Extinction Rebellion Tauranga has staged non-violent direct action by blocking the intersection of Wharf and Willow streets.
The aim of the action is to get “leaders to wake up to the crisis of climate change and take immediate action”.
Climate change is such a part of modern vocabulary that the words now fail to invoke any response, says the organisation in a statement released today.
“Our Prime Minister declared that climate change is this generation’s nuclear moment and yet on every stage, national and local government, business and community, we as a people continue to fail.
“We are facing the sixth global extinction, not only our way of life but our very lives and those of future generations are at risk.”
Extinction Rebellion is a movement born out of London to demand immediate response; the first action saw the Mayor of London declare a climate emergency in response.
“This action is not a gesture but an action which casts the declining state of our environment to the forefront of conversation at every board table, meeting and water cooler.
“This movement has spread around the world since October 2018 and today the people of Tauranga use their voice to demand that our council recognise and act in response to this emergency.
“The disruption caused today is to highlight that we need to change, that we will not sit idly by as lives, of people today and tomorrow, are destroyed by inaction and apathy.
“XR Tauranga is demanding that our council declare a climate emergency in line with other councils. This declaration will place the climate as a council priority and they must commit to engaging with Project Drawdown.
“We demand that a strategy is put in place to ensure that Tauranga is carbon neutral by 2025. We demand that citizen’s assemblies are implemented in Tauranga to consult and reach agreement on actions from the community, not just the board room.
“Today, we create disruption to your lives not for the sake of disruption but to ensure that there is a tomorrow.”