What IS New Zealand doing about the climate? And are farmers milking all the political benefits of a nation wedded to agriculture?
All this and more is analysed in this piece by The Guardian’s environment editor Adam Morton.
He looks at five key areas for discussion and, provocatively, compares Kiwi efforts with that of near neighbours Australia.
New Zealand’s policies on farming are also of significant interest to The Australian, where an editorial calls for ‘cool heads’ when discussing climate reform in the region.
Meanwhile it has emerged Chlöe Swarbrick, Member of the New Zealand Parliament in Auckland Central, will be guest speaker at the Scottish Greens Spring conference.
Taking place online across March 26 and 27, she will discuss climate campaigning in New Zealand where she became the youngest MP and only the second Green Party member to be elected.
In a pre-conference message, she said: “Our actions decide who is rich and who is poor, who gets sick, and who gets better. They decide the quality of the air, and of the water, and the land. They decide who has a future and who does not. As the Green Party, in Government, we have an incredible opportunity to make those decisions count for people and the planet.”
Among action in New Zealand, the recognition of how wetlands can and must play a more significant role.
Damian Rowe in Stuff profiled Forest & Bird’s new Otago/Southland conservation manager Rick Zwaan, who said: “If we need to get to where we need to get in terms of the climate crises, restoring and looking after wetlands is going to go a long way to help with that.”
By contrast, the UK Government is being criticised after it emerged one of its agencies has been buying compost extracted from Scottish peatlands, despite the dire environmental impact such activity causes.
Forestry England has also been accused of making a ‘mockery’ of the UK’s climate targets through the procurement, revealed in an investigation by The Ferret news site.
In much more encouraging news, though, a new forest is to be established in the Birmingham area to create a wildlife corridor with some quarter of a million trees planted.
There are also calls for a new national park to be created in Scotland. The Herald reports that SNP MSP Emma Harper wants it to be established in Galloway, describing it as a “a key action to help us recover from the pandemic”.
Wonder about wetlands? @HisEnvScot shared this for #WorldWetlandsDay on February 2.
Wetlands are areas of land saturated with water – permanently or seasonally. In Scotland, they've allowed for some pretty incredible discoveries over the years.
— Historic Environment Scotland (@HistEnvScot) February 2, 2021
@ScotWildlife shared this video from Aberdeenshire by @ronpon_ron
— Scottish Wildlife Trust (@ScotWildlife) February 5, 2021
Sustainability in the construction industry is the latest topic tackled by The Scotsman’s Sustainable Scotland podcast, hosted by yours truly, as we start work on the next episode of our own Kilted Kiwi pod soon.
And have you discovered waterbear.com yet? You really should.
While the Our Seas coalition debuts its new campaign film ‘The Limit’ looking at Scotland’s depleted fish population with an online premiere Q&A session on Wednesday, including guest Pro Iain Stewart.
Climate Notes | Compiled by Planet Scotland