Shape Waimakariri’s Climate Change Policy

What would you change? Residents concerned about climate change are being asked to help shape the Council’s draft Climate Change Policy.

The Council’s 2019 Community Survey showed growing concern about the issue with over 70 percent of respondents either concerned or very concerned about climate change. Residents also asked the Council to show leadership by prioritising climate change in the 2019 Customer Satisfaction Survey.

“The Council acknowledges concerted action is required by all levels of government to address climate change for current and future generations,” said Councillor Niki Mealings who holds the portfolio for climate change.

“We want to work with the community to become more sustainable, improve the environment, and mitigate our impact on the world’s climate.”

She says the aim of the draft policy is to ensure the Council is prepared to lead a response to climate change that is appropriate, timely, cost-effective and equitable,

“It’s important we balance these objectives and develop an appropriate response with real and measurable outcomes.”

Cr Mealings says while this policy is largely a ‘statement of intent’, it will pave the way for a comprehensive Climate Change Response Strategy to be developed in the coming months.

If adopted, the policy commits the Council to considering climate change in all Council decision-making and work programmes, and regularly measuring corporate emissions.

The draft policy is available for feedback on the Council’s Let’s Talk website until Friday 13 November.