Climate report reinforces need for Government action

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s latest report released today reinforces the need for the Government to take climate change seriously, the Green Party said.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s latest report released today reinforces the need for the Government to take climate change seriously, the Green Party said.

The report, Changing Climate and Rising Seas, released today summarises the science around climate change and focuses on sea level rise.

“We need to do our fair share to reduce emissions, and we need to start before we lock in further sea level rises,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

“Most New Zealanders would be shocked to hear the National Government is planning on increasing our greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent in the next decade.

“When it comes to hitting our climate change targets, it’s like the Minister responsible is playing darts facing the wrong way.

“While China and the USA signalled their intention to take action to reduce emissions, the National Government’s plans to increase emissions leave New Zealand isolated.

“We need a plan to meet our emission reduction targets, instead of a plan to increase emissions,” said Dr Norman.

“The Government is also missing in action when it comes to supporting and providing guidance to local councils to deal with rising sea levels,” said Green Party local government spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

Action

Join our call to stop funding fossil fuels!

Take Action

Action

Virtual Events

We have activists across Aotearoa / New Zealand who are working hard to build a brighter future for our kids and grandkids. This page lists upcomin...
Take Action

Action

Support our Climate Action Plan for bigger bolder climate action

We agree with all five of the School Strike for Climate's demands. Read more and sign the petition.
Take Action

Action

Show your support to end housing inequality

New Zealand’s housing market is becoming increasingly divided between people who own their own homes and those forced to rent for life...
Take Action

Latest Environment Announcements

Story

Minister welcomes report of nation’s household plastic rubbish, recycling practices

A new report on New Zealand’s plastic rubbish and recycling practices is being welcomed by the Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage.
Read More

Story

Flood of support for Top of the South catchment

Work to look after nature and restore freshwater quality in Te Hoiere/Pelorus River catchment is getting a significant boost, thanks to new Governm...
Read More

Policy

Healthy nature

Nature sustains us and is the basis of all life.  In Government the Greens have led the way in making sure our precious plants and animals are pr...
See More

Story

OIA reforms mean more attention to nature and cultural values

The Green Party welcome proposed changes to the Overseas Investment Act (OIA) that will see stronger controls on applications by overseas interests...
Read More

Story

California is burning, the US must not walk away from the Paris Agreement

Green Party Co-leader James Shaw has expressed his exasperation at the decision by the United States to officially withdraw from the Paris Agreemen...
Read More

Story

Minister announces fresh funding for community-led Hokianga environment project

A unique project enhancing the mana and wellbeing of the environment and the people of the Hokianga is to receive $300000 over three years from the...
Read More