Whatever New Zealand does in isolation as its contribution to the world wide battle against climate change, it will have next to zero affect on whether or not we reach or even get close to the IPCC’s greenhouse gas emissions reductions that they say will be required to save the planet.
I can make that statement with confidence that l will be
proved right simply because those key nations who have the capacity to
collectively turn things around, with or without our help, are in fact
increasing their use of fossil fuels at an alarming rate and as a result,
increasing their emissions as if there was no tomorrow. In that context, our
efforts, no matter how self sacrificial, will be like a blip on the radar as
the rest of the world continues to condone the destructive activities of those
who could and should be making a difference.
Our efforts will be a complete and utter waste of time.
Actually it will be worse than that. We will watch on from
the sidelines seemingly unnoticed by even the UN heavy hitters whose praise we
appear to crave.
And in the meantime, we will destroy what remains of our
agriculturally based economy at a time when we are emerging from the pandemic
suffering from self inflicted wounds that already have reduced our capacity to
earn overseas funds when we most need them.
At least that is the scenario facing this nation of 5
million when we next have the opportunity to avert this home grown disaster
through the democratic process at the ballot box.
It appears that the government is still hell bent on
cementing in place policies that will negatively effect the two most important
ingredients that will determine our survival as a sovereign state.
The first is economic growth and the second is race
relations, both of which are in danger of managed decline because both are reflecting
the deliberate implementation of programmes that will have the opposite effect
of what is needed now more than ever.
If allowed to be fully implemented, these policies: - the
emissions reduction policies such as the halving of our dairy herds and the
race based legislation that is being un-necessarily promoted giving control of
our natural resources to Maori - have the capacity to propel a sufficiently
divided nation into a state where civil war is a serious possibility.
You might be wondering whether l have taken leave of my
senses by promoting the very real possibility of “civil war” in a country where
we claim to have learned from the divisions of the past.
Yet that appears to be where we are heading as a direct
result of governments policies that are deliberately divisive. It is as if some
of our leadership can’t wait for it to happen and are deliberately provoking
the reaction that they are about to get.
You think that is being over dramatic? Think again!
I choose my words carefully when discussing these
potentially dangerous policies simply because it appears we are not yet
prepared to acknowledge that the immediate danger to our collective future
comes from within rather than anything from the world at large - including
In order to have a rational discussion about our future, we
need to be acutely aware of the options available to us. In that context, the
truth remains our only hope.
We can and must stop this erosion of trust before it is too
Clive Bibby is a commentator, consultant, farmer and community leader, who lives in Tolaga Bay.