In the past two weeks I've only had one communication from the Labour Party, Dr Megan Woods (thanks Megan, appreciate your efforts). So Labour's rank goes up (see below).
But I'm not convinced. Climate change action takes vision, brains and guts. It's an unpopular platform. There is no good/bad, fighting the bad guy story (like terrorists and gangs and bad parents). We are the bad guys.
Labour's response, while wildy better than National's largely non-response, made me worry about the extent of watering down the policies. Their policy document is dated 2014, and the discussion document, 2015. Seems quite a long time ago. I get it's a political world and we're all part of a very large complex system, but as Trump has shown, people respond to simple messages that connect with emotion. We make decisions based on emotion. Me too. As much as we don't like to think that's true, it is. (Read more here about neuroscience of decision making).
New Zealand's track record on climate change is poor.
We rank 46 out of 61 nations in the Climate Change Performance Index 2107. Read more here, and here. And we got a downward arrow meaning we our ranking got worse compared to 2016.
In my head I keep repeating that ranking: Performance ranked 'poor'; 46th out of 61. That means 75% of other countries do BETTER than New Zealand. And we're getting worse. Which also means that either other countries are making more changes faster, or we're actually getting worse.
What are we, and our political parties, doing about that? There's a huge opportunity here to be a voice for change and to influence others. I'm starting the journey myself, in my own sphere of influence, personally and in business at Onyx Cambridge. Read more here about our actions: Onyx's sustainability goals.
Climate change is a crisis with disasterous impact and we need to make change, urgently. Read more here about the United Nation's facts about Climate Change.
Back to my current and totally subjective personal rankings of NZ bigger political parties.
I've also reached out to a couple of other minority parties including Gareth Morgan's new The Opportunities Party, because I see Gareth Morgan has made some statements about deforestation which is heartening... but what's their plan... will see what happens there.
Best wishes all,
P.S. if you don't know about this, and you have 30 secs now, please do click here to check out; @projectaware it's a beautiful and amazing planet we have.
I've never felt like a person of influence in the wider world. I know I have an impact on people directly in my orbit, but that's a fairly small sphere.
So I'm testing out my influence in a wider space. Following on from my personal decision to start on my own personal and business sustainability path, after watching @BeforeTheFlood, and learning more about specific areas of interest #marinedebris, #projectaware, I decided to try to identify and reach out to relevant and leading politicians, policy makers and influencers. I went online and found emails for NZ's political spokespeople or leaders around climate change, environment, marine management, and my local MP too.
Then I composed a fairly brief email 'climate change is my new No.1 voting criteria in 2017' and sent it out to all of them (on 16th Jan), explaining my rationale, position and my motivation, and requesting information about their party policies, actions, evidence etc. I asked for information. I'm listening. I really want to know how the parties stand on these issues.
That was 2 weeks ago. Here's the results so far. Plus a score out of 10 for each, based on my own totally subjective scoring system:
I'm really interested to see what other responses, if any, I'll receive. In the meantime, I'll continue doing my thing, learning and making changes personally and in business.
I'm still wondering how much influence I have. One person at a time is fine, and that person might be only me, (and maybe you). Thanks so much for reading. More next week (ish).
After years of (embarrassingly) putting my head largely in the sand about green issues, because they're so overwhelming and depressing, over the past few months I've finally started looking and learning... quite timidly I admit, but seriously.
My daughter cajoled me into watching Leonardo Dicaprio's Before the Flood. It's a fantastic documentary. Although I had to look away at points (it was too upsetting), I did actually watch it all the way through to the end. It was depressing and terrifying but there's also hope. It galvanised me into action...
So that means, I want to do this.... or at least I think I do right now. The truth is that although I fancy myself as a bit of an adventurer, when it comes to being public, I'm a wimp. So in 2017 my adventure is to do a blog and actual post it (I've started blog before and never posted...).
There's a lot to learn... how to make better consumer choices for one, what do labels mean, is all cotton ok, how to make sense of government policies, how to figure out what to eat (!).... I'm hoping that by blogging about my learnings, it'll help me stay focused on making changes. And if it encourages anyone else to do the same, that's great too.
It's an utterly overwhelming topic... environment, climate change, business sustainability (what businesses like ours can actually do to help the cause), conservation, and I have particular interests in the marine world, and shark protection (project aware), government policies... goodness, there's a lot to learn.
Thanks for reading... I'll be back with weekly reflections and actions.
In the meantime if you haven't already seen this, I strongly encourage you to do so... it's a rational, balanced, engaging and professional presentation.