“Don’t be fooled NZ”
Greta Thunberg calls “Bullshit” on New Zealand’s climate neutral by 2050 target.
The Swedish campaigner says insufficient goals and empty rhetoric represent the “biggest elephant there’s ever been in any room.”
Pledging to be carbon neutral by 2050, while doing nothing about carbon emissions in the present, is the biggest most dangerous “bullshit” lie of all time.
New Zealand is guilty, more than most, of promoting this dangerous, ‘kick the can down the road’, strategy.
The Ardern administration has pledged that New Zealand will be carbon neutral by 2050, while in the present, giving financial support to major polluters, like Air New Zealand, like Comalco, Like permits for Bathurst Resources to mine for coal on Crown Land near Huntly, and, (except for the recent downward blip caused by covid), overseeing an upward trend in carbon emissions annually, with no realistic foreseeable end in sight, right up until we reach the magical cut off date of 2050.
And New Zealand has the cheek, as the chair of the recent global climate summit, to call on the world to follow our lead!?!?
RNZ, April 23, 2021
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged other nations at a global summit to follow New Zealand’s lead in taking financial action to address climate change.
Ardern said New Zealand had been leading the charge on “climate finance” such as ending fossil fuel subsidies.
A matter of days before Prime Minister Ardern claimed before the world, that New Zealand has ended fossil fuel subidies, her administration made $1.5 billion in “finance” available to one of the most polluting fossil fuel industries on the planet.
RNZ, April 09, 2021
Some people have no shame:
Ditch the “Bullsh*t” Ardern
New Zealand emits 0.2% of the world’s carbon pollution burden.
New Zealand’s emissions are tiny on a global scale.
In the previous government, Professor Gluckman was chief science adviser to Prime Minister John Key.
On the official government climate website, Professor Gluckman wrote, New Zealand’s greatest ‘contribution‘ to solving global climate change, New Zealand must be as an example to the world. (ie become a leader on climate change)
“New Zealand is a small emitter by world standards – only emitting some 0.2% of global greenhouse gases.”
“…..anything we do as a nation will in itself have little impact on the climate – our impact will be symbolic, moral and political.”
Famously John Key disagreed with his Chief Science Adviser, and said instead that, New Zealand would be a “Fast Follower” on the climate.
So what will it be, New Zealand?
Fast follower, or leader?
To avoid the worst affects of climate change the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, (UNFCCC), has set a target for the globe to be carbon neutral by 2050
If New Zealand is to be a leader on climate change, 2050, which is the target date for the whole world to be climate neutral, cannot be New Zealand’s target date to be carbon neutral.
Any governmentmental body or organisation, (including the newly set up Climate Change Commission), that has 2050 as its target date to achieve carbon neutrality has surrendered to the fast follower doctrine of John Key.
In going for 2050 as our Target date, we are just following the herd, but worse than this, 2050 is just far enough into the future that we won’t have to take any hard or meaningful measures in the present. Leaving up to the next generation to do so.
By avoiding taking the hard decisions now, avoiding making the cuts in our emissions in the present, we will leave the coming generation with a problem which will be too late for them to anything about.
In the present we will continue business as usual, our emissions will keep going up year by year. We will continue to subsidise major emitters like Air New Zealand.
In the South Island we will continue to supply Tiwai Aluminium Smetler with cut rate subsidised electricity prices, while we burn coal and gas for electricity in the North Island. We will not rationalise and upgrade the electricity transmission system. We will build more motorways while we continue to underfund public transport. We will issue permits to mine coal on crown land in Huntly, We will continue to convert traditional cropping land in Canterbury to intensive dairying. We will still dig mine and export coal. We will not ban ICE vehicle imports. We will not set one leading example for anyone.
If we were doing something about climate change we wouldn’t need targets, because we would be doing it. Instead of setting targets we would be measuring our progress.
Greta Thunberg, as she always does, cuts to the chase:
The world needs “to stop focusing on dates and numbers” and recognize that taking immediate action is what must be done, says the 18-year-old Swedish climate leader.
Common Dreams, April 01, 2021
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