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The world waits with collective breath held to see if the upcoming Copenhagen conference can produce anything more than hot air. To coincide with this epic global event is the first NZ version of the climate change camps that have been run in England for some years. The British version of the climate camps describes itself
“The Climate Camp is a place for anyone who wants to take action on climate change; for anyone who’s fed up with empty government rhetoric and corporate spin; for anyone who’s worried that the small steps they’re taking aren’t enough to match the scale of the problem; and for anyone who’s worried about our future and wants to do something about it.“
I’ve been wondering in the past few years why humanity was so will to make significant sacrifices in the 20th Century for causes such as gender equality, ending apartheid, anti-nuclear campaigns, gay rights to name a few, yet when we face what is arguably the most significant and likely threat to our survival on the planet as it is today we are timid, unsure and uncommitted. As the younger generation we have some cause to be angry with the powers that have been ignoring climate science for 3o or years, but if we don’t take action now to alter our cause then we are equally responsible for the damaging centuries to come. We can complain about the short-sightness of politicians all we want, we can be dismayed at the mis direction of economists, and we can be angry with the baby boomers for blowing the greatest generation of wealth we may ever know, but if we don’t take take responsibility to act when the time is called for then we are merely a silent part of the problem.
So when grass roots events like the NZ Climate Camp come along it is a great chance to educate ourselves and direct our actions positively. Have a look at the nice website, and contact them if you have anything to offer.