Time to act on climate change

Time to act on climate change

The Eastern Bays, including the Petone foreshore, could be badly affected by climate change, says latest research. PHOTO: Bethany Reitsma

It’s time for Eastern Bays residents to get serious about climate change, says Victoria University of Wellington’s Judy Lawrence.

The climate change adaptation research fellow spoke to about 90 people at the Petone Working Men’s Club on April 3 in a talk titled “Facing Climate Change.”

“Whatever we do now, our emissions will have an impact for decades,” said Lawrence.

She said extreme weather events were on the rise. “For example, the Eastbourne road [Muritai Rd] is being closed much more frequently… access issues will continue to be exacerbated.”

“If we don’t act now we could see sea levels rise by a metre by 2020.”

Lawrence said it was time to put pressure on local Hutt City Council councillors hoping to run again for office in local body elections this year.

“There’s a lot that council can do about this. Climate change is a particular issue for the Harbour Ward.”

Resident Josh van Lier, who attended the event, said there needed to be more practical action from council on climate change.

“There should be synergy between what the public want to see and what the local and central governments are doing. We can all do more about this.”

Green Party spokesperson Chris Norton said it was important that the three parties in the coalition government worked together to deal with climate change.

“The issue is not and should not be political – it’s existential. It’s about greening our businesses and economy, and we need to act now.”

Organiser Peter Glensor from the Petone branch of the Labour Party said he was “delighted” with the turnout.

“People are keen to be part of ongoing actions, it’s no longer a fringe issue. We know what we need to do. The question is, is it possible?”

Councillor Michael Lulich said he planned to bring up the issues raised at the talk at the next council meeting.

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Article by Bethany Reitsma

About Author Student reporter for Petone and Eastbourne, specialising in arts and environment news. Lover of coffee, books and vanilla candles.


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About Author Student reporter for Petone and Eastbourne, specialising in arts and environment news. Lover of coffee, books and vanilla candles.


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