Low Carbon Pathways in Auckland?

It’s hard to believe that “low carbon pathways” actually exist in traffic-congested Auckland where 800 cars are unloaded at the wharves each week and 4000 more houses are urgently needed to accommodate population expansion. But a seminar one recent Saturday afternoon in Auckland’s Central Library provided glimpses of their existence – if you look in the right places.

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Community Climate Action Plan of Ngatimoti School

Creating a healthy, peaceful and sustainable world through facilitating action-learning; where inter-generations of people work with and learn from nature -weaving in Māori perspectives, combining traditional wisdoms with new understandings. Importantly, our kaupapa reminds us to be in connection: to love, care for and respect ourselves, each other and our planet.

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Mt Eden Climate Action

mt_eden_climate_action.jpgMargaret Blay’s Mt Eden Climate Action Group has a mailing list of over 70 but only four members who are active. They run a monthly street stall in the inner Auckland suburb. Margaret describes her motivations for setting up MECAG.

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Blueskin Bay - Community Resilience in Action

IMG_1586.JPGBlueskin Bay is a low-lying alluvial plain through which the Waitati river meanders and intermittently floods. It’s home to a modest coastal community of 2,800, 20k from Dunedin – where Scott Willis has lived for 20 years. He is the guiding spirit of the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust which has been working for almost ten years to set up a blueprint for resilience in the face of the uncertainties of climate extremes.

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Carbon Charge or ETS? The pros and cons

There has been worldwide agreement for several decades that to encourage wise decisions on energy production and consumption, agricultural intensification, and land use change we need a price on carbon. This would make fossil fuels and the products they contribute to more expensive, renewable energy and energy efficiency relatively cheaper, and incentivise low carbon land uses.  However few jurisdictions have designed really effective systems.

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Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment makes a last plea to the government to act on climate change

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE), Dr. Jan Wright, is about to retire, and is concerned that the New Zealand government has no clear pathway for action on climate change. Her final report is one in which she recommends a structure to make and monitor decisions on NZ’s emissions.

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Drawdown – a textbook for our movement

In an extraordinarily happy coincidence, just as the first signatures were gathering on our Declaration and as we were planning our launch, the ultimate textbook for our movement was published – and became a NY Times best seller in its first week. The second printing has now apparently sold out.

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