New Green’s leader calls on PM to talk over climate change

New Green Party Co-leader James Shaw has challenged John Key to find common ground over climate change, in his inaugural speech at the Green Party’s AGM today.

New Green Party Co-leader James Shaw has challenged John Key to find common ground over climate change, in his inaugural speech at the Green Party’s AGM today.

 

“New Zealanders want their politicians to work together, and act on common interest. My challenge to John Key today is let’s find common ground on climate change,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

 

“The Government has to set an emissions reduction target to take to the Paris climate talks. Why not build political consensus around the target, rather than adding to the list of things politicians squabble over. 

 

“The stability of our climate is too important to use as a political football.

 

“We should talk to each other rather than past each other, and agree on an ambitious target that New Zealanders can be proud off.

 

“The recent climate consultation meetings showed strong support for a 40% emissions reduction by 2030. That is a good starting point for dialogue with the Government.

 

“Motu research shows an overwhelming number of New Zealanders support action on climate change. This issue is not the political hot potato it used to be.

 

“While I am realistic enough to know consensus over our response to climate change won’t be easy, I am optimistic enough to believe it is worth a shot trying to build it.”

 

James Shaw also used his address to set out his goal to build on the Green Party’s work on economic issues.

 

“My career has always been about bringing the values of the Green Party into the business world. Now I want to bring the skills I have learnt in the business world to my role as Co-leader,” said Mr Shaw.  

 

“By getting our economy right we can both protect our environment and help out those most in need. And we can be economically prosperous doing so.

 

“My real world experience means I know how business and green economics can work together to build a better economy.”

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