It's time to shelve the 'small country' excuse

15 October 2020

“It is time to stop saying New Zealand is a small contributor to climate change, and start getting serious about it… If we’re more honest about it, getting serious about climate change is not about protecting the planet. It’s about keeping the planet habitable for humans.” This sobering new opinion piece on Stuff NZ from Dr Laura Revell and Associate Professor Ann Brower from UC’s College of Science, is a must read for all New Zealanders. 

  • Annual global greenhouse gas emissions

    Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser (2017) – “CO₂ and Greenhouse Gas Emissions”. Published online at

By refusing to reduce our own emissions, New Zealand sends a signal to the rest of the world that it’s acceptable to be just like us – develop and grow wealthy while increasing greenhouse gas emissions, then refuse to take action to protect the planet for future generations. Therefore, we ignore our 0.17 per cent contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions at our peril.

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