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The majority of people who voted in last week's web poll did not think the Gisborne District Council was doing enough with regard to climate change.

The question asked if the Gisborne District Council was doing enough with regard to climate change. A majority of 44.96 percent or 107 voters answered no; 26.89 percent or 64 voters said yes; 20.17 percent or 48 voters said council was doing too much and 7.98 percent or 19 voters were undecided.

One yes voter said “we have a very good council”. Another said the council needed to do a lot more “to help prepare us for the consequences”, but had shown that it was taking the threats seriously.

“Really is it a council job fixing climate change?” one voter asked. “It is a dream unless the big polluters acknowledge it.”

Another yes voter asked what did people think the council could do? “We have no control over the climate but we can do something about pollution. It is time for each individual to take a stand instead of expecting the government or local government to put everything right.”

One respondent said they were grateful that most council members were showing a reasonable attitude. Another yes voter said they were getting “sick and tired of hearing about climate change”. “If everyone in New Zealand and Australia cut their emissions to zero it would make absolutely no difference to the climate. For goodness sake most cities around the world have many more times the population living in them than New Zealand's total population. To be honest I think Gisborne's temperature has gotten colder over the past few years especially in summer.”

Of the 26.89 percent of people who voted ‘no' they did not think the GDC was doing enough with regard to climate change, one said acknowledging that we have a climate emergency was the first step in planning for a changing climate.

“That would lead to practical measures to mitigate the effects of climate change in our region. Part of the way of resolving problems is to first admit there is a problem,” the person said.

Another no voter said there needed to be more rubbish bins placed around the city although it is unclear how this would affect climate change.

One said the development of a network of off-road cycle walking paths should be a higher priority.

“If school children could get to school independently and safely this would greatly reduce the need for the before and after school run, reducing congestion and making the roads safer for people cycling and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Of the 20.17 percent or 48 voters who said too much was being done by the GDC with regard to climate change, a voter said that climate change had been happening for a great many years. “It is highly irresponsible to fill young people's heads with doom and gloom.”

A few voters (7.98 percent or 19 people) were undecided with one having already given up. “It doesn't matter — it's too late,” they said.

  1. Bob Hughes says:

    First, a big thanks for your poll on our climate concerns.
    When in my letter I expressed disappointment at the high percentage going along with council inaction, I was unaware only 230 readers had taken part in your online poll. That is a very low response, confirming my thoughts of people seeming to care so little for our long-term future.
    I was even more disappointed still to read that 48 voters thought council was already doing too much.
    Then the cop-out comments,
    I must answer. Yes, it does matter, it is not too late at all to do something. No matter how long it has been warming, it is surviving the increase that counts, and the doom and gloom belongs to the do-nothing attitude and all of us are highly responsible.
    We are living in a climate emergency. We must act and prepare.
    I repeat from my letter, our district is dragging the chain both in local attitudes and the lack of council action.
    The bright side is that 45 percent of participants voted that Gisborne District Council wasn’t doing enough with regard to climate change.
    This issue is the most important of all. We must keep trying to get our district fully on board.