DAME ANNE SALMOND PROFESSOR, THE UNIIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND
As the tragedy in Paris shows, those who are willing to impose their own ideologies on others set off tsunamis of hatred and violence. They destroy the lives of innocent people.
In the same way, those who conspire to hide, discredit or ignore scientific findings about climate change are responsible for rising seas, drowning islands, heat-waves, terrifying storms and dying rivers.
Again, the lives of innocent people are devastated.
It is cynical and selfish for New Zealand to try and avoid playing our part in protecting the future of humanity and the planet.
I urge our Prime Minister to go to Paris and join other world leaders in working for peace, and in setting ambitious targets for tackling climate change.