Kāinga Ora’s new director of sustainability Alec Tang. (Photo: Justin Latif) The battle to get New Zealand to carbon neutrality is being fought in the backrooms of power and more publicly, on social media. Justin Latif spoke with Kāinga Ora’s new director of sustainability, Alec Tang, about how he’s leading the charge in both arenas.
Outspoken senior civil servants are few and far between, but for Alec Tang, Kainga Ora’s new director of sustainability, his public role and climate activism go hand in hand.
Look no further than his Twitter account. He regularly broadcasts video of his wheel-to-wheel battles with inattentive bus drivers and impatient SUV drivers to his thousands of followers, along with stunning photos from his cycling commutes, plus details of his ongoing work to promote the merits of low traffic neighbourhoods and cycleways. I’m shaking @AklTransport .
seriously, seriously shaking.
I’ve had to pull over because one of your drivers has come within inches of taking me out.
not ok. not happy.
very shaken up.
do something. please do something
TR3564. literally just now on Wakefield St. pic.twitter.com/4eNG4uSZS9 — Alec Tang 鄧振揚 (@AlecTang_) June 20, 2019 It might seem unusual for a government staffer to be so open about his views, but he sees it very much as part of his role.
“People say to me I need to be impartial, but I’m also a sustainability professional, so I need to be providing what I believe is the best advice, narrative, and logic for why we need to […]