“Honesty is all i want from you”
So sang Bill Joel
If you look for truthfulness
You might as well be blind
It always seems to be so hard to find
Everyone is so untrue
Honesty is hardly ever heard
And mostly what I need from you
Ummm, isn’t it time to start being honest about the climate crisis?
By Martyn Bradbury -July 30, 2022
Where to start?
Maybe a good place to start at being honest about the climate crisis, would be at the Climate Change Ministry itself.
To start being honest about the climate crisis, The Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw needs to release, in full, all the 15 withheld OIO documents relating to the climate crisis, that the government will not let him release, or that he has only been allowed to release in heavily redacted form.
I realise that to release in full, all 15 of the withheld OIO documents on the climate crisis, would cost James Shaw his job as the climate change Minister.
But as I wrote in my open letter to James. Because the government will not let him achieve anything more, (and arguably not much so far), for the climate. I have recommended that James Shaw step down as Climate Change Minister and let the Labour government, (who in reality are the ones calling the shots in the Climate Change Ministry) find their own front person.
Despite Labour’s pre-election promise to be more transparent. See this report from Greenpeace and others, about Labour’s lack of transparency and secrecy, Most egregious of all, , is the government’s secrecy over the climate crisis.
“….Greenpeace spokesman Adam Currie said a review was “urgently required”. The organisation had been waiting a year for a single historical document, about the Rainbow Warrior bombing and Currie recently received an OIA response from Climate Change Minister James Shaw that refused or withheld 14 out of 15 documents and redacted all comment from the one document released.”
Pat O’Dea is a trade unionist and human rights activist.