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Scott Willis
Scott Willis2 days ago
Thank you Marama Davidson MP! We are so privileged to have your as Minister for Family and Sexual Violence, with your ability to get people around the table and deliver an inclusive, practical strategy focussed on on healing and prevention.
Scott Willis
Scott Willis3 days ago
Composting can reduce waste to landfill and help grow healthy food (and in my case too many weeds). The Government’s draft waste strategy needs to phase out sending food and organic waste to landfill to reduce methane emissions and protect the climate. That requires more support for avoiding food waste, food rescue, home and community composting.

If you care about avoiding waste and improving product design, improving our recovery and re-use of materials, changing our throw away society and have a spare 15 minutes before 5.00 pm Friday 10 December please make a submission on the Government’s proposed new waste strategy and law. There’s a submission guide here to help: https://action.greens.org.nz/national_waste_strategy_submission_guide
Scott Willis
Scott Willis3 days ago
I was in Christchurch at a family gathering on Saturday and it was sweltering! Today in Ōtepoti Dunedin it is nowhere near as hot or even balmy. But as Niwa forecaster Nava Fedaeff says, the warmer than usual weather is a consequence of climate breakdown. However, warmer weather isn't just a one-off. As the planet heats up, temperatures will continue to rise, and more extreme weather events will occur like the flooding in the Wellington suburb of Seatoun today.

We need to reduce emissions fast to slow down the global heating. That's why I sign petitions for free public transport and why I wrote my submission on the Emissions Reduction Plan. We all do our bit in our own lives, but we need momenteous system change to decarbonise and build an economy of enough.

At the same time, we need now to work creatively on solutions, like #ClimateSafeHousing - so that people can have shelter that is adaptable and energy efficient; reduction in energy demand through increasing flexibility in electricity systems and peer-to-peer electricity trading and limits on irrigation and fertilizer use so that the energy demands of industrial agriculture reduce.

While we're looking forward to a Summer break, let's also think about what changes we can make, and push for in 2022. Local body elections are coming up in the New Year, so making sure we have the right candidates is important to shift the political world too. #LocalGovernment #ClimateAction #Adaptation #Resilience
Scott Willis
Scott Willis7 days ago
Ahoy! A 'blue highway' makes complete sense in our long skinny country. Wind powered coastal craft would allow low carbon mobility and transport of freight. We've seen how even a small adverse event, such as washed out bridges in flood events can cause access problems for basic goods, and climate breakdown will include many more land based adverse events.

Alongside a blue highway we also need a re-localisation of manufacturing and support for local food production - in other words, decentralisation / regional resilience. #Adaptation #PowerDown #Mobility #BlueHighway
Scott Willis
Scott Willis1 week ago
"For the circular economy to flourish, a change in mindset is needed in every segment of society, from government to business and consumers." - I agree, except that I'd like to move away from the identity of a consumer towards the identity of a steward, guiding us towards greater simplicity, wellbeing and a life-way that ensures future generations also have a chance to thrive. Papatūānuku has been exploited for far too long. We know we need to power-down, and restore biodiverty, while we adapt to the situation we've created. There is much to be gained. Creativity is an endlessly renewable resource, so let's make use of it together, because #WeAreInThisTogether.
Scott Willis
Scott Willis1 week ago
Tower Insurance has just introduced a new pricing model for flood risks. Climate breakdown is increasing the risk, and insurance premiums are rising for those in flood hazard zones, while some insurers are withdrawing cover entirely because the insurance sector avoids explicit risk.

Now banks are also realising the risk. With no insurance, the banking sector is also exposed. "At that point, we've got a mortgage on that property, and it's uninsurable. Well, I'm sorry, but the mortgage might have to go as well. So that would be a very awkward discussion that I think we're all going to have to have over the next 10 to 15 years."

We need #ClimateSafeHousing and #CommunityLedRelocation as part of our adaptation efforts. The Government is drafting a Climate Adaptation Bill and will be seeking public input down the track while climate risk grows. We need in addition, a task force, and reference group drawing in the banking, insurance, construction sectors, alongside the establishment of a Ministry of Green Works for Aotearoa New Zealand. #WeAreInThisTogether #ClimateActionNow