Seasoning Extremism With Realism
3 October, 2019
With new "data" continuing to emerge in regards to the effects of climate change on our nation, it is important that we don’t portray the extreme, almost impossible scenarios as inevitable reality.
Sea levels have been slowly rising for over 100 years and the pragmatic question we need to ask is what is the LIKELY rise in this century and will limiting carbon to zero alter that, or should we be concentrating on mitigating the effects?
Doomsday predictions of 3 meters to 30 meters sea level rise, like today's NZ Herald article on sea level rise, are as likely as a meteor hit and promoting that extremism does nothing for the integrity of the debate.
Current and likely sea level rise of less than 3mm p.a. means that a house at threat from sea level rise only needs to be built 150mm higher to last the intended 50 years. This is a minor extra cost and mitigates the effects.
Destroying peoples businesses and harming our economy on unlikely scenarios is poor governance.
A pragmatic approach that targets specific pollution areas, working in with research institutions and stakeholders to achieve agreed goals, will result in a far better long term solution and a stronger nation.
As a party we support redirecting funds that were to be wasted (or misspent) on Carbon credits and investing in research into pollution solutions, and alternatives to current practices. This way we genuinely care for our environment as well as support the businesses and industries which provide employment and revenue to so many New Zealanders.
One practical example would be phasing out 1080 and replacing it with trapping, thereby reducing the harm to the environment due to poison, and controlling predators in a more humane way at the same time. This would also open the door to other cottage industries harvesting meat and pelts.
All New Zealanders want this to be the best nation in the world to live, work and raise a family in, and we can do it by working together and working to our strengths. New Zealanders are pioneers and problem solvers. As a small nation we cannot let extremism and fear hinder our efforts and cloud our vision as to what the future can be.