New Zealand’s first day in Paris was a real winner – literally. We are now the proud holders of the ‘Fossil of the Day’ award, which is given to countries who show the least amount of ambition that day.
We won because John Key called for action on fossil fuels, demanding that countries all over the world end fossil fuel subsidies, while New Zealand is still subsidising the fossil fuel industry to the tune of $46m annually. How embarrassing!
The Green Party is asking for John Key to practice what he preaches, and end fossil fuel subsidies at home before expecting others to do the same.
The first day at COP also saw leaders around the world deliver short speeches (parts one, two, three, four) – in New Zealand’s John Key made two funding announcements. New Zealand will put an extra $20m to agriculture research ($6m less than the cost of the flag referendum), and $200m towards climate change related aid, mostly in the Pacific (We are yet to see if this is new money or redirecting existing aid money).
If John Key were serious about both of these incredibly important issues, he’d be doing more than throwing a bit of money at them, he’d be including agriculture in the ETS review and raising our emissions reduction target. As Green MP Marama Davidson recently noted, solar panels don’t work when they’re underwater.