The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all but the ways our community has come together during this difficult time has been a source of inspiration and hope. 350 Aotearoa urges everyone to continue to follow government guidelines – we are in this together and we will get through together.

We are guided by the principle that we are stronger when we collaborate and believe that we each share responsibility for protecting the lives of those around us. We all deserve care, dignity, and protection in dealing with this pandemic, and we recognise that COVID-19 will disproportionately impact Māori, older people, those who are immunocompromised, people who are incarcerated, people with disabilities, and low-income communities. By practicing physical distancing and staying home, we are standing in solidarity with each other and protecting those disproportionately impacted by the pandemic as well as the frontline and essential workers that are keeping our communities safe.

We recognise that for some of us, now is a time for focusing on getting through this with our families. Others will find strength in coming together and offering support in our communities. We respect and honour our different capacities to respond, and are committed to creating space for people to organise and build resilience in our communities.

At 350 Aotearoa, we are changing our ways of work to comply with government guidelines for as long as it takes to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Our staff team is working from home, and our volunteer campaigners and board of trustees have shifted their meetings online. We recognise that the context in which we campaign will change as we respond to and recover from this crisis. The choices we make today will shape our society, economy, health, and climate for decades to come.

Our vision for a sustainable and prosperous future which is socially just and economically fair is needed more than ever. Let’s keep building our collective power and create a kinder, more equitable Aotearoa from the grassroots up.

Downloadable version of statement available here.