KCDC and GWRC have started work on their spending plans for 2018-21 (referred to as Long Term Plans). To a large extent these plans will determine what activities will take place during this period including investments in low carbon technologies, infrastructure and supporting activities.
Low Carbon Kāpiti call for KCDC fulfil the commitment it made in 2012 to cut its emissions by 80% by the year 2021-22 (see www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/cemars). Their main chance to allocate resources to achieve this is in the 2018-21 Long Term Plan. This will involve committing to convert the district’s streetlights to LED technology, improving energy efficiency in its buildings and treatment plants, phasing out the use of fossil fuels in its vehicle fleet and at its swimming pools and increasing tree planting. Furthermore, investments in local facilities for walkers, cyclists and electric vehicles should be increased.
Greater Wellington Regional Council also has carbon reduction targets and plans that need to be adequately resourced, and improved public transport services are critical to making it easier for residents to live lower-carbon lifestyles. Low Carbon Kāpiti supports increased rail services between Waikanae to Ōtaki and northwards and will focus on enabling actions for this GWRC can take in the 2018-21 period.
Action needed – complete this survey by 31 July 2017
KCDC’s take on the District’s ‘key challenges’ for the next 20 years and the Long Term Plan excludes any mention of reducing emissions or the climate crisis. You can give feedback to help correct this glaring omission via the survey on this page: http://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/kapiti2038
In section 2, where it asks ‘Any challenges you think we’ve missed?’
we suggest you put something along the lines of:
→ The need to move to a low carbon economy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and phase out the use of fossil fuels.
→ Adapting to climate change – increased flooding, sea-level rise, migration, drought
Here is my questionnaire response which you are free to draw from for the other sections. When you write a response you can of course put whatever you like, and I recommend that you personalise it.
We’d like to keep tally of the number of subs done that mention this, so please let us know once you have by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
KCDC is also holding workshops to gather feedback on their draft key challenges and approaches. Here are the details:
• Tuesday 25 July – 10.00am – 12.00 noon at Paekākāriki Library, 14 Wellington Road
(in the Paekākāriki Tennis Club room), Paekākāriki;
• Thursday 27 July – 6.00pm – 8.00pm at Paraparaumu Whitireia Kāpiti Campus ,
corner of Milne Drive and Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu;
• Saturday 29 July – 1.00pm – 3.00pm at Māoriland Film Hub, 68 Main Street, Ōtaki