Weaving our Communities Together

The Nelson Tasman Climate Forum has found its feet. Formed in February this year, we have moved quickly to set up ‘topic’ groups to design a strategic community response to climate change. The trigger question is: How should the Nelson Tasman region respond to the primary causes and diverse effects of climate change? A strategic direction is critical for us all to act together, build momentum and be effective. Now, we are ready to reach out and help our communities and organisations respond to climate change.

Over a weekend-long hui, in between tree planting, collaborative art, community games and learning opportunities, the remaining seven out of sixteen topic groups also discussed their strategic plans, focussing on the interconnected areas of Local Economy and Business; Energy; Urban Development; Transport; Land Use Resources, Waste and Food. Previous hui had already delved into how the wellbeing of people and ecosystems connects with climate change and our potential response to those connections.

Our Climate Forum is a collective that is open to every person and every organisation in the community. Our purpose is to weave our communities together around urgent, strategic action on climate change. To achieve this, the following is essential:

  • A large and diverse active membership of the Climate Forum
  • Local community groups supported to take urgent, strategic climate action
  • Strong climate leadership from decision-makers in the region
  • Economic activity in Nelson Tasman that is consistent with the implications of climate change
  • Positive, far-reaching and effective messaging about climate action

We want to connect with people and organisations across the region. We are focusing on how we can offer our expertise and energy to support others in responding to climate change. 

Update: November: Our Coordination Group has accepted the above list, with an amendment to the economic activity, and two others relating to personally meaningful individual action and incorporating te ao Maori in our work. A draft Weaving Plan has been created here