Auckland's Climate Action Plan

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  1. Nitin Prasad
    166 pts
  2. Carolyn Cox
    157 pts
  3. Peter Wallis
    89 pts
  4. Leigh Nicholson
    59 pts
  5. Hamish Lindop
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Auckland should declare a Climate Emergency status along with some other cities around the world (e.g. London). Adaptation (resilience) is now No 1 priority, not mitigation (sustainability; 'emissions reduction'). We have only 5 to 10 years to make the vital transition to a more resilient model of infrastructure - decentralised, clean, green, smart, small scale, locally managed. The Unitary Plan should be reviewed and its 'compact city' strategy and 'intensification' policy moderated, if not...

Dushko Bogunovich
by Dushko Bogunovich
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Dushko Bogunovich

This is the issue of the tragedy of the commons, shall we use it up first, before someone else does. Clearly low carbon emissions in AK while all our manufactured goods come from somewhere else that continues to make global warming happen achieves little. NZ has small, with no real power to influence the global situation.  The pragmatic decision, to which we are culturally inclined, is to continue to use it up , because every one else is. This is what we have been doing. Morally...

kelp strewn
by kelp strewn
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kelp strewn

IPCC's new report highlights a new level of urgency for climate action; limiting to 1.5c warming would avert some severe consequences of climate change that would occur at 2c warming but "Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" in the words of the report. How can Auckland show trailblazing climate leadership, becoming for example the first carbon negative city(surely the world needs this to counterbalance the...

Hamish Lindop
by Hamish Lindop
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Imagine if NZ had an environment month similar to NZ Music Month or NZ Fashion Week etc to highlight the importance of our environment. A month of environment awareness with events, shows, could help tourism too by highlighting specific areas and campaigns on specific websites and ads. Would NZ be the first in the world to do this? Can we? Lets do it! Why? Because we need awareness more than anything!. The first step for action on climate change is to get everyone onboard. How? Pick...

Nitin Prasad
by Nitin Prasad
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Imagine if all the restaurants in NZ that you love took extra effort to run the most sustainable business from the packaging they use, how they mange their waste and other areas. These businesses should be given a sustainable rating (similar to the eat safe A - F rating) and should be given an incentive when  they meet a certain level and maintain it too. Some problems we're dealing with: "Twelve thousand tonnes of bread, 3000 tonnes of poultry -- more than 120,000 tonnes of food worth...

Nitin Prasad
by Nitin Prasad
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Wherever an internal combustion engine (ICE), such as a car engine, is used in Auckland that vehicle emits carbon as CO2 derived from oil that was formed from buried vegetation billions of years ago when Earth was young and the Sun cooler. Climate change is largely driven by the release of this ancient carbon. We can help avoid further warming by encouraging a rapid transition away from ICE vehicles to Electric Vehicles (EV) that eliminate the the emission of CO2 while in use. Aim at a quick...

Peter Wallis
by Peter Wallis
14 Votes
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No more smelly buses. Let's transform Auckland's bus fleet to 100% Electric. We've already started. Let's commit to Auckland's bus fleet becoming 100% Electric. Mr Goff has said, “Last year I pledged with mayors from around the world to work towards making our streets fossil-fuel free. As part of the declaration I committed Auckland to procure only zero-emission buses by 2025." Let's go one step further, really get serious about making our streets fossil fuel free and transform the whole...

Carolyn Cox
by Carolyn Cox
22 Votes
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Let's put enough solar panels and batteries into our schools to power Auckland's education with the sun! With 545 solar powered schools our tamariki will learn about the power of renewable energy to reduce their schools carbon footprint. There are great financial, educational, environmental and resilience benefits for our communities. Powering Auckland's classrooms with the energy of the sun makes perfect sense. Let's make our communities more resilient with the goal of every Auckland...

Carolyn Cox
by Carolyn Cox
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Just like your blue recycle bins that are given to households, a black compost bin should be provided. Imagine if all NZ households were composting their greenwaste at home! It would reduce rubbish at landfills, produce healthy gardens, educate people and increase awareness of recycling. This could also be an opt-in thing for households that can afford it. not sure how we'd finance it but if Auckland Council could have an option (Maybe partner with a company) and provide a subsidised bin,...

Nitin Prasad
by Nitin Prasad
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Vertical gardens provide enormous benefits: the health of urban residents is improved, they promote biodiversity, they lower urban temperatures, the improve the quality of the air and water and they increase a cities resilience. It is time all buildings were required to include a good percentage of greenery on all buildings, living walls and green roofs. There are many other countries that have mandatory policies and the benefits are wide and varied. Lower crime, lower health costs, etc....

Leigh Nicholson
by Leigh Nicholson
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Leigh Nicholson
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