Public consultation for Zero Carbon Bill 'a bit of feel good' – analyst

Rural Exchange 09/06/2018

New Zealand's plan to tackle climate change took another step last week, with a 6-week public consultation launched for the Zero Carbon Bill.

The consultation will focus on the direction the Zero Carbon Act will go, particularly whether a new emissions reduction target for 2050 should treat all gases that cause climate change the same. 

Agri-Environment analyst Jacqueline Rowarth joined Rural Exchange to offer her thoughts on the public consultation that is taking place.

“Public consultation is a bit of feel good so that everybody feels involved,” she said.

Climate Minister James Shaw told Rural Exchange earlier that public opinion doesn’t necessarily need to be backed by scientific evidence, as the Government wants to hear different perspectives.

“I think it’s really important every Kiwi has the opportunity to have some input.”

Ms Rowarth discusses the actual figures she believes livestock are contributing to warming, what the agricultural sector should be doing with the public consultation opportunity, and whether New Zealand can be a global leader in climate change mitigation.

Watch the full interview with Jacqueline Rowarth above.

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