Stuart Smith welcomes climate change march

Kaikoura news
Friday, November 27, 2015

This Saturday, Marlborough people will gather in Blenheim’s Seymour Square for a march for climate change.

“It is always positive to see people take active interest in such a vital, massive issue, particularly ahead of the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris next week,” says Kaikoura MP, Stuart Smith.

“Thanks to public events like the march - which is to be held in places around New Zealand and the world - people will become more informed and aware.”

At the conference, New Zealand will join the rest of the world in aiming to achieve a comprehensive and effective global agreement on climate change.

“We have already recently taken steps to review our Emissions Trading Scheme – our principle mechanism for reducing emissions in New Zealand,” says Mr Smith.

“New Zealand will be actively involved in negotiations across a range of topics ranging from climate finance and carbon markets, to agriculture and the legal form the new agreement will take.”

Mr Smith says he is very disappointed that he cannot attend the Blenheim march, which falls at the same time as a long-standing engagement in his diary: The passing-out parade for the Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) programme.

LSV is a military-style, 6-week course based at Burnham Military Camp for unemployed 18-25 year olds, held by the New Zealand Army in conjunction with Work and Income NZ.

“As the patron of this organisation, it is not only my duty, but a great privilege to be at the parade to watch as these young people round off the challenging course that will ultimately enhance their employment opportunities,” Mr Smith says.

“My diary fills up very quickly with events, meetings and other engagements on days when I am not in parliament.

“I am therefore often put in the unfortunate position where I have to decline invitations that arrive at short notice, because I have other long-standing engagements already in place.”

Mr Smith says environmental sustainability issues have always been very important to him and the issues that surround climate change play a key role in this.

“I will be following the Paris Climate Change Conference with great interest. I wish the organisers of Saturday’s march well and look forward to hearing of the outcome.”