Our community cares about climate change. Here are some examples of how groups, businesses and organisations are taking steps to address our changing climate.

You can read more about what’s happening across our district on Newsline(external link). If you have a story to share, contact us at newsline@ccc.govt.nz.

Hydrogen forum

On 4 May 2023, the Council hosted a Hydrogen Forum, with presenters from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch Airport and Fabrum(external link) exploring green hydrogen technologies as a potential enabler for a net-zero emissions energy sector, and how Canterbury is placed to leverage them for a greener future.

View the presentations [PDF, 3.7 MB] or watch the forum below:

School students tackle climate change

“If we don’t act now, in 50 years our houses might have to move back, our walking tracks might have to close, and the Port could be flooded.”

That's the stark assessment of Ōhinetahi Governors Bay School pupil Flynn Lockwood about why he and fellow students are learning about climate change and how they can prepare for and reduce its impacts.

This has included looking at the impacts of rising sea levels on their district and brainstorming ideas about how their community can respond to these changes.

Low-lying coastal and inland communities in Ōtautahi Christchurch and Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū Banks Peninsula will be affected by rising sea levels and experience increased coastal flooding, erosion, and rising groundwater.

Read the full story(external link).

Kids plan safe routes to school

Christchurch City Council staff have worked with Redcliffs students on their ideas for a new travel map that pin-points travel times, meeting places for a walking bus, and crossing points.

The map helps students and the wider community move safely around their neighbourhood.

This work is part of the School Travel Planning Programme offered by the Council.

Read the full story(external link).

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