The government is “consulting” we the people on New Zealand’s climate change target:
Consultation on setting New Zealand’s post-2020 climate change target
The Government is seeking views on New Zealand’s post-2020 climate change contribution under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This page provides information about the consultation, including how you can have your say, and provides details of public meetings and hui about the consultation.
That page contains a schedule of 12 public meetings around the country, and a link to a “discussion document” (pdf). I was going to review this discussion document, but Dave Hansford at Public Address has already done a much better job:
Multi-no-choice – National’s Idea of Climate Consultation
Earlier this month, the Government invited New Zealanders to comment on the position Climate Change Minister Tim Groser should take to COP 21 negotiations in Paris come December. To help them understand the issues, it offered some context in a discussion document, available here.
Except that it didn’t. What it gave the public instead was the same tired old litany of excuses as to why we should wait and see. The same old thinly-veiled “this is going to cost ya” threats. The same old “so much of our energy is renewable already, so we can’t really do much more” platitudes. The same execrable “if we make our farmers pay for their greenhouse gas pollution, the world could end up starving” nonsense.
It tries again to convince people that anything New Zealand does about its emissions will make very little difference to the planet. Most irksome, it seriously expects us to believe that: “… we are committed to doing our fair share and taking responsibility for our emissions,” when New Zealand’s greenhouse pollution is now 21 per cent greater than in 1990. …
Last night I attended a large public meeting in Dunedin to discuss climate change and a response to this process. There were eight excellent speakers. The youngest, representing Generation Zero spoke with the authority of those who will be most affected by the climate crisis.
Generation Zero have created another of their superb web sites, Fix Our Future, to facilitate the process of making a submission:
TAKE 5 MINUTES TO HELP FIX OUR FUTURE
For the first time in six years the Government is asking New Zealanders for feedback on what New Zealand should be doing about climate change. They’re consulting on the commitments they will present the rest of the world at the UN climate summit in Paris this November.
This is our chance to call for a plan to Fix Our Future. Take a few minutes to add your voice by submitting below.
Please do it.