SESSION THEME | Visions - Climate change 

Climate Change - 2020 and beyond

Wednesday 1 April

In 2019 we have seen around 15 councils declare a climate emergency and 55 mayors sign up to the Local Government Leaders Climate Change Declaration. Declaration of climate emergencies is likely to grow, with it now being a global trend to take this stance. Through voting to declare climate emergencies, councils throughout New Zealand are signalling a clear intention to put climate change at the front and centre of what we do. It is one thing to make the bold statement recognising climate change as a 'wicked problem' but it is another to act, making practical changes and responding to the emergency which effects every aspect of our lives, communities, and the environment. In reflecting on this declaration, it raises big questions for planners in New Zealand...what does this mean and how should the climate emergency be reflected in planning practice? How does the climate emergency impact our personal and professional values? The planning system is a vital tool for creating resilience against the impacts of climate change, but how do we respond to the challenge of the climate change emergency in the face of multiple voices and values?  How do we respond to this emergency as planners charged with preparing RPS, Regional Plans and District Plans and is it possible to imbed solutions meaningfully and effectively within the current NZ planning framework? We know that change must be immediate and sustained to address our generation's "nuclear free moment". This paper will explore the climate change emergency, planning visions for beyond 2020 in a changeable environment and provide practical first steps and recommendations drawing on international examples, to assist planners with integrating climate change into the planning framework to respond to the growing emergency.

Associate, Barker & Associates

Following completion of her Masters of Resource and Environmental Planning degree, Briar has worked as a planner in both the public and private sector in New Zealand and Australia. Briar began her planning career in central government working for the Ministry for the Environment. She then went on to work for a multidisciplinary consultancy and then local government as a Senior Planner in Melbourne.  Briar is an Associate based in B&A's Auckland office.

Associate, Barker & Associates

Ruth is an Associate in B&A’s Christchurch office. Ruth has work as a planner in government and consultancy roles in Christchurch, Queenstown and Brisbane. She enjoys working with a wide range of clients around the South Island helping them with planning policy and resource consent projects.


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