Partnering to tackle climate change issues
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and 3R Group, with the support of Napier, Hastings, Central HB and Wairoa Councils are teaming up to hold a business event on the effect of accelerated climate change.
The event, part of a wider initiative called Climate Action HB, will explore what business needs to do to transition Hawke’s Bay to a low emissions economy.
Regional council chief executive James Palmer says the council’s role in managing the region’s environment and natural hazards demands that it also takes a leadership role in the region’s response to climate change.
3R Group chief executive Adele Rose has recently returned from the Climate Reality Project Australia leadership training and is a signatory to Climate Leaders Coalition. She says whether you believe climate change is occurring in a natural cycle, or that it’s accelerating due to global carbon emissions from human impact, we cannot deny that Hawke’s Bay as a major food producer and exporter is already experiencing impacts of rapid changes in our environment.
The Regional Council announced a climate emergency in June and this event is part of the organisational and regionfocused work to address climate change.
3R Group is a member of the Climate Leaders’ Coalition, launched in July last year to promote business leadership and collective action on accelerated climate change.
The predicted impacts on Hawke’s Bay include a rise in temperature, fewer frosts, more frequent and more severe droughts with greater fire risk, increased rainfall and flooding intensity, drier winter and spring, and sea level rise resulting in coastal erosion.