01 May 2019

What do you do each week to reduce your impact on the environment? Is enough being done to tackle the issue of climate change?

These are some of the questions Christchurch City Council want residents to answer as it works on a Climate Change Strategy for the city.

Christchurch City Council is working on a Climate Change Strategy.

“Climate change leadership is a strategic priority for the Council and we are committed to doing all we can to reduce the city’s carbon emissions and to prepare the city for the opportunities and challenges presented by climate change, says Council Head of Strategic Policy Emma Davis.

“As an organisation we have already set ourselves the goal of being carbon neutral by 2030. Now, as part of our Climate Change Strategy, we are in the process of setting a carbon neutral target for Christchurch as a whole.

“We will be working with our communities on the strategy but one of the first things we want to do is to get a snapshot of how people are feeling about the issue of climate change and get their input into what we should be doing, Ms Davis says.

To help gather that information the Council has put together a short online survey(external link).

People have until 31 May to complete the survey.

“The findings of the survey will help inform our Climate Change Strategy and the action plans that will support it, so I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to fill the survey out,” Ms Davis says.

 “Climate change has major implications for the health and well-being of current and future residents and for the planning and nature of urban development, infrastructure, transport, energy, flood and groundwater management and biodiversity protection, so it is one of our most important focuses.