March for Action on Climate Change

11 Sep 2014

 A wide range of organisations are banding together in Christchurch on Saturday in a March for Action on Climate Change.

The various groups are urging members of the public to join the march and, on election day, to consider climate change a top-priority issue when they go to the polls.

The collaboration includes Forest and Bird, 350 Aotearoa, OraTaiao (the New Zealand Climate and Health Council), Generation Zero Christchurch, Greenpeace, Canterbury Coal Action, Frack-Free and Oil-Free Otautahi.

The March will start at 12.30pm at Deans Bush in Riccarton, and progress down Riccarton Road via Rimu Street, to North Hagley Park near the Riccarton roundabout. It will end with the symbolic deflating of a 12 foot-high inflatable dinosaur, bringing an end to ‘dinosaur thinking.’

The aim of idea behind the march is to send a clear message to political parties that climate change is an issue that Canterbury Christchurch citizens care about, and one that cannot be ignored any longer.

350 spokesperson Siana Fitzjohn says: “Firstly, we are urging people to vote, and when they do so, to consider the serious impacts that climate change will have on New Zealand’s communities, biodiversity, health and economy and let this inform their decision about who to vote for”.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has concluded that increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere resulting from human activity such as burning fossil fuels and deforestation is the main cause of global temperature increase. The worldwide scientific consensus is that 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground if we are to keep global temperature change to two degrees centigrade.

Already New Zealand is predicted to experience increasing instances of droughts, floods and fires, while our neighbours in the Pacific stand to lose their islands completely.

“Prioritising a fossil fuel exploration and extraction agenda in the light of the scientific evidence is utterly reckless and compromises our nation’s social conscience.” Fitzjohn says.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the march is encouraged to find the event on Facebook, check out our events page or email 350christchurch@gmail.com.