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Glen McMillan Okara Ward A POWERFUL VOICE FOR OUR COMMUNITY

Climate change in New Zealand

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Youth around the world are wanting to bring attention to climate change only this weekend 21-09-2019 youth all over the world have protested, they youth want a future.

As a candidate for Okara Ward Whangarei Glen McMillan would like to see change, youth can drive that change but businesses the world over need to participate.

Technology may be the answer more renewable energy wind power solar power. Dairy farming cows are our biggest contributor to climate change. Cows are also polluting our streams this climate change starts at home. We need to find better ways to do things.

Climate change in New Zealand refers to historical changes in the climate of New Zealand and New Zealand's contribution to and response to global warming. New Zealand contributed 0.17 percent to the world's total greenhouse gas emissions.

On a per-capita basis, New Zealand is a significant emitter - the 21st highest contributor in the world and fifth-highest within the OECD (2014)

New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions are on the increase rather than declining. Between 1990 to 2017, New Zealand’s gross emissions (excluding removals from land use and forestry) increased by 23.1%. When the uptake of carbon dioxide by forests (sequestration) is taken into account, net emissions (including removals from land use and forestry) have also risen – by 64.9% since 1990.

Climate change is being responded to in a variety of ways by civil society and the government of New Zealand. This includes participation in international treaties and in social and political debates related to climate change. New Zealand has an emissions trading scheme and from 1 July 2010, the energy and liquid fossil fuel and some industry sectors have obligations to report emissions and to obtain and surrender emissions units (carbon credits). In May 2019, in response to commitments made in Paris in 2016, the Government introduced the Climate Change Response (Zero-Carbon)

We all need to work together on climate change, our council has declared a climate emergency this is great I would want to continue on this cause and would work with the council.

Climate change means the difference in the Earth's global climate or in regional climates over time. Climate change melts the ice.

It describes changes in the state of the atmosphere over time scales ranging from decades to millions of years. These changes can be caused by processes inside the Earth, forces from outside (e.g. variations in sunlight intensity) or, more recently, human activities. Ice ages are prominent examples.

Climate change is any significant long-term change in the expected patterns of average weather of a region (or the whole Earth) over a significant period of time. Climate change is about abnormal variations to the climate and the effects of these variations on other parts of the Earth. Examples include melting of the ice caps at the South Pole and the North Pole. These changes may take tens, hundreds or perhaps millions of years.

In recent usage, especially in the context of environmental policy, climate change usually refers to changes in modern climate (see global warming).

Some people have suggested trying to keep Earth’s temperature increase below 2 °C (36 °F). On February 7, 2018, The Washington Post reported on a study by scientists in Germany. The study said that if the world built all of the coal plants that were currently planned, carbon dioxide levels would rise so much that the world would not be able to keep the temperature increase below this limit.

Whangarei harbour and our waterways are under threat

Whangarei harbour and waterways are under threat from pollutants, runoff from developments fill our harbour with mud and pollutants, farming practices are reducing the water quality in our streams and rivers.

All over the world cities are being polluted largely by development one year's pollution can take two years to clean up we are sliding backwards this needs to be stopped. only strong enforcement and if needed heavy fines are needed to control the rule-breakers.

I am doing my part I have a section of stream that crosses my land, over four years I have stripped the overgrown stream bank and created a mini wetland, it is small but full of life including very rare fish.

Some parts of Whangarei's waterways have rare fish in small numbers we want more clean water is needed I personly would like to see more enforcement of cattle or sheep getting into our waterways.

Mud I so often see the Hatea river full of muddy water, where is the mud coming from.

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