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.
Recent news about Climate Change
The Green Party is calling on the New Zealand Super Fund to divest their $140 million investment in coal companies that are vulnerable to becoming financially stranded according to a damning new report from Oxford University.
The Green Party today called on the New Zealand Superannuation Fund (the Fund) to divest from fossil fuels, starting immediately with coal.
Dr Russel Norman outlines the priorities for the Green Party for 2015: Climate change and inequality More
A new study on increasing ocean temperatures released today highlights the urgent need for the Government to take action on climate change, the Green Party said today. More
Treasury figures, released by the Sustainability Council today, show failing to take action to cut greenhouse gas emissions will cost between $2,000 and $34,000 per household, the Green Party said.
The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today. More
Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the Green Party said.
Does he stand by all his statements? More
A major climate report released overnight by the United Nations on climate change is an urgent call to action, the Green Party said today. More
"...New Zealand, he said, is determined to make a positive contribution, and, in particular, to represent the perspective of small States on the council. We agree, but such a contribution will need an aspirational world view of a kind that I doubt the Prime Minister can even appreciate just yet..." More
The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. More
We have an urgent need to shift to a much smarter and fairer economy and that will provide many opportunities in terms of export income, regional development, and jobs. In this term I am really pleased to pick up the oceans and fisheries portfolios, More
The oil and gas industry's acknowledgment that fossil fuels' days are numbered has left National isolated in its refusal to work towards a clean energy future, the Green Party said today. More
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully needs to table a New Zealand emissions reduction target while at the UN climate summit in New York this week, the Green Party said today. More
The UN Climate Summit in New York on Tuesday is the final, final chance for John Key to demonstrate New Zealand's commitment to help secure a safe, stable future for our children, the Green Party said today. More