MIL-OSI New Zealand: Auckland Council sponsors Climate Festival

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Source: Auckland Council

Auckland Council is a major sponsor of the Auckland Climate Festival taking place virtually from the official launch event on 12 October to 31 October, in the lead up to the UN climate change conference at the end of the month.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says, “Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the financial pressures that creates for us, we cannot put off action that is needed now to head off the climate change crisis that is facing the world.

“With climate warming, rising sea levels and the greater frequency of extreme weather conditions, we face huge environmental, economic and financial costs. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently warned that urgent action is required to reduce carbon emissions and keep temperature levels from rising more than 1.5 degrees. The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, will soon reflect this message.

“I encourage Aucklanders to attend the Auckland Climate Festival and learn about how we can all work together on what is the most pressing challenge we face.”

Environment and Climate Change Committee Chair Councillor Richard Hills adds, “To prepare and respond to the climate emergency, we must be honest about the scale of transformation needed and implement the recommendations in Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan.

“Aucklanders are clear that it’s time to prioritise climate action over business as usual. Together we can create thriving and fair communities with equitable and inclusive outcomes. Reducing emissions results in better living for everyone, and we are working towards that every day.”

Auckland Council events

You can join the Live Lightly: 7-Day Sustainable Lifestyle Challenge, where each day there is a simple thing you can do to lower your carbon footprint. Or, join the webinar on the 20th.

The first week of the festival, the Harbour Bridge will have a Vector Lights show powered by a mix of solar, battery and peer-to-peer systems.

Our community partners are hosting composting and Love Food Hate Waste workshops throughout the festival.

Join us on 15 October for an online seminar on calculating carbon in infrastructure projects, carbon sequestration approaches and leveraging sustainable procurement practices.

Urbanisation, a growing population, and climate change call for new solutions to how we create a healthy and happy city centre. Join us for an Auckland Conversation series on this topic on 19 October.

On the 20th, join a thought-provoking discussion focusing on the urgency and challenges of reducing emissions for local government and communities.

Learn from Watercare some easy ways to check for water leaks, how to measure your water flow rates, information about different hot water systems, plus lots more happening on the 21st.

The Auckland Climate Festival is also proudly by supported by Auckland Unlimited.

Win prizes

With the support of Auckland Transport, EcoMatters Bike Hubs are encouraging Aucklanders to explore the city’s thriving street art scene by bike. Take a photo that includes a piece of street art, you, and your bike and share on your Facebook or Instagram profile with the #StreetArtBikeChallenge hashtag and be in to win.

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