ECan climate change emergency not the answer
Environment Canterbury’s decision to declare a climate
change emergency will only add another layer of bureaucracy
and red tape to a complex issue, National Local Government
spokesperson Jacqui Dean says.
in a pragmatic, science-based approach to climate change,
but hitting the panic button at a Local Government level
isn’t going to achieve anything.
“To add to the
confusion ECan Chief Executive Bill Bayfield has admitted
that there is no single definition of what declaring a
climate emergency actually means.
“It is up to
Central Government to provide good policy direction on this
issue, which is why National has worked hard with the
Government on creating an enduring Climate Change Commission
which will give science-based advice for successive
“Local Government should be focusing
on long term planning to mitigate factors such as coastal
erosion, land movement due to earthquakes and changing
“This appears to be a case of
Local Government trying to gain a headline in an election
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