Part­ner­ing to tackle cli­mate change is­sues

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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.

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