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Canterbury, we are experiencing a climate emergency

No matter where you live or what you do, climate change has knock-on effects that impact us all. These can include changes in weather patterns that affect food production, losses of biodiversity and habitat, or homes and businesses being damaged due to higher intensity storms or rising sea level.

Climate change is already affecting our local ecosystems and communities, with future projections of worse storms, floods and droughts (PDF, 16.5mb) happening more often, further sea level rise, and changes in the diversity of plants and animals in our region.

We know this isn’t an easy topic, and it can be a bit scary or overwhelming for some of us.

So how do we address what seems like such a huge and impossible problem?

We start small, local

Our aim is not to tell you what to do, but to help you understand and prepare for the changes Waitaha/Canterbury is likely to experience.

We should be taking action to reduce the impacts of climate change, but also readying ourselves to adapt to it.

Here you’ll find reliable information about the potential effects of climate change on our region to help you decide what you can do to help reduce or manage its impact.

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Waitaha/Canterbury is a strong region known for our resilience, adaptability and unity. So let’s talk about it, because It’s time, Canterbury.