With Auckland’s population set to
swell to 2 million by as early as 2029, growing demands on housing and
infrastructure, and climate change exposing our city to impending natural
disasters, future-proofing Auckland has become more important than ever before.
The way we plan, design,
construct and govern our city will determine Auckland’s future viability.
The world’s cities are under threat by climate change. Building a
sustainable city is an integral part of Auckland’s future.
But what does the ideal sustainable city look like? And is it possible? Join us with Dr Michelle Dickinson as she facilitates the conversation focusing on crucial attributes and solutions – high-rise medium-density, incorporating resilience into urban design and development, and high-quality living for our people with easy access to employment, social infrastructure and clean, green spaces.
In line with our Transition Town goals of encouraging the use of lower-carbon transport modes Transition Town Point Chevalier has become a supporter of the Healthy Streets Alliance.
You can learn more about the Healthy Streets concept here and see the video of Lucy Saunders talking in Auckland about the subject here. The group is also aiming to promote safer speeds, Vision Zero, the work of health academic alliance, Healthy Auckland Together, and Neighbourhoods for Active Kids. Essentially, the group is looking to promote the benefits of having safe, low-speed, low-traffic, well-designed city environments so people can live active, healthy lives in their communities.
Please take a moment to read the attached: “If you don’t act like adults we will”.
There is also a short video by Bronwyn Hayward who shares her thoughts about “Children, Citizenship and Environment” which may be helpful when deciding to accept the children’s invitation to sign the petition and the request to share it on your social media.
This is an
interesting article. The psychological aspects of climate denialism were
something some of our members have been studying for a while – and I was
treated to Action Station’s excellent “Climate Conversations
Training” a couple of years ago, which touched on the subject too. The
range of types of denialism are good to think about, too. Like those who have
given up on reducing the scale of climate change, and think our only option is
“every inch of warming makes a difference”—we cannot stop the process of
warming altogether, but we can control whether climate change yields a future
that is apocalyptic or instead “merely grim.”
It reminds us that Transition Town has never been about just adaptation to a
new reality. Our first, and most urgent job, is to meet this huge challenge by
reducing our contribution to climate change.
The good news for a city like Auckland, is that reducing our transport carbon
emissions and preventing further loss of soil carbon in greenfields growth, are
both not only possible, but doing so would improve lifestyles, and increase
community connections and quality of life.
In the process, Auckland can inspire other cities around the world to do the
same. It’s wonderful Transition Town stuff.
Please join XR next Tuesday at 9am to urge Auckland Council
to declare a Climate Emergency!
If you have a spare couple of hours next Tuesday morning, Extinction Rebellion Tamaki Makaurau Auckland is making a presentation to the Auckland Council about the need for immediate action on climate change. We are speaking at the Community and Environment committee meeting. It would be great to have support from other climate groups around Auckland.
Extinction Rebellion will be presenting our proposal to
Auckland Council, calling on them to join 369 councils all over the world by
declaring a Climate Emergency and acting with proper urgency.
Meet at the bottom of the council chambers in the Town
Hall – 9am Tuesday 12th March. Please wear black.
The dates for our meetings in 2019 have been set to the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Point Chevalier Community Centre in combination with the free Kai Tahi (shared meal) starting at 18:30. Our meeting will start at 19:30 in the upstairs room and ends at 21:00. Dates are as following with meeting reminders being sent out some days prior:
13 February 13 March 10 April 8 May 12 June 10 July 14 August 11 September 9 October 13 November
Watercare would like to let you know about an important project to build a new wastewater tunnel in Grey Lynn. The project is needed as the current combined pipelines in the Grey Lynn area overflow into Cox’s Creek when it rains. The tunnel will be constructed by a tunnelling machine, between 15-60m deep underground, reducing impact on communities along the project route. The project will start at the Western Springs shaft already required for the Central Interceptor project and tunnelling will continue through to a new shaft site, required at the eastern end of Tawariki Street. When complete it will have further benefits in the Western Isthmus than the current Central Interceptor proposal, enabling future connections in the area as the population continues to grow.
While tunnelling is not expected to begin until 2022 and work on the Tawariki site in 2023, Watercare will soon lodge the necessary consents for the works.
More information about the project is in the attached flyer. Please let me know if require any more information, as Watercare is happy to talk to you further either in person or at the next meeting. The group will be kept in touch with updates as the project progresses.
The speed limit bylaw consultation is a really important
step to bringing a healthier, lower carbon transport network to Auckland, where
it’ll be much more appealing to Aucklanders to actively move around our city.
With so much bad information circulating about the
consultation speeds, I thought you might be interested in watching this
inspiring video from AT. Their myths and misconceptions page is really good.
If you’re following the damaging position the AA has taken
on the subject, my post in Greater Auckland today discusses the survey they are
trying to use to strengthen their position. There’s much more on that subject