Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Christchurch Council outlines their collective climate change approach

Christchurch Council outlines their collective climate change approach
February 22, 2021

Collective action is the focus of Christchurch City Council’s draft strategy that aims to shape Christchurch’s response to the challenges and opportunities of climate change.

The Draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Climate Change Strategy considers the areas Council, key stakeholders and the wider community need to focus on to reduce greenhouse gas emissions locally along with the requirements for planning for and adapting to life in a changing climate.

Developed by Christchurch City Council with help from an external advisory group, it is based on the latest scientific advice and driven by increased calls from the community for action.

It will be presented to the Council’s Sustainability and Community Resilience Committee on 24th February, ahead of being released for public consultation in March.

Council Head of Strategic Policy, Emma Davis explains “Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time. It is already affecting our climate, native ecosystems, customary practices, mahinga kai, food production, health, biosecurity, and will increasingly impact our infrastructure.

“Christchurch needs a comprehensive, long-term approach to climate change that adequately addresses the broad range of challenges and opportunities that climate change represents.

“It is critical that we reduce our emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, but we also need to prepare for, and respond, to the social, environmental and economic effects of climate change that will increasingly impact on our communities.”

Davis adds “The Council is committed to providing leadership in this space, but the Draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Climate Change Strategy makes it very clear that collective action is required.

“The Council can’t do this alone – everyone has a part to play in taking climate action. We want to harness the unique skills and resources of the people and organisations of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

“We want to partner with Ngāi Tahu and Papatipu Rūnanga, central Government, stakeholders, businesses, organisations, and communities across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula to achieve our climate change goals.”

Christchurch is aiming to be net carbon neutral by 2045 – five years ahead of the Government’s 2050 target for New Zealand.

Achieving net zero emissions is one of the four goals that underpin the Draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Climate Change Strategy. The goals set out what Council wants to achieve to limit the impacts of climate change.

The goals are supported by 10 climate action programmes, each of which requires working closely with key stakeholders and the wider community to co-develop and co-deliver a set of actions.

Davis says if the Sustainability and Community Resilience Committee agrees, the Draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Climate Change Strategy will go out for public consultation at the same time as the Draft 2021-31 Long Term Plan.

“That will be the chance for people to give their feedback on what we are proposing,’’ said Davis

Christchurch City Council lists the local impacts of climate change as:

  • Average temperatures will rise 0.5 to 1.5˚C by 2040.
  • The number of days where temperatures exceed 25˚C degrees will increase to more than 10 a year by 2040.
  • Average rainfall will not change much but summer and autumn will be drier. Winter will be wetter, with up to 10% more rainfall.
  • There will be fewer frosts a year.
  • There will be longer dry periods with more intense, more frequent drought.
  • Sea levels will rise.
  • Groundwater in coastal areas will come closer to the surface.
  • Coastal flooding and coastal erosion will be more frequent and intense.
  • Coastal groundwater will become salty, and saltwater will move further upstream in rivers.

Read the report on the Draft Ōtautahi Christchurch Climate Change Strategy

Image courtesy of newsline.ccc.govt.nz/

Related Articles

1st December 2020 - Singapore enters into a climate change bilateral Dialogue with the United Kingdom

26th November 2020 - Darwin Lord Mayor calls for immediate action on Climate Change to mitigate impacts on facilities and environment

2nd August 2020 - Sentosa Golf Club first to join sign up to United Nations Sports for Climate Action Initiative

5th July 2020 - Former Socceroo pushes for 2023 Women’s World Cup to amplify climate change urgency

7th April 2020 - Reef tourism industry and conservationists demand climate action following release of new bleaching survey

28th February 2020 - Australian Marine Conservation Society calls for a Reef-safe climate policy

20th January 2020 - New report aims to prompt recognition of climate change threat to Australian Open

30th December 2019 - Research finds Australian cricket not ready for challenges of climate change

6th December 2019 - Tourism Report calls for more effective climate change strategies to save our oceans

4th December 2019 - World Travel and Tourism Council calls for Climate Neutrality by 2050

16th October 2019 - Councils and water industry call for national water focus amid climate change

20th September 2019 - MINDBODY backs Climate Strike as part of commitment to all forms of wellness

20th September 2019 - International sport bodies unite to combat climate change

18th September 2019 - New report highlights the increased threat of climate change on Australian wildlife

10th September 2019 - New report highlights the impact of climate change on cricket

5th July 2019 - Massive tree planting has potential to tackle climate crisis

26th June 2019 - Research shows Great Barrier Reef visitors understand climate threat

6th June 2019 - Tennis Australia commits to United Nations climate change action

22nd May 2019 - Jane Goodall visits Adelaide Zoo and shares her thoughts on climate change

16th May 2019 - University of Queensland predicts climate change could cause the extinction of 26 species

6th February 2019 - Climate change set to impact Australia’s summer sporting calendar


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

SWIMPLEX AQUATICS

Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

revolutioniseSPORT

revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology

 
 

@leisure Planners

@leisure is a team of experienced leisure, aquatic and sports facility managers and planners, with market modelling, sports management, recreation planning, business and GIS qualifications. We have…

read more

Consultants

 
 

The Jump Pad

The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Play

 
 

Augmented Creative

Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…

read more

Arts / Attractions / Consultants / Design / Tourism

 
 

PathMinder

PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…

read more

Access / Fitness / Recreation / Security

 
 

HIDROPLAY

Hidroplay welcomes you to the exciting world of children's Playscapes, waterslide's and Water Attractions. Appealing to families, Hidroplay increases patronage in your facility during those…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation

 
 

Clubware

Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business