The Green Party today welcomed a call from leaders of seven key environmental organisations for the major political parties to prioritise protecting the environment.
The challenge, supported by Forest & Bird, Fish & Game, Greenpeace, WWF, EDS, Generation Zero, and Ecologic, noted larger than ever public support for protecting the environment, and called on parties to prioritise freshwater, climate and conservation.
“I welcome this cross-party challenge from our environmental leaders, and we will do everything we can to ensure the environment is at the top of the agenda of a new government,” said Green Party Leader James Shaw.
“The Greens have consistently put environmental issues on the political agenda, and in this election we campaigned on climate action, clean water and conservation.
“We were pleased that many of those issues were picked up by other political parties during the campaign. We are now working to be in a position to implement our policy solutions as part of a new, environmentally-friendly and progressive government.
“The Greens have a track record in our 18 years in Parliament of working to ensure that New Zealand is a world leader in the fight against climate change, and that we clean up our rivers and protect our drinking water and our biodiversity.
“It’s never been more important to New Zealanders that they see real action on protecting our natural heritage,” said Mr Shaw.