The Dunedin City Council is to consider throwing its
weight behind the Wise Response Appeal on behalf of all city
The move would be considered at the next full council
meeting, on May 19, after a plea from Emeritus Prof Sir Alan
Mark on behalf of appeal organisers at this week's Dunedin
City Council public forum.
The appeal urged the New Zealand Parliament to undertake an
objective national assessment of the risks posed by climate
change, economic instability and other potential threats to
New Zealand's wellbeing.
It has already attracted about 6000 signatures and was
presented to Labour, Green and New Zealand First MPs on the
steps of Parliament on Saturday, although members of the
Government failed to show.
Prof Mark told Monday's forum he hoped the council, or at
least individual councillors and council staff, would add
their names to the appeal.
That was because the urgency of the Government's response was
likely to depend on how many people signed the appeal.
The Government would act only if public disquiet could not be
ignored, he said.
The appeal tabled in Parliament was launched days after the
release of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Prof Mark told this week's meeting New Zealand had an
important role to play in addressing climate change and other
challenges, beginning by assessing the risks of a ''business
as usual'' approach and identifying options.
He expected the appeal would be referred to a select
committee, but progress from there would depend on the
''We would very much welcome the support of Dunedin City
Council and staff,'' he said.
Mayor Dave Cull said council staff would prepare a report on
Prof Mark's request, which would be considered at the
council's May 19 meeting.