My values are Labour values.

I want to help build a stronger, more caring society. I am passionate about Dunedin, and I bring considerable energy and wide experience to the task of representing this electorate.

My diverse work background has given me an understanding of the economic and social levers that can be pulled to achieve meaningful change.

Please read some of the discussions included here. I welcome your comments.

- David Clark

Nature's best

Even in these straightened times we mustn’t lose sight of our environment. 

Dunedin’s early fathers left us a legacy of parks and reserves, the green belt and the botanic gardens.  Our happiness depends in part upon the recreational opportunities afforded by life in a beautiful city and on a beautiful island.  We are grateful.  We want to hand the benefits we’ve enjoyed to the next generation. Our own well-being and the future for our children depends upon a safe environment. 

Our growing rich-poor gap is not only socially damaging. It can also be environmentally damaging. Reducing the gini coefficient is certainly part of the solution to our environmental woes. People who don’t know where their kids’ next meal is coming from aren’t going to rush out and buy a hybrid are they?

Even simple economics suggests we should care for our surroundings.  Tourism is our country’s second biggest export earner and it is driven by our 100% pure brand.  Without income from Tourism, we couldn’t afford the public services like schools and hospitals that are crucial to a fair society.  The 100% pure brand relies on us not destroying our birthright.

Meet the earthclock.  It sits on a website full of useful and accessible resources.  There are tools and tips on how to save energy at home.  Some of the material on the site is simplistic (for example, its presentation of the foodmiles argument is limited) yet I find myself returning time and again to the earthclock.  I find its dash-board style representation of the use of earth’s resources a sobering reminder of human impact on the planet.

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1 comment on ‘Nature's best’

  1. 10 December, 2010
    Jo

    That’s an interesting website, I enjoyed the tips on keeping your home warm.

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