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What does climate change mean for Kaipara?
We asked some questions of some Kaipara locals to get their insights and thoughts on the climate challenge.
We want to spark conversations around climate change and what it means for Kaipara – identifying impacts for our region and opportunities for action.
Do you know someone who would like to join in the Rising to the Challenge conversation? Nominate them here:
Climate change defined
Climate change describes a change in the average conditions — such as temperature and rainfall — in a region over a long period of time. With temperatures rising we are seeing more natural hazards occuring such as drought, bushfires, flooding and storms with greater frequency and intensity. Rainfall patterns are shifting, glaciers and snow are melting and the global mean sea level is rising.
With these changes comes an increased risk of physical, economic and health hazards. But by decarbonising our econmies and daily lives we can limit the warming and transition to a more sustainable, healthier
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What is COP26?
For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority.
This year will be the 26th annual summit – giving it the name COP26. With the UK as President, COP26 takes place in Glasgow.
In the run up to COP26 the UK is working with every nation to reach agreement on how to tackle climate change. World leaders will arrive in Scotland, alongside tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks.
Not only is it a huge task but it is also not just yet another international summit. Most experts believe COP26 has a unique urgency.
What are the goals of COP26?
1. Secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach
Countries are being asked to come forward with ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets that align with reaching net zero by the middle of the century.
To deliver on these stretching targets, countries will need to:
- accelerate the phase-out of coal
- curtail deforestation
- speed up the switch to electric vehicles
- encourage investment in renewables.
2. Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats
The climate is already changing and it will continue to change even as we reduce emissions, with devastating effects.
At COP26 we need to work together to enable and encourage countries affected by climate change to:
- protect and restore ecosystems
- build defences, warning systems and resilient infrastructure and agriculture to avoid loss of homes, livelihoods and even lives
3. Mobilise finance
To deliver on our first two goals, developed countries must make good on their promise to mobilise at least $100bn in climate finance per year by 2020.
International financial institutions must play their part and we need work towards unleashing the trillions in private and public sector finance required to secure global net zero.
4. Work together to deliver
We can only rise to the challenges of the climate crisis by working together.
At COP26 we must:
- finalise the Paris Rulebook (the detailed rules that make the Paris Agreement operational)
- accelerate action to tackle the climate crisis through collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society.