And your rates pay for this nonsense

Local Government NZ’s Climate Change Symposium will take place in Wellington on Friday 7 September.

Delegates can expect to take away practical examples of how they can effectively engage with communities and stakeholders to address climate change.

Session topics for the event include:

  • The impacts of climate change on communities;
  •  Local Government NZ’s sea level rise work;
  • Strategies for adapting to the changing climate – a panel discussion;
  • Engaging with communities to manage coastal hazards;
  • Creative strategies for community and iwi engagement;
  • Climate change and the law;
  • Who pays? A panel discussion;
  • Linked adaptation and mitigation strategy;
  • Climate change mitigation and local government; and
  • Tools for measuring carbon emissions.

To save your Local Body representative the trip to Wellington, here are the take-out highlights of the various sessions:

  • The impacts of climate change on communities; – to date, zero.
  •  Local Government NZ’s sea level rise work; – what sea level rise? 1 to 1.6 mm per year perhaps, maybe?
  • Strategies for adapting to the changing climate – a panel discussion; – ignore it and get on with doing something useful; you know, rubbish collection, pot holes, berm mowing, clean water.
  • Engaging with communities to manage coastal hazards; – a good idea but the connection to climate change is tenuous at best.
  • Creative strategies for community and iwi engagement; – why not be honest and say “Maori” engagement?  Does that sound too racist?
  • Climate change and the law; – good idea. Let’s pass a law banning climate change!  Jacinda, Jacinda here’s another ban for you.
  • Who pays? A panel discussion;   – well that won’t take long – the long-suffering taxpayer/ratepayer, that’s who pays.
  • Linked adaptation and mitigation strategy; – this will dynamically extend standards compliant convergence to interactively impact cross functional growth strategies, etc.
  • Climate change mitigation and local government; – how to uniquely disintermediate principle-centered catalysts for change and collaboratively expedite alternative e-services.
  • Tools for measuring carbon emissions. – there are no ‘carbon’ emissions.

Okay, so I may have used an online gobbledegook generator for a couple of the latter ones but I doubt the sessions will produce anything more useful.


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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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