The science is in: climate change is real and potentially devastating to our planet.
In 1992, the world’s governments agreed to avoid ‘dangerous’ climate change through reductions in their countries’ emissions, but so far they have not succeeded. Now the World Bank warns we are on the way to ‘cataclysmic change’. Scientists say our global emissions need to peak within the next 5 years to avoid this.
New Zealand has one of the worst track records – among the highest emitters per capita and recording an increase in annual net emissions over the past 20 years of 60%. Yet the National Government gutted the Emissions Trading Scheme and continues to subsidise polluters, while internationally it has refused to sign up to any new binding agreement to reduce emissions.
The Green Party wants to see effective measures to combat climate change put in place so New Zealand can do its fair share.
Recent news about Climate Change
New figures showing storm damage cost New Zealand $77 million in the first half of the year are a reminder of what we're up against with climate change, the Green Party said today. More
Russel's speech on smart farming to the Federated Farmers Annual Conference, 3 July 2014 in Palmerston North. More
The Green Party has welcomed a Gen Zero report calling for concrete climate commitments from all parties ahead of the election.
"Gen Zero's Big Ask report is a timely reminder about what real climate action looks like," said Green Party Climate Change spokesman Dr Kennedy Graham. More
In 2 months voters choose which party will govern for the next 3 years. They have two considerations: security for themselves and a future for their kids. More
Over the past few months I have intervened on a number of occasions in the general debate to draw our collective attention to the issue of climate change.
I have heard it said, including in this Chamber, that the Green Party does not own the issue of climate change. More
During the past adjournment the Green Party launched its climate protection package. It is an understatement to say that this far-reaching policy has been well received. More
With regard to the Government's emissions trading scheme policy, does he agree with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría that it is easier to deal with carbon emissions via a tax than an emissions trading scheme, and that a fiscally neutral tax like the Green Party's climate tax cut is "a more business friendly, labour friendly, and a greener friendly tax structure" than an emissions trading scheme; if not, why not? More
National's transport budget for the next decade is a fantasy plan that pretends climate change doesn't exist and locks New Zealanders into their cars for the next 50 years, said the Green Party today. More
The Green Party is accusing the Government of systematic inaction over climate change, as New Zealand scientists warn the extreme weather battering the country is a "picture of the future". More
The Green Party is calling on John Key to confirm or deny that New Zealand is part of a small handful of countries trying to block global action on climate change. More
This was the week we put climate change back on the political agenda.
It seems people were waiting for it. More
OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría described the implementation of British Columbia’s carbon tax “as near as we have to a textbook case, with wide coverage across sectors and a steady increase in the rate”. More
At its AGM last weekend, the Green Climate Protection Package was rolled out.
- It contains the over-riding goal of net carbon-neutral economy by 2050, with a National Carbon Budget comprising a series of five-yearly budget components to get to that goal. More
John Key needs to front up to Pacific leaders and communities and explain why his Government is not taking climate change seriously, the Green Party said today. More
"Climate change is the most challenging issue of our time. How we respond to it will define the kind of future our children inherit.
"The Green Party's plan will future-proof our economy and put New Zealand firmly back in the global green race, all while leaving households better off. More