If we want a Green City, keep trees in Auckland and have green corridors for birds, - and bird song, to collecting pipies, fishing for ones dinner - to expanding community gardens, the pleasure of working in them with family. Harvesting, sharing of seed, bonding of relationships and encouraging farmers markets.
That in America on his most recent trip, many cities were driving change from the bottom up - especially Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, California from the grass roots up, where people are driving the debate and Council is facilitating the conversation. Where there's a lot of bicycle riding and many electric vehicles in this region.
However when it comes to climate change, mitigation is important but the conversation has moved on and it is now, resilience and how we survive and Paul's concern about America and whats coming, because of its unpreparedness.
Visioning the future with the Swedish, Natural Step System - casting out 100 years into the future, what do we want? Corporate food? Living in artificial environments? Acidic oceans? Or innovative change?
Transition towns again comes into focus, as a people driven grass roots organization, as change is not going to come from our government or council - it's going to come from the people. You, your family and community.
You are encouraged to go to the Auckland city web site and participate in local plans, that you who are reading this can participate in localized planning and shaping your future - insulating your home and adding solar across Auckland with a hot water scheme on your roof.
To indigenous peoples cosmologies, in particular the American Indians are aligning with today's high energy sub atomic physics.
Indigenous peoples inherent relationship to the earth and biota is actually real, that is leading us back to a spiritual relationship with that which is greater. To our living planet Gaia, a self regulating organism that has a soul - anima mundi. Plus Paul's dowsing for leylines in Britain which connecting over our planet are just like acupuncture meridians the Chinese call, dragon lines.
A wide ranging thought provoking interview.
Auckland Council Waste Management & Minimisation Plan