Doctor Jan Wright said our pollution levels are rising when we are supposed to get the levels down as the National government signed the Paris Agreement on climate change. Why is it then that the National government is not doing anything about it? Why, because the National government's plan is to spend nearly $10 billion offshore over 10 years paying other countries to reduce their emissions so that we don't have to. They are denying their responsibility to reduce pollution levels and put in place a plan to cut New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2030 and to be net-zero carbon economy by 2050.
A plan should be to reforest over a million hectares of marginal pastoral land, commit to clean energy, transport and agriculture, and invest in well-paid jobs in high-value, clean-tech industries. All these things cut crime and pollution, create new jobs and provide habitats for endangered birds.
H Burrows, Papamoa.