New Zealand Energy Minister praises the Communities for Climate Protection Program
July 26, 2006
Speaking at a recognition event for councils participating in the Communities for Climate Protection Program in New Zealand, the Honourable David Parker, Minister of Energy, recognized the role local authorities play in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the effects of climate change.
“I recognize that local authorities play an essential part in taking action on climate change, through their own activities and by supporting action on climate change in their communities,” Minister Parker said. “I commend the council participants of the Communities for Climate Protection Program – New Zealand programme on your proactive participation and achievements to date.”
Cities and communities participating in ICLEI’s Communities for Climate Protection – New Zealand represent 63% of New Zealand’s population.
In his remarks, Minister Parker stated that the national government recognizes that New Zealand stands to be significantly affected by climate change, at both a national and a local level. The government is therefore committed to making sure that their country is prepared for the impacts of climate change in order to protect and enhance their economy, the environment, and their communities and way of life. “The government is committed to working positively with local authorities on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for and adapting to climate change,” said the Minister.
Source: Speech notes for address for Local Government Conference – July 18, 2006 at >www.beehive.govt.nz
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