Life on the edge: groundwater coinciding with sea-level rise, coastal erosion, and other climate impacts will cost us dearly. There is no escaping that there is a cost to adaptation. But there is an even greater cost if we do not rapidly reduce emissions. As Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull says “there is a complete lack of adaptation planning” and this must change. Councils need a mandate from Central Government, while residents need to recognise the collective crisis we face and contribute to solutions. This interview is well worth a listen [www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018628946/life-on-the-edge].
Meanwhile BRCT is hosting a community workshop on climate change adaptation on Friday the 9th of February in Waitati Hall. The “Our City, Our Climate” workshop is supported by the Deep South Science Challenge and the Dunedin City Council and organised by the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust, with support from Wise Response, Sustainable Dunedin City, Forest and Bird and Our Climate Declaration. Together we will work on a collective city response.