Our climate is changing. Our world is warming up and sea levels are rising.
Christchurch is already experiencing the effects of climate change. However, we’re still to experience the full impacts. Over time, our understanding of the changing climate and the consequences will continue to evolve.
Our hot dry summers are likely to become longer, and the cold crisp winters milder. We are likely to experience more extreme rain, wind, fire and flooding.
Some areas will become more prone to drought while our low-lying areas will be more exposed to tidal flooding.
As a city we need to reduce our carbon emissions and do what we can to mitigate the effects of climate change. We also need to prepare for the changes that are ahead of us.
Climate change will impact on our way of life and in time, this means we won’t be able to live in the same way we’re currently doing in some parts of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. Some of our most vulnerable communities may be hit hard by climate change, as existing socioeconomic and health inequalities are expected to increase.
In 2019, the Council declared a climate and ecological emergency and set a target for Christchurch to have net zero greenhouse emissions by 2045 (excluding methane), and to halve our emissions by 2030 from 2016-17 levels. This means that we all need to make changes to the way we travel, the waste we create and the energy we use.
Our Long Term Plan 2021 – 31 is an opportunity to think about how we address these issues over the next 10 years.
The Council is now preparing a draft climate change strategy. It will be seeking community feedback on the draft strategy early next year.
This draft strategy is a roadmap for Christchurch’s climate change journey and part of a wider conversation about how, as a city, we work together to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to minimise future harm, and plan for the ongoing effects of climate change.