It goes without saying that the past year has been a big one for most people with a lot of uncertainty and change taking over the normal day-to-day routines we had become so accustomed to. Change and uncertainty that looks set to continue for some time yet. But sometimes change can bring a different perspective to what our ‘new normal’ could actually look like. ‘Change’ is definitely one of the foundational aspects of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan, which speaks to the struggles of Tāwhirimātea, the primal ancestor associated with weather in the face of human induced climate change. Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri calls for a change in our response to climate change, a need to reframe, to reimagine, to reset and to shift from what has been a very human centred approach to climate response to one that is ecologically driven.
Auckland Council ended the year with a major achievement – on 8 December 2020 a digital version of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan was launched at a special Auckland Conversations event. We heard from a panel of experts who will be pushing to change some of the systems and structures from the past that are still playing out. The launch was a small celebration to mark a huge amount of effort by all those who were involved in the development of the plan. But we know this is just the beginning and there is much more work ahead, and more change to be made. Major shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic and increasingly frequent extreme weather events, have highlighted key risks that need to be addressed and potential opportunities that can be realised through actioning Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri.
Following the launch of the digital version of the plan we caught up with Alec Tang, Auckland Council’s Chief Sustainability Officer (Acting) and Councillor Richard Hills, to have a further conversation about all things climate and change.
This pre-recorded webinar is another way for us to share some more information with our audience as we delve into some of the big issues changing and impacting Auckland and Aucklanders. In this conversation, we dig a little bit deeper into what the Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri means for Auckland, what work is being done towards creating change and meeting our goals, and how Aucklanders can get involved in climate action and make a difference.
Please note: a copy of the transcript for this webinar will be uploaded shortly.