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To paraphrase David Slack, most people want something done about climate change as long as they don’t have to change their way of life in any way.
It’s going to change all of our lives and switching to an EV or recycling aren’t going to make much difference.
I’m swinging towards party vote Green too.
Our Labour government has pragmatically, during election leadup, left it to Greens to push for what we have to do. I am hopeful that once we re-elect our Labour-Greens government, in a few days time, that Climate Collapse initiatives will be prioritised despite the howls of RightWing dogs.
I'm sure all those tractors. in convoy driving up the country will help Climate Change too, NOT
I'm voting Green and encourage everyone to have a really look at all their policies on climate change and social justice and compare to all the other party's policies before voting out of old habits. It's not the economy, it's the f**king planet, stupid!
Agree with the voting pattern Nick. My hope is for a Labour,Green, TPM Govt that can sit down and implement the best of each of their policies. So no party seen as being dominant and some progressive policy to address climate change and poverty for a start. Both very achievable with the right degree of co-operation. It has the possibility of being a transformational 3 years. The alternative doesn't bear thinking about .
It's baffling why all parties are not bidding up climate action tbh. Talking to people this campaign - on doorsteps or at market stalls or even in my men's book group I find there are a myriad of opinions covering all the usual excuses from outright denial to just plain helplessness. Truely a wicked problem, but largely a sociological one.
A friend recently suggested perhaps I'd be better off joining a conservative party (since of course outwardly I'd pretty much fit in), and trying to swing it to some climate action. Unfortunately I think that's based on the misconception that conservative parties are member driven like, say, the Greens are. What I'd have to do is become a *donor* to a conservative party. And in that situation unfortunately I'm unable to compete with the big boys.
I'm sticking with Labour because they DO take climate change seriously. But also the Greens need Labour to actually get to the table. I would vote for the Greens in my electorate except I have no idea who the candidate is, and the Labour candidate in my electorate is a strong representative. (Over the years I have split my vote. I heard James Shaw's message about Party vote Greens- but my vote is still with Labour who will bring the Greens on board if they win.) Rachel Brooking, the Dunedin candidate, taking over from David Clarke is a Conservation lawyer and very well regarded in this space. She also has covid -same time as Chippy, but it will not affect her chances of being elected. Michael Woodhouse is her opponent, and even he thinks he won't win. If Labour /Greens win this election it will show that people take climate change seriously, and know thata Labour/Greens coalition is essential to get action on climate change.
Te Partie Māori are climate activists. If they form a coalition with Labour and the Greens it will be interesting to see how they are able to work with each others difference, but I think there is enough commonality , and maturity for them to negotiate a working relationship. Unlike Seymour, and Winston Peters. Rawiri Waitati , when he is not creating dramatic moments in parliament, seems to be thoughtful, and willing to negotiate in the best interests of Māori , and those of us he refers to as Tangata Treaty.
Labour has a climate manifesto but it hasn't had much publicity https://www.labour.org.nz/release_labour_releases_new_zealand_s_first_climate_manifesto
National & ACT are all for throwing a Blanket over the Climate Change issue, so folk don't see, or understand that they're ( as in NACT & Their Polluting Donors) holdin out for the Big Bucks offers to be made from Desperate People that have spent their Farms trying to align themselves with a Money Making CTS scheme only to find there ain't no Money in it because the Big Global Polluters & their Political Feux Regulator Pals aren't buying even the CHEAP Carbon Credits to offset their massive investments in India, China, EU North America rolled into one, because thats the case now with Canada & Uncle Sams relationship.
Meanwhile, back to you Dear NACT Voter! You were Planting out your land in Carbon Sync's & uncovering the Wetlands, previously buried by Land fill with thin coats of the Good Stuff spread on top to make the land look like it might be of higher Production Value than Shreks place a few meters down the Street. Value is Value, so hang in their good Buddy!!!
Hey Mate, Step right up, have we got a deal for you!!! Ignore this Climate change BS & we'll do the same & make sure we find a wee Hidey Hole in the Market Catacombs where all that Carbon Gold is hidden, just waiting for us to dig it out of the Solid Gold Brick Walls for ya,!! If you can just pretend that this stuff isn't happening for at least until after the Election, then we'll make ya Right ole Mate! Trust us, we know how to manipulate Markets & Manage Economy's better than those sickly Greens & their Diseased Partner, Labour.
Our last Big Bossman showed us the ropes & we wrote that shit down & know the combination to the Algorithms runnin this show. now, Nicky Guaranteed it in Blood, Sweat & a lotta Tears without givin away any trade secrets.
She even said she'd retire if their numbers weren't right on the Foreign Buyer Flood Gate thing. Lol & those Media Guys rollin the Camera's during the Finance ministers Debate, actually filmed it and thought Nicky was serious. They'll believe ANYTHING, so be patient & wait for that Golden Ring to come your way. Nobody does it better than ole Lux Luther & his Sidekick, the Wicked Witch of the West with her Hair on Fire streakin down the Sideline without the Ball!
If it comes up, just cough into the Mic & say Bullshit under your breath at the same time, No Worries, Bob's your Uncle!!! We'll get past this thing and the MArket will save our arses. We'lll make out like, well, the Bandits we are! (Don't mention. this in front of any camera's, ok???) Now get out there and VOTE Blue, for you, me & Free Market Rides for every Bozo on our Bus dumb enough to buy our BS...
I almost pissed myself laughing at your Portrayal of Luxon as Peter Griffin, the Family Guy!!! Perfect, except Chris has a few fewer Real Live Brain Cells to work with than Griffin does, but don't worry he's catching up with every Family Guy issue he watches on the Big Blue Bus totin his Honorless arse around the Country.
Fake to the left, Fake to the Right, a short punt over the Top to the Girl with her Hair on fire streakin down the sidelines without the ball, intent on scoring with, or with any damn Ball. Me, Me, Me, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme & Pass those #0.50mm Sheep Shears!
This Dumbed Down, STEM Educated flock won't know what hit em until we're happily Haunting the Beehive, maybe sometime around Christmas when they notice that Coal in their Admin Stockings hangin on the Hearth. Maybe they thought I was jokin about all those cuts I've got planned for those Silly Suzie's suckin our Air.
Oh, speakin of Air, we have a plan for that Commodity that nobody's been able to tame long enough to put a price tag on. Nobody, except us that is, so measure those breaths your takin for free right now & forget about those Big Gulps! Just get back to work & pretend nothings happening & you'd be Dead Right Mate!
Maybe we should offer an Oxygen Cylinder in every Meritocratic Members Pot for Christmas as a Prep for our next big ACT with National in the Drivers Seat??? Strap in and smile through those shiny Teeth you just bought with Afterpay & see you at the Polling Place..... You might even be able to Vote with Lux when he passes through your town on the Campaign Trail. One vote is for Sissy's & we don't want to waste any prime Camera footage showing you, our valued Donor voting with the Leader of our Free Market World. We'll even send you a framed picture next to him in the Booth with Ballot in Hand!
Now that may not be as far fetched as it sounds, so think carefully before you cast that vote! Your Kids Lives might depend on it! Power at all Cost, has it's Price. Remember that when you vote, please!!!
Let America drown and hopefully the globalists will be there