What's your name?
Where in the world are you?
Wellington, New Zealand.
What do you do in the world?
I am lucky enough to be Mayor for the Coolest Little Capital in the world.
In one sentence, what is climate change?
Climate change is the biggest threat to our future we are facing. Climate Change is making our seas warm and rise, causing extreme temperature changes and causes more extreme climate events like cyclones, storms, floods and droughts.
How does climate change affect your life?
I want to make sure that my daughters grow up and are able to enjoy nature in the same way I have. It is our job to protect this planet for future generations. It’s the only one we have.
What do you feel you can do about it?
As part of Wellington City Council, I can help develop and implement plans that will reduce our city’s greenhouse gas emissions and support Wellington’s resilience. Things like promoting renewable energy and electric vehicles and low carbon transport options are huge first steps.
Do you feel there is more you could do? If so, what is stopping you from doing those things?
There is always more that can be done, especially for something as big as climate change, but at the Council we will be doing everything we can to make sure Wellington has plans in place that commits it to a low carbon future.
What's your favourite Sunday afternoon activity?
Spending time with my wife and two young daughters.
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I’ve always been interested in leaving New Zealand, and the world, a little better off than when I found it. I first got involved in politics in University, and from there have become increasingly more invested in finding ways that I can give back. I first got really interested in climate change in the late 2000’s, while I was studying at the Max Plank Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.
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