This is how we're responding in Timaru.
In Timaru district, climate change will have a variety of impacts, from higher sea levels to more intense rainfall, warmer temperatures and droughts to changes in what food and crops we can grow. We are already seeing some of these effects through increased frequency of flooding and coastal erosion. Some of these impacts may be positive, (e.g. warmer winters, a longer crop growing season), but other impacts will challenge how we currently live.
We are starting to gather information about the local impacts of climate change. This will help us assess the impact on our communities and Timaru District Council’s assets, and will ultimately help us to support our communities to adapt to our changing environment.
Here are a few of the ways Timaru is responding to climate change.