Why seek a more sustainable Christchurch City and Canterbury region?
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?
Future global challenges need to be imaginatively met at the local level. Such challenges include very high petrol prices for NZ when global production and reserves fail to meet growing demand (Peak Oil Production), and also rising sea level and more storm events from climate change. We will be forced into energy efficiency and reduced fossil fuel use sooner or later. Would you prefer to see action soon?
There are alternatives emerging that deserve encouragement through our choices made at home and work. We can support organic food production, for example, and renewable energy generation from sunshine and wind, facilities for safer cycling and walking within the city and social innovations such as farmers’ markets, community gardens and co-housing. When advocating and educating for sustainability, we are optimists. Do you want to seek local solutions instead of feeling you are a part of the problem?