This is how we're responding in Christchurch.
Restoring our natural environment
Healthy ecosystems will better withstand climate stress, while forests and wetlands are carbon sinks - natural systems that help to suck up and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
In Christchurch, the Community Waterways Partnership supports the development of community-based initiatives to improve the ecological health, indigenous biodiversity and the amenity value of urban waterways.
In Banks Peninsula, Te Kākahu Kahukura is a voluntary landowner and community driven initiative encouraging native tree planting on Banks Peninsula to offset carbon dioxide emissions.