By Jowan Nute, Cate Tipler and Lulu Cullen, School Strike 4 Climate
On September 27th 2019, 170,000 New Zealanders took to our streets. The crowds flew their flags, chanted in unison and demanded climate justice. Together, we formed the largest protest in New Zealand’s history.
Now, it’s time to use that passion for meaningful change. The government is currently in the process of making the crucial decisions that will determine the state of the economy and the environment for generations to come. We have an unprecedented opportunity to create a ‘new normal’ that benefits both the people and the planet. Just because we’re locked-down doesn’t mean we have to shut up, from our bedrooms and our kitchen tables, we need to act!
We were inspired by the ‘Sunrise’ movement in the United States and believe that New Zealand needs its own ‘Green New Deal’. This is our chance to completely revolutionise the economy and our country to reduce inequality, bring environmental justice and fight against climate change.
In our efforts to create this ‘Green New Deal’ we were informed of the amazing work that Better Futures Forum has already been doing and decided there was no point in running parallel processes. After all, we are much stronger when we work together. The more Climate groups, indigenous leaders and academics contributing to a ‘Green New Deal’, the better it will be.
Let’s make history together!
* Editorial note: there are two spelling errors in the map. The authors acknowledge these, and wanted to reassure their English teachers past and present that they take spelling seriously! 😉