They’ve made it into government, and now they need to urgently get to work on climate!
Next week the United Nations climate talks begin in Bonn, Germany. For the first time, a Pacific Island nation is the President of the talks: Fiji. The Pacific Island governments, backed by the Pacific Climate Warriors will be pushing hard for action to limit warming to 1.5 degrees. The talks need to be about keeping fossil fuels in the ground, and bringing on a just transition to 100% renewables for all.
We need the New Zealand government to front up, and stand shoulder to shoulder with the Pacific Islands, with ambition and courageous leadership. For the first time in a long time, this could happen.
Prime Minister Ardern and Minister Shaw have the opportunity to start to turn back years of weak leadership on climate change from New Zealand. They can show that New Zealand is ready for action by supporting the Pacific Climate Warrior declaration, and giving voice to the demands at the talks.
Both Ardern and Shaw have participated in 350.org events in the past, we know they are passionate about climate change and the Pacific, so we know this is possible – but only if enough of us raise our voices.