Video message to RCE Greater Lombok, International Islamic University of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Youth workshop on education for zero carbon, June 2019
Asia Pacific RCE 2019 Hangzhou, China. Getting to Zero carbon through Education.
Talking low carbon
Three young New Zealanders attended an Asia Pacific meeting on Low Carbon Action, Hangzhou, China this month, assisted by the National Commission, which contributed funding towards their travel costs. The theme of the meeting was ‘achieving zero carbon through education’.
The attendees – James Young-Drew, Anya Bukholt-Payne and Betsan Martin – are all involved with climate responsibility and will be supporting submissions on New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Bill in the coming weeks. The meeting was an excellent opportunity for them to share their own experiences, expand their networks and learn from others.
“Equally, there was considerable international interest in what we are doing, and the possibility of our organisations and programmes working together going forward.”
At the meeting, Anya gave a presentation, showcasing the recent Climate Change Leadership Conferences held across the country, and the development of educational climate change resources for high schools. These conferences, aimed specifically at young people, were supported by the National Commission earlier this year.
“I was incredibly grateful to have the chance to not only learn about other education programs, but also share stories of our mahi and young people to an international audience”, said Anya. I presented about our programs but also gave advice about how groups could engage more meaningfully with youth in their communities. Many attendees were very interested in this work and came to me for advice, or, inspired by the success of our program, plans for youth innovations within their projects.”
Other presenters at the Asia Pacific meeting included a representative from UNESCO Bangkok, professors from the United Nations University based in Tokyo and representatives from Regional Centres of Expertise for Sustainable Development, including Sydney, India, South Korea and Japan.The meeting was held in the Zero Carbon Museum in Hangzhou.
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Maori interests in water and government proposals to sell State Sssets in Power Companies . for Leaflet click here
Māori Values, Water and State Assets
The Waitangi Tribunal claim for Māori interests in water reminds us that water, is a taonga, a treasure guaranteed to Māori. If Mighty River Power is sold Māori will not be able to pursue their Treaty interests because they cannot claim against private investors.
The Prime Minister says water cannot be owned but government allocates the right to use water. Those who have an allocation effectively own the water they take and use.
Māori Interests in kaitiakitanga are for use and care of water for the benefit of people now and in the future. Some Māori interests are commercial and include the prospect of owning power assets.
Action: Halt the sale of Mighty River Power until Māori interests are settled
A Stewardship Approach
With a stewardship approach we can shift the argument about the right to own, to the responsibility to care for water so that future generations are assured of access to water.
Questions about Stewardship and Profit
Do government and private companies have a responsibility to provide electricity at a fair price?
Does stewardship apply to the commitment of companies to make profits?
How can we contribute to stewardship of water resources and sustainable power generation?
Where energy bills are causing hardship and harm, what can people do? Which agencies are responsible?
The pricing of power is now tied to profit, not to providing a service. Trade agreements protect profits for investment. The TPPA will lock in regulations for profit and even allow companies to sue States which have regulations to keep prices down for essential services. What are the likely effects for power supply, food, health and environment?
If water is part of property, including Māori property, are power companies entitled to have water for free?