Parliament will next week debate if a climate emergency in New Zealand should be declared, leader of the House Chris Hipkins has told MPs.
Speaking in the House after the Speech from the Throne, Hipkins said that the motion will be debated next Tuesday.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will personally introduce the motion next week, according to a spokesman.
Labour and the Greens are in real trouble. Barely a month after the election, large swathes of the Left are horrified by the utter lack of any transformative change despite Labour’s unprecedented MMP majority.
The refusal to revoke a racist drug law.
The refusal to do anything meaningful on welfare.
The jaw dropping support of property speculators.
The backing of Oranga Tamariki.
The Greens are tied to this despite their protestations of having an independent voice, so both Parties urgently require some meaningless and empty gesture to pacify the furious left.
What better empty gesture than declare a Climate Emergency?
You will remember Labour did this last time. When they were under a lot of criticism for being too timid on policy, Jacinda suddenly announced a ban on future oil and gas exploration and the criticism faded.
This is the same trick.
Don’t get me wrong, of course we are in a fucking climate emergency, I’ve been banging on for years and years that this is THE existential crisis of our age and that only radical reform of the economy and society is our only chance to adapt to the grim new future , but a climate emergency announcement is just a symbolic gesture that actually does nothing.
Labour and the Greens will attempt to use this emergency declaration to justify the first tranche of emission reductions that James Shaw will be releasing shortly alongside the Climate Change Commission’s domestic emissions budget report.
Unfortunately, those recommendations will be far too little and timid to be meaningful, but this is smart politics because it makes the Government look like they are doing something progressive at a a time when they are being criticised by progressives.
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