Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Coal for Christmas for Naughty Climate Change Minister

Coal for Christmas for Naughty Climate Change Minister

21 December 2011

A group of young New Zealanders today delivered a Christmas present to Climate Change Minister Tim Groser: a Christmas stocking filled with coal.

The group delivered the gift to Mr Groser’s parliamentary office at 1pm, along with a card containing a personal message. They then sang a few ‘climate carols’, including ‘Burn Some Coal’ (to the tune of ‘Let It Snow’) and ‘(I’m Dreaming of a) Nice Climate’.

The group was representing Generation Zero – a youth-led organisation that wants to see New Zealand taking strong action on climate change to deliver intergenerational justice. Generation Zero is dismayed at reports of the obstructive role New Zealand played at the recent United Nations climate summit in Durban.

As Minister Responsible for International Climate Change Negotiations, Mr Groser was New Zealand's lead representative at the talks.

“Tradition dictates that children who misbehave should receive a lump of coal at Christmas time,” said Generation Zero spokesperson Chelsea Robinson. “Well from what we hear, Tim was a very naughty boy in Durban, so we thought a full stocking was in order.”

New Zealand was one of a small number of countries widely reported to be holding back progress in Durban. This was demonstrated by New Zealand receiving four ‘Fossil of the Day’ awards throughout the summit: two first places, a second place and a third place.

Fossil of the Day awards are presented by the Climate Action Network (CAN), a worldwide network of roughly 700 non-governmental organizations. Members of CAN vote for countries “judged to have done their 'best' to block progress in the negotiations” in the past day.

Four is the most ‘Fossils’ that New Zealand has received at any of the UN conferences since the awards began in 1999.

New Zealand was awarded its Fossils for reasons including adopting a “deliberately inconsistent” position on extension of the Kyoto Protocol, attempting to “water down the integrity of market mechanisms” for reducing emissions, and “wanting to benefit from a continuation of the Kyoto Protocol without being bound by it.”

“With the dismal outcome in Durban delaying serious action to 2020, Tim is certainly not the only one who was naughty,” said Miss Robinson. “But we are ashamed to hear about the role our country apparently played. These obstructions and hard-line stances add up to lower the overall ambition at the talks.”

“For the sake of our future, we urgently need our Government to be raising the stakes, not lowering them.”

“We'd really like to be able to deliver a nicer present to Tim next Christmas, so we'll be there throughout this year pushing him and the Government to be good, for goodness' sake.”

For more information on New Zealand’s role in Durban:
Press releases on the Fossil of the Day awards: http://www.climatenetwork.org/fossil-of-the-day
Article from TV3 news: http://www.3news.co.nz/NZ-Govt-exceptionally-irresponsible-at-UN-Climate-talks/tabid/1160/articleID/237227/Default.aspx

For more information about Generation Zero: http://generationzero.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Apparent Inability To Read The Public Mood


The basic skill that a successful politician needs is the ability to “read the room” and gauge the public mood. If National Party leader Judith Collins ever possessed that ability, it seems to have deserted her of late. Surely, very, very few of the public would agree with Collins and her deputy Gerry Brownlee when they claim :
(a)that the threat from Covid-19 means that the election due on September 19 must be postponed until November, or sometime next year
(b) that in the middle of the current outbreak the government is obliged to hand over all the relevant decision- making to the top officials in the public service... More>>

 

Government: Plan To Tackle Problem Plastics

Following the success of the phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags, the Government now has plans to phase out more single-use and problem plastics to reduce waste and protect the environment announced Associate Minister for the Environment ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Lockdowns, Leadership And Lebanon

As Melbourne has shown, the webs of urban life overlap so extensively that community transmission can be very hard to trace, let alone control. Each of the family members in the South Auckland family at the centre of the current outbreak will have had ... More>>


ALSO:

National: Emma Mellow As Auckland Central Candidate

Tonight the National Party has selected Emma Mellow to stand in the Auckland Central electorate for the 2020 General Election. Emma Mellow replaces retiring MP Nikki Kaye who first won the seat from Labour in 2008. Emma leads a team of communications ... More>>

ALSO:

Travel: Update On New Zealand And The Cook Islands Bubble

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna have welcomed the completion of phase one in the establishment of a travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Island. More>>

Election 2020: Labour Launch

E ngā mana e ngā reo Ngāti whātua ngā mana whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau, e tika te kōrero Ehara taku toa he toa (taki tahi) he toa (taki tini) No rēira tātou e huihui mai nei, ka ‘Hoake tonu tātou’ Thank you for that welcome. And thank ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Political Twins, And On Labour Extending Its Wage Subsidy Scheme

A quick quiz for the weekend. Which political party currently represented in Parliament issued a press release yesterday that contained these stirring passages: “[We have] long supported a free trade and free movement area between Canada, Australia, New ... More>>

ALSO:

Democracy 2.0: NextElection Partners With Scoop For Exciting Democracy Tech

Joint Press Release: NextElection, Scoop.co.nz, ScoopCitizen NextElection , a technology platform empowering democracy and Government accountability, and Scoop Independent News have partnered to strengthen citizen participation in the 2020 New Zealand General ... More>>

ALSO:


Covid-19: Poll On Management Approval

New Zealanders’ overall trust in the Ministry of Health and Government to manage the COVID-19 pandemic is at 82%, down from 91% during April. Overall distrust that the Ministry and Government will manage it in ways which best protect themselves More>>

Election 2020: National Releases 2020 Party List

National’s 2020 Party List is a strong mix of experience coming up through our Caucus, and new and exciting talent joining our team from communities across New Zealand, Party President Peter Goodfellow says. “The National Party is incredibly ... More>>

Horizon Research Limited: How Judith Collins Stopped The Bleeding

Horizon Research includes questions on voting from time to time in its surveys – for both forthcoming referenda and general elections. More>>

Your Vote 2020: Bringing Election Coverage To Viewers Across TVNZ Channels And Platforms

As New Zealand gets ready to head to the ballot box this September, 1 NEWS is bringing voters comprehensive coverage and analysis of this year’s General Election. TVNZ’s coverage will draw on the depth of experience held across the 1 NEWS team, says Graeme ... More>>

Economy: 30% Believe Households Worse Off, 298,000 Expect To Lose Jobs

64% of New Zealanders feel the economic position of their households is the same or better than a year ago – and 30% think it is worse or much worse, while 298,000 think they will lose their jobs in the next 12 months. Households’ perceptions ... More>>

State Services Commission: Findings Of Investigation Into COVID-19 Active Cases Privacy Breach

Deputy State Services Commissioner Helene Quilter has today announced the findings of an investigation into a breach of privacy regarding sensitive personal information. The investigation looked into who or what caused the disclosure of the information, ... More>>

International Security: New Zealand Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

The New Zealand Government has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes in light of China’s decision to pass a national security law for Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says. More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels