The hard conversations, the difficult decisions…

Climate change and associated sea level rise is going to challenge us with some very difficult decisions.  “We have to decide which areas we are going to protect, and which areas we’re going to have to retreat from,” said Dr Jim Salinger in an interview on “the Project” recently. This fraught choice (protect/retreat) was a central part of the two workshops we’ve run this past week in Dunedin, one with City Leaders, the other a public Blueskin meeting in the Waitati Hall.  It is not just in workshops that such decisions will or can be made, however. These difficult choices need to be discussed widely.  Through the Our City, Our Climate, and the Climate Safe Housing projects, we will continue to work to connect and support people as we explore solutions in a structured way with local, and ideally central, government partnership. The final workshop in the “Our City, Our Climate [Our Future]” series, supported by the Deep South Challenge will be held in South Dunedin on Friday the 16th of March. Keep an eye here for details to share. Together we can work on a collective, focussed, city-wide response that will enable residents to thrive together in this time of change.

‘Our City, Our Climate’ Blueskin Workshop 2018