Yesterday’s extreme weather, which caused chaos with Wellington’s transport network, will become more commonplace as climate change worsens, and shows the need for urgent Government leadership to prepare for climate change, the Green Party said today.
“Scientists warn we will see heavier rainfall and more intense storms and droughts because of climate change, and the Government has a responsibility to assist communities to prepare and adapt,” Green Party Wellington issues spokesperson Gareth Hughes said.
“The Government needs to show leadership on infrastructure and planning changes to prepare for increased severe weather events.
“Central Government has a significant role to play in climate change-proofing our cities and towns.
“So far, the National Government hasn’t given us much more than a load of hot air when it comes to taking action on climate change.
“Increasing frequency of extreme weather events, including this disruptive storm in the city where John Key and Tim Groser work, should serve as a wake-up call," said Mr Hughes.