Key even worse than Abbott on Climate Fund

The John Key Government is lagging behind even climate reprobate Tony Abbott on commitments to the Green Climate Fund, the global fund designed to support developing countries with low carbon economic development and adaptation to a changing climate.

The John Key Government is lagging behind even climate reprobate Tony Abbott on commitments to the Green Climate Fund, the global fund designed to support developing countries with low carbon economic development and adaptation to a changing climate.

Analysis prepared for the Green Party by the Parliamentary Library, shows that on a per capita basis, and as a percentage of GDP, New Zealand’s commitment to the Green Climate Fund ranks behind even Australia. New Zealand’s pledge is equal to 0.0017% of GDP, or 86 cents per person. Australia’s pledge is 0.0111% of GDP or $9.20 per person. The Green Climate Fund is integrated into the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“Most New Zealanders will be shocked to find out that, not only is the John Key Government dramatically increasing New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions, but we are making a grossly inadequate contribution to global efforts to help poor countries cope with climate change,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

“John Key thinks New Zealanders care so little about helping poor countries cope with climate change that we only want to give 86 cents per person.

“Even the Australian Government, rightly condemned as a climate reprobate, is giving over ten times as much per person as the New Zealand Government.

“New Zealand’s Pacific Island neighbours are facing annihilation from rising sea levels and, not only is the John Key Government planning to increase NZ’s greenhouse emissions by 50% in the next decade, it is not willing to help make any significant contribution to the global fund to help developing nations cope.

“The New Zealand Government has been excoriated at the Climate Conference for failing to make any serious attempt to cut greenhouse emissions. The abysmal contribution to the Climate Fund only makes that worse.

“Climate change is real and it’s happening and it’s time John Key realised that there is no planet B to go to,” Dr Norman said.

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