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#EQNZ preparedness fail will cost lives

Sustainability has many dimensions, as innumerable as humanity itself. Pressure on environment from population growth feeds back, as exponential risk. How we organise to respond, to our own lack of planning, is critical. For communities, each test case and lesson is invaluable, for informing better preparedness – in disaster accumulating all around us, towards global catastrophe like none on record yet, barring the biblical flood.. Earth systems chemistry abhors us now.[0]

All the warnings are already in place. We will, without urgent revision as a social species, probably be gone. Dinosaurs have taught us this. – Are we to become another exclusively archaeological bone type too? An inability to adapt, quickly enough, is proven terminally fatal. An evolutionary ‘recovery speed limit’ is being breached, as we speak, by collective (in)action.[1] #TheMeaningOfSustainability.

The global poor bear the brunt of calamity, and always have done.[2] Wealth grows division, and itself, as top priority.[3]

So the lesson of Cashmere community preparedness sits within this frame. After the Canterbury earthquakes disaster, it grew as a natural response – of people coming together for mutual support and defensive prospect: as volunteers, we could do something about the seismic peril at our door. We made progress, based on honesty and trust – in helping each other to face the situation. This essence was critical, we would discover in future years. For when honesty was stripped away and replaced with distrust – the dominant failing of the wider society – our preparedness work was savagely halted.

If we don’t find ways to rely on each other, in a crisis, we really have nothing to rely on at all: within five days of blog publication, Technically correct crown agency advice leads Whakaari tour operators to lead 16 people (so far) to their deaths and many more to serious injury at White Island, 9 Dec 2019.

Not only ourselves, but our ability to help others – if there is no basis of community trust promptly restored – are significantly undermined when there’s local need of rapid evacuation plans: Large tsunami may flood more Christchurch properties than earlier thought – The Press, 03 Dec 2019.

So we must proceed with identifying and eliminating the sources of dishonesty distrust.

The first two are already gone: the residents’ group ‘Secretary’ who imposed as unelected Chair, to rob and disorganise Cashmere community, and the church minister who destabilised with false accusations to bring this on (and profit the church) – both resigned during 2019. These corruptions are now out, for good. Last is to track their fertiliser source, to ensure the noxious selfish – once so damagingly ‘in charge’ – can never return to influence here.

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[0] Three days after blog publication, a moment of post-colonial history breach, when Heavy rain, slips and floodwaters close key roads and cut South Island in half – The Press, 8 Dec 2019.

[1] Climate change damage equivalent to asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs, warn scientists –, 8 Apr 2019

[2] Climate change forces 20 million people to flee each year, says Oxfam – Deutsche Welle, 2 Dec 2019 + Climate change has become a health emergency 14 Nov 2019

[3] Brand Crusaders chooses money over morality – Stuff, 3 Dec 2019

Environment Canterbury elections 2019

Sustainable Canterbury combines with Save Our Water campaign, from 2007, to seek representation for good long-term values on Canterbury Regional Council, through the zero-waste campaign launch of CommunityVoice.NZ today. Please help by hosting a 100%-recycled election billboard! – Contact here, and:
Rik Tindall flier p1 Aug16 ZW19 scaled.5
In a globalised marketplace, what we can best do about product stewardship is focus on what we can grow, make, process, re-use and conserve here at home.

New Zealand trade and industry is due a quantum shift in sustainable product – from the paddock to the plate and everywhere in between, especially packaging and freight. We have everything we need, technically, to provide a global leadership contribution the world sorely needs, working with our primary base. For peace, climate and resource preservation, it is our utmost duty to pitch in and help.

On these important issues, make loud your Community Voice! Kia ora koutou.

Fighting Extinction

Climate debate is over. Our world knows weather disasters like never before, statistics of change that cannot be denied: July 2019 breaks records as world’s hottest month Newshub, 6 Aug 2019 + The worst year for wildfires: What can I do? BBC, 8 Jul 2019 & How Siberia is trying to fight the wildfires 3 Aug 2019 & Typhoon Lekima: 28 dead and a million evacuated in China 11 Aug 2019.*

The children, the next generation to ‘inherit the Earth’ – a wrong concept, so detrimentally normalised – are moving to have more than hope: Why we’ve updated our demands School Strike for Climate, 6 Aug 2019.

As noted in the previous post, Rebellion against Extinction has been declared, worldwide; and now locally – to cut carbon emissions – against use of coal:
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PeoplePower-XR- Woolston-9Aug19 “People got the power” – XR Otautahi Christchurch, Woolston, 9 Aug 2019.

Refs: XR Ōtautahi Declares Rebellion Against Coal 25 Jul 2019 & Extinction Rebellion Ōtautahi to peacefully block coal 8 Aug 2019 + & extinctionrebellionchristchurch.wordpress + 9 Aug:

Extinction Rebellion blocks train tracks on coal face of climate change protest
RNZ Protesters arrested after blocking train tracks Checkpoint interviews youtube

Protestors lock themselves to train tracks in Christchurch NewstalkZB

19 people arrested as anti-coal protesters stop coal train in Christchurch The Press stuff

Nineteen people arrested as climate protestors halt train carrying coal in Christchurch TVNZ

Christchurch climate change protesters stop coal train, 19 taken into custody Newshub

XR – Extinction Rebellion Ōtautahi Christchurch – Coal Cooks the Climate Ezra Holder photo gallery

Citizen’s assemblies are not far away, to resolve the challenges of transforming the polluting economy into one of nett carbon capture, with zero waste and all aboard for the ride: XR Citizen’s Assembly.

The time is now, to bring holistic sustainability influence to decision-making tables, to work with all communities for an inclusive future of real care – for planet, people, and biodiversity we share the air and waters with. Kia kaha!

* Climate change was behind 15 weather disasters in 2017 Stuff, 11 Dec 2018
Though graph shows decline?
This US heartland has been flooded for five months. Does anyone care? The Guardian, 3 Aug & ‘Part of German soul’ under threat as forests die 7 Aug 2019.
Wild weather aftermath: ‘The place looks like a war zone’ – Auckland resident RNZ & Tornado strikes New Plymouth, injuring one person and damaging house TVNZ, 12 Aug 2019.


Paris Accord goals within reach as scientists forecast slowing rise in global temperatures TVNZ, 2 Dec 2020.

Extracting facts difficult at coal mine in Canterbury, Newsroom, 8 Dec 2020.

Plastic fantastic?

Plastic waste has become a constant, growing problem in the Earth environment. It kills wild creatures, litters beaches, reserves and streets, as a multi-coloured, land, water or air borne eyesore almost everywhere. How do we stop the flood?!

Plastic looks like the biggest single kind of pollutant from humankind’s expansion, because of its wide distribution, physical prominence and lack of a terminal use (accumulation). But more of humanity’s pollution goes unseen.

Plastic is organic carbon and represents mined fossil fuel, that as a principle warms the planet through greenhouse gas releases. We must find a different way of delivering production, to help stabilise the climate, protect ocean life and reduce weather event risks like drought, fire, storm, flood and freezing.

Campaigns to limit or remove plastic ‘single-use’ product have begun in earnest. Multiple uses of plastic products are more the norm, such is its versatility and deep embedding in the modern economy. (‘Futurist’ economy is very different.)

So how should we respond? We can always buy less and find alternative products to those coming plastic-wrapped. But in many ways now, time/choice is limited. Plastic’s role in economies is unique: highly malleable, light and strong material with low immediate cost. The cost accrues long-term and needs full accounting.

When, as a group of mostly Mairehau High School friends, in 1979 we renamed our formative punk band The Plague, as Plastic Impact, we were onto an emerging and serious trend. The question remains, only more urgent today – how to reduce plastic impact upon good planet Earth?*




Graphics source: – #XR

Screenshot at 2018-12-06 20-47-37 : Solarise NZ & make oil history

Slovakian coal protesters face jail – – an ‘XR’ action e.g. – too little too late? – ‘contraction and convergence’ etc – formal, mandated tackling (2017-20..?)

Solutions / more info

Energy recovery from pyrolysis of plastic waste: Study on non-recycled plastics (NRP) data as the real measure of plastic waste –

Replacing coal use now, as much as possible using plastic waste as an industrial feed-stock, makes good sense – it recycles the fossil carbon and gives the waste a value that will remove it from waste streams and dumping.

Keep coal in the ground, reduce new oil use to the greatest extent possible (from fractionated plastic etc.). Transition to battery, solar energy and biomass renewable fuels, for indispensable motor transport.

We must have new industry along these lines, as well as completed use of all plastic. Inert, it is sequestered carbon though far too often abandoned junk.

We are surrounded by green leaves, wood, and now plastic – fragmenting down to micro particles everywhere – the Anthropocene habitat of carbon artefacts? …

Park it safely or get rid of it properly – with safe technological processing. But either way, replacing plastic manufacture is no less challenging that the climate crisis it relates to.

The idea of stopping plastic production is a very long stretch, given the economic powers holding sway and the constrained budgets and choices of consumers they ‘serve’. We have to think very big on this one. Everyone is involved, so must be.**


Kia ora, kia kaha (be well, be strong)

Article author: natural autonomy N/A

* A musical ‘plastic’ reference from our era, that influenced our choice of band name satirically, was Plastic Bertrand and his 1977-78 hit song.

** NZ’s role in the Malaysian plastics dumping ground RadioNZ 23Sep’18

Disposal of plastic waste needs urgent rethink – report RadioNZ 3Dec’18

Hard truths about recycling – it’s mostly PR Opinion, RadioNZ 4Dec’18

New notes, 261218..

Plastic Fantastic BBC4 UK

UK Plastics Pact “trailblazing, collaborative initiative that will create a circular economy for plastics. It brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with UK governments and NGOs to tackle the scourge of plastic waste.. By 2025, The UK Plastics Pact will transform the UK plastic packaging sector by meeting four world-leading targets” Waste and Resources Action Programme

RT7000 Thermal Cracker & Distillation

“Globally as little as 5 percent of plastic was ever recycled, meaning recycling would never address the problem.. there is predicted to be a 33 percent increase in fossil fuel based plastic production in the next five years” Stemming plastic production should be focus, says researcher RadioNZ 29Dec’18

Global Olivine “uses sixteen discrete, integrated, sustainable processes to turn your trash into cash for you. Waste is a resource” Warwick Davies et. al. Ackd

6 momentous stunts by environmental movement Extinction Rebellion Dec18

ECan-CCC quash commuter rail initiative

The Press graphic of proposed Mid-Canterbury commuter rail system, 2017

The Press graphic of proposed Mid-Canterbury commuter rail system, 2017

Committee nixes ‘grassroots’ commuter rail plan for Christchurch, but option not ruled out completely – The Press, 18 May 2017 –

Christchurch City elections 8.10.2016

Sustainable Canterbury is campaigning to contest the Christchurch City Council elections in October. If you wish to support this campaign, or to take part in organising meetings, please email

Policy principles

* Environmentally sustainable economics and infrastructure

* Local democracy that is real, giving voice to community values and goals

* Representation that is real and local, free from national party politics

* Cultural diversity and gender equity are strengths that we build with

* Youth opportunity for training and employment

* Respect for contributions made by older citizens; care for the disadvantaged

* Recognition and support of communities, damaged in 2016 and earlier, to be surveyed on the engagement performance of council; if found negative, restore community organisation through decreased councillor and committee numbers and increased CCC service output

(more to come)

Haere mai, do join us!

Kia ora


Occupy Christchurch speak

Helping a legitimate and peaceful housing protest – and global movement for democratic progress and sustainable change – to get back on track: Occupy Christchurch speak: #OWS O:Chch « Rik Tindall blogs + The last tent comes down at Occupy Christchurch – day 164.

SCMW September meeting ~ light rail ~ 12.09.2011

Monday 12 September 2011, 7.30pm at WEA. Public Forum:
Presentation – Light rail transport options for Christchurch – by Richard Worrall. All welcome. More details on meeting page.

Refs. Get on the right track with city rail The Press 12/09/2011 and

Christchurch transport plan ‘risky’ 15/10/2011 :

A transport plan for a rebuilt central Christchurch has “considerable risks” and should not be approved without wider consultation, Environment Canterbury (ECan) says.

At this week’s draft central-city plan hearings, ECan chief commissioner Dame Margaret Bazley told city councillors there were “considerable risks” in the transport proposal laid out in the plan.

Changing the single transport hub system to one with multiple stations was a “substantial call” that needed careful consideration, she said. “Journey times, reliability and simplicity are all factors that are fundamental to the use of public transport to, from and through the central city,” she said.

“Moving away from the single-interchange model could jeopardise each of these.”

She said proposed street closures and changes from one-way to two-way streets could have a negative impact on public transport.

The final transport plan should account for the significant residential growth predicted for the Hurunui, Waimakariri and Selwyn districts, she said.

ECan supported the city council’s proposed investigation into a light-rail network, but it needed to ensure the links would attract enough passengers to cover costs.

Bazley said the council should also consider establishing other public transport corridors throughout the city to cater for future demand.

A final decision on the city’s transport plan needed to be made in consultation with ECan, the Selwyn and Waimakariri district councils and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, she said.

– The Press