What is climate change?
Burning fossil fuels (like coal and petrol) release greenhouse gases that trap the sun's heat and cause the planet's temperature to rise. We are already experiencing the effects of climate change with increased temperatures (the last decade has been the hottest on record), more storms, erosion, flooding etc, which impact the economy, our health, people, infrastructure, houses and the environment.
The rise of industry and modern living have increased C02 (carbon dioxide gas) by about 50% since the pre-industrial era, with billions of tonnes more being released each year. Scientists agree that global warming needs to be kept to 1.5 degrees. Currently estimates put us at 2-3 degrees rise.
How do we respond?
We need to collectively reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and take action to mitigate, adapt and lessen our impacts.
Council is taking action and we encourage you to also. We want to work with others who share the same values, who recognise the need to take action.
If you want to learn more, or care about our environment, or want to be part of the change, please share and action some of the green tips and resources in the free PDF’s at the bottom of the page.
What is Council doing?
- In 2015, Mayors and Chairs of New Zealand declared an urgent need for responsive leadership and a holistic approach to climate change and taking action.
- We are planning adaptation and mitigation to build resilience around climate change.
- We carry out an annual stocktake of our operational greenhouse gas emissions and are setting targets and programmes for reduction.
- We are developing a Sustainable Procurement Framework that focuses on the Four Well-beings (society, environment, culture and economy) that are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.
- We are creating a climate roadmap with goals and projects to help us reach our targets.
- We are mapping our work and priorities and getting our house in order relating to climate action and want to help you on the journey.
Alignment to the SDG's (Sustainable Development Goals)
In 2015, the United Nations led the creation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which outline a universal plan called “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. All 193 member states of the United Nations, including New Zealand signed up to help achieve these Goals. It’s a global agreement to make the world a better place for all.
What else is happening in the region?
Check out what some partners across the region are doing to combat climate change:
Climate Change - The Facts
*The living greener tips and 12 steps to greening your organisation resources have been shared with Waikato District Council with permission from our Climate Action Senior Advisor Rachael Goddard, through her business Ecoes.
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