Below is a guest blog from Aaron Packard, a star organizer for 350 in New Zealand. Aaron's been working hard to build the movement--starting in his hometown and scaling up from there. Here is his (slightly belated) action report. The summary: 5000 people + bands + scavenger hunts + climate action = absulutely awesome. Good on ya Aaron and everyone else who helped!
350 Aotearoa: New Zealand’s part in the climate movement
By Aaron Packard
The politics of climate change in New Zealand is a polarised shambles.
We’ve had a failed carbon tax and now the Emissions Trading Scheme is under a complete review – before it even got off the ground! For a while the new government was going to do a review of climate science to see whether climate change is real or not. But thankfully they thought better of it.
Some people feel that NZ shouldn’t bother doing anything because our annual emissions of CO2 are just 0.12% of the global total. But when you compare that to our population (4.2 million) as a percentage of the total world population – 0.06%, it shows that New Zealanders emit twice the global average per capita of CO2. And that does not even count methane – the source of half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions (mainly from burping cows).
So it was in this context that 350 Aotearoa (Aotearoa is the Māori word for New Zealand) was established in the lead up to the 350 Climate Action Festival on the Global Day of Action on Climate Change, Dec 6th 2008. About 5000 people came down to the Festival to celebrate action on climate change and to be inspired by the bands, stalls, scavenger hunt, community area, children’s area, frocks on bikes and more. We have just released a couple of short videos from the festival that offer a snapshot of the action. Check them out on our website: www.350.org.nz.
Check the video below, and make sure to check the full post here