Dunedin academics are among those on a quest to get New
Zealand's political leadership to start preparing the country
for future challenges such as climate change and economic
As part of the Wise Response Appeal, Emeritus Prof Sir Alan
Mark will lead a group, including University of Otago physics
Assoc Prof Bob Lloyd, on to the steps of Parliament tomorrow
to ask politicians of all parties to take ''objective stock
of five global and national risks'' to New Zealand's' future
They will present its appeal and petition of about 6000
signatures to representatives of the Labour, Green and New
Zealand First parties.
There had been no confirmation a National Party
representative would attend, he said.
As well as Prof Mark and Assoc Prof Lloyd, engineer Gerry Te
Kapa Coates, economist Dr Geoff Bertram and former Waikato
University vice-chancellor Dr Bryan Gould planned to speak.
They would be targeting New Zealand's heavy dependence on
carbon, how another financial crash would affect the country
and the precarious state of the environment, he said.
''And, because of their interconnectedness, how a crisis in
any one area would destabilise others.''
Dr Gould said conventional thinking made sustainability of
the environment a side issue.
''We need to change that mindset.''
The appeal will then be presented to Parliament by Labour's
environment and climate change spokeswoman Moana Mackie.
A range of Wise Response supporters were also expected to
attend and youth climate action group Generation Zero would
support the cause with street theatre.