As we face 2021, Senior Policy Advocate Lydia Tsen CA asks: What could we take away from a year drenched in uncertainty? She says collective action is the only appropriate response to a crisis and climate change is not different.
With the introduction of the pandemic into our lives, New Zealanders were collectively (and almost affectionately) referred to as a ‘team of five million’. We were urged to work together to protect each other and, despite the expected fatigue associated with doing so, life in New Zealand is as normal as it can be – just consider the music festivals held over the last month.
Addressing the climate crisis calls for an ability to pursue activities which may not provide immediate tangible (or individual) benefit but will instead pave the way for long-term growth and prosperity for people, fauna and flora.
This year we have already seen the release of the Climate Change Commission’s draft advice detailing what it recommends the Government do in order to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement. The draft advice includes three emission budgets covering five-year periods to 2035 and policy and sector-specific recommendations on how to meet both these budgets and obligations under the Paris Agreement. Interwoven throughout the draft advice is recognition of the need for collective action – that equitable and long-lasting change can only take place when everyone works in concert with each other.
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Chartered Accountants ANZ will be preparing a submission on the Climate Change Commission’s draft advice. If you would like to contribute to this submission, please get in touch.