Kennedy Graham

UN climate conference – New Zealand rates a mention

by Kennedy Graham

On the final day of the UN climate conference in Warsaw, New Zealand has rated a mention.

The daily broadsheet ECO, produced  by Climate Action Network, has published two editorial letters on Friday. One was to Japan, the other to New Zealand.  Here is ours.

“Dear New Zealand,

We are hearing that the climate change minister feels a bit neglected. COP 19 is nearly over and not even one NZ fossil.  Usually by now you could expect two or three.  Quite frankly, it’s because none could be bothered.

As the Minister is fond of pointing out, New Zealand is only a teeny tiny part of the world’s emissions.  And so is New Zealand’s ambition. The 5% net unilateral target trumpeted by New Zealand in the plenary is weaker than business-as-usual.

When they seek a bilateral to ask for something, ECO wonders why anyone would bother.  Because when it comes to tackling climate change, it sure doesn’t bother New Zealand.”