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Welcome to another issue of Snippets.  Action on climate change is certainly not quietening down or going away.  We cast a light on the NZ advocacy group ‘Lawyers for Climate Change’ and the US, multi-generational, star studded coalition, self-titled ‘World War Zero’.


Businesses are also reacting positively with the Task Force for Climate related Financial Disclosures attracting, in only fifteen months, 287 financial firms responsible for nearly US $100 trillion in assets.  A separate fund for divesting out of fossil fuels and into renewables has now reached US $11 trillion, US $2 trillion alone in the last six months.


The sustainability sector in turn is reacting with calls for them to have a louder voice at the Board room table, so they can more effectively steer their organisation along the path of reducing emissions.


Also featuring in this issue is the wonderful part natural materials have to play in our climate change journey.  The advantages of using timber over steel and concrete are examined, as is the role of organic materials being converted into biochar.  Last up is the use of compressed air and bubbles in our waterways as a means of diverting and collecting plastic waste.


As this is likely to be our last issue before the Christmas break (we close on the 20th), we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best over the Christmas and the New Year break.  Catch up with you again in 2020.


Traditionally those advocating for climate change action have been labelled as misinformed lefties, but that message has now been adopted by the establishment.  Launched on the 25th November, Lawyers for Climate Action, will be advocating for legislation and policies to ensure New Zealand meets, or exceeds, its obligations under the Paris Agreement.  The organisation's first policy is to include the right to a sustainable environment in the Bill of Rights Act, with more than 60 QCs already having formally given their support. Read more.....





Another climate action advocacy group that has recently been formed is the US based World War Zero - a bipartisan coalition of world leaders and Hollywood celebrities.  The group includes the likes of John Kerry, former US presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, celebrities like Sting, Leonardo DiCaprio and tellingly Katie Eder (founder of The Future Coalition).  This multi-generational group has been self-titled to evoke both the national security threats posed by the earth’s warming and the type of wartime mobilization that is needed to stop the rise in carbon emissions before 2050. Read more.....