Gambling on our future

LETTER

Twice last week I updated readers on the court case proceedings against the Government’s weak climate commitments.

My efforts drew some government supporting responses on its narrow view that New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions were negligible.

Gordon Webb said New Zealand was not statistically part of the problem because our 0.17 percent of the global problem was less than “two tenths of nothing”.

I don’t get it. We all live in the same world and share the same climate and repercussions.

Statistically, New Zealand in 2014 was the OECD’s seventh highest per capita greenhouse gas emitter.

For our National-led Government policy makers, Gordon Webb, and like-thinking New Zealanders, we should not be privileged to emit more than other countries.

“The science is solid . . . we cannot gamble the future of the whole planet . . . action is needed to address global warming because without action the potential risk to the planet and ourselves is too high.” Not my words, they were written by Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, our Prime Minister’s own science adviser.

There was much more. The full-page article headed “Climate change action needed . . . otherwise everyone will suffer” appeared in this paper on May 25, 2010.

Again, I ask, why have a government science adviser if his advice is to be ignored?

This is an election year issue and, for generations to come, there is nothing more important than this.

bob Hughes

Twice last week I updated readers on the court case proceedings against the Government’s weak climate commitments.

My efforts drew some government supporting responses on its narrow view that New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions were negligible.

Gordon Webb said New Zealand was not statistically part of the problem because our 0.17 percent of the global problem was less than “two tenths of nothing”.

I don’t get it. We all live in the same world and share the same climate and repercussions.

Statistically, New Zealand in 2014 was the OECD’s seventh highest per capita greenhouse gas emitter.

For our National-led Government policy makers, Gordon Webb, and like-thinking New Zealanders, we should not be privileged to emit more than other countries.

“The science is solid . . . we cannot gamble the future of the whole planet . . . action is needed to address global warming because without action the potential risk to the planet and ourselves is too high.” Not my words, they were written by Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, our Prime Minister’s own science adviser.

There was much more. The full-page article headed “Climate change action needed . . . otherwise everyone will suffer” appeared in this paper on May 25, 2010.

Again, I ask, why have a government science adviser if his advice is to be ignored?

This is an election year issue and, for generations to come, there is nothing more important than this.

bob Hughes

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