Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Wellington Council to debate climate emergency declaration

Wellington City Council to debate climate emergency declaration

Wellington City Council looks set to join the growing list of cities declaring a climate emergency.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said the city wants to attach any declaration to a plan. Photo: RNZ / Aaron Smale

The council will debate whether to declare a climate emergency tomorrow - at the same time as it considers a new strategy to make the city carbon neutral by 2050.

Mayor Justin Lester said recent feedback showed 92 percent of self-selecting residents support urgent action on climate change.

"We haven't declared earlier like other cities, because we actually want to attach it to a plan," he said.

The declaration and plan told council staff to make sure they're thinking about climate change and emissions in their work, he said.

The first steps for the city were to make it easier for people to change how they get around, and how they power their homes and businesses, Mr Lester said.

Councillor Iona Pannett said it was not about forcing people to change their ways - rather, it's about the council making greener options easy for people to use.

"So good cycleways, good systems for disposing of waste and re-using of resources, making sure we provide good regulation for building and so on. Individuals can only do so much," she said.

The emissions that came from building that infrastructure needed to be tracked and offset, and materials re-used where possible, she said.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Ellen Rykers on The Dig: Community Conservation – The Solution To The Biodiversity Crisis?

It’s increasingly clear that a government agency alone cannot combat the biodiversity crisis successfully. These grass-roots initiatives are a growing resource in the conservation toolbox. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Saudi Oil Refinery Crisis

So the US and the Saudis claim to have credible evidence that those Weapons of Oil Destruction came from Iran, their current bogey now that Saddam Hussein is no longer available. Evidently, the world has learned nothing from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 when dodgy US intel was wheeled out to justify the invasion of Iraq, thereby giving birth to ISIS and causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. More>>


Veronika Meduna on The Dig: Kaitiakitanga - Seeing Nature As Your Elder

The intricate interconnections between climate change and biodiversity loss, and how this disruption impacts Māori in particular. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On China And Hong Kong (And Boris)

In the circumstances, yesterday’s move by Lam to scrap – rather than merely suspend – the hated extradition law that first triggered the protests three months ago, seems like the least she can do. It may also be too little, too late. More>>


Dave Hansford on The Dig: Whose Biodiversity Is It Anyway?

The DOC-led draft Biodiversity Strategy seeks a “shared vision.” But there are more values and views around wildlife than there are species. How can we hope to agree on the shape of Aotearoa’s future biota? More>>