For 30 years consumerism and a free market economy has prioritised corporate and individual profits. Neoliberal ideology is the principle reason why climate science was disputed, global action stalled, and greenhouse gas emissions rapidly accelerated. We have witnessed worldwide deforestation, mass biodiversity extinction, and exploitation of our most vulnerable people and their communities.
The results are being felt in our city and in our region. The increased frequency of extreme weather events - heavy rainfall, drought and fire is happening right now. Disparity between low wages and increasing housing costs has resulted in homelessness, poverty, mental health issues and increased suicide rates. We are 30 years late in responding, but we are not too late. I will continue to champion smart city solutions to these big issues.
Authorised by Kate Fulton, 45 Stansell Ave, Nelson.