Last week NZ Government announced our new carbon emission reduction target - 5% below 1990 level by 2020. Back in 2010, when announcing New Zealand's initial carbon reduction target, the Climate Change Minister at that time, Nick Smith, said that "Joining the Copenhagen Accord reinforces New Zealand's ongoing commitment to do its fair share of the global effort to address climate change". 5% "fair share" turns out to be the smallest of the smallest - weaker than science demands and sends a clear signal that NZ intends to do as little as possible to stop climate change.
350 Aotearoa is launching a nationwide campaign today calling on the New Zealand Superannuation Fund to stop investment in the destructive and increasingly financially risky fossil fuel industry. 350 Aotearoa have launched an online email platform asking supporters to write directly to NZ Super Fund CEO Adrian Orr, calling for the Fund to divest from fossil fuels and increase investment in renewable energy.
By Sofia Robinson*
Originally published on youthpolicy.org
"So for a week I sweated copiously, ate lots of watermelon and talked revolution, power and climate change. This was the week of Global Power Shift. Istanbul, Turkey. After coming away very disillusioned with COP18 in Doha last year, I was excited to go to an event based on grassroots and NGO lead change. So a team of 4 Kiwis/New Zealanders went to the other side of the world to see how we can ignite the fight against climate change on a national and global level."
Write a letter to Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges, letting him know that you want him to reverse this trend of increasing $ support to the fossil fuel industry, and over the next 5 years reduce subsidies to zero, switching them instead to renewable energy, a genuine investment in our future.
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.