Thank you to everyone who responded to our member survey and your suggestions, which the committee will take into consideration. The consensus from members on how we should priortise actions ranked them in the following order:
- Pushing climate-friendly projects for economic stimulus funding
- Working with KCDC and GWRC to ensure climate change is considered in all relevant council decisions
- Campaigning for councils to get and use powers to regulate emissions
- Ensuring KCDC achieves its carbon neutrality target for 2025 and promoting low emissions lifestyles (tied)
We are already working on these particularly #1 with our new open letter to KCDC. On #3, there are promising signs that councils will get these powers – the text of the current RMA reform bill now includes it. If all goes well the change will come into effect sometime around the end of 2021. For more on this see our previous blog posts on RMA reform.