Kia ora PSA members!
Climate change is something that will impact every living thing on our planet. Should we as union members be actively working to fight it? Should climate change be one of our Strategic Goals?
Here’s what members across our PSA networks think:
Women and children make up 70% of the worlds’ most poor. Both here and overseas, it is this group which will be the worst impacted by climate change.
As members of the largest union in New Zealand, which has a membership that is 70% female, the PSA Women’s Network believes climate change and equal pay are inextricably linked. As such, both issues are key priorities for our network to work on.
Rising sea levels mean there will be major displacement of Pasefika peoples to other countries, like New Zealand. Resources in this country are already stretched.
Serious consideration needs to be given, not only to the moral and ethical responsibilities New Zealand has towards its Pacific neighbours, but to developing Just Transition plans and strategies which are robust, and which will ensure our country is well prepared for these inevitable climate migrants.
TE RŪNANGA O NGĀ TOA ĀWHINA
Indigenous peoples have a close relationship with the earth and ancient cultural wisdom that enables them to live in harmony with nature through the principles of kaitiakitanga or guardianship.
In New Zealand, it is essential that tangata whenua participate and lead in climate change conversations.
Our youth are the ones who will face the long-term impacts of climate change. Their voices must be heard as we navigate forward. They must be supported to take a leadership role on this issue.
DEAF & DISABLED NETWORK
We know climate change will have a disproportionate impact on marginalised groups, including those with disabilities. We need to work together on solutions that meet the needs of the deaf and disabled communities.
Extremists often blame the gay community for causing natural disasters. As another marginalised group, our LGBTQ community must also have a voice, to ensure their needs are taken into account, and their perspectives factored into any decision making.
MORE ABOUT THE ECO NETWORK
The PSA Eco Network is for members interested in building union activity around climate change and other environmental issues in their workplaces and beyond.
You can join the network and find out more at: https://www.psa.org.nz/eco
PSA Pasefika union members have been voicing their support for the Pasefika community during the latest Covid outbreak.