16 March 2019
With students striking over the Government’s perceived lack of action on the climate, it is probably a good time to challenge them on what they are personally doing to reduce the negative effects that their lives may be having on the environment.
It would be hypocritical to protest the Government’s inaction if individuals were not doing all they could personally, so here are 10 ways that students might reduce their influence on the climate.
1. Walk or bike to school or Uni. No e-scooters either, as these still use energy to charge.
2. Shower only once a week (unless you have sports) as this will reduce water usage and water heating costs-and try to keep those showers to two minutes.
3. Stop wearing make-up. There is a huge amount or resources go into the manufacture and distribution of make-up so using less is globally responsible.
4. Stop using data. Data uses energy and creates heat. Non-essential use should cease.
5. Stay home at nights and in the weekend. Travelling and partying all takes energy and increases your carbon footprint.
6. Wear the same clothes multiple days, washing and drying uses energy.
7. Hang your clothes out to dry.
8. Do the dishes by hand- old school but uses less energy.
9. No more gigs or concerts. It’s not just the sound systems and lights, it’s the transport and shipping of all the gear, as well as the personnel involved and the patrons.
10. No more travel. We live on Islands which means getting to and fro involves burning fossil fuels.
New Conservative does not believe that the State is responsible for everything, in fact we don’t want them to be responsible for everything. We believe in personal responsibility and providing access to opportunity, the outcomes of which will be determined by the actions of the individual.
When it comes to the planet, it is highly unlikely that anything New Zealand does will have any effect whatsoever on the climate. We do not support paying carbon credits, as there is no guarantee that this saves anything or makes any difference at all. Instead we propose using those funds on research and development targeted directly at known pollution sources, then exporting those “pollution solutions.” We do believe that we can clean up our own back yard and this should be the focus of any climate policy.
Funds invested in research and development would be available to universities and labs, providing the incentives and resources to really make a difference.
Personal responsibility does mean that before demanding others take action, we examine our own actions.
Leighton Baker, New Conservative Leader