Labour and the Greens are hyping up their plans for NZ to be carbon neutral by 2050.
I think it’s lovely and nice and respect the importance of positive sounding rhetoric to help move the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind towards giving a shit.
But let’s be honest.
It’s meaningless sophistry.
By 2030, over 50% of the oceans will be collapsing as bio-habitats.
By 2030, East Coast cities in the U.S. can expect to see two to three-times as many flooding incidents.
By 2030, 122million will be driven into extreme poverty as direct result of climate change.
By 2030, 100million will die as a direct consequence of climate change.
By 2030, even if the Paris Agreement is actually implemented, we will see a planet warm to 3.4 degrees by the end of this century meaning there will effectively be no future civilisation capable of surviving on a planet that warm.
2030, the number of extremely hot days — classified as maximum temperatures of more than 35C — are tipped to climb in all capital cities.
And by 2050 NZ might be carbon neutral.
See, when you actually compare what the planet will look like by 2030, being carbon neutral by 2050 looks meaningless doesn’t it?
The magnitude of what we need to do to adapt to counter the nightmare unending capitalism has wrought upon the planet is simply beyond the capacity of the current political establishment.
Jacinda was 100% right when she called climate change our nuclear free moment. Unfortunately what she is proposing on climate change is about as pointless as the duck and cover advice in the event of a nuclear explosion from the 1950s.