â€œBy unanimously voting to declare a climate emergency we are signalling the councilâ€™s intention to put climate change at the front and centre of our decision making,â€ says Mayor Phil Goff in a media release just issued by Auckland Council.
Here is the release:
Today, Members of Auckland Councilâ€™s Environment and Community Committee voted to join a growing community of cities around the world who have formally and publicly recognised the urgency for action on climate change by declaring a climate emergency.
â€œOur declaration further elevates the importance of an immediate national and global response to address our changing climate,â€ said Councillor Penny Hulse, chair of the committee.
“We want to be a part of the global community calling for change. We have listened and are listening to people; to Aucklanders who supported targeted rates to improve the health of our environment and water, to the students who went on strike and demanded action on climate, to groups like Extinction Rebellion who came to the council and pleaded with us to take more action including declaring this climate emergency. To these groups and to the many others who have made their voices heard, I say thank you,” says Councillor Hulse.
Mayor Goff says, â€œOur obligation is to avoid our children and grandchildren inheriting a world devastated by global heating. Scientists tell us that if we donâ€™t take action, the effects of heating will be catastrophic, both environmentally and economically.
â€œIn declaring an emergency, we are signalling the urgency of action needed to mitigate and adapt to the impact of rising world temperatures and extreme weather events. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we have only around 12 years to reduce global carbon emissions to limit temperature rises to 1.5 degrees.
“While international and national actions are critical, at a local and personal level we need to play our role in achieving that target.â€
– Media release written by Auckland Counci.