December 23, 2019
Maori world view best hope for climate solution
Māori Climate Commissioner Donna Awatere Huata says the Māori world view offers a way forward as countries struggle to find agreement on tackling climate change.
The latest COP25 Forum in Madrid ended in disarray after efforts to create a global emissions trading scheme were undermined by countries like Australia and Brazil wanting to have their own emissions accounting recognises, and the United States blocked efforts to compensate developing nations.
Ms Awatere Huata says despite that, New Zealand, and in particular Climate Change Minister James Shaw, showed leadership.
She says by passing the Zero Carbon Act, Aotearoa New Zealand has shown what can be achieved in addressing the current climate crisis.
More can be done by embracing the concepts of whakapapa, mauri and utu to build an inclusive approach to climate change that supports and empowers everyone.
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