Scientists and those in the know have been urging action for a long time, and yet New Zealand – which apparently has one of the lowest rankings for action on climate change in the developed world – has long labored under a minister who barely seems to believe in climate change at all.
Now in Paula Bennett we have someone who is happy to admit she ‘doesn’t know anything’ about climate change.
Well as endearing as some may find that – it’s just not good enough.
We need ideally an environmental scientist as our climate change minister – someone who is not beholden to big business – but if not a scientist perhaps someone who merely understands the critical juncture the world is facing and the role New Zealand must play in both reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and proving an example for others.
After all if we put our heads in the sand we may just be surprised down the track with thousands of refugees seeking asylum in our country – as their own nearby homelands become uninhabitable.