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New Zealand increases climate aid contribution

Climate Change Minister James Shaw. Photo: RNZ / Simon Rogers.

The Government is making a four-fold increase in the support it provides to countries most vulnerable to the climate emergency, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today in the lead up to the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow.

The increase announced today matches New Zealand’s contribution to global climate funding with COP26 host the United Kingdom on a per person basis.

“New Zealand will do its fair share in the global race to tackle climate change by providing $1.3 billion to assist lower income countries to protect lives, livelihoods and infrastructure from the impacts of climate change,” Jacinda Ardern says.

“I have seen and heard first-hand the impact of climate change in our region. We need to continue to step up our support for our Pacific family and neighbours who are on the front line of climate change and need our support most.

“The investment will enable New Zealand to support clean energy projects in developing countries, ensure buildings are able to withstand more damaging storms, crops are resilient to droughts, floods and new pests, and communities are protected from sea level rise and storm surges.

"Our new contribution far eclipses the pledges New Zealand has made previously. With the climate change clock ticking it’s important we lift our contribution now and bring it into line with other countries.

“Making this investment now helps protect our environment and build a safer planet for our children. It’s the right thing to do,” Jacinda Ardern says.

Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed that at least half of New Zealand’s new $1.3 billion climate finance commitment, which covers the period 2022 to 2025, will go towards supporting New Zealand’s Pacific neighbours.

“Developing countries are those most uniquely at risk from the climate crisis. We can see that in the Pacific, where some of our closest neighbours are already experiencing rising sea levels and more extreme weather. This is having an impact on people’s livelihoods and ability to provide for their families,” James Shaw says.

“For these countries, the impacts of climate change that scientists have been warning us about for decades are not academic, or a distance threat; they are happening right now.

“Comparatively wealthy countries like Aotearoa New Zealand have a duty to do everything we possibly can to stop this getting worse, and to support countries to prepare for the unavoidable changes we have already forced on the climate.

“Climate finance is a critical pillar of real and tangible climate change action across the world. Massively increasing our contribution to the global effort will benefit local communities, and also further cement New Zealand’s presence in the region as a constructive, supportive country, committed to a resilient, prosperous future for Pacific Islands,” James Shaw says.

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Tom Ranger

Posted on 02-11-2021 20:36 | By

Not completely. I take that back. But their policies are dangerous in many ways. Look at carbon credits which we are now paying 5 times the price for(and increasing) and plan to buy a lot more next year to fulfil the latest earth summit brainwashing of public and political business targets. CC are a sham. A currency for traders.

Tom Ranger

Posted on 02-11-2021 20:33 | By

Greens are a complete waste of Dosh.

Grandstanding

Posted on 19-10-2021 10:11 | By Kancho

1.3 billion of borrowed money to add to our rising debt to go to Scotland and grandstand on how good NZ is doing. Meanwhile back in NZ poverty , emergency housing , violence against children twice that of Australia . Lack of hospital ICU cancellation of needed surgeries reported a thousand a week . Pathetic MIQ management that he and his group of fourteen will take space from the families trying to get back here. Nonsense to be remembered come vote time

Blinded.

Posted on 19-10-2021 07:54 | By

How about the Government hand out money to real issues which can be prevented, here in New Zealand....such as child poverty!! Throwing money at nature is a complete waste of money. This will not stop the earth from tilting on its axis and thus warm up. Eventually we will be trying to heat the planet up as it tilts back and cools down. Preventing climate change is a con!!

Great - we have NO problems in NEW ZEALAND

Posted on 18-10-2021 22:29 | By The Caveman

OH !! Meanwhile, here in NZ we have no problems, We don’t need ICU beds , ICU nurses, better drugs, more hospital equipment, repairs to schools, help with child poverty, more state houses. health, homelessness, education etc have ALL been solved satisfactorily so we have all those spare millions of dollars to give away, more than likely with no accountability or auditing of how they are spent.

Really...

Posted on 18-10-2021 19:25 | By

This nonsense just keeps on rolling along.... Presumably we’re going to be borrowing more money on top of the money that we’re borrowing to keep the country afloat and then we’re going to give it away. This climate change money-go-round has just got to stop, particularly if countries are borrowing money to make very little difference (if the money gets to the intended projects) But it seems to be the usual response to just throw money at the situation and hope it goes away. Are we now throwing more money at problems overseas than we’re spending on keeping businesses going and locals employed in our own country and how many years will we be paying for a place on the global nonsense stage for politicians looking for a photo opportunity...?