Climate Change Crisis


Linnea Fry, Writer

New Zealand announced a climate change emergency, and committed to a carbon-neutral government by 2025. The prime minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern called the situation “one of the greatest emergencies of our time”.

The declaration comes after a recent report was released, announcing our grim future if our Earth continues to heat. In their declaration, they announced they would be dedicating over $141 million to transitioning by 2025

Ardern announced that the government, and hopefully even the public, will only be allowed to buy electric or hybrid vehicles, reducing its car fleet by 20%, and all of the coal-fired boilers from the public buildings will also be phased out. Government agencies will be required to measure and report their emissions and offset any they cannot reduce to zero by 2025.

The motion was recognized on Wednesday, December 2nd, as “the devastating impact that volatile and extreme weather will have on New Zealand and the wellbeing of New Zealanders, on our primary industries, water availability, and public health through flooding, sea level rise, and wildfire”.

“As we accelerate our economic response to COVID-19, this will not only create a better future for our kids and grandkids, but help bring to new economic opportunities in low carbon industries, and create good, well-paid jobs across the country,” said climate minister James Shaw in an interview with Lonely Planet.

New Zealand will be joining 32 other nations who have laid out long-term plans to reduce emissions; such as France, Canada, and Britain. These countries, and hopefully our own soon, are helping to lower climate change, and create brighter futures.