4. METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green) to the Minister for Economic Development: Nā, ka uru atu ki roto i Te Mahere Mahi Ōhanga Tai Poutini West Coast, a Te Kāwanatanga, he whakatuwheranga ake o te whenua taiao mō te mahi maina?
[Will the Government's Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Action Plan include opening up conservation land for mining?]
METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green) to the Prime Minister: Ka tū ia i runga i te mana o tana korero "I honestly wish I could have changed the flag", i te wā i pātaitia ai, he aha tana tino pōuri nui?
[Does he stand by his statement that "I honestly wish I could have changed the flag", when asked for his greatest regret?]
New Zealand and other countries must step up and take the lead on climate change action following Donald Trump’s election, the Green Party said today.
Donald Trump has previously said he would take the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and rescind President Obama's executive actions on climate change.
“Now more than ever, we must put our planet’s future first, and ensure the progress we’ve made on climate change doesn’t go to waste," Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.
A Ministry for the Environment (MfE) report shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are on track to reach record levels in the next 15 years, meaning the National Government’s promises at the Paris Climate Conference last week are ringing hollow, the Green Party said today.
The National Government’s statement that it will not change New Zealand’s climate target and policies shows astonishing disregard for the Paris climate agreement and the global commitment to limiting warming to well below 2 degrees, the Green Party said today.
Climate Change Minister Tim Groser this morning dismissed calls for New Zealand to increase its climate target, or to make serious changes now that will reduce our climate pollution.
The National Government’s desperate attempts in the final hours of the Paris climate negotiations to ‘buy the right to keep polluting’ shows their two-faced approach to climate change, the Green Party said today.
“The Government should be applauded today for supporting the more ambitious target to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius, but it’s embarrassing to watch them continue to undermine global efforts at the same time,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.
A new report released overnight by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe shows the National Government is going backwards on climate change, the Green Party said today.
The report assessed 58 countries on their emissions and efforts to cut climate pollution. New Zealand slipped seven places overall from 35th last year to 42nd, and received an overall mark of ‘poor’, with the effectiveness of the Government’s policies to tackle climate change given the worst possible ranking of ‘very low’.
The Green Party hopes the departure of Tim Groser as Minister for Climate Change puts to bed an era of hot air and spin from the Government in dealing with New Zealand’s runaway climate pollution.