This week has seen the second reading of the Government’s Zero Climate Bill. I am a member of the Environment Select Committee, which has received 10,000-plus submissions. More than 800 of those submissions have been heard in person across New Zealand.
What was clear from these submissions is that Kiwis are passionate about ensuring our planet and our way of life is protected for future generations to enjoy as we do.
The updated bill was informed from the submissions and I’m proud that we’re taking a balanced approach, working with communities, business and our farmers. We have an historic consensus to price agricultural emissions for the first time by 2025.
Businesses like Fonterra, Danone, Toyota and hundreds of others are working alongside Government to reduce emissions and invest in clean technology.
We’re taking action on climate change because we understand the catastrophic cost of doing nothing. As a proud food producing nation we cannot stand still. We’ve agreed where we need to get to. This is about working together to get there.
For too long politicians have passed the buck and caused uncertainty for everyone while the need for climate action was clear, I’m proud to be a part of Jacinda’s team as we continue to get the job done.