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                                           ClimateAKL Competition

Get involved with ClimateAKL and be in to win a whale-watching trip for two!

 

To enter:
1. Register for ClimateAKL
2. Share an idea or vote in our 9 polls here by end of 19th December 2018.

Talking about climate change issues and sharing your views is one way that you can help to take action.

Climate change and its impacts is one of Tāmaki Makaurau’s biggest challenges – but equally a tremendous opportunity.  A climate-ready Tāmaki Makaurau is more a prosperous, healthy, accessible place for everyone.  Help us get there by sharing your views and talking about climate change on ClimateAKL.

ClimateAKL is a place to share ideas and work together on planning and building a climate-ready Tāmaki Makaurau. All the conversations will help in developing a climate action plan for the region.  By voting on the ClimateAKL polls or sharing your ideas on ClimateAKL you can play a part.

Use this link  to share this opportunity with your friends and whanau and use the poster below to spread the word around your work place or community centre.

Get involved today!

The Climate Action Team 

 

The prize

Two tickets for a whale and dolphin watching safari around the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.  The cruise lasts for 4.5 hours and departs from downtown Auckland

The competition fine print:

  1. The competition is open to all Aucklanders.
  2. To enter, users must vote in ALL nine polls OR submit at least one idea to one of the ClimateAKL challenges on https://ClimateAKL.co.nz.
  3. Only one entry per person. i.e. one entry means either:
         a)      voting in all nine polls;
         b)      an idea or ideas submitted on a challenge; or
         c)      both - a vote in all nine polls and an idea or ideas submitted on ClimateAKL challenges.
  4. All votes or ideas must be submitted on https://ClimateAKL.co.nz  by 11.59 pm Wednesday the 19th  of December 2018.
  5. The winner will be drawn at random.
  6. The Climate Action Team will notify the winner by email after 19th of December 2018.
  7. The winner must claim their prize by 28th February 2019.
  8. The Climate Action Team are not eligible for the competition.

What happens when experts from across sectors come together to help solve one of humanity’s most difficult challenges?  From my assessment:

  1. Good ideas get better
  2. New alliances and partnerships are built
  3. People have fun

A few weeks ago, we were lucky to host four half-day climate action workshops at the new Hatchbox innovation space in the Wynyard Quarter to help us hone down and refine a long list of climate solutions.  Many of those solutions, it should be noted, came from and included those that you’ve proposed right here. 

Each workshop had 40-50 experts and leaders from industry and the private sector, academia, community organisations, central government and local government.  We took them through a walking tour of what we’ve done so far. This included sharing what we’ve heard from engagement and workshops with Auckland’s elected members, Mana Whenua, youth, our Independent Advisory Group, the Auckland advisory panels and NZ company CEOs. We also took them through a brief cruise of ClimateAKL.

Then, with images of 100% electric buses, green roofs and sustainable restaurants from ClimateAKL in their heads, we launched into facilitated sessions to unpack specific ideas, considering things like implementation, targets and high ambition.  The conversations were rich, the ideas linked up and people were engaged.  Afterward, I had two main observations.  First, my Chief Sustainability Office team did a truly impressive job creating and holding the space for the magic to happen.  Second, participants were revved up, committed and wanted to keep going.  It was palpable, audible and visible: people were having fun and were with us.

With that infusion of energy, we’re prioritising and joining ideas with our working group, Independent Advisory Group and elected members.  We’re also starting to organise the Auckland Climate Summit for early 2019, an event designed to further refine ideas, gather up support and showcase what we’ve collectively come up with.  We’re also putting up more challenges on this site so you can help us refine and link up ideas – we look forward to incorporating your thoughts in our next steps!

Thanks again for your partnership in creating a bold, inclusive and integrated climate plan for Auckland.  We’re making great progress!

Subject Matter Expert Workshops in action

 

The world faces environmental challenges on a daily basis, and the imperative is on us to develop solutions and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. In the future we can expect the impacts to be even greater, influencing our economy, our environment and our daily lives. 

Climate impacts touch the lives of everyday New Zealanders with more frequent and severe storms and drought, as well there is global and domestic pressure to lead and respond to climate change. So what more can we do?

To better understand our options for adaptation and the quest for resilience we need to engage our communities in climate change issues and solutions. Too often climate change is an area of discussion focused on science or politics, and so it’s an easy subject to pass over as something someone else can deal with.

We believe that sharing stories is one way to connect people and engage communities - something our culture already does very well. In fact, the history of Aotearoa is woven together with stories that communicate our relationship to our landscapes, our water, our air, our people.

Sharing stories can also help catalyse action. We have shown this by developing an ecosystem of thought leaders who put forward opinions on how we make the most of our natural advantages to drive a healthier, wealthier future for all New Zealanders. 

This is why we are introducing The Human Element documentary to New Zealand, a new film by renowned environmental photographer James Balog (Chasing Ice) and Kiwi-born producer Olivia Ahnemann of Academy Award nominated The Cove.

The film examines the reality of climate change and how it is challenging us to re-evaluate our relationship to the natural world through the basic constituents of life - earth, air, water and fire. It is a riveting and visually rich drama telling stories across the backdrop of real time climate change and connecting audiences to the everyday experiences of climate change in the lives of American people.

The movie also points to the possibilities of creating a different relationship with our environment. It’s these themes - the everyday impacts and solutions of climate change that we want to get a better sense of in New Zealand. How has climate change affected everyday people, families and communities? What does climate change look like? What do solutions to climate change look like?

We invite New Zealanders to share their climate stories by taking a picture and sending it in with a short explanation to myclimatestoryNZ@pureadvantage.org.

 

Simon Millar, Executive Director
Pure Advantage 

Simon's post-grad life began working to launch Sky TV and then as an Assistant Director to Jane Campion on The Piano. Making good coffee got Sam Neill to ask him to work on Jurassic Park and from there began a career as a Talent Manager and Executive Producer in Hollywood for the next two decades. An epiphany happened earlier this century when setting up a TV series based on climate change and Simon felt the need to save the planet and upskill at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Santa Monica College, CA. He gained diplomas in Global Sustainability for Business as well as accreditation in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED GA). By 2015 he was back in Aotearoa helping drive Pure Advantage forward by developing the multi-sector media platform that it is today – investigating, promoting and communicating green growth opportunities that align to New Zealand’s natural advantages.

 

Join the campaign, spread the word:

Together with diverse national partners, Pure Advantage introduces The Human Element movie to New Zealand. Free stream the movie from October 9th @ 7:30 PM here

We are also offering a limited number of tickets to a special event premiere in Auckland as part of the Climate Change and Business Conference October 9th, @ 7:30 PM.

Share your climate story to myclimatestoryNZ@pureadvantage.org  We will post compelling images and stories to our Instagram page.

 

Image credit and copyright - © James Balog

It's World Green Building Week

Posted by Andrew Eagles (Admin) 6 months ago

It’s World Green Building Week, and hundreds of Kiwis have been getting involved in an array of events we’ve been throwing across Aotearoa.

We’re the New Zealand Green Building Council, and we believe everyone should be safe, healthy and happy in our beautiful country – at home, at school, at work. Everywhere.

But millions of us are not healthy and happy, because our buildings aren’t good enough.

Over 700,000 of our homes are poorly insulated. And 40 per cent of our homes are damp and mouldy. Besides being bad news for our health, unhealthy homes are also bad news for our bank balance, as they cost more to heat.

This is improving, and better, warmer homes are building momentum, thanks to commitments by organisations like Panuku for healthier, more energy efficient homes.

But still, too many homes are damp, and cold. Too many of our tamariki are sick because of where they live.

And it’s not just our homes that aren’t good enough.

New Zealand businesses are losing money because their buildings are inefficient, pushing up their monthly bills, and pushing down their staff productivity, wellbeing and retention. That’s bad news for business owners, the people who work there, and the New Zealand economy.

The poor state of our buildings is stopping all New Zealanders from being safe, healthy and happy.

Buildings pump out climate change pollution too, throughout their lifecycle, from the production of building materials, to building processes, during the operating of a building, its maintenance, and right through to its disposal.

And our homes, workplaces, and other buildings use over half of New Zealand’s electricity.

This means that, when Kiwis beat climate change, we won’t have done it without tackling the pollution from our buildings. And tackling this will also help make our homes and other buildings warmer, drier, better places to be.

During our World Green Building Week events, I have heard one conversation repeated many times, by many different people. We have the knowledge, the expertise, right here in Aotearoa, they have said, to make better, less polluting buildings. But we need to involve more people, and involve them in a conversation about how we do that. And then, together, take action.

All of this is what makes Auckland’s Climate Action Plan such a great green game plan. It’s involving all of us. It includes buildings. And it’s ambitious.

New Zealanders want all of our buildings to be happy, healthy places. For our children. For our businesses. For our whānau. For our environment, so we can breathe fresh air and swim in unpolluted water.

Looking after what’s indoors, helps look after the great New Zealand outdoors, and provide a clean, healthy and happy legacy for our children, for our mokopuna, for generations to come.

So check out the ideas – and share your own, and vote for your favourites – around constructing new buildings, and improving existing buildings to be healthier, less polluting, better places for Kiwis to live, work, laugh, sleep and enjoy being in.

 

Andrew Eagles
Chief Executive - NZGBC

Andrew is a qualified economist with more than fourteen years’ experience in the built environment. Working for consultancies, associations, government and built environment charities, he has a wealth of knowledge in housing, market mechanism, advocacy and the construction supply chain.

Andrew joined the New Zealand Green Building Council in September 2016 as Chief Executive. The NZGBC is the country’s leading not-for-profit for the sustainable built environment. As well as exemplary research, the NZGBC oversees Homestar and Green Star the award winning certifications for New Zealand homes and buildings, and NABERSNZ, the tool for confirming performance of offices in use.

Local perspectives

Posted by Climate Action (Admin) 6 months ago

We want to have as many Aucklanders as possible involved in the climate change conversation. That’s why, in addition to this online Ideas Hub, we are also speaking to many groups across Auckland to inform the development of our climate action plan. This includes working with mana whenua, local boards, youth and advisory panels to name a few.

Climate change will impact each local board area in different ways. To ensure that the plan reflects the diversity of the Auckland region, local board insights were sought early. In June, the climate action plan team went out to each local board to discuss what climate change might mean in their area. Workshops were held to identify local priorities, issues and opportunities.

The discussions were framed around the following questions.

  • Which climate risks and vulnerabilities have you noticed / are you concerned about in your local area?
  • What needs to change to deliver a low carbon, resilient area?
  • What do your constituents see as future priorities for your Local Board area in relation to climate change?

Discussions at the workshops were wide ranging and varied in focus across the different Local Boards. However, several recurring themes were mentioned across multiple boards.

  • Long-term planning: concern development is occurring in floodplains and council is not looking ahead when issuing resource consents.
  • Changes to the coast and ocean: particularly coastal erosion and inundation concerns, but also impacts on marine ecosystems and fishing.
  • Council buildings: council should be showcasing best practice with our buildings –solar panels, green roofs etc.
  • Public transport: particularly comments around the new bus network, needing feeder routes to allow residents to use, needing to be more affordable and reliable.
  • Stormwater: comments on increasing amount of impervious surfaces with increasing development, concern about stormwater runoff and ability of infrastructure to cope.
  • Involving local boards in devising local initiatives: LBs hold a lot of relationships and local knowledge, therefore should be included in devising local initiatives.
  • Education & awareness: importance of improving awareness and educating communities on climate change issues.
  • Community resilience: proactively helping communities prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Check out the full report (attached to this post), and let us know if it reflects the risks and opportunities you are seeing in your local area. The feedback from the local board workshops will be integrated alongside the ideas coming through the Ideas Hub, to inform development of the climate action plan. 

E panonitia ana te āhuarangi o Tāmaki Makaurau. Karawhiua e tātou.

I roto i te rerekētanga o te āhuarangi me pēhea te haepapa hei kaitiaki mō Tāmaki Makaurau?

Auckland’s climate is changing, and we need to take action.
In the face of climate change, how can we be responsible kaitiaki for Auckland?

Last week the Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori celebrations gave the opportunity to whakarongo (listen), ako (learn), kōrero (speak) and tuhi (write) about the climate change kaupapa with Aucklanders in Te Reo Māori.  

Our tamariki and rangatahi got involved and told us about the climate change tohu (signs) that they have seen from Wellsford in the north, to beyond Auckland into the Waikato in the south. They also shared that they are worried for the future if we don’t take action today.

At Auckland’s Hīkoia te Kōrero in the city centre last Thursday, our tamariki and rangatahi set the example by pledging to take their own actions today to be responsible kaitiaki (stewards) for the future of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Tamariki sharing their ideas at Auckland’s Hīkoia te Kōrero (Credit: Julie Chandelier)

Tamariki sharing their ideas at Auckland’s Hīkoia te Kōrero (Photo credit: Julie Chandelier)

We need your help to keep this climate kōrero going beyond Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

To do this, we’ve launched a new challenge using Te Reo on the Ideas Hub here at climateakl.co.nz. We’re asking for your ideas about how we can be responsible kaitiaki for Auckland with the question:

I roto i te rerekētanga o te āhuarangi me pēhea te haepapa hei kaitiaki mō Tāmaki Makaurau?

With the higher temperatures, increased drought, more intense rainfall events and sea level rise that are all expected over the next 100 years, let’s have the kōrero (talk) about the future Tāmaki Makaurau that we want to provide for our mokopuna (grandchildren). What can we do now?

It’s a big question. But let’s not shy away from talking about how our actions today could create benefits for our future generations. The Māori values and principles of kaitaikitanga will play an important part in Auckland’s response to climate change so share with us what you think as Aucklanders. Also, think about using the word's 'kaitiaki' and 'kaitaikitanga' next time you kōrero about climate change.

Share your ideas here and join our tamariki and rangatahi in this climate kōrero.
We’d love to hear from far and wide across Tāmaki Makaurau.

The Climate Action Plan team

#climatekorero

Week One Wrap Up

Posted by Climate Action (Admin) 8 months ago

It’s been an exciting week with the launch of the Ideas Hub at climateakl.co.nz. Firstly, we’d like to thank you all for so eagerly embracing the platform and helping to kick start the climate discussion in Auckland. So far our community numbers more than 40 members, with 30 ideas shared already. A particular shout out goes to Nitin Prasad for posting the very first idea on the platform, and to Leigh Nicholson, top of the leader board with 10 ideas shared so far.

We’re hoping to see this community grow larger over the coming weeks. Climate change will affect us all, so it’s important to have Aucklanders involved in shaping our response. To help us reach as many people as we can, we’d love for you to share the platform with your friends, family and wider networks.

There has been huge variety in the ideas shared, but a couple of themes have stood out so far. We’ve seen lots of support for a ‘greener’ Auckland – with ideas including green rooftops, green bus stops and vertical gardens. There have also been several ideas shared around renewable energy generation and electrification. These include powering schools with solar power, switching to electric buses, subsiding solar panels and encouraging self-sufficiency.

So what will happen with all these great ideas you are sharing?  We’ll be posting more challenges over the next few weeks and months. These challenges will form part of three stages in helping to develop Auckland’s climate action plan. We’re currently in the first stage – Vision & Ambition. The purpose of this stage is to build a shared vision of what a climate-ready Auckland looks like. We want to know what is important to Aucklanders. Would you like to see a greener Auckland? A better connected Auckland? More cohesive and resilient communities? A thriving green economy and green jobs? Perhaps all of the above and more. Let us know the kind of future you think we should be working towards. The ideas shared in this stage will help us define the vision for the plan, and will shape the focus and direction in which the plan develops.Steps in developing Auckland's climate action plan

The next step will be action development. These challenges will be asking for specific actions and ideas that can help us to achieve our goals. We’ll be discussing a broad range of topics ranging from buildings and infrastructure, natural environment, through to water, food, economy and communities. Here we’ll be aiming to develop solutions together to reduce our emissions and increase our resilience to climate change. The final stage will be action prioritisation. As much as we’d like to, we just can’t do everything. So we’ll have to decide which actions are most important to Aucklanders and will have the biggest impact towards achieving our goals. We’ll be asking you to vote on the ideas you support to help us find the best ones. These ideas will feed into workshops with technical experts and the best will make it into Auckland's Climate Action Plan - and will go from idea to reality.

Watch this space for more challenges coming soon. In the meantime, keep sharing your great ideas about where we should be heading and how fast we need to get there.

Thanks for being involved!

The Climate Action Plan team

Living and Being Well

Posted by John Mauro (Admin) 8 months ago

What makes a good life?  I bet there are a few billion opinions and answers to that question.  But I also bet we can agree on a few general things.  A good life requires some basics like food and water, safety and shelter.  A good life requires physical and mental health, social connections of some kind, and an ability to engage in civic decision-making.   And a good life – in most societies – requires some form of stable income to support transactions in goods and services, ideally tied to meaningful work and a sense of purpose and contribution.  It’s this last one that usually gets cut short at “income” with meaningful and purpose stripped out.  And it usually boils down to money.

But while some might think money is atop the hierarchy of needs - or least that it can buy all the rest - living a good life armed only with money is a difficult and incomplete proposition.  It’s also a difficult and incomplete way to run a society or a country – and the New Zealand Treasury has realised this.  Their thinking over the years has bubbled up more recently in their Living Standards Framework and the aim for the 2019 New Zealand budget to be a “Wellbeing Budget.”  Don’t take my word for  it – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says “I want New Zealand to be the first country to assess bids for budget spending against new measures that determine, not just how our spending will impact on GDP, but also on our natural, social, human, and possibly cultural capital too.” 

Indeed, there are a tonne of “capitals” beyond financial capital.  The Treasury boils it down to four interconnected capitals:

The point is that current decisions and actions might build financial capital while unintentionally eroding social or natural capital.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Instead, our decisions and actions can and should nurture, build and restore these capitals so that they are in better shape for the future – and for future generations.

It’s important that we get this right in Auckland’s Climate Action Plan.  One smart action could actually deliver a range of benefits.  For instance, growing and enhancing Auckland’s urban forest doesn’t just mean healthy trees for healthier air and water.  An urban forest can help bring people together by improving the streetscape, roofscape (!), or other public spaces for them to meet, gather or celebrate in.  An urban forest can help attract people to economic centres, resulting in better retail and attracting new skills and talent into Auckland.   An urban forest can also help address public safety and unequal access to green space across Auckland’s communities.

We need to challenge ourselves to make smart decisions that deliver a range of economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits.  I challenge you to bring those ideas forward on ClimateAkl.co.nz.  And please challenge us right back so our decision-making delivers a good life for us and for future generations of Aucklanders.

Co-authored by Roger Lincoln, Climate Change Director, Ministry for the Environment and John Mauro, Auckland Council Chief Sustainability Officer

 

The first Thursday in June wasn’t particularly story-book and could have been any other day in Auckland.  People woke up, travelled to work or school, perhaps considered weekend plans over lunch. But Climate Change Minister James Shaw and Councillor Penny Hulse took the podium together on 7 June, marking a watershed moment in New Zealand’s climate journey.  Never before in a post-amalgamation Auckland or a post-Paris Agreement world had there been this kind of alignment between Government and Auckland on climate change.  Minister and Councillor stood side by side to launch engagement on ambitious pathways forward to dramatically reduce emissions and prepare seriously for climate impacts. 

The lead up to this moment in time was long.  The previous Government had understood that action on climate change was necessary.  In Paris in 2015, they stood with our Pacific Island neighbours and lobbied hard for fossil fuel subsidy reform.  They set the Productivity Commission off to better understand how to transition to a low emissions economy while maintaining wellbeing.  A group of ministers across the major parties (GLOBE-NZ) commissioned Vivid Economics to prepare the scenario-based Net Zero in New Zealand report to understand potential pathways to carbon neutrality.  This, of course, as emissions steadily rose – but we were starting to tap the brakes.

Auckland, also, wasn’t sitting on its hands.  The Energy Resilience and Low Carbon Auckland Action Plan (Low Carbon Auckland) was prepared, arguably the first emissions plan for a local government in New Zealand – a precedent that challenged central government’s insistence that reducing emissions was out of local jurisdiction.  Low Carbon Auckland set ambitious targets aligned with the Auckland Plan.  On the adaptation side, climate adaptation considerations and datasets were embedded into parts of the Auckland Unitary Plan, started showing up in stormwater strategy and planning, and began to underpin coastal management and planning.  But likewise, emissions rose and climate impacts became increasingly serious – although optimism crept in as per capita emissions were on the decline.

Enter a new Government and a new term of Auckland Council.  While efforts like those just described are not new, there is the clear sense that the bar has been raised.  Government kept course for the Productivity Commission report, agreeing with the purpose of the inquiry and the value it may add to our path forward.  They empowered a climate change adaptation group to provide a direct steer on where we need greater efforts.  New Zealand Treasury has begun a serious conversation about framing our progress in terms of multiple capitals, wellbeing measures and a living standards framework.   There’s the new and emerging Green Investment Fund.  And, as was their “new nuclear free” platform during the campaign, Government promised a Zero Carbon Bill and a UK-style commission to help bring emissions down to net zero by 2050, which Auckland Council strongly endorsed.  Standouts among many analyses of a zero carbon approach: two Parliamentary Commissioners for the Environment provided detailed advice to Parliament.

In Auckland, Auckland Council and all major Council Controlled Organisations commissioned the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to prepare a comprehensive report on Auckland’s future climate with outputs like sea level rise, rainfall, temperature and soil moisture at a local scale.  Council has started a detailed look at local climate risks and vulnerabilities for Auckland – including economic, social and environmental risks at a local board scale.  Auckland Council has been a member of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group for a few years now, long enough to straddle two council terms and to benefit from significant knowledge exchange with the world’s best technical experts and practitioners.  And, as was the intention at the four-year review of Low Carbon Auckland and building off new evidence previous mentioned, Auckland Councillors and the Mayor resolved to develop an integrated climate action plan – both rapidly reducing emissions and preparing for climate impacts.

Now we’ve truly joined forces.  Aside from the joint launch event, Auckland and Central Government have been working together on the emissions side, linking together approaches on adaptation, collectively considering climate finance, and wrapping our messages and engagement together at joint events.  Team members are working across the offices and sit on various working groups to sync things together at the local and national levels.

Auckland Councillor Penny Hulse and Climate Change Minister James Shaw

Auckland Councillor Penny Hulse and Climate Change Minister James Shaw

Add to that 60 major NZ company CEOs representing about half of NZ GDP committing to science-based emissions targets as part of the Climate Leaders Coalition.  Add a raft of community initiatives influencing real climate action.  Consider the growing number of Kiwis who believe climate change is a major threat requiring action.  Taken together and alongside local and central government leadership, the coming few years are going to mark an exciting transition to not just any other day in Auckland. 

Join with us as we keep writing the story, feeding in your ideas on ClimateAkl.co.nz, support and involvement as we collectively commit to a fairer, cleaner, climate-ready society.

 

It’s obvious that the transition to a clean, low-carbon, climate-ready society is not only absolutely desirable, but utterly conceivable.  A number of pathways, policies and possibilities have been laid out in reports from mainstream financial juggernauts, international think tanks and institutions right here in New Zealand.  It won’t be hard to conjure up images of clean tech hubs, attractive pedestrian-focused urban spaces and frequent and convenient electrified transport.  It’s not hard to imagine on-site and off-grid solar/battery systems, vast tracts of urban and rural forests, and infrastructure that flexes and adjusts as the sea rises or as record rains fall yet again. 

Climate Change Minister James Shaw says that climate change is the greatest economic threat to New Zealand, and the greatest economic opportunity in our history.  Preparing for climate impacts means avoiding costs and saving lives.  De-risking and transitioning our economy and society means delivering a raft of benefits like those mentioned above.  It’ll require innovation, collaboration and action at a pace and scale we can barely conceive of – a vast and collective transformation – but I think we’re up for it.  There’s not really any other viable choice.

What might not be as obvious, though, is how best to deliver such a future without turning our backs on our most vulnerable and without leaving people behind.  The story is too common in many of the world’s leading sustainable cities: clean up industry and attract the tech sector, replace car parking and lanes with cycleways and bus stops, and polish up historic neighbourhoods to a point that the character starts to rub off a bit too.  Then sit back with a trendy microbrew or designer coffee to watch the rents and house prices soar – along with a double shot of inequality. 

People rapidly flood in, of course – but many go.  Where do people relocate when priced out of an up-and-coming part of town?  How does someone get a job after 30 years at the factory when it closes?  When do people spend time with families or friends when they are in their cars three hours a day shuttling across the ever-receding land of affordability?  And what does a city, region or even country do that hasn’t thought clearly and honestly about its future – especially when the current path may render it inoperable, intolerable or irrelevant? 

Back to the obvious: the most pressing, imperative challenge now at hand is to take speedy and simultaneous action on climate change and inequality.  It’s to ensure that our most vulnerable don’t bear the brunt of the impacts and receive more than a fair share of the benefits.  It’s a non-negotiable proposition, really: doing nothing on each is terrible for everyone, while taking decisive action on both is good for us all.

 As we embark with you on developing and delivering Auckland’s Climate Action Plan, let’s commit together to taking decisive climate action that builds a cleaner, fairer and more prosperous society.

Thanks for joining us on ClimateAkl.co.nz and for contributing your innovative ideas.

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