Seems the Government’s public consultation over an emission reduction target for 2020 is having quite an impact. Hundreds of people have turned up to the Wellington and Auckland meetings, with some rousing presentations (see haka at the end) and a general sense that it’s time for a bold target to be set.
The consultation is being held at breakneck speed, with one and a half hour meetings in nine centres over the course of 10 days. This, the short notice given to the public over the meetings, and the Government’s generally defeatist attitude to tackling the issue of climate change is pissing some people off
Talk from Climate Change Minister Nick Smith tends to centre around the price we’ll pay for taking action on climate change, but fails to mention the cost of doing nothing or little.
One person who’s picked up on one element of that cost is our own Whale Rider, Keisha Castle-Hughes. An open letter from Ms Castle-Hughes to John Key appears in today’s Samoan Observer paper, which, with luck, was delivered fresh to Key’s Apia hotel room this morning.
See here for remaining meeting dates, times and venues for the consultation.