Nau mai, haere mai, and a warm welcome to Our Journey 2017-2018 – our way of sharing some of the stories of our organisation from the past year.
Recently it’s become apparent that the need for direct, grass roots, community environmental action is more imperative than ever as we face a combined biodiversity and climate change crisis.
Specifically the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2018 Special Report highlights the critical need to limit global warming to within 1.5 degrees to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change. The Report speaks of “substantial” consequences if we fail to do so.
Meanwhile the UN’s Biodiversity Chief says that failure to secure a deal for nature in the next two years could lead to a crisis every bit as serious as our climate one. She argues that people in all countries need to put pressure on their governments to draw up ambitious global targets by 2020 to protect the insects, birds, plants and mammals with whom we share our planet and who are also vital for global food production, clean water and carbon sequestration.
It’s fair to say the stakes have never been higher, and not just for us, but all of nature.
At EcoMatters our contribution may be small in the global context, but our focus remains steadfast nonetheless. We are focussed on empowering our communities with the knowledge and tools they need to be a part of the solution. And we remain committed to making this journey fun and inspiring as well as one that continues to be taken together with you.
We believe that everyone can do something, and that our individual choices really do matter. They may seem small, but if everyone is on this journey to creating a more sustainable future for our children and their children, then together we can still make an enormous difference.
We also invite you to show how much you love your environment and consider becoming an EcoMatters supporter. This way you can help us to do more to support Auckland’s response to the urgent climate and biodiversity challenges. Please consider making a donation to our Trust and the work that we do.
We hope you enjoy our report!Read Our Journey 2017-2018