Source: Radio New Zealand, 22 November 2016
Businesses, scientists and health professionals have come
together in an unprecedented move to pressure the government to do
more to tackle New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions.
An open letter signed by the likes of Sanford, the Warehouse, Z
Energy, and Ernst & Young will be delivered to Parliament at
The letter has 60 signatories, reflecting a wide cross-section
of New Zealand interests, including finance, transport, retail,
fishing, tourism, hospitality, wine, conservation, science, beauty,
medicine, health and religion.
The letter said businesses and people were already taking action
to move to a low-carbon economy and the government needed to follow
It stated that without the government pulling its weight, New
Zealand would not be able to make the necessary changes at the pace
and scale required.
"We are calling on the government to set ambitious targets to
reduce emissions, create a long-term plan for how to do it, and
implement policies that can set us on the right path and empower
New Zealanders to make low-carbon choices."
The letter was to be presented to Climate Change Minister Paula
Bennett in Marrakech last week, who was there for the latest round
of UN climate change talks following last year's historic Paris
It was put off because of the earthquakes and will be presented
today by WWF's campaigner Alex Smith, Steve Logan from Wellington
restaurant Logan Brown and Green Cabs general manager Toni
New Zeland College of Public Health Medicine is a signatory of
this open letter. A copy of the open letter can be found here.