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Porirua City Council - take climate action

Porirua city council has officially declared a climate emergency!! We would like to say a big thank you to Ana Coffey and Josh Trlin for their mahi to get our petition into council, the Extinction Rebellion team and other signatories who attended the petition reading last night but most importantly... you!! Without you signing the petition Porirua City Council would have never declared a climate emergency and for that we are thankful.

However this is only the start, we need to make sure we hold Porirua City Council accountable and to let them know we will not settle until there are ambitious policies, initiatives and deadlines so we can create real climate action in our city. Thank you to every single person who signed the petition, your voices were all heard by the council, tēnā koutou katoa.

We call on Porirua city council to declare a climate emergency and urgently address climate breakdown through new policy initiatives and specific deadlines.

We call for united action from our political representatives to acknowledge and address this challenge to be able to transition our present harmful economics to nurture the planet and look after the people.

Sign this petition to urge the Council to urgently declare a climate emergency so it can make decisions and allocate resources to protect our future.

Why is this important?

This is a call to action for our representatives to declare a climate emergency for Porirua city and to take decisive action. Climate breakdown is a challenge for all humanity, but it is also our biggest opportunity.

By declaring a climate emergency we can ensure our representatives make the necessary decisions in time to save our local ecosystems and our planet.

The effects of climate change strike to the heart of our communities, and will have a major impact on local schools, residents, and businesses. We need urgent and strategic action from our local council representatives to address the challenge seriously.

We have the means, and access to resources to transition, and we also have an obligation to countries worst affected by climate change.

Climate breakdown is challenging, but by decarbonising our economy, we will create more time for doing the things we love, with the people we love, in the nature we love. It will mean working less and sharing more. Driving less and cycling more. Polluting less and planting more.

A shift away from our consumer culture to re-invigorating community will mean we get to spend more time with our whānau gardening, cooking, learning, reading, sharing, laughing, dancing, and singing instead of spending hours on social media, or money on things we don’t need, for connection and validation.

It will mean paying the people who work in low-carbon jobs such as caregiving, teaching, nursing, healing, and restoration generously instead of bankers, polluters and corporate billionaires extracting all the wealth from the rest of us and our Earth.

In taking decisions we urge council members to consult with mana whenua of Ngāti Toa Rangatira at all times. We support the call of the National Māori Climate Network for urgent action.

We can create a green and beautiful future however we just need to have the courage to take action, and we ask our representatives to show us the way. Porirua city can be be part of cities like Nelson, Kapiti and Auckland declaring climate emergencies however this can only be done through your voice. The rangatahi of Porirua are calling for the people who represent us to fight for the future because if they do not, we will not be able to live it. Porirua is our home and we need to protect it for generations to come.

Sign this petition for our future, karawhiua e te iwi!!

Read and sign 'An Open Letter from the Youth of Aotearoa' by School Strike 4 Climate NZ here:

How it will be delivered

On Wednesday 26th of June 5:30pm a public event will be held at the Porirua public gallery, were the petition will be presented to Porirua city council. All signatures collected will be delivered to the council, along with the outlined framework on how we want Porirua city council to act on a climate emergency.

PO Box 50218, Porirua 5240

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2019-06-27 17:24:42 +1200

Petition is successful with 353 signatures

2019-06-19 12:21:47 +1200

we've reached 200 signatures!! Now let's get to 300

2019-06-18 21:15:50 +1200

At Porirua public gallery Wednesday 26 June at 5.30pm, Piata Hohaia and Hana Pilkington-ching will be presenting the petition to council. Come and hear what these young leaders have to say!!

2019-06-17 20:37:41 +1200

100 signatures reached

2019-06-17 14:38:02 +1200

We are 5 signatures away from hitting 100 signatures in 5 days!!

2019-06-14 16:33:22 +1200

50 signatures reached

2019-06-13 22:10:47 +1200

25 signatures reached

2019-06-12 22:56:50 +1200

10 signatures reached