Climate change declaration 'politically charged' – Thames-Coromandel mayorby Kate Gudsell
A push to get local authorities to sign up to a declaration on climate change is "politically charged and driven", the Thames-Coromandel mayor says.
It states councils will commit to plans to reduce greenhouse gases, promote walking, public transport, increase resource efficiency, and commit to renewable energy and electric vehicles.
Yesterday members of the public presented to the Thames Coromandel District Council meeting, urging it to sign up to the declaration. It will be voted on by councillors at a later meeting.
However, mayor Sandra Goudie said she did not support it and most other councillors were cautious.
It would be irresponsible for the declaration to be signed because the council did not know what it would be committing ratepayers to, she said.
"It's got statements which bind you to outcomes that you've got no idea of, so I wouldn't sign a contract without knowing specifications."
But she said the council was being proactive in terms of ensuring the community was protected and resilient in its vulnerable coastal areas.
Mrs Goudie refused to confirm whether she believed climate change was happening, saying she did not have an obligation to tell ratepayers what her opinion was.
Mrs Goudie said she was not obliged to reveal her stance on climate change because "I think it's incredibly highly politically charged and driven and I don't think that makes for a good basis for sound judgment".
When asked to clarify what was politically driven, Mrs Goudie said she was referring to the campaign to sign the declaration. She then declined to answer any further questions.
There are 23 local authorities which have not signed up to the declaration.
Last month, RNZ revealed the West Coast Regional Council wanted more evidence to prove that climate change was happening before it would commit to reducing emissions.
This article was first published on Radio NZ.
“We bow down to this idea of Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos going to Mars, when here in our own country, we had the equivalent."Read more
Comedian Tim Batt buys up domains for new Brian Tamaki-backed political party.Read more
Long-time latte sipper Jean Teng embarks on a journey through the world of soft brews.Read more
Billy Nighy plays Alan, a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits, who has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son.Read more
Israel Folau has done us the unintended favour of showing how hard and counterproductive it would be to try to outlaw all comments that ...Read more