DAME ANNE SAL­MOND PRO­FES­SOR, THE UNIIVERSITY OF AUCK­LAND

Element - - Climate Change -

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.

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