New Zealand to declare Climate emergency next week
- New Zealand will declare climate emergency next Wednesday to combat global emergency
- The announcement came as the new government took charge on Wednesday
- Canada, France, Britain are among countries that have taken similar measures
New Zealand has announced it will declare a climate emergency next Wednesday to battle global warming, as the new government took charge of affairs after a sweeping win by the centre-left party, AFP reported.
It plans to table a motion next week to bring the emergency into effect.
If the emergency comes into being, the country will join the ranks of likes of Canada, France and Britain, which have also passed a similar resolution.
"We've always considered climate change to be a huge threat to our region, and it is something we must take immediate action on," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, according to state broadcaster TVNZ, AFP reported.
"Unfortunately, we were unable to progress a motion around a climate emergency in parliament in the last term, but now we're able to," said the PM.
Areden came back to power last month in her Labour party’s biggest win in at least half a century.
The country apparently voted rewarding her government’s relatively successful response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The newly-elected government took oath on Tuesday and joined office on Wednesday. The cabinet is starkly more diverse than many previous ones, comprising people of color, rainbow community, and many women.
In her last term, Ardern's government passed a Zero Carbon Bill, which sets the framework for net zero emissions by 2050, with cross-party support in parliament, AFP reported.