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Presbyterian Church Welcomes Kyoto Package

30 April 2002

The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand welcomes the Government’s Preferred Policy Package on Climate Change and their intention to ratify the Kyoto protocol as early as August.

Church spokesperson Stuart Vogel said, “New Zealand has an opportunity to take international leadership on the issue of climate change. New Zealand will always be a small contributor to reversing global climate change, but we can play a strong role both practically and symbolically.”

“In fact, having a fairly small population within a fairly well-forested land, New Zealand could in time go beyond the Kyoto Protocol,” Mr Vogel continued.

The Church is impressed by the principles behind the Government’s policy direction, especially the need to take social and economic factors into account in developing action plans and policy. “However, there is increasingly urgency for reducing emissions and other steps in reversing climate change. These should take priority,” said Mr Vogel.

The Church has a particular concern for our Pacific Island neighbours and would like to see New Zealand advocate internationally for initiatives to address climate change. “New Zealand getting its own house in order is a prerequisite for playing this international role,” said Mr Vogel.


The Presbyterian Church has previously made submission on the Climate Change process and will encourage its members to play a role in the further consultation process.

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