A community seminar on climate change in the Parish of Wadestown attracted strong support from the community of one of Wellington’s hilltop suburbs. Nearly 80 people attended the seminar, with almost three quarters of them coming from outside the church’s congregation. The parish arranged three guest speakers, and attendees were left “hungry for more,” says Vicar Rev Kay Webster.
A particular highlight for attendees was finding out simple, concrete actions they can take. Russell Tregonning, a surgeon from Wellington Regional Hospital and member of the New Zealand Climate and Health Council, spoke of the simple steps that we can take to improve our health whilst also decreasing our impact on the planet’s climate. One step being to take up cycling and the use of public transport, and use our cars less, which improves our fitness and reduces transport pollution, a contributor to both climate change and respiratory health issues. A second, simple step he recommended was to eat less red meat, which would lessen our risks of some gastrointestinal cancers, whilst also reducing the negative impact of cattle farming on the environment.
After three stirring presentations, the parish is left asking what the next steps are to be. Rev Webster says the parish is sending a delegate to an event at the Anglican Centre on the 20th of May to find out how they can support the push for a Zero Carbon Act, and are looking for ways they, as individuals within their spheres of influence, can push for change.
All from a little bit of social media, free newspaper advertising and a dedicated letterbox dropper who walked her local neighbourhood! We look forward to hearing more news from the Parish of Wadestown on how their steps to understand and influence climate change are going.