More on Youth Consultation
Well I spent the afternoon at a multi council forum on the Draft Long Term Sustainability Framework for the Auckland region, as part of the youth feedback I talked about the need for change to come from the bottom up and for councils to empower communitys. I used the example of transtion town Totnes (see here) which educated the community about the challenges facing us such as peak oil and the need to relocalise and then allowed the community to come up with its own solutions. The presentation was alright but I think most of the council knew how badly the problems are allready, the radicals of the 70's are now in power and they are comfortable, everyone wants to bring this screaming beast to a halt but no one has the commitment or vision to do it.
The council were predictably patronising but some of the people there seemed to get it. My feelings to the event were summed up by a councillor a former womens lib campaigner who said to us "I like you being here and it makes us feel good, but arent you being co-opted? and shouldnt you be on the outside?" The full extent to who deluded some people still are was conveyed brilliantly by the mayor for my city Manukau Barry Curtis who approached one of us at the end and said with no trace of humour that "everything will be fine in 50 years cars will fly and run on water"
The sustainability framework is a plan and nothing more, I am as convinced as ever that Auckland will burn to the ground before it undergoes a voluntary transition. I'm also pissed off that the generation in power knows more than my generation, that my generation my peers appears to have little vision, drive or even awareness of the magnitude of the problems facing us.