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Mallard: Energywise information campaign launch


Trevor Mallard

29 January, 2008
Energywise information campaign launch

Welcome.

This movie, The 11th Hour, deals with the big issues facing New Zealand and the world.

Regardless of your view on the science of climate change, there is no question that we need to be thinking about doing things differently.

While this movie looks at the challenges, it also finds the opportunities for each of us to take action to make a difference.

Policies and programmes are now in place at many levels, that will make a difference. The Labour-led government is showing leadership in this area, with around 170 sustainability initiatives now underway targeting action at many levels from the household to the international arena.

These are all part of the goal of New Zealand being the first truly sustainable country.

Responding to climate change is not something that government agencies can do alone.

We all have a role to play in shifting New Zealand towards sustainability. It’s the actions of individual people that create environmental challenges such as climate change, and individual people have the power to make a difference.

We know that New Zealanders are keen to make a difference. New research shows that 63 per cent of New Zealanders are doing some things to help look after the environment and would like to do more. A further 31 per cent say they plan and take into account their impact on the environment in everything they do.

To help support New Zealanders who want to make a difference in their households, the Sustainability Challenge has been launched by the Prime Minister. The challenge invites Kiwis to take steps for sustainability and specially asks New Zealanders ‘What’s your next step?’

Sustainable steps – like deciding to insulate your home or use energy efficient light bulbs or to bike or walk rather than drive - are not only good for the environment, they can be good for your health, and for your back pocket too.

Today I invite you to register your own steps on the Sustainability Challenge in the lobby by signing on to the new sustainability website at www.sustainability.govt.nz. The website contains lots of information to help Kiwis make choices that make a difference.

One important step towards sustainability is reducing energy use.

New Zealand households consume a third of the electricity used in this country.

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority is today launching its new ENERGYWISETM information campaign to help New Zealanders identify how they can make a difference in their home energy use. This campaign complements the government's household sustainability programme.

Mike Underhill will talk more about this shortly.

This movie reminds us of what’s at stake. Here in New Zealand, we know the time for talking about why we need to take action is past … now is the time to talk about what action we can take.


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