Environmental ‘supergroup’ puts future government on notice

A ‘supergroup’ of New Zealand environmental organisations has sent an open letter to the leaders of key political party leaders as they prepare to negotiate a coalition for the next Government.

Following what’s become known as the ‘Environment Election’, seven environmental groups have come together to congratulate political parties and politicians for their election success and for the commitments they made during the election campaign to improve the state of our environment.

The group is reminding the parties that there is now a strong public expectation that there will be clear gains for freshwater, the climate and conservation in the next three years and is pledging to hold future leaders to their promises.

The letter offers politicians help in achieving those key gains.

“Environmental issues were at the centre of the 2017 election campaign. No matter who ends up in Government, they will have a clear mandate and a responsibility to take action on fresh water, climate change, and conservation. And they should know that we will be right there to make sure they do.”

ENDS

The open letter is online here:

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/04180023

Contacts

Bryce Johnson,  Fish & Game New Zealand: 021 397-897
Kevin Hague, Forest & Bird executive director: 027 291-7628
Russel Norman, Greenpeace NZ executive director: 027 458-5181
Louisa McKerrow,  WWF-New Zealand Communications Manager 027 212-3103
Gary Taylor, Environmental Defence Society: 021 895 896
Guy Salmon, Ecologic Executive director: 021 548-336

 

Download full statement (pdf)

Last updated at 11:15AM on October 1, 2017