What you need to know about climate action

17.8.2021

What is climate action?

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13 defines climate action as taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. The long-term approach to climate action for our city is set out in Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan. It outlines eight priority action areas to deliver our goals to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The plan makes it clear that no single group can deliver the changes needed and we need to do this together, united in a common purpose.

The plan sets out the core goals:
- To reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
- To adapt to the impacts of climate change by ensuring we plan for the changes we face under our current emissions pathway.

Climate action is not purely about emissions but about the complex dynamics between all earth’s systems and how this underpins the health and flourishing of societies, cultures, economies and individuals - ultimately our wellbeing. We as humans have the privilege and responsibility of being stewards / kaitiaki of this sacred earth for current and future generations.

Why now?

A stable climate and rich biodiversity of life is the foundation of a prosperous Tāmaki and Aotearoa. This is at extreme risk. We are accelerating towards critical tipping points of earth systems that keep the planet with a safe operating space for humanity. We are currently at 1.1 degrees above 1990 levels and on the trajectory toward a 3 degree world. We are in a climate emergency.

Our region is already experiencing the effects of a changing climate. Over the last decade, Auckland felt the impacts of heavy rain events, storm surges and coastal inundation, extreme heat events, and droughts. These climate change impacts are expected to increase in frequency and severity. The next two years are crucial for climate action in setting the course for the next 30 years. By 2023 we must be transitioning our core systems of society to ensure we slow down our temperature increase so we can start to see it taper off by 2030. Making these major changes in less than a decade allows us to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. This requires a huge transformation of society at large. Auckland Climate Festival invites all people of Tāmaki Makaurau to come together during a concentrated period to celebrate and build on the incredible mahi already taking place so together we can get even further towards accelerating the change we need to see.

Our logo Tō mātou tohu

We have aimed to reflect this in our brand. The lines represent:
- Yellow: Atmosphere Te Kōhauhau (air, carbon dioxide, temperatures, wind)
- Blue: Water Te Wai (precipitation, freshwater, seas, oceans, lakes, ice sheets)
- Pink: Flesh Te Kiko (internal flesh of living beings, including humans, animals and birds)
- Brown: Earth Te Whenua (land, soil, nutrients, biodiversity, societies)

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Michelle Kennedy

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