Date: 2 Dec 2020
Author: Vegan Society
The world is rapidly running out of time to act on climate change and yet still our leaders dally. New Zealand is failing to meet it's Paris Agreement and rapidly falling off the list of countries taking effective climate action. As New Zealand's emissions are overwhelmingly from agriculture, it follows that this is where we can and must take action. Reducing our dairy herds and increasing our cropping, horticulture and forestry outputs would go some way towards helping to reduce our emissions.
On 10th May 2019, the Vegan Society Aotearoa called on the government to declare a climate emergency. Here we are some 18 months later and everything has become a lot worse. New Zealand has now fallen so far behind our commitments to the Paris Agreement that it is unlikely that we will be asked to this year's climate summit talks, Sprint to Glasgow, in the lead up to next year's COP26. Even if the Labour government actually follows through and declares a climate emergency later today, there is little point if there is no action behind it, making some tough calls.
Meanwhile thousands of individuals are taking matters into their own hands by reducing the amount of meat and dairy that they eat, many taking a vegan challenge.
References: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/11/jacinda-ardern-defends-decision-to-declare-a-climate-change-emergency-in-parliament.html https://www.newsroom.co.nz/nz-may-be-excluded-from-climate-leaders-summit https://climateactiontracker.org/countries/new-zealand/ https://www.vegansociety.org.nz/takeaction/diversifyfarmingpetition https://www.vegansociety.org.nz/news/climate-emergency