If this meaningless climate emergency is our ‘nuclear moment’, then Lange has swallowed the Uranium on his breath

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I can smell the incremental sophistry on your breath from here

We all feared that Labour’s climate ’emergency’ declaration would be hollow virtue signalling being rammed through to try and inoculate the new Government from progressive criticism that so far Labour have only offered us incremental tepid nothings, but did any of us think it would be THIS pathetic?

Folks, making the Government fleet of cars electric and removing coal powered boilers is something that should have been done 15 years ago! To implement them now and claim this is any use at all in confronting the existential crisis that is global warming is nothing but shallow sophistry.

Being carbon neutral by 2050 is like trying to put out your house fire by mowing your lawn.

By 2030, over 50% of the oceans will be collapsing as bio-habitats.

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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.

By 2030, the global annual cost of global warming will be $3trillion.

2030, the number of extremely hot days — classified as maximum temperatures of more than 35C — are tipped to climb in all capital cities.

But don’t fret.

By 2050 NZ might be carbon neutral.

Yay?

This. Is. Meaningless!

If you think being carbon neutral by 2050 is the solution, you are the fucking problem.

An actual declaration of an emergency triggers the Civil Defence Emergency Management  Act. It means the Government can close roads, can close any business and can take over all private assets and property to fight the emergency – THAT is the response the climate crisis requires not some incremental tepid nothingness.

If this climate emergency declaration is our generations, ‘nuclear moment’, then the US warships are already in Auckland harbour and David Lange has swallowed the uranium on his breath.

Nero fiddled while Rome burned, Labour and the Greens are hash tagging while the planet melts.

Meanwhile:

  • Despite the pandemic lockdown, the CO2 in our atmosphere keeps going up.
  • It has been 650 000 years since it was that high.
  • 1 in 5 NZ Children live in poverty.
  • Entire generations are being locked out of home ownership.
  • Our Suicide rates continue to soar.
  • In 2010, the 388 richest individuals owned more wealth than half of the entire human population on Earth
  • By 2015, this number was reduced to only 62 individuals
  • In 2018, it was 42
  • In 2019, it was down to only 26 individuals who own more wealth than 3.8 billion people
Despite their unprecedented MMP majority, the Labour + Greens have nothing to offer other than low hanging sick leave that won’t kick in until after the pandemic passes, climate emergency empty gestures and ensuring the kids of the middle classes can take MDMA at expensive summer festivals without getting busted.
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12 COMMENTS

  1. Today on National Radio there was discussion that government departments will be purchasing carbon credits to offset their emissions out of their existing budgets.

    This gave the impression that funds otherwise to help the community would be diverted to those who are capable of producing carbon credits.

    Has there been any discussion of developing NZ sources for these offset purchases, or will funds otherwise intended for NZ’ers be re-directed to offshore carbon farmers?

  2. Those children growing up in poverty will not care about a climate emergency as they see no future anyway . The poor are too busy trying to put food on the table than worrying if the chicken was free range or the food was packed in recycling material.
    If this government is serious about the climate emergency then star by fixing the poverty problem . It would be far easier and then there would be more people with something to lose . This would be win win .
    Words are cheap . When questioned on TV about child poverty Jacinda gave a big grin and said it is was under control . What would she be saying if it was z National in charge .

  3. Martyn you are so right. Everyone, come on you oldies too, should be getting really anxious about the future, not for yourselves but for your kids and grandkids. Not to mention guilty, as we have been aware since the 1960’s of a warming Earth. There is no Planet B. Ask yourself, what am I doing TODAY and everyday hence to mitigate environmental degradation? The Green Party might get more support and results if they were to concentrate on environmental issues over social ones. We need an environmental champion and Martyn you might be the best NZ one at the mo…

    • And yet he’ll still be using private jets, limos and otherwise live a carbon-consuming lifestyle.

      Do as I say not as I do.

      BMW Jimmy would be proud and use it as a target.

  4. Hey stupid question maybe but if all these government departments are going to get electric cars and they continue to work the usual Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 hours they do now, isn’t there going to be a big surge on power use as all these government electric cars come in for recharging at 5pm?

  5. https://theconversation.com/climate-emergency-or-not-new-zealand-needs-to-start-doing-its-fair-share-of-climate-action-151083

    Notes:
    – The NDC mechanism in itself is a rather vague (self-) monitoring tool for emissions, it’s all about selected commitments.
    – NZ further wiggled its way out of already weak commitments by insufficient inclusion of the agriculture/livestock and the transportation sectors.
    – Both are absolutely determining for the actual performance (and eventual transformation) of the AONZ economy.

    Industrialised countries that show an increase in net emissions:

    Annex 1 countries
    Growth in total emissions, 1990 to 2018
    Turkey 160.63%
    New Zealand 57.16%
    Cyprus 53.76%
    Canada 31.81%
    Slovenia 24.54%
    Spain 16.86%
    Austria 10.97%
    Ireland 8.02%
    Iceland 6.05%
    USA 5.72%
    Kazakhstan 4.05%
    Portugal 2.15%

    To a great extent these figures do reflect the basic works done by any national climate ministry / institution in the world.

    We also have to be aware that the physical reduction of emissions is only part of the equation. For an island country like AONZ more important are measures of disaster risk reduction and socio-economic adaptation to zero-carbon, circular production.

    If those items above are not addressed by the ‘climate emergency’, it will remain an empty political marketing prose.

    … but let us talk about ties instead, eh?

  6. Huh ? I thought I commented this…?

    Well I’ve just done a little bit of poo.
    Just as well we don’t need dirty, greedy, worthless old farmers growing food and making wools and what not then.
    Promote, by any means at hand, regenerative agriculture and ban glyphosate and artificial nitrogen’s and phosphates.
    ( Because regenerative agriculture sequesters co2 because the soil is a holistic living organism of trillions of billions of microbes which bind all soil/life together which breathes out oxygen and if your greed fucks it up we all die. I’m speaking farmer to non farmer there.)
    Write off mortgages and burn the banksters down. You will be amazed at how little we will miss them. Tax the rich and if they don’t like it then send in the military to recoup our financial and public assets, the one’s they literally stole from us from since the dawn of neoliberalism, the money and assets paid for by the poor and now needed by the poor, the unlucky and unlovely, you know the ones. The ones who pay the most taxes.
    Or?
    Go to yoga classes to learn how to bend over to kiss your arses goodbye.
    Read this and you too can do a little bit of poo in fright.
    “Global soils underpin life but future looks ‘bleak’, warns UN report”
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/04/global-soils-underpin-life-but-future-looks-bleak-warns-un-report

  7. Labour’s emergencies aren’t worth much, given the lack of a shit they gave about poor children, on which they campaigned, in the light of sterner political lessons. But I think they are right as a start about climate change. Helen Clark is proud of her brood.

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