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Climate change

Russel Norman MP
Russel Norman MP
russel [dot] norman [at] parliament [dot] govt [dot] nz (Email)

The science is in: climate change is real and potentially devastating to our planet.

In 1992, the world’s governments agreed to avoid ‘dangerous’ climate change through reductions in their countries’ emissions, but so far they have not succeeded. Now the World Bank warns we are on the way to ‘cataclysmic change’.  Scientists say our global emissions need to peak within the next 5 years to avoid this. 

New Zealand has one of the worst track records – among the highest emitters per capita and recording an increase in annual net emissions over the past 20 years of 111%.  Yet the National Government gutted the Emissions Trading Scheme and continues to subsidise polluters, while internationally it has refused to sign up to any new binding agreement to reduce emissions.

The Green Party wants to see effective measures to combat climate change put in place so New Zealand can do its fair share.

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