Whenever I meet people overseas, there's usually a perception that New Zealand is one of the only places left on Earth that is clean and green. It's partly true - it's a very beautiful place.
But it's time to set the record straight, because there's also the perception that the New Zealand Government is a relative saint when it comes to taking care of the environment and taking action on climate change. Rather than explain to you at length in words how this perception is dangerously wrong, all you have to do is watch a recent video clip of the actual New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key (and no, it's not a Flight of the Conchords parody, although I desperately wish that it was).
Some of you have already noticed - since May there are two more people on 350 Aotearoa staff. Two Latvians (Latvia is a far far away land in Europe) - Davis and Madara - have come to work for us for a year, and will be around to help out with whatever comes up.