GO Initiative

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Our planet needs urgent large-scale change but this kind of change does not happen by accident or on just good will alone. It requires understanding of the big picture, clarity of the root causes and coordinated action across multiple industries.

It requires believable visions that uphold truth and values to be implemented.

This is what the GO Initiative is about.  It brings to life the vision for Greater Ōtautahi Christchurch to become a nature-based powerhouse.  Working in conjunction with multiple stakeholders we bring together a joined up approach to environmental change. Where strategies collectively make sense and are grounded in te ao Māori and wisdom.  Where change-makers are aligned, gaps in action are identified and addressed – and there is accountability by all to the intended impacts.

The project joins up action for biodiversity, climate change, sustainability, circular economy, smart cities, iwi and community action, earth-aligned business, and more.  All aligned to the urgent change required.

We make sure that great ideas aren’t all just talk – we turn them into reality, promptly and effectively – we make the change happen.

Ōtautahi Christchurch is a region that has been hit by devastating events, such as major collapse from earthquakes and the tragic loss of a community through a shooting.  The events have brought people together and there is a strength and resilience that now sits as it’s foundation.  With impending climatic extremes and rapid loss of biodiversity the region is responding in a big way.  This initiative builds on an incredible collective of individuals, iwi and communities, businesses, and public agencies who are ready for action for our planet.

Can you help us build an HQ for Environmental Action? Are you a change-maker that would like to get involved?

What’s coming next?

We have the vision and key stakeholders across sectors engaged and up for action.  However, we need a home – a place where everyone can meet, coordinate, rally and drive action.  A place we can build momentum for change by individuals, groups and organisations across industries and communities. An environmental change HQ if you will. 

Can you support us with the securing of a space in central Ōtautahi Christchurch? It would be amazing if you could. Please contact us to discuss – this is such critical work and your contribution would be key to it’s success.

This initiative is breaking new ground, not just for environmental change but also for systemic change.  Its success will set a precedent and provide a shareable model globally.

We would also love to hear from people and organisations who would like to be involved with the action being taken.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Whether you’re in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand or countries further afield – we welcome you all.  Be part of the change.

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