Our future depends on making smart decisions now. We need to take environmental issues seriously. We only have one earth and we in NZ must act responsibly to protect it, Jennifer Stone.
A very timely movement in the light of NZ’s future crimes against humanity and Life on Earth, through exacerbating climate change and extreme weather events by pursuing expansion of fossil fuel extraction on land (Denniston) and at sea (Taranaki and Canterbury), Paul Elwell-Sutton.
As a country we have the means to form a collective response to these issues. We can use our collective intelligence to move from the direction we are in. Now is the time act to become part of the global village that hold these principles, Malibu Hamilton.
Everything is connected; we are a part of the natural world and it is incumbent on us all to work with nature rather than using it with no thought for the consequences, West Coast Blue Penguin Trust.
Long term cross party planning is required in order to future proof our environment. The short term planning of an incumbent government constrained by a desire to ensure re-election is insufficient to ensure long term sustainability, Merilyn Manley-Harris.