James Shaw Announces Green Party’s Climate Change Plan 3 September 2015
Article by Michael Mann in Scientific American
Article by Michael Mann in Scientific American
His holiness Pope Francis has released an Encyclical — the highest form of teaching by the Catholic Church – that focuses solely on our relationships with the environment.
It is a long read, I am not religious myself, but this has certainly has raised my respect for Pope Francis.
350.org through their Go Fossil Free website have highlighted this Encyclical and are encouraging people to Urge their own faith leaders to join the call for climate action.
In the years since New Zealand politicians began to grapple with climate change our greenhouse gas emissions have burgeoned. Alister Barry’s doco draws on TV archives and interviews with key participants to find out why.
Watch the full documentary online at www.hotairfilm.co.nz
Since 1990, when the National government set a target of 20% reduction within ten years, our greenhouse gas emissions have burgeoned. Alister Barry’s film identifies the forces arrayed against the scientists, activists and successive ministers for environment and climate change who tried, over the next 20 years, to reduce New Zealand’s contribution to the global crisis. No one in New Zealand makes more judicious use of the TV archive than Alister Barry, separating the news and current affairs footage from the clutter of broadcast and reasserting its value as permanent record. The parade of climate change deniers he unearths, claiming and being granted their ‘equal time’, may engender tears of rage in rational viewers. And, as any lobbyist knows, a bunch of riled-up farmers protesting a ‘fart tax’ on Queen Street or running a tractor up the steps of Parliament House will not be deflected by mere science. In new interviews, scientists, activists and officials add their commentaries. Three former ministers – Simon Upton, David Parker and a forthright, embattled Pete Hodgson – provide incisive, illuminating accounts. The truth is more inconvenient than ever.
Paul Beckwith discusses how ground level flask measurements of methane have been spiking upwards over the last few years. I analyze the implications to the breakdown of climate stability, causing jet stream fracturing and weather regime change. I believe that this behaviour will rapidly worsen as Arctic temperature amplification continues, leading our planet to a much warmer and unrecognizable climate over the next 5 to 10 years.
A Lions Club of Kapiti Project
This is a walk from Wellington to Kapiti to heighten awareness of the need for disaster recovery planning.
Emergency disaster planners predict the possibility of a major incident, which will affect the Wellington region resulting in serious damage to infrastructure. Recovery may be slow and people must be prepared to take care of themselves for several days or longer. Of particular concern are the thousands of Johnsonville, Tawa, Porirua, Mana and Kapiti residents who commute to Wellington daily and damage to roads is likely to mean the only way home from Wellington for them will be on foot. This project will provide up to 150 commuters with the opportunity of testing their equipment and ability to complete the walk. Along the route various Lions Clubs will provide food and drink stations. While it is well understood that in a real disaster a direct route via damaged roads even on foot may be difficult, this exercise will at least give an indication of the reality of such a journey.
1. To heighten awareness of the need for workers in Wellington of the necessity to have to walk 50+km home, following a major disaster.
2. To provide an opportunity for workers to experience for themselves, the reality of such a walk
3. To better understand and test what emergency equipment would be needed to facilitate the journey.
4. To reach a wide audience through media coverage of the event to encourage better personal disaster planning.
The walk will commence at Wellington Railway Station on Saturday 1st November at and finish at Ngatitoa domain.
Phase 1 Day 1 The walk will commence at 08:30 from Wellington Railway Station on Saturday 1st November and finish at Ngatitoa domain..
Phase 2 Day 2 The walk will re-commence at Ngatitoa Domain on Sunday 2nd of November and finish at Marine Gardens Raumati Beach.
For more Info goto kapitispoy.org.nz
Natural Building Conference and House Tours – Kapiti Coast and Wellington
Come along to meet fellow natural building enthusiasts and share a wonderful weekend.
Listen to our keynote speakers Professors Robert and Brenda Vale from the School of Architecture at Victoria University and authors of “Time To Eat The Dog” and “The Autonomous House”.
To find out more and register and to book accommodation: