Auckland's Climate Action Plan

Climate Emergency

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 abandoned.

Dushko Bogunovich 5 months ago

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/...temic-collapse?

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/16/opinion/su...e-warming.html?

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Molly84 4 months ago

I was involved with submitting to the Unitary Plan, and I agree that it should be revised ASAP. The impact of each Unitary Plan rule, should be assessed in regards to its worth as a climate change transition rule. If it supports a status quo that does not, it needs to be amended. Planners need to be allocated to this task, and given the authority to make effective amendment requests.

Auckland Transport should be returned to Auckland Council, so that planning for how people live and how people move in the city of Auckland can be seamlessly designed, WITH the idea of transitioning to a lower fossil fuel city. Public Transport cost, reliability and service should take priority over station renewal projects. Ideally, public transport should be free. Taking into account the social and health costs of vehicle emissions, as well as the environmental costs due to fossil fuel usage, and the reduced load on roading, there would be a quantifiable SROI if this was the case. Current fares are unsustainable for larger families in low-economic areas, and transport issues are a failure of previous councils planning and transport design and implementation. This should be rectified.

Community grassroots groups that look to inform and work together to tackle climate change issues should be actively encouraged, across the city, regardless of the nature of their local boards.

Panuku Development provides an opportunity for council design and build projects that showcase transition concepts and design. Investment in this area, rather than events such as the America's Cup at the waterfront, would indicate where priorities for Auckland Council lies. At present, apart from worded statements, there has been little to show of any practical or effective measures taken by Auckland Council to transition the city and its residents to a low carbon city.

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Dushko Bogunovich 4 months ago

Molly84, I agree with almost everything you say - especially 'The impact of each Unitary Plan rule, should be assessed in regards to its worth as a climate change transition rule." and 'Community grassroots groups that look to inform and work together to tackle climate change issues should be actively encouraged, across the city' - but why don't you turn this into your own submission/idea?

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