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Climate and ecological emergency declared in Aro Valley


News from AVCC
Aro Valley Community Council yesterday unanimously declared a climate and ecological emergency.

At an AVCC General Meeting called to consider the Climate Emergency motion, community members heard from Green Party co-Leader James Shaw, Wellington City Councillor Iona Pannett, Climate Activist Ollie Langridge, Marine Biologist Dr Sea Rotmann, School Strike 4 Climate co-ordinators Molly Ryan and Sophie Handford, and Massey University resilience specialist Jon Mitchell.

AVCC Co-chair George Sapsford says: ‘Nothing is impossible when the solution comes from a place of aroha. We now look forward to putting this important resolution into practice.’

In the photo (at the top) from yesterday’s meeting: to the left, AVCC co-chairs George Sapsford and Ingrid Downey, to the right, treasurer Liam Hunt and ASVCC committee member Martin Wilson.


  1. Helene Ritchie, 9. September 2019, 6:29

    Good meeting, great action oriented community initiative. An exemplar.

  2. Douglas C, 9. September 2019, 12:33

    All smiling with no concern about how they are causing stress to young people in their community by declaring an emergency.

  3. Alf the Aspirational Apteryx, 9. September 2019, 13:46

    Well we all know the Aro Valley is, how shall we say, “special”.

  4. Anon, 9. September 2019, 13:57

    It’s politics taking over community groups.

  5. David Johnson, 9. September 2019, 20:46

    Gee, I was going to look at a property for sale in the valley but after seeing thst photo, I will give it a miss. Scary indeed.

  6. James Knuckey, 9. September 2019, 22:47

    Declaring a climate and ecological emergency is “politics” now, apparently.

  7. Jerzy K, 10. September 2019, 6:46

    if they are serious about climate change, why do they tolerate a brewery (large net co2 emitter) in their midst? I have nothing against Garage, and quite enjoy some of their product, but how can the people who voted for this resolution expect to be treated seriously? More aspirational bs isn’t helpful.

  8. Henry Filth, 10. September 2019, 15:15

    It’s a lovely, lovely photo. Restores one’s faith in human nature.

  9. bendy, 11. September 2019, 7:03

    It’s sad when a small community of New Zealanders can show more appreciation for the seriousness of climate change than the leader of the free world can.
    I was reading about Nero the mad Roman Emperor who almost single handedly brought down the entire empire and wondered how humans could have been so stupid to put their entire civilisation at risk by installing such a man as leader of the greatest nation on earth, and then I remembered Trump.

  10. Tony Jansen, 11. September 2019, 11:33

    So easy to criticise without offering anything productive in return.
    I was there for the meeting and the speakers were extremely informative and interesting. If some of the naysayers had bothered to turn up, they may have learnt something.

  11. Dr Sea Rotmann, 12. September 2019, 15:40

    Very much appreciated the opportunity to talk about the ecological collapse and what Extinction Rebellion is doing about it. The naysayers in these comments are clearly refusing to open their eyes to the actual CATASTROPHE (and yes, I am a PhD scientist and I am using this term in all caps in full seriousness!) that is unfolding in front of their very eyes. I assume they don’t hate wildlife and thriving ecosystems, their children and grandchildren having a future, nor that they are incapable of reading fact-based evidence. That would leave too much time on their hands trolling people trying to do the right thing.

  12. Douglas C, 13. September 2019, 7:28

    They should get together in this political “community” group and talk about the physiological harm they are causing, in particular to the youth.
    Alarmists telling them they have no future is a cause of stress for the many that I have heard from.