Te Kaha, Te Whānau-a-Apanui – Local organisation Toitoi Manawa Trust announced today that they are organising a Summit about climate change scheduled for 1 – 6 May, 2018 in Te Kaha.
Redtide – International Indigenous Climate Action Summit is expected to improve our understanding of climate change, to network with other international and national experts, to listen to communities that have been affected by climate change and to meet and connect with other climate activists. In addition, there will be keynote speakers, speaker panels, site visits, a Youth Conference, Summit Festival and much more.
The Summit has been in the making for a number of years and is the idea of Toitoi Manawa Trust and Pacific Peoples Partnership, an organisation based in Vancouver Island, Canada. Together they have partnered up to organise Redtide.
‘’The relentless sea moves closer by the day and we have seen rising tidal levels and more intense storms lately,’’ said Toitoi Manawa Trust co-Director Ray Tukaki.
‘’In a small area like Te Whanau-a-Apanui we are constantly at risk of having our roads cut off and marae and homes flooded. This is why we felt the need to organise a Summit like Redtide and if we get enough funding it will be a free event.’’
Latest reports from the United Nations outline that climate change exacerbates the difficulties already faced by vulnerable communities, including political and economic marginalisation, loss of land and resources, human rights violations, discrimination and unemployment. Rising seas is a direct impact of global warming, the report says.
Submissions are now open for people that would like to speak on a panel at the Summit. If you want to make a difference the Summit organisers welcome any sponsorship and/or volunteer support. For more info go to www.redtidesummit.com