Thames-Coromandel Council Taken to Court Over Climate Declaration Decision

A local climate action group has taken Thames-Coromandel District Council to court over its decision to not sign the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) climate change declaration. Hauraki Coromandel Climate Action wants the decision to be declared unlawful by the High Court.  It also seeks an order that TCDC must reconsider the decision after properly taking account of the global consensus that we face a climate emergency, the Local Government Act decision-making requirements, and its own policies and plans relating to climate change and engagement with its communities.
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‘Wilful Blindness’ on Climate Change Impacts

You won’t read a better summation of our collective failure to face up to the risks of climate change and the urgent need for transformational change than this superb opinion piece from Judy Lawrence – Senior Research Fellow at the Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University.  Judy Lawrence excoriates local councils and agencies (such as the Thames-Coromandel District Council) for “wilful blindness” and “by continuing to issue planning and building consents in low-lying areas exposed to ongoing sea-level rise that is causing coastal inundation and rising groundwater”.  Sound familiar?Read More »