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
The Green Party is calling on the Government to investigate the option of offering to purchase the houses of Christchurch residents affected by persistent flooding, and is saying it would require planning for climate change to be included in the rebuild. More
The first reading speech was given by my former colleague Sue Kedgley, who is now a regional councillor for Wellington, and my current colleague Gareth Hughes gave the second reading speech. As they made clear and I would like to reiterate, the Green Party is supporting this bill. More
Is his Government's emissions trading scheme working, given hundreds of thousands of seedlings are being destroyed across the country due to the collapsed carbon price? More
A new report predicting a 250 percent jump in heat-related deaths shows National must take the threat of climate change more seriously, the Green Party said today. More
A major new report on climate change shows that New Zealand must play its part in reducing emissions yet the National Government continues to deny the problem even exists, the Green Party said today. More
Mr Key omitted any reference to the excess of reliance on, and active promotion of, a fossil fuel economy. More than anything else, Mr Key's fossil fuel economy will mark National's two-term tenure. The Prime Minister's statement is about the state of a nation. The nation, of course, is deeply influenced by the state of the planet. More
Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will the Government be announcing a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 2030; if so, when? More
New Zealand's continuing failure to do our share on climate change puts our clean green image at risk, the Green Party said today.
The Philippines chief delegate at Warsaw had a few comments: "What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. This climate crisis is madness. We can stop this madness right here, in Warsaw. More
Does he think the Government is doing enough to tackle climate change given the statement of Yeb Sano, head of the Philippines delegation to the UN climate talks that, "We cannot sit and stay helpless staring at the international climate stalemate. It is now time to take action."? More
Green Party MP Kennedy Graham will speak in Whangarei, along with Waipu energy analyst Steve Goldthorpe and a climate scientist, Dr Mick Kelly, who lives at Whakapara. on climate change, the nature and scale of the global problem and the feasibility of solutions. More
Gareth Hughes asks the Minister for Energy and Resources about his confidence in the consent process for exploration wells, and why the Minister has not read the relevant reports. More
Will he explain, given the latest projection of New Zealand's net greenhouse gas emissions is around 90 million tonnes in 2040, how the Government can conceivably reach its own emissions reduction target of 30 million tonnes by 2050? More
Ministry for the Environment projections show we are on the wrong track when it comes to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Party said today.
"A richer New Zealand is not going to come from hoping someone finds something in the bottom of the water and does not leave too much of a mess. The prosperity is going to come from a smart Green economy." - Gareth Hughes in General Debate - 16/10/13 More