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For our children and grandchildren to have a healthy future they will need clean air, reliable fresh water supplies, productive nearby farmland, employment opportunities and a supportive society. We are concerned that present directions or trends will not guarantee these basic needs are satisfied. Are you worried too?
The August 2013 SOC newsletter is out now - read it here.
There are two very strong threads apparent in the material in this newsletter. The first concerns the idea of Planetary Boundaries as measures of resource use and depletion, which define a safe living space for humanity. We’ve included part of the original academic article by Rockström et al as well as a commentary by the former Chair of Sustainable Otautahi Christchurch – Tom Taylor. Others have also started to use the Planetary Boundaries model and this newsletter includes reverence to pieces by Gail Tverberg and on the “Make Wealth History” website. Please take the time to learn about this important concept.
The second thread is about solutions – people around the world, around Aotearoa and particularly around Christchurch who are working for a better way than tired old “business as usual”. You will find contributions here from WWF, Generation Zero, 350.org and others – all working to bring about that transition to a more sane and sustainable future.
Newsletter SOC makes submissions on key plans and policies which will shape the future of Christchurch and New Zealand. An archive of our submissions are on this website.
These comments are made with reference to SOC’s vision of a Strongly Sustainable New Zealand:
1. New Zealand limits emissions into the atmosphere, discharges into waterways and the ocean, and chemicals into soil, to levels within the assimilative capacities of the relevant ecosystems.
2. New Zealand regenerates and grows natural and social capital to sustain the health and resilience of its people and their institutions, and the whole of nature.
3. New Zealand substitutes renewable resources for non-renewable resources wherever feasible, and uses these as efficiently as possible. Non-renewable material resources are stewarded within closed cycles that maintain their quality, and nonrenewable energy resources are used at a rate that is no greater than the rate of investment in their replacement by renewable energy sources.
4. New Zealanders are broadly and deeply eco-literate and have a strong human-Earth relationship. Through education, they know that people are part of nature and ecosystems and understand that what they do to nature they do to themselves.