INDEPENDENT NEWS

Government has duty to act on climate change

Published: Mon 31 Mar 2014 03:29 PM
Moana
Mackey
Climate Change Spokesperson
31 March 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT
Government has duty to act on climate change
The National Government's hands-off response to the latest IPCC report on climate change adaptation is not only unbelievable, it’s embarrassing, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey.
"The report clearly outlines the inevitable impacts of climate change for New Zealand.
“We are already experiencing extreme weather events and the worst is yet to come, with agriculture, fisheries, and tourism sectors as well as coastal communities, all at serious risk.
"This Government is asleep at the wheel when it comes to decisive action on climate change and halting further increases in our greenhouse gas emissions. At the very least they need to be preparing for the inevitable impacts of existing climate warming.
"The report also points out that even though we know the likely impact on our environment and climate we don't know which regions of New Zealand are going to be hardest hit. Responding to that should be prioritised in any adaption planning.
"Leaving it to local authorities is not good enough. It results in piecemeal planning and decision making. What we need is a central government-led approach.
"Central government has the resources required to assess where the greatest levels of risk lie, to give guidance on what the priorities should be, and to lay out the range of options available to help communities adapt to climate change.
"Regional authorities are also exposed to legal challenge, something which is highly likely given some of the difficult decisions that will need to be made. Endless litigation is in no one’s best interest.
"It is unbelievable that the so-called Climate Change Minister, Tim Groser, thinks adaptation to the impacts of climate change should be left to ‘natural processes’.
“Given his Government has chosen to ignore the urgent need for action on climate change, and instead further lock us into a reliance on fossil fuels, the least he could do is take seriously the impacts of that inaction.
"Labour will future-proof our economy. We will not saddle future generations with the legacy of inaction on climate change,” Moana Mackey said.

Next in New Zealand politics

Speech From The Throne
By: New Zealand Government
Law Commission Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations
By: Law Commission
New Zealand Government To Declare A Climate Emergency
By: New Zealand Government
Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management
By: New Zealand Government
Green Party Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team
By: Green Party
NZ Govt Considers Making House Prices Part Of RBNZ Mandate
By: XE Money Transfer
Green Party Respond To Government Review Of Housing Settings
By: Green Party
Rewriting The Rulebook On DNA In Criminal Investigations – Expert Reaction
By: Science Media Centre
Government To Consider Recommendations On DNA Use In Criminal Investigations
By: New Zealand Government
Climate Change An Economic Issue; Critical For The Planet’s Future
By: Make Lemonade
Climate Emergency Declaration A Win But Needs Action
By: Greenpeace New Zealand
Declaration Of ‘Symbolic’ Climate Emergency
By: Extinction Rebellion
Minimum Wage Hike Isn’t What The Economy Needs
By: New Zealand National Party
Why Not $50 An Hour?
By: ACT New Zealand
Greens Commit To Ensuring Strong Oceans Protection This Term
By: Green Party
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media