"We’re not just talking about the environment. We’re rethinking economics and rethinking the economic model in a way that has to tackle poverty reduction. It has to be for everyone..." Sylvie Lemmet, Director for the Division of Technology Industry and Economy for UNEP
Mentioning climate change in the Southland Times just brings out an endless stream of climate deniers who wax lyrical on nonsense based on highly flawed pseudoscience. I feel it is more productive to talk about smart economics that just happens to be 'green':
There is a clear choice for voters in this year’s election between a ‘business as usual’ Government and a truly progressive, Green influenced Government that will make a real difference for most New Zealanders.
A recent BERL report on 'growth opportunities in the southern region economy' highlighted the fact that business as usual would probably see on going, but modest growth (largely because of the dairy industry). The report identified many different sectors within the Southland economy that had unrealised potential and smart, future focused investment would substantially boost the region's income and spread risk.
I have been appalled at the Government’s lack of recognition for the knowledge and capability that exists in our regions and the absence of meaningful consultation and collaboration with our local decision makers. We wouldn’t have had Solid Energy spending millions on mad lignite schemes, while our Southland roads have deteriorated due to funding cuts.
We could be supporting sustainable local enterprises rather than gambling millions on subsidising overseas corporations while they search for risky deep sea oil. The tens of millions of taxpayer money that is being spent supporting the fossil fuel industry would be better invested on addressing the unacceptable cost of our electricity supply.
This Government is now well out of step with current economic thinking, the IMF and World Bank are actively promoting smart green economics while our government is stubbornly rejecting that approach. We are developing into a low wage, backward thinking economy that is largely reliant on the export of primary commodities.
While agriculture will always be important, our economy should be far more broadly based. We need to become a high tech, smart energy economy that will create new jobs and enable 285,000 children to shift out of poverty and provide them with a real future.
Invercargill Green Party Candidate