Our Letter to Prime Minister, the Hon John Key
Dear Prime Minister,
Climate change is the challenge of our time; its scale and reach making it unlike anything humanity has faced in the past or is likely to face in future.
Climate Minister Tim Groser – better for the climate to just stay home from Paris. (Flickr)
As such, Governments will gather in Paris in December in an attempt to reach a global deal limiting warming to 2 degrees and setting countries up for zero-carbon economies by 2050.
Paris can be a watershed moment; the choices made there could determine whether our planet is a viable one on which we can all live. Already, we have Tuvalu’s Prime Minister seeking to move his entire population to another country.
Any agreement to come out of Paris must be legally binding; it must commit, by law, all countries to cut their emissions, and it must prevent governments backsliding in the face of political or economic change.
The New Zealand delegation to Paris, led by Minister Groser, is pushing for countries’ emission reduction targets to be non-binding, meaning governments could walk away from them at any time. This approach would fail to deliver the emission cuts needed to safely manage climate change, the results of which would be catastrophic. The European Union and others have already rejected non-binding targets for this reason.
In light of this, and with respect, we request that you withdraw New Zealand’s delegation from the talks, and decline to attend yourself. Continue reading