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

 

National Promises Dirty Rivers And More Fuel For Climate Fires - Greenpeace

Thursday, 24 Sept: Greenpeace is calling the National Party’s newly announced agriculture policy "tantamount to climate denial" and "a promise for more dirty rivers."

The National Party’s policy would delay bringing agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme if it wins the October election.

"The climate crisis is on our doorstep. Right now, unprecedented wildfires are raging in the Amazon rainforest, California and Siberia," says Greenpeace agriculture campaigner, Genevieve Toop.

"Industrial dairying is New Zealand’s biggest climate polluter. By promising to delay putting agriculture into the emissions trading scheme, the National party’s new policy is tantamount to climate denial."

Today’s announcement follows hot on the heels of the party’s pledge to overturn the ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration, which also drew strong criticism from Greenpeace.

The National Party’s policy would also review or repeal nine of the new freshwater protections put in under the current government, including the cap on synthetic fertiliser use. Synthetic fertiliser is one of the largest sources of nitrogen pollution into New Zealand’s waterways and has been a key driver of the intensification of dairying.

"Right now, our rivers are too dirty to swim in, our drinking water is becoming contaminated and our native freshwater fish are on the brink of extinction," says Toop.

"National’s promise to remove crucial water protections, like the cap on synthetic fertiliser, is a betrayal of the rights of New Zealanders to swim in clean rivers and access safe drinking water."

The National Party’s announcement comes just one day after the Labour Party pledged $50 million in support for integrated farm plans. Toop says that Ardern's policy announcement falls well short of her promised action on the climate crisis, which Ardern described as her generation’s "nuclear-free moment".

"Is this all that Labour has to say about our biggest climate polluter and the main threat to freshwater in New Zealand?" Toop says.

"If Ardern wants to retain credibility on climate change then she needs to explain how her party is going to deal with too many cows."

Greenpeace is calling on all political parties to adopt ambitious climate and environment policies this election, and has published an overview of major party climate and environment policies on its website.

"Any political party that is serious about climate change and protecting nature would have a visionary policy for transitioning our primary sector away from intensive dairying and into more plant-based regenerative farming.

"We need to see a phase-out of synthetic fertiliser and we need politicians to commit $1 billion to helping New Zealand shift to more plant-based, regenerative farming," says Toop.

Greenpeace’s Election 2020 climate and environment policy overview: https://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/story/election-2020-what-have-political-parties-committed-to-do-about-climate-change-and-the-environment/

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Government: Labour and Greens reach a deal

The Labour Party and the Green Party will have a Cooperation Agreement that will see the Green Party Co-leaders hold ministerial portfolios outside of Cabinet, and areas of cooperation on climate, environment and child and community wellbeing issues. More>>

 


Referendum Preliminary Results: 'Yes' On End-Of-Life, 'No' On Recreational Cannabis

End of Life Choice Referendum The referendum asked the question: 'Do you support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force?' 65.2% Yes 33.8% No 1.0% Informal VOTES NUMBER OF VOTES RECEIVED PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL VOTES Yes 1,574,645 65.2% ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National Being Shafted By Its Own Creation

As it licks its wounds, let’s hope the National Party can still find time to look back with some pride at what it has achieved in Epsom. The Act Party’s nationwide success on Saturday night has been a tribute to National’s foresight, and to its ... More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: 'Fruitful Discussions ... Further Discussions To Have'

The Green Party says there is a negotiation going on with the Labour Party, but there are more discussions to be had. More>>

ALSO:


Border: No Changes To Border Exemptions After Fishing Crew Test Covid-19 Positive

The cases were detected after routine day three testing but the immigration minister and air commodore agree there's no need to change border exemptions. More>>

Election: ParityBOT_NZ Processed Nearly 200,000 Tweets To Find And Fight Online Abuse Over The NZ Election

Auckland, New Zealand: Of the almost 200,000 tweets directed at women candidates that Areto Labs’ proprietary election Twitter bot, ParityBOT_NZ, processed over the New Zealand election period, nearly 4,000 were classified as toxic and triggered ... More>>

Stats NZ: New Report Shows Significant Changes To New Zealand’s Climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says. Our atmosphere and climate 2020 , released today, includes analysis ... More>>

ALSO:

Judith Collins: Obese People Must Take Responsibility For 'personal Choices'

National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not 'blame systems for personal choices'. More>>

Māori Party: Poll Reveals Tamihere On Cusp Of Historic Māori Movement Election Victory

John Tamihere’s election campaign is on the rise and on track to return the Māori Party to parliament, a new Māori TV poll has revealed. The poll released on 11 October during the seventh and final Māori TV Maori Electoral campaign coverage has Tamihere ... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels