On Friday I spent the day with people who love me very much, people I love. I laughed and hugged and ate cake and watched my great-nephew grow with every action he made. I sat in the evening with friends, celebrating life and friendship.
Meanwhile, a right-wing extremist was committing mass murder in Christchurch. He made sure that people would not be able to hug their loved ones, watch their children grow, sit with friends and share laughter with family. Because of how they choose to celebrate their faith.
Also on Friday tens of thousands of young people left their schools with hand made signs, and gathered around the world to make us understand that there is no Planet B.
These young people are showing us the way, not just on climate change. They want a better world for all of us, no matter where we live, the God we believe in, or don’t believe in, the colour of our skin, the language we speak. A world that is safe and healthy for everybody.
We cannot allow this extreme hatred a place in our world.