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The government must subsidise the cost of solar panels on residential properties along with batteries and electric cars - for 3 years. The electricity that is saved from households must go to electric vehicles. The green energy savings can be traded as carbon credits to fund the subsidies.  This will allow us to build the necessary infrastructure for a fossil free future for the next generation. This has to happen quickly as we are already into unchartered waters with climate change.

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The government must act quickly to change laws that do not foster a zero carbon goal. Companies and businesses need to be held accountable for their waste, particularly for carbon dioxide,methane, plastics and other harmful chemicals. Clean up costs must be factored into taxes. We have to aim for a "cradle to cradle' life-cycle and make this obligatory. Every bill or legal change that contributes to carbon reduction should be fast-tracked. Unless we address climate change urgently and...

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Those companies that are involved in green initiatives should be entitled to a tax break, and those companies that are not embracing zero carbon should pay a higher tax. This is a double incentive for companies and businesses to change the behaviour and embrace the need for climate change mitigation. In particular, green start up, companies should be supported and promoted to further incentivise the creation of new industries

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It is our older generation that needs to get with climate change and urgently. The older generation watches TV news. We need to have a daily news item on climate change - a scientific fact and then the good news on local initiatives to inspire people to embrace change. Education is vital for quick change and we need to showcase the wonderful initiatives that are taking place in NZ and around the world to spark new businesses

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Why doesn't Council provide free worm farms along with rubbish bins? This will reduce waste. The worm fertiliser is the best way for improving plant health and it comes for free. The plants then improve the air quality and reduce carbon dioxide.

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Build a stunning "Epiphytum" to showcase our wonderful epiphytes which are a unique feature of our wonderful flora. This would attract tourists and become an icon for the city

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Most countries that are active in tackling climate change have a strategy for greening up urban areas. Auckland needs to get on soon!

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For new developments where there is little horizontal space for gardens, developers should be required to add vertical gardens for homes. This will allow the residents to benefit from the greenery - where the health benefits are enormous - the residents can grow a few edibles and we can create corridors of vegetation for the promotion of biodiversity. In the UK, ancient hedgerows sustain some 10,000 species of wildlife. We can do the same with vertical gardens

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Cover urban infrastructure in greenery. The plants will improve air quality and reduce stress (which leads to obesity) - huge health benefits

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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....

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Leigh Nicholson

Auckland, New Zealand

Joined this community on Aug 1, 2018

Bio Passionate about greening up urban areas and creating the hanging gardens of NZ a new wonder of the modern world!

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