When the government proposed declaring a climate emergency in December last year, Jacinda Ardern said this,
This declaration is an acknowledgment of the next generation: an acknowledgment of the burden that they will carry if we do not get this right and if we do not take action now. When I visit schools, when I read children’s letters, I’m often struck by how deeply personal the climate crisis is to them. We cannot underestimate a generation, full of angst and anxiety over the reality of climate change for them and their generation. And it is up to us to make sure that we demonstrate there is a pathway, there is a plan for action, and there is a reason for hope. For them, it is instinctual. It is tangible. It is real. It is about the country they will inherit and it’s about the burden of debt they will inherit unless we make sure that we demonstrate leadership on this issue.
Cool, cool. Now show us the money.
As one of those jaded about the notion that Labour will do what is necessary on climate action, I’ve been hoping that 2021 will see a resurgence of climate activism now that things in New Zealand have settled down somewhat with the pandemic. Labour will follow when there are enough of us on the streets demanding change.
So I’m pleased to see School Strike 4 Climate gearing up with this rally at parliament on Tuesday,
Kia ora whanau, School Strike 4 Climate NZ here, we are launching our new campaign called ‘100 Days 4 Action’. We believe it is vital to hold our new Labour government to account from the get-go, specifically on climate change. Like many, we have seen countless promises on policies, actions and goals in the past year – but we often question ourselves, what will they deliver? We are demanding real transformative action during this newly sworn-in government’s first 100 days. It is time for real change, to protect our people & our planet, for good.
We are collating a list of demands for our Government’s first 100 days, which on January 26th, we will take to Parliament to demand that real climate action is taken, based on such demands.
Love this in light of the months from the general election where we’ve been told to have patience and give Labour a chance. Time to get on with it.
From the SS4C press release,
As climate change affects every New Zealander and every part of society, we are inviting everyone to join us. This rally will be intergenerational. Parents, teachers, aunties, uncles and grandparents are asked to join youth on January 26th to stand up for climate justice, and the many issues that follow such.
Our demands focus on what climate action New Zealanders want from our government. This includes:
- Prohibiting the implementation of, and phase out the use of fossil fuels nationwide
- Investing in a 100% Renewable Energy economy
- Investing & implementing in a just transition
- Honouring its [the Government’s] responsibility to our Pacific Island neighbours
- Decreased Agriculture Emissions
- Invests in Climate Education
The rally starts at 12.30pm Tuesday 26th January on Parliament Lawn.
In the lead up to the rally SS4C have been asking for people to submit their top three demands of the government for climate action.
What do you want our government to achieve in their first 100 days?
Have at it Standardistas. What should the government be doing right now on climate?