Budget 2022 Must Honour “Nuclear-free Moment”



18 May: Greenpeace Aotearoa says that the Emissions
Reduction Plan is a poor prelude to Budget 2022, which the
climate crisis requires be bold, commit to cut climate
pollution from intensive dairy, put cameras on boats, and
roll out a nationwide household solar
scheme.

Greenpeace lead agriculture campaigner
Christine Rose says “Intensive dairying is the number one
cause of climate pollution in Aotearoa. The Emissions
Reduction Plan gave a $92 million handout to industrial
agricultural funding for more research and hypothetical
techno-fixes. That’s ludicrous because, as Climate
Minister James Shaw says
himself, the industry has already spent about $200
million on Research and Development over the course of the
last dozen years or so, and its emissions have not come
down.”The Government has promised that a number of Climate
Emergency Response Fund initiatives will be announced on
Budget day.

“The Emissions Reduction Plan was a
terrible start and that makes it more essential that Budget
2022 funds a transition to more plant-based, regenerative
organic agriculture that enables farmers to ditch synthetic
nitrogen fertiliser which puts our climate, waterways
and health
at risk,” Rose says.

Greenpeace also says the Budget
needs to fund free public transport for all, and roll out a
nationwide household solar scheme.”Greenpeace and 33,000
New Zealanders are calling on the Government to put
solar panels and batteries on 500k homes by 2030 and end oil
& gas subsidies,” says Rose.

Greenpeace is also
calling for the Budget to fund the urgent rollout of a
comprehensive cameras on boats programme, that will ensure
transparency and compliance across the commercial fishing
industry.

The Aotearoa Collective for public transport
equity – a collective of over 140 organisations and ten city
councils – is also calling for Budget 2022 to deliver free public transport
fares.

“Free public transport fares will reduce
emissions, encourage a mode shift away from private
vehicles, and ensure everyone has an accessible, low-carbon
option to get to where they live, work and play. It’s a
Just Transition – with wheels on,” says spokesperson Ryan
Hooper-Smith.

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