Wild fires a sign of things to come

The wild fires burning in Hawke’s Bay and near Christchurch are an unfortunate sign of things to come if action isn't taken by governments to halt the climate crisis, the Green Party said today.

The Ministry for the Environment estimates that longer and more frequent droughts, combined with water shortages, are likely to increase the risk of wildfires in Hawke's Bay and parts of Canterbury.

“The wild fires we are seeing in the Hawke’s Bay and around Christchurch mirror long-term climate change scenarios where wildfires are an increased risk in both regions," said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“My thoughts go out to the people experiencing these fires first-hand, who have lost homes, property, or who have had near misses.

“You have the Salvation Army’s Emergency Services saying this has been the worst season for rural fires in Hawke's Bay in the past 16 years.

“The science tells us climate change is likely to cause more frequent droughts, increased water shortages and increased risk of wildfires. If we ignore that warning we’re putting people and their livelihoods at risk.

“People in the Hawke's Bay and Canterbury are used to dealing with drought and fire risk, but no one wants to see this get worse.

“The Government has a moral responsibility to do its bit to eliminate climate pollution, to ensure the next generation doesn’t inherit a country where more frequent wild fires are the norm.

“The Green Party in government would make sure the biggest climate polluters pay for their emissions, prioritise transport investment in clean-energy rail and public transport, and transition New Zealand to 100 percent renewable electricity.

“National has instead allowed climate pollution to rise 19 percent since taking power,” said Mr Shaw.

Action

Support our Climate Action Plan for bigger bolder climate action

We agree with all five of the School Strike for Climate's demands. Read more and sign the petition.
Take Action

Action

Show your support to end housing inequality

New Zealand’s housing market is becoming increasingly divided between people who own their own homes and those forced to rent for life...
Take Action

Latest Climate Change Announcements

Story

New Zealanders asked to help shape future climate and energy policy

Switching New Zealand to full renewable energy and solving the challenge of climate change will ensure a better planet for our kids and grandkids, ...
Read More

Story

Emissions report shines a light on the road ahead

New Zealand is making progress to drive down its greenhouse gas emissions, but must go further and faster. That was the verdict of Minister for Cli...
Read More

Story

New Zealand will continue to showcase ambitious climate action

With the global climate change talks closing in the early hours of Monday morning (NZT), the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said New Zeala...
Read More

Story

Independent expert advisors on future emission reductions announced

Expert, trusted and independent advice will be essential to ensuring New Zealand plays its part solving the challenge of climate change. Today, the...
Read More

Story

Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers

Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissio...
Read More

Story

Green Budget win backs public sector leadership on climate change

The Greens in Government have today won a significant investment to help move the public sector estate onto clean, renewable energy, Green Party Co...
Read More