PES­SIMISTIC ON MEET­ING THE CHAL­LENGE OF CLI­MATE CHANGE

NZ Business - - COVER STORY -

An opin­ion poll in July found that while New Zealan­ders ac­cept that cli­mate change is com­ing, and ac­knowl­edge the need to pre­pare, few be­lieve enough will be done.

The Ip­sos poll com­mis­sioned by New Zealand’s largest gen­eral in­surer, IAG, sur­veyed 1,000 New Zealan­ders and found that 89 per­cent think we will see more fre­quent and ex­treme storms, 87 per­cent ex­pect in­un­da­tion of coastal lo­ca­tions due to sea level rise, 85 per­cent ex­pect more droughts and 79 per­cent be­lieve we will see ex­tinc­tions of plant and an­i­mal species.

A state­ment from IAG says that 84 per­cent of those polled think that hu­man­ity can re­duce cli­mate change but 60 per­cent are un­clear whether we will do so and only 10 per­cent be­lieve that we will take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.

Some 79 per­cent be­lieve New Zealand needs to start now, 64 per­cent be­lieve we need to meet or ex­ceed our in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments and 78 per­cent say we should act even if other coun­tries don’t.

And those polled are not shy about think­ing around the con­se­quences of cli­mate change. IAG says that 75 per­cent agree we will need to re­think land use, 75 per­cent think some peo­ple will need to move from where they cur­rently live, and 73 per­cent agree we will need to sup­port those who are been neg­a­tively af­fected.

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