Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Residents Shocked by Mayors Response on Climate Declaration

Feb 20 2019

Residents Shocked by Mayors Response on Climate Declaration

Thames residents who spoke to the Thames District Council monthly Forum yesterday are horrified at the Mayor’s public refusal to recognise climate change and the need for more than “ risk and resilience” reactivity.

“ For the a second time in the last few months we asked the TCDC to sign the Local Government Climate Declaration and start reducing emissions along with many other Councils. The Mayor has refused to take leadership on climate change which given the vulnerability of our region is a very worrying approach” said Sheena Beaton a local resident who was hugely affected by the 2017 storm surge on the Thames Coast.

On Tuesday 19 February 2019 local citizens spoke during the public forum at the monthly council meeting on the need for leadership to reduce carbon emissions locally. “Our community is capable of great things but we need leadership”, said Nancy Zwaan. “Council should tap into the wealth of knowledge in the community to understand what is happening to our environment and what can be done about it.”, said Ross McDonald.

Recent scientific reports from the world's leading authorities (including the IPCC) show that we have a very short window of a little over 10 years to begin making significant changes before we cross the tipping points of extreme and irreversible climate change. There is an urgent need for action to prevent this from happening.

Both speakers urged the council to sign the Local Government Climate Change Declaration which outlines clear, succinct actions that can be taken. TCDC is one of a few local governments who has not signed this declaration.

Ross McDonald noted that the Declaration simply asks the council to agree to develop plans to reduce local emissions, coordinate with government and work with the local community to find resilient solutions to the predictable impacts of climate change. "Why would you not want to do that?" he asked“

This is the second time that local citizens have spoken at the Forum requesting more urgent action on climate change but the Mayor’s response has shocked the residents.

“We really want to work with Council to take urgent action and we will keep the pressure on until we get an informed response. This issue is too important to be denied and minimised as random “weather patterns” said Sheena Beaton who spoke at last month’s Council Public Forum”. We need leadership and we need it now”..


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Commerce Commission: Retail Fuel "Not As Competitive As It Could Be"

The Commission has outlined some options it considers could improve competition. There are two broad sets of options it thinks may have the potential to help create a competitive wholesale market. These are:

• Greater contractual freedom to make it easier for resellers to switch between suppliers; and
• Enabling wider participation in the majors’ joint infrastructure, notably the shared terminals and supporting logistics involved in their borrow-and-loan system.
Further options, including improving the transparency of premium petrol prices, are discussed in the draft report. More>>

 

Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>

ALSO:

Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>

PM's Post-Cab: Bad Mail

Cabinet was updated on the process around prisoners sending mail, following the accused Christchurch gunman sending letters that "should have been stopped". All mail of "high concern prisoners" will now be checked by a specialist team and a changes to the legal criteria for witholding mail are expecting to go to a cabinet committee in this parliamentary session. More>>

Welfare: Ongoing Drug-Test Sanctions Contradicts Govt’s Rhetoric

Reports that two-thirds of beneficiaries who fail drug tests are still having their benefit sanctioned contradicts the Government’s so-called health approach to drugs. More>>

ALSO:

Welfare: More Measures To Help Those Facing Homelessness

Ministers have announced $54 million in Government funding for initiatives which will support at-risk individuals and whānau to stay in their existing tenancies. The funding will also provide additional wrap around services. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections: New Strategy On Māori Reoffending And imprisonment

Authentic co-design with Māori, incorporating a Te Ao Māori worldview, and greater connectedness with whānau are key elements of Hōkai Rangi, Corrections’ new departmental strategy designed to address the long-term challenge of Māori reoffending and imprisonment. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels