I am sitting in Austinmer, New South Wales feeling an incredible sadness over the events that unfolded yesterday in Christchurch. I lived in NZ for close to 6 years and still feel a strong connection to many people and places. As many of us know NZ , and Christchurch in particular are very special in terms of sense of inclusion and belonging . I was lucky enough to benefit from this. The people of Christchurch open their arms, hearts and energy to so many whilst dealing personally with many challenges to rebuild a vibrant and strong city and community following the devastating earthquakes. There was no better reminder for me on what Christchurch stood for than the famous “Cardboard Cathedral” . An innovative church built after the Earthquakes so multi faith could worship together and safely.
We focus on why it is important to consider climate change in ensuring a sustainable and resilient future. However we must never forget the social issues are so important . History has taught us what happens when we do not lead through changes to make sure people are included and feel a sense of belonging . Unfortunately yesterday was another moment in history that reinforces far too loudly the devastation when people do not value other human beings and their beliefs.
Kia Kaha Christchurch
my thoughts are with you all