Papal encyclical shows National out of step with world on climate

The Pope’s call for urgent action on climate change highlights an absence of leadership on climate from the National Government, the Green Party said today.

The Pope is set to release his encyclical on climate change today at noon Vatican time (10:00pm New Zealand time). A draft of the document was leaked on Monday.

“The Pope’s call for urgent action on climate change is further evidence that the National Government is not only out of step with ordinary New Zealanders but increasingly out of step with the rest of the world,” said Green Party Co-leader, James Shaw.

“The Pope is showing inspiring leadership on climate where the National Government is showing none.

“With the Pope joining the chorus of leaders across the globe calling for urgent climate action, National’s track record on the climate is becoming a worldwide embarrassment.

“The Ministry for the Environment estimates that, using National’s current policy settings, New Zealand’s emissions will increase by 50 percent over the next decade.

“Interestingly, the Pope is expected to be particularly critical of emissions trading schemes, which is National’s supposed tool for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mr Shaw.

The UK Guardian newspaper’s coverage of the leaked draft encyclical said:

In a surprisingly specific and unambiguous passage, the draft rejects outright “carbon credits” as a solution to the problem. It says they “could give rise to a new form of speculation and would not help to reduce the overall emission of polluting gases”. On the contrary, the pope wrote, it could help “support the super-consumption of certain countries and sectors”.

“The Pope’s criticisms of emissions trading schemes are particularly relevant to New Zealand where the National Government’s ETS is so weak that net greenhouse gases have increased 13 percent since 2008,” said Mr Shaw.

“New Zealand was the first country where women won the vote. We stood behind our Pacific neighbours in rejecting nuclear testing. It’s time for us to do the right thing again, this time for the climate.”

 

Petition

Let’s ditch fossil fuels once and for all

When all our energy comes from the sun, the wind, and the flow of rivers, we won’t need to burn the fossil fuels that cause the climate crisis. Our...
SIGN ON

Petition

Support our Poverty Action Plan

Our Poverty Action Plan will completely change the way we support people in New Zealand so when people ask for help, they get it. It overhauls the ...
SIGN ON

Action

Local 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

It's time to pay our essential workers a dignified wage

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been...
Take Action

Latest Environment Announcements

Story

Government announces plan to tackle problem plastics and seven single-use plastic items

Following the success of the phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags, the Government now has plans to phase out more single-use and problem p...
Read More

Story

Government to regulate environmentally harmful plastic packaging, tyres, e-waste

The Government is stepping up action to deal with environmentally harmful products – including plastic packaging, tyres and e-waste – before they b...
Read More

Oceans

Oceans are the lifeblood of our planet. Home to a vast array of species and delicate ecosystems, and a source of kai and recreation. Our marine env...
Read More

Reducing waste

There is no waste in nature; only cycles of resource use. The Green Party wants our communities and economy to run on the same no-waste principle. ...
Read More

Story

Government steps up action on waste - funds recycling infrastructure and expands levy scheme

As part of a broader plan to reduce the increasing amount of rubbish ending up in New Zealand’s landfills, the Government is to fund new recycling ...
Read More

Story

Green Party unveils Clean Energy Plan

The Green Party is today unveiling part one of its plan for a fossil-fuel free Aotearoa, including an immediate ban on new industrial coal boilers.
Read More