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Thursday, 31 January, 2019 – 14:27
On Friday morning the Resource Management Act will be composted outside the Canterbury Mayoral Forum by protest group Extinction Rebellion. Spokesperson Julie Thompson said “There’s a climate and ecological emergency and we want Canterbury mayors to make acting on this an absolute priority.”
“The Resource Management Act has repeatedly failed to safeguard Aotearoa New Zealand’s environment so it needs to be transformed into an Ecological Protection Act. Currently the RMA even excludes climate change concerns.” she continued.
Thompson says “We are asking the mayors to take the leadership and moral responsibility that their position demands. They need to tell the truth about the ecological and climate crisis and stop using the RMA as an excuse for bowing to developments that sell out, concrete over, pollute and mine our life support systems in the name of private profit.”
Extinction Rebellion members and supporters will be on the road outside the Copthorne Hotel as mayors arrive to the forum. They will be adding pages of the RMA to garden waste, food scraps and wood chip to make a large mound of compost. A native tree symbolising an Ecological Protection Act will then be planted in the top of it.
“Cities across the world, including London and Vancouver, have now declared climate emergencies and have committed to zero carbon by 2030. We urge the Canterbury Mayors to follow suit, to lobby central government for an Ecological Protection Act, and be guided by participatory democracy for all of this.” Says Thompson.
“To declare a climate emergency is a crucial first step to show a change in priorities, to take wellbeing of people and planet seriously. Now is the time for courage to care for what’s most important to life. If need be, the grassroots will show our elected representatives what that means,” she finishes.
XROtautahi has notified the Mayors, and is hopeful that specific attendees might speak on the issue.
Extinction Rebellion OÌtautahi is part of an international movement declaring rebellion against government for criminal inaction on the climate emergency. In December they turned off Environment Canterbury’s water supply in protest of decisions made around water and broader environmental protection in Canterbury. About fifteen Extinction Rebellion groups have become active in Aotearoa NZ since October 2018.