Climate Change
Our climate is changing and we need to act NOW.

As the region grows, we need to better understand the increasing influence climate change will have.

Work is well underway to understand the challenges our region faces and work with our communities to reduce emissions while preparing for the effects of climate change.

Climate change will have an effect on sea levels, weather patterns and rainfall intensity. These changes in turn will increase natural hazard risks such as flooding from extreme rainfall, inundation (flooding from the harbour/sea), erosion (coastal and inner harbour), tsunami and liquefaction.

SmartGrowth and its partners recognise that climate change is a hugely significant challenge for the Western Bay of Plenty sub region.

Climate change needs to be addressed by the whole community, all the way from government through to individuals – with business, science, research, and communities all playing a part.

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We're protecting our environment for future generations
We're making it safer and easier for people to use public transport to help reduce transport-related emissions in line with the Government's Emissions Reductions Plan.
We're keeping people and goods moving
We're keeping road and rail links predictable, reliable, and resilient in off-peak times to keep goods moving and our economy strong.
We're connecting people in different ways
We're making it safer and easier for people to get to schools, GP clinics, community, and shops in different ways, including walking, cycling, buses, and vehicles.
We're making it safer to travel around
We're improving travel safety and working towards an outcome where no one is seriously injured or killed in road crashes.