Wellington declares climate emergency

People at the council meeting calling for it to declare a climate emergency. - Photo: RNZ / Charlotte Cook

Wellington has become the latest city to declare a climate emergency.

The declaration was adopted at a meeting of the Wellington City Council this morning.

The councillors have also been considering a new strategy to make the city carbon neutral by 2050.

Only one city councillor, Nicola Young, voted against the declaration.

Wellington mayor Justin Lester said the world was in peril and there was much more work to do.

Five other New Zealand councils, including Auckland and Nelson, as well as hundreds of others around the world have already declared climate emergencies.

Critics say in many cases those councils are not doing anything more than they have already been doing.

Daily podcast The Detail looks into whether declaring a climate change emergency will actually help.