New Zealand’s newly launched Climate Party aims to make addressing climate change a much more urgent priority.
It is now very well understood that climate change poses a threat to our whole way of life, and even to our ability to live on this planet. To hold this threat at what might be a manageable level of 2 degrees of warming above pre-industrial levels, as world leaders have agreed, scientists tell us that global emissions must drop to 40 to 70% below 2010 levels by 2050, and to near zero by 2100.
Despite this, New Zealand’s emissions are still increasing, and are projected to keep doing so until at least 2030.
We need to take urgent and effective action to start reducing our emissions, instead of just sitting on the fence. Doing so will be a win-win way forward because it will also create more jobs, reduce the almost $7 billion a year we spend on importing fossil fuels, and begin to restore New Zealand’s tarnished clean green image.