Today marks 300 days until world leaders meet in Paris to negotiate a climate agreement, so here are my thoughts in 300 words.
This is the year the world will choose how to respond to climate change, the biggest issue of our time.
The Paris 21st Conference of Parties climate meeting later this year is one of the most important climate change meetings in history and is one of the last chances to lock in urgent greenhouse gas emission reductions after the Kyoto Protocol expires.
2015 is the year of the climate.
We can join the world and meet this challenge. With a global deal on climate change expected to be signed in Paris, our Government must decide whether to be on the right side of history, or continue to be part of the problem.
Paris is known as the City of Love, and is our chance to protect our planet that we love.
Six years on the failed Copenhagen talks the science screams urgency. We are seeing the impacts of global warming in the increase in global temperatures, melting glaciers and icepacks, and increase in extreme weather events. Our neighbours in the South Pacific are on the frontlines of climate change and have their entire nations and cultures threatened by rising sea levels.
When New Zealand is represented at Paris, Kiwis want to know their Government and Prime Minister are arguing for a safe and stable climate not excuses for inaction, playing a constructive role, and locking in an emissions reduction target that sees us doing our fair share as a good global citizen.
The Greens have made climate change a priority campaign this year and we will be running a strong campaign to grow the climate movement and put pressure on our Government to do the right thing in Paris. Now is the time. We have the power to create change and demand our Government takes action to protect our future.