Published in WelCom February 2021
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has been engaging with He Pou a Rangi – the new Climate Change Commission, since the beginning of the Commission’s work in 2020 to map out the way forward as New Zealand seeks to fulfil commitments made at the Paris Climate Conference.
The Commission is a new Crown entity tasked with providing independent, evidence-based advice to Government to help Aotearoa New Zealand transition to a climate-resilient and low emissions future.
The work of the Climate Commission is absolutely vital, says said Roger Ellis, Caritas’ Engagement Manager.
‘We were particularly concerned to ensure the voices of Tangata whenua and Pacific communities were heard and listened to as we seek the common good, justice and care of creation.
‘We appreciate the valuable role, played by the Commission, of providing independent advice to the government on how Aotearoa can meet its climate goals, and monitor the government’s climate progress.
The Commission will be consulting with the public from 1 February to 14 March 2021, about it’s first package of advice to Government on the actions New Zealand must take to reach net-zero by 2050, and ensure a transition to a low-emissions, climate resilient and thriving Aotearoa.
People wishing to have input into the Commission’s process can find more information on it’s website at www.climatecommission.govt.nz/get-involved/consultation/
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