Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Open Letter from Millions of Mothers for World Childrens Day

Dear Parliament,

I am an everyday Mum and I am scared.

My youngest child is 4 years old.

In 2100 she will turn 85. What will that world look like? On our current trajectory, it’s not looking great. You have all heard the consequences of every degree that goes up in global temperature, we will face more extreme weather events, floods, fires, food shortages, species extinction, loss of habitable land and homes. Based on our current emissions which are still rising, we are not even close to limiting the serious impacts of a warming earth.

Today is the UN Universal Children’s Day, which is the successor to the 1959 UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child to which New Zealand is a signatory. This commits us to protect the rights of all children to health and safety. Our elected leaders are responsible for the health and well being of over one million New Zealand children.

I want to see the people we elected to show just how seriously they take this responsibility of reducing our emissions, so we stay within the 1.5-degree limit set by the Paris Agreement. We can’t wait yet another year for the National Adaptation and Emissions Reduction Plans to be released by the newly formed Climate Change Commission before making some serious changes. I am not alone is this. Standing with me are parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, wider whanau and people who care about the world our children and all children will grow into.

We worry successive governments depending on leadership, may decide to put unsustainable activities and growth above all else. As a parent, I need to feel trust that on this one issue that impacts every single person’s current and future well-being, that despite ideological differences, collaboration on climate mitigation will continue.

It is our hope that our leaders will do the right thing and sign up to a transparent formal agreement to collaborate on progressing climate mitigation. We all need this leadership to help us navigate the upheaval change will bring. People need retraining in new fields, people need support in changing how our food is produced, people need assistance to move to safer areas away from coastal erosion threatening their homes.

Our Open Letter petitioning for a Memorandum of Understanding between all parties to take partisanship out of climate can be found on both Change.org and ActionStation – links below.
http://chng.it/6vwgzRjN
https://our.actionstation.org.nz/p/MOU

One common thread we have connecting across all ideologies is love for our environment and our people within it. We live in challenging times but…
We have what we need.
We have the solutions.
We just need the courage now to demand the change we need to bring about. We need the people we elected to have the courage to bring that change about.

Ngā mihi

Alicia Hall
Founder
Millions of Mothers

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Dice Are Loaded Against Women In Public Life

If they enter public life, women can expect a type of intense (and contradictory) scrutiny that is rarely applied to their male counterparts. If they are relatively young and conventionally attractive, such women will tend to be written off as lightweights – yet if they’re older and obviously competent, doubts will then tend to be raised about their “electability” and whether they are “warm” and “likeable” enough to connect with voters. Too conventionally feminine or not conventionally feminine enough? Too cold and too cerebral, or too warm and flighty to be seriously considered for high public office? For women in the public spotlight, the Goldilocks moments (when things are just right) are few and far between. More>>


 
 

PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>

ALSO:

In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO:


RNZ: New Year Honours: Sporting Greats Among Knights And Dames

Six new knights and dames, including Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua and economist Professor Dame Marilyn Waring, have been created in today's New Year's Honours List. The list of 180 recipients - 91 women and 89 men - leans heavily on awards for community service, arts and the media, health and sport.
More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels