So how worried are NZ scientists about climate change? Worried enough to put up their own money to pay for an ad in the Dom Post and Otago Times. Page B4 for the Dom. Names on that list include directors of science centres at Vic, authors of IPCC chapters, winners of NZ’s best science medals, i.e. the best scientists that we’ve got, and, erm… me.
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An Urgent Appeal to New Zealand Voters
Recent events have show that tax cuts and all the other election issues pale into
insignificance compared with the importance of weather and climate on our lives.
Reputable scientists now agree that climate change is caused mainly by burning
fossil fuels like petrol, gas and coal. This poses the most serious threat in
history to humanity and the global environment.
Shrinking glaciers, thawing tundra, warmer shorter winters, and more extreme
weather events, like Hurricane Katrina, are all signs this phenomenon is already
profoundly affecting environments and economies world-wide.
Ours is the first and only fossil-fuelled civilisation. Our entire economy and
standard of living currently rely on the burning of fossil fuels as a cheap,
convenient form of energy. This is coming to an end, with recent price hikes in
part due a global peak in oil supplies.
We have reached a critical cross-road. Either we carry on until change is forced
on us, as has happened in New Orleans, or we begin to wean ourselves from fossil-
fuel-driven consumption by reducing demand and switching to clean renewable
sources. We urgently need to take full responsibility for our climate changing
emissions; take new localised initiatives with energy supply and demand and retain
balanced and inclusive laws for sustainable resource management decisions.
We have to begin to take action now. Past collapsed civilisations that overshot
their resource base are a warning. We cannot afford to have leaders of the
George W. Bush type, who turn their backs on the evidence of climate change and
refuse to support national and international efforts to address the unprecedented
threat it poses to our way of life and that of our children.
Further information on this issue you may like to review:
Climate change: http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/
Peak oil: http://www.peakoil.net/
Community Action Options: http://www.communitysolution.org/
Party policies on climate change issues: http://www.environmentvote.org.nz
We, the undersigned, appeal to voters in the 2005 elections to consider deeply
where the political parties stand on climate change and unsustainable energy use.
In the end it is these issues that will really matter.
And if this doesn’t affect how you vote, then you’re a fool.