Saturday, July 20, 2024

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented action

FROM THE GREEN PARTY

We hear stories every day from people who are worried about the future. They’ve seen the impact from Cyclone Gabrielle. They’re worried that we’re just not equipped for future extreme weather events to come.

For years, decision makers have kicked the climate can down the road. They’ve refused to look the danger in the eye, and have shirked from their responsibility to do something about it. And every year, the consequences of our inaction continue to mount. But we can rise to the challenge. We believe we can mobilise to build a safe and sustainable home for future generations to call home.

In fact, our country has mobilised before to meet severe crises. Facing the Great Depression, we mobilised to build our Social Security net; a visionary project that saved tens of thousands of people – both young and old – from grinding poverty and indignity. We set up large public works projects to employ thousands. We didn’t just accept our future, we sought out to change it.

We depend on our wildernesses, our native biodiversity for our very survival. And, as the floods have demonstrated, when we don’t protect our environment, it can’t protect us. The continual decline in our natural world and climate change are the top threats to our economy, our incomes, and our livelihoods. We can’t drink from polluted waterways, live in flooded roads and homes, and harvest drowned fields.

There is only one party that has always been committed to climate crisis action.

There is only one party that is thinking ahead.

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented action. New Zealand needs the Green Party: we’re the only political party that has been championing loudly not only for swift action on climate, but also to rebuild our country to cope with its effects.

That’s why we’re calling on you to support the Green Party and vote Green this election.

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