Recently I have been fortunate enough to assist Councils with their climate change planning.
My interest and concern keep growing as we look to respond to this challenge through leadership, adaptation and mitigation strategies.
It is a struggle to balance today with a focus on the future of those who live on the planet after we have passed.
I see some exploiting resources and polluting the world like there’s no tomorrow, while others protest like there’s no tomorrow.
At the same time, my knowledge of Te Reo and Māoritanga is also growing. Despite a slow start, I have realised that I’m not too old to learn!
He aha te mea nui o te ao.
He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata
What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people, it is people, it is people.
It’s taken me some time to reconcile the challenge of climate change and this proverb in my mind.
How can we say it is people who are the most important – by using the planet’s resources to provide for each day’s needs and leaving the planet in a worse state for those who follow after us?
To me, it is about guardianship and stewardship:
We respect those who came before us, learning from them; we provide for this generation, especially the most vulnerable, and we ensure this planet will support those who come after us
Working in the Local Government, the decision making revolves around the four wellbeings:
Perhaps if we apply our stewardship roles to each of these four wellbeings, we will make wise decisions in the interests of this generation and those that follow after us.