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Signs of Change - Kyan Krumdieck - 350

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Published on Dec 13, 2010

www.signsofchange.org.nz
Presented at Signs of Change National e-Conference, 15-16 November 2010, NEW ZEALAND

Efforts by successive New Zealand Governments to develop effective climate
change policy has divided communities, divided politics and left us with weak
measures to reduce NZ's emissions. At the global level, the failure of the
Copenhagen negotiations makes it almost unimaginable that we could return the
planet to a safe climate (of no more than 350ppm CO2).
Despite the gloomy outlook, people around the world continue to take action in
their local communities with the hope of returning the planet to a concentration
of CO2 of less than 350ppm. Here in New Zealand, the 350 movement was
launched on the steps of Parliament in December 2008. From the outset we
committed ourselves to building common ground and relationships with
politicians, from across the political spectrum.
Two years down the track, we're still a long way off a 350 future, and we don't
expect to get there in a hurry. To get us back to 350 requires a comprehensive
slowing down of our society. That means breaking our addiction to fossil fuels
and economic growth. While conventional polarised campaigning will play an
important part in that shift, it has shown itself to be insufficient. Thus, we have
attempted a non-conventional approach to campaigning, with our non-
polarising, relationship-building and fun strategy.

Filmed by Ben Spink, Produced by Kyan Krumdieck

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