Trust calls for action on climate change

Dave Cull.
Dave Cull.
A Waitati community group has called for ''immediate actions that are direct, visible and simple to evaluate'' as communities work to battle climate change.

The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust yesterday released its Our City, Our Climate report after three workshops it held earlier this year.

The report recommended the likes of government funding for community groups working on climate action, regular workshops, and support for the trust's ''climate safe house'' project, to develop housing for coastal areas vulnerable to climate change.

At a launch of the report in Waitati yesterday, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said the challenges the city faced had come into full view in recent times with ''intense and regular storms''.

''Prior to about 2016 we hadn't had a state of emergency declared in Dunedin since 1980.''

Then there were the 2015 floods when a state of emergency should have been declared, and floods each year after that where one was declared or close to being declared.

''I kind of see a pattern emerging here that we can't ignore.''

david.loughrey@odt.co.nz

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