Tag Archive: Climate Change

Climate change is fact

Anti vaxers are widely (and rightly) discredited as extremists whose anti science and anti facts views have no place in modern society as they quite literally threaten lives.

Climate change, like anti vaxers threaten lives, yet apply that same logic to climate change and what is scientific fact is presented as a debate. Sadly, Act leader David Seymour has made what is fact, debate.

Seymour said while it’s not a bad thing for students to learn facts about climate change so they can understand what they hear in the news, he said the curriculum doesn’t allow room for any debate. 

This being on the new climate change curriculum for schools.

What Seymour is advocating for is essentially to question facts themselves. This isn’t acceptable at all and will only slow any meaningful progress on climate change.

Climate change is not a debate. For the good of the planet, climate change must not be a debate.

How to lose the public

The Extinction Rebellion has vandalized (in a way) Simon Bridges’ electorate office in Tauranga.

For the record – that isn’t oil, it’s molasses. A pain to clean up, but it could be worse.

However, it is still technically vandalism. Which is a crime.

I think that shows the problem with the Extinction Rebellion – this is vandalism. Earlier in the year, the group temporarily halted public transport in Wellington.

Stuff like this is counterproductive to their cause. I can see why they do it – what they do is nothing compared to how oil companies affect the environment. Yet at the same time, this interferes and hampers daily life.

I see why they do it. But the Extinction Rebellion must understand how this does not help them.

State sponsored climate change is bad

Radical idea here guys, bear with me. Climate change is bad. Supporting the fossil fuel industry, the main reason why we have climate change is also bad. Because climate change is bad, it would be inconceivable to have a government agency supporting the fossil fuel industry. Right? Right?

Enter the ACC.

The ACC has 1 billion invested in the fossil fuel industry. For the record, that’s 1/40th of its entire investments. Yet the fund only has 778 million invested in Green energy. But in any case, the number of dollars going into the fossil fuel industry should be zero.

The ACC, by law, has to invest ethically, so it’s pretty disappointing to see it invest in the fossil fuel industry – the industry which is literally choking the planet. In my opinion, that’s not an ethical industry.

The good news is that Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick has called ACC out on this issue. The bad news is that Finance Minister Grant Robertson has refused to use the Crown Entities Act to make the ACC divest from fossil fuels.

Jacinda Ardern said that climate change was her generations “nuclear-free moment.” Yet her government won’t even stop paying those responsible for climate change.

Bernie Sanders shows why the Zero Carbon bill was so important

US presidential candidate and democratic nominee Bernie Sanders has praised New Zealand for our Zero Carbon bill, and has promised to do something similar if he wins the presidency.

This is the power of New Zealand’s action on climate change. This is why the Zero Carbon bill is so important.

Throughout the past few years, people have been questioning why NZ should take action on climate change when NZ produces so little emissions compared to the rest of the world.

While those that say that have a point, yes, NZ introducing measures alone won’t do anything, it’s the setting of an example that matters. New Zealand has just shown to the world that something like this is possible, and other countries can follow our lead.

To have the US, one of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters, even consider following our lead is a gigantic achievement. Hopefully more nations, and their actual governments will also follow our lead in the near future.

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