New Zealand standing in the way of developing countries adapting to climate change

New data released by the Green Party today shows that New Zealand is contributing far less than other comparable countries to a fund that helps developing countries combat climate change.

This revelation comes amidst significant climate talks taking place this week in Bonn, and shows New Zealand’s pledge to the Green Climate Fund sits at just NZ$0.88 per person, compared to the average pledge of NZ$12.46.

“The Green Climate Fund is one of the most important ways that developed nations will help poorer nations adapt to climate change,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“Not only are we failing to do our fair share of emissions reductions in New Zealand, we’re holding back developing countries that rely on assistance to adapt to climate change.

“Even Australia has pledged more than 14 times as much as us per person, while the UK has pledged 32 times as much - $28.52 per person.

“Under National there’s this pitiful pattern of doing the bare minimum. If we want to do our bit and be a responsible global player, we just have to do more.

“Response to climate disasters such as typhoon Koppu in the Philippines, as well as clean technology initiatives in developing countries, would come from this fund.

“The Green Climate Fund will have the capacity to help real people in real countries all over the world, but the National Government just doesn’t understand that we have a part to play.

“Even when we broaden the scope and look at all of our climate change related aid, including our initiatives in the Pacific, we contribute just a quarter of the amount most other developed countries do.

“First our emissions target, now our financial commitments? New Zealanders deserve a climate plan we can be proud of – and this just doesn’t suffice.

“I encourage New Zealand to step up in advance of the Bonn discussion around the Green Climate Fund, which will occur on Thursday.

“There are real lives at stake,” said Mr. Shaw.

Latest Environment Announcements

Story

Budget 2022: Greens call for urgency with nature-first climate investments

Budget 2022 shows progress on conservation commitments in the Green Party’s cooperation agreement Green Party achievements in the last Government ...
Read More

Story

Nature needs us to act right now

The Green Party welcomes the release of the implementation plan for Te Mana o te Taiao Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy and calls on the ...
Read More

Story

Urgent action needed to bring natural environment back from the brink

The release today of Environment Aotearoa 2022 is a sobering reminder of what is at stake if the Government does not step up and take urgent action...
Read More

Story

Greens welcome Three Waters recommendations

The Green Party welcomes the recommendations of the Three Waters independent working group and urges the Government to seriously consider the repor...
Read More

Story

Green Party says Government needs to do better to protect our drinking water

The Green Party is calling on the Government to improve environmental standards so every New Zealander has access to clean, healthy drinking water.
Read More

Story

The time to protect our oceans is now

The Green Party is calling on the Government to support a strong global treaty at the United Nations to protect our oceans, as Greenpeace hands ove...
Read More