The COP 26 meeting in Glasgow does not offer Zoom facilities. It is a crucial meeting, as climate urgency and awareness have both escalated since the last one, and there are no more years to spare. As well as individual and national action, global cooperation is essential. The pledges made in Paris need to be vastly strengthened.
To send one representative, with support, is the very least Aotearoa can do. James Shaw is the best-qualified politician for the job. Every day he has to make some compromises in Parliament, although making it clear what his real desires are. One return flight to Scotland is a small compromise for a potentially huge payoff. It is not hell-bent, as Richard Whitley describes it, but survival-bent.
Perhaps it’s a sign of the times. In echoing the whining leader of Act, Richard betrays a hate-the-Greens-but-want-them-to-be-even-greener syndrome. If not mere political carping, it must be an unconscious desire for some real green solutions to the current crisis — oops, crises.