Covid-19 provides Greenpeace with an unprecedented opportunity to promote wishlist

Greenpeace is promoting a petition that urges the Government to ” transform how we live, work and interact with our planet into the future”

SUPPORT THE GREEN COVID RESPONSE

We are at a turning point in history.

In response to the Covid-19 Coronoavirus pandemic, Jacinda Ardern’s Government will inject billions into the economy to keep it afloat.

This is a huge opportunity to transform how we live, work and interact with our planet into the future.

If we direct relief funds towards clean transformative industries like renewable energy, regenerative farming and electric transport – we can set in place a greener, healthier and more resilient economy that puts people and planet first.

It is a chance to come through this public health crisis better able to respond to the ongoing climate, biodiversity and inequality crises we face.

Join the call on Jacinda Ardern to adopt the Green Covid Response!

Their wishlist:  Building a cleaner, resilient and equitable Aotearoa NZ in response to the Covid-19 Coronavirus Crisis – A Green New Deal for New Zealand

We currently face three simultaneous crises in Aotearoa New Zealand: the Covid-19 pandemic and an associated economic downturn, rising inequality, and a worsening climate and ecological crisis. As the Government turns its attention towards the long-term project of economic recovery, we urge you to plan a response that protects us from the impacts of climate change and lifts up workers and vulnerable communities.

Right now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, while making Aotearoa New Zealand more resilient to a world facing more extreme weather. We have the chance to transform our economy and society so that it regenerates critical ecosystems, improves wellbeing and drives changes in lifestyle that promote positive environmental and health outcomes. By thoughtfully targeting the stimulus, we can lift living standards for New Zealanders, create thousands of good green jobs, and accelerate a just transition away from fossil fuels, industrial farming and fishing, and other polluting industries.

In this paper, we outline a collection of solutions that fall under the banner of a “green stimulus”, providing jobs and boosting economic activity whilst fast-tracking much-needed projects to restore the natural world we depend on. These include:

Immediate shovel-ready projects to prioritise

  1. Providing finance and support for home insulation and heat pumps.
  2. Fast-tracking fencing and planting of on-farm waterways with Government finance.
  3. Attaching strict, science-aligned decarbonisation, biodiversity enhancement and workers’ rights conditions to corporate bailouts.
  4. Introducing a Universal Basic Income.

Priority investments for the long-term wellbeing of Aotearoa

  1. Unprecedented investment in public transport, cycling and rail infrastructure to accelerate our mobility into the 21st century.
  2. Billions in finance for distributed solar and wind, alongside upgrades to the power grid.
  3. A billion-dollar regenerative farming fund to support farmers to transition to regenerative agriculture.
  4. A sizable boost in finance for DOC to employ a “conservation corps” of people to eradicate pests, plant native trees and restore critical habitats.
  5. Constructing new, affordable homes that meet the highest energy-efficiency standards.
  6. Put millions into ocean restoration projects to restore critical marine ecosystems

Sounds similar to a lot of Green Party ideals, but the Green Party has been strangely quiet lately. There is nothing along these lines (and very little) on their website, Facebook page or Twitter.

Is Greenpeace effectively operating as an activist arm of the Green Party?

 

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31 Comments

  1. Pink David

     /  12th April 2020

    In summary, ‘Let’s spend lots of money on things we like!’

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  2. IN summary, let’s suspend democracy and just do what Wussell wants.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  12th April 2020

    Priority investments for the long-term wellbeing of Aotearoa

    1. Ignore Greenpeace, the fear-mongering, money-sucking scammers.

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  4. Greens seem a bit touchy.

    Dude, you don’t get to centristsplain to actual greenies what their politics are, especially under a post that is an exemplar of green politics. I haven’t read your other recent comments yet, but my suggestion is that you read the post properly and get with the kaupapa at the end of it. Putting you in premod so I can keep an eye on it.

    https://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-12-04-2020/#comment-1701348

    The “exemplar of green politics” that must not be challenged:
    https://thestandard.org.nz/greenpeaces-green-covid-response/

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  12th April 2020

      Always both touched and touchy. Happiest arguing in meaningless generalities like this one.

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    • Duker

       /  12th April 2020

      That Weka dude was too extreme even for Green party, as it seems he/she was working around parliament and only got back on Standard after shown the door in Wellington.

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  5. BobJ

     /  12th April 2020

    I think the fantasy here is thinking that Government at any levels is going to have money to do anything other than basic spending for the next several years, the impact on the economy both locally and globally is a disaster and little is going to go back to ‘normal’ anytime soon.

    Am picking projects big and small that are nice to haves are going to be shelved, Auckland port move, cycle ways, Harbor bridge cycle way, airport tram, difficult to justify these when there are bread lines.

    Russell is gong to be very disappointed, climate change is going to take a back seat.

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    • Where do they think that these billions are coming from ?

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      • BobJ

         /  12th April 2020

        Ultimately its the NZ tax payer both current and the next generation that’s going to be footing the bill.

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        • I can’t believe how many people don’t realise that the government has no money; it’s THEIR money from THEIR tax that the government spends.

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          • Blazer

             /  13th April 2020

            what you know about money creation…I could write on a postage stamp with a …paint brush…look that one up.

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            • Gezza

               /  13th April 2020

              Kitty does have a point tho, B. I do come across adults who say “the Govimint should spend more money on … [insert their current bugbear] & a few minutes later moan about how much tax they pay, or the guvimint takingon too much debt – seemingly unable to connect the two.

              It’s maybe not so much that they don’t know tax & borrowings fund guvimint spending, as they just pretty much forget that when they get on their hobby horse.

      • Blazer

         /  12th April 2020

        Billionaires would be a good..start.

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        • Gezza

           /  13th April 2020

          If you mean tax billionaires – or millionaires ? – more, how much more would you tax them?

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          • Blazer

             /  13th April 2020

            at least 70%.

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          • Gezza

             /  13th April 2020

            Why? They’d just find ways to move their money offshore or into hiding, or stop investing any of it here. One of the things that I find curious is that nobody seems keen to run a straight out flat percentage tax across all or several areas. Company, Income, GST ….

            Every country seems to come up with complex mechanisms designed to make investing attractive but making it harder for folk – including the uber wealthy – to just look at a country’s simple tax rate & make investment decisions based on that.

            Seems to me it may not follow that just because one country has a % tax rate of, say 20%, an investor would then choose not to invest in an enterprise or area in a country that has a flat tax rate of 23%.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  13th April 2020

            Of course most would just leave taking their investments and businesses with them as socialists everywhere have found.

            More blowing out your ear, B.

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  6. Blazer

     /  13th April 2020

    what do you mean ‘they’d just find’….who do you think currently uses all these tax havens around the world…hint..it aint beneficiaries.

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    • Gezza

       /  13th April 2020

      I see you totally missed the main point.

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      • Blazer

         /  13th April 2020

        no you did.
        You are mesmirised by the narrative that these billionaires are altruistic.
        If there were no tax havens ,what would be the result?

        and Al….empty threats as the situation in France proved.

        Thiel was fast tracked into NZ citizenship by the Nats lap dogs…how has his prescence helped NZ?
        There are also various retired fund managers that have bought up large NZ property…they employ a handful of maintenance people .Woop de…doo!

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        • Gezza

           /  13th April 2020

          “no you did.”

          Wrong.

          “You are mesmirised by the narrative that these billionaires are altruistic.”

          Wrong again.

          “If there were no tax havens ,what would be the result?”

          What’s your answer to that one ?

          “Thiel was fast tracked into NZ citizenship by the Nats lap dogs…how has his prescence helped NZ?”

          I don’t think he has a presence here any more, does he? That one seems to have been an embarrassment, basically Residence For Sale, but only for a bolt hole for Thiel. Up him. 🖕🏼

          “There are also various retired fund managers that have bought up large NZ property…they employ a handful of maintenance people .Woop de…doo!”

          Yup. Woop de doo
          … … … … …

          Anybody with some actual business skills & knowledge care to educate me on why we can’t just have flat tax rates across all taxable income streams?

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  7. Why argue with a greenie? They have all the answers?
    But please consider for a moment that we are probably indebted to China for i dont know, maybe $100 billion. Do they car about green values?or human rights? or anything?
    prepare yourself for a life of slavery. Not necasarily a lot different from what it was, just different bosses! and maybe the protests wont end so well

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