Auckland's Climate Action Plan

Climate change is communicated effectively only on some occasions

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edited on Dec 19, 2018 by Climate Action

Joan Garth 5 months ago

Emphasis not being put in correct areas

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Climate Action 5 months ago

Thanks for this Joan. Where do you think the emphasis should lie?

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Monty Walsh 5 months ago

I believe that people don't realise to what extent the scientists are saying. It's not stop using single use plastic, or cut back on red meat. It's the reality that within the next 8-12 years people need to completely stop using fossil fuels. And this includes the council. Thats the reality, no fossil fuelled cars, trucks, buses, mopeds, or boats. Families need to realise that by driving their car they are quite literally wiping out the chances of their families and friends surviving over the next half century. The council needs to seriously get on board with the reality that all their modes of transport need to be electric within the next decade or risk dooming the entire city. Businesses need to understand that this is a thing without compromise, people need to make drastic action (and businesses hate anything that is drastic). It is particularly hard in NZ because we rely so much on aviation, but people really need to stop flying everywhere. The issue why this topic isn't being effectively communicated is because people think its too much to give up and don't want to listen.

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Florence Kwok 5 months ago

Probably bi-weekly or monthly update on climate change in the social media and local newspaper

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Kim Graham 5 months ago

I'm quite proud of how quickly New Zealand can go from discussing solutions to actually implementing action. I saw this first hand with the plastic bags, banning straws, and encouraging employees to ride to work. However, there seems to be a lack of national solutions being announced that say we are going to start doing x,y, & z. If these were more communicated, I think people would happily participate. I realize the "yellow vests" in France were protesting national fuel taxes, but it still seems necessary to pull all of us together and say that we have good, communicated, solutions and have a deadline for implementation. We want to act, we want to do our part for climate change, but we want to know when and how.

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PR Payne 5 months ago

I think focusing on avoiding food waste and reducing meat intake might be useful as most people are able to control these factors more readily than a change in transport

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Greater Auckland 3 months ago

Climate change is being communicated well to residents in council documents, but not to the council-controlled organisations in a way that requires them to change.

Auckland needs to reduce its contribution to climate change, not just cope with the consequences. While there are already a number of documents that outline Auckland Council's intentions, this Climate Action Plan needs to outline how the actions will happen. To this end, Council needs to set targets and establish action pathways to achieve those targets, plus processes to ensure that any deviation from those pathways is quickly identified and rectified, to ensure the targets are met.

Our post, "Letters of Low Expectations" outlines how the letters sent annually by the Mayor to the Council - Controlled Organisations are the first step in setting clear targets for achievement. Since 40% of carbon emissions come from transport in Auckland, we have focused more on the transport emissions, but the same principal applies for all activities that emit carbon and which Council has a responsibility to influence.

Targets (in numbers), action pathways, feedback mechanisms, and financial and other disincentives (such as removal of decision-making power) for failure to meet targets are needed for:

1. Reductions of Auckland's greenhouse gas emissions in the area of responsibility of each Council-Controlled Organisation.
2. Reductions of vehicle kilometres travelled overall.
3. Reductions of vehicle kilometres travelled per capita.

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