Bring­ing fo­cus to our en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues

Wairarapa News - - OUT & ABOUT - PIERS FULLER

The en­vi­ron­ment is seen as a key is­sue for these elec­tions and lo­cal ad­vo­cacy groups want to help vot­ers un­der­stand the is­sues bet­ter be­fore they head to the polls.

Chris Peter­son of Sus­tain­able Wairarapa and For­est & Bird said re­cent cat­a­strophic weather events world­wide and cli­mate change re­ports here in New Zealand show that these top­ics are more rel­e­vant than ever.

‘‘As re­flected in polls and me­dia cov­er­age world­wide - in­clud­ing here in Wairarapa - there is in­creas­ing con­cern around the thorny and deeply com­plex is­sues of wa­ter qual­ity and cli­mate change.’’

‘‘Many see them as in­ter­con­nected prob­lems which all de­vel­oped coun­tries have con­trib­uted to over gen­er­a­tions through our lin­ear economies and ex­trav­a­gantly con­sump­tive life­styles,’’ Peter­son said

He be­lieves chang­ing those par­a­digms will be ‘‘dif­fi­cult and dis­rup­tive’’ but there is a re­al­i­sa­tion that some­how it must be done ur­gently.

‘‘To that end, lead­ing up to the elec­tion, Sus­tain­able Wairarapa and Wairarapa For­est & Bird are jointly pro­mot­ing three events on these two is­sues that have im­pli­ca­tions for our lo­cal econ­omy, well-be­ing and way of life,’’ he said.

First up For­est & Bird’s na­tional Fresh­wa­ter Ad­vo­cate, Anna­beth Co­hen, will dis­cuss the Fresh Wa­ter Res­cue Plan which has support from 16 sci­ence, pub­lic health, tourism, recre­ation and en­vi­ron­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions. Co­hen is speak­ing at the Copthorne this Thurs­day, September 7 at 7.30pm.

Next week Roger Blake­ley, for­merly Sec­re­tary for the En­vi­ron­ment, and now a Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil­lor and elected mem­ber of Cap­i­tal and Coast District Health Board. He will dis­cuss the de­tailed pro­jec­tions for cli­mate change in the Wairarapa. Blake­ley is speak­ing at the Copthorne on Thurs­day September 14.

The fi­nal event is on Sun­day September 17 at 4.30pm at the Re­gent The­atre in Master­ton which is a fundrais­ing screen­ing of Al Gore’s new film, In­con­ve­nient Se­quel: Truth to Power. Tick­ets $20 and in­cludes drinks and nib­bles.

The first two evenings are free, koha ac­cepted. Con­tacts: Chris Peter­son,, or Ray Ste­wart,

Roger Blake­ley will talk about cli­mate change at the Copthorne on September 14.

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