Following a presentation on climate change at the 2019 Braided Rivers Seminar at Lincoln University, an organic dairy farmer, an ECan biodiversity advisor, and the manager of BRaid went for pizza.This project is the outcome of the discussion that followed.
In an ideal world everyone—no matter where they live or what they do—would understand the risks posed by climate change. Whanau and communities would be able to participate and contribute to decisions about their future because they would have the knowledge, support, and resources to take positive action. Developers, investors, and businesses—including farmers—would place climate risk and emerging opportunities at the forefront of their business decisions. And healthy ecosystems would be recognised as indispensable to everyone’s efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
In short, everyone would understand and work collaboratively to become climate resilient for themselves, their whanau, and their communities.
But we live in the real world. In this world, while there’s plenty of information and news about climate change, some people still haven’t got the memo that it’s real, it’s our fault, and it’s already costing us, and it’s going to get much worse. And soon. Many of us are struggling to find out how we can adapt to the rapid changes now underway.
Our aim for this website is to provide information and resources in two ways:
- The nuts & bolts: the science and policies of climate change. This should answer most questions about the causes and effects of climate change, and what the government is doing about it.
- Our places: how individuals and communities restoring biodiversity helps them mitigate and adapt to climate change. This is under construction; it will include links to resources in your area.
If you are involved in conservation and climate projects across Canterbury, Nelson, or Marlborough, we would love to hear from you. If you don’t know how your conservation or restoration work fits with climate change, we can help make that connection. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal of this project is to help everyone find the answers they need when it comes to climate change.
This project was developed under the umbrella organisation BRaid, an Incorporated Society No: 2453663 and charity registration no. CC50089. The project is funded by Rātā Foundation and volunteers. The website is hosted by GreenGeeks, a 300% renewable energy hosting platform. It’s built and maintained from a home office powered by solar panels and a Tesla battery.