It was disappointing to have a recent article in the "Waikato Times" on Council's sustainability initiatives treat the submitter's views as credible and to be asked, as chair of Council's sustainability working group, if I am part of the conspiracy they see. If I were, I doubt that I would admit to it. If I am unwittingly so, I am clearly a dupe of dark forces beyond my ken.
I welcome robust discussion on the environmental and sustainability issues we face and am glad to debate the challenges and options we face. We live in a world with increasing numbers of people consuming more of our finite resources. These are global issues where business as usual or blind optimism seem an inadequate response. We should take a long term view rather than operate on short-term self interest.
Local government needs to be part of changing the way we live so that we all might have a better future.