Communities for Future
Our Response to the Climate Emergency
February 1-10, 2020
Mike, the chair of the Climate Change Iwi Leaders Group, is part of the Maori, the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, who are in particular vulnerable to climate change. Through seeing all the impacts of climate change in his own country, he became an activist and now he responses to the climate emergency with direct actions against oil companies and world leaders who are not living up to their duty of care towards reducing their emissions. He underscores the urgency of our times, the relevance of taking action now and the indigenous worldview in which nature is the overarching supreme law.
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- Impact of climate change and activism
- Reasons for the strong community spirit and resilience of the Maori
- Taking legal action against world leaders
- Shifting to courage and collective action
- Demand transformation and reduce emissions
Mike Smith is the Chairperson of the Climate Change Iwi Leaders Group, currently exploring strategic pathways for the National Iwi Chairs Forum, who represent Māōri authorities across Aotearoa (New Zealand) and also the Māori Climate Network. He champions Māori community leaders working toward collective solutions to goals of reduction in all greenhouse gases, and accelerating hapū and iwi (traditional Māori authorities) building resilience to the increasing impacts and implications of climate change.
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