Can NZ Business shift the Government to become more Ecological? Going from overseas examples, I am very sceptical.

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Tim Lynch

September 14 2009 Media Release

Business leaders: proposed Emissions Trading Scheme deal disappointing, costly, continues uncertainty. The proposed changes to the emissions trading scheme is a let down. The present NZ Government does not want to lead, but instead wants to be a fast follower. Meaning not lead, but follow the leader.

The Business Council, whose 63 member companies annual sales of $59 billion equate to about 43% of gross domestic product in dollar terms, has argued for pricing emissions since 2003. 

Capping the price on emissions and delaying the phase out of assistance for major emitters could cost the taxpayers billions of dollars, at the expected price of carbon following a new climate change deal at Copenhagen. It also reduces New Zealand's prospects of meeting its emissions commitments because major emitters have less incentive to cut emissions. In the meantime, the taxpayer picks up the larger share of the bill.

See www.nzbcsd.org.nz for the full transcript.

And what of the up and coming Conference in Copenhagen?

http://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/

Go to their site and sign on to "encouraging" the NZ Government to do something bold for our collective future. If you are a parent or a grandparent, here is a way you can support all children of the now and the future.

With NZ in the top 5 of the planets polluters per head of population, we need to show both courage and moral leadership. If we are not bold and make deep cuts, other countries may boycott our Clean Green image, due to our perceived double standards.

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If NZ'ers Stephen Tindall, Jim Salinger and myself, can sign on, then over half of middle NZ can surely do the same.

http://www.signon.org.nz

Finally http://www.sustainable.org.nz/

Greenlist.co.nz is the world's first green directory where products and services are comparedagainst sustainability principles.

Brought to you by the Sustainable Business Network and green living site www.Ecobob.co.nz - suppliers provide special offers when they list their products or services. They then rate themselves against six principles of sustainability: cyclic, solar, mega-efficient, safe, social, and certified.

Users of the site have the opportunity to share their thoughts about the product or service by commenting on the listings. www.greenlist.co.nz

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Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch, is a New Zealander, who is fortunate in that he has whakapapa, or a bloodline that connects him to the Aotearoan Maori. He has been involved as an activist for over 40 years - within the ecological, educational, holistic, metaphysical, spiritual & nuclear free movements. He sees the urgency of the full spectrum challenges that are coming to meet us, and is putting his whole life into being an advocate for todays and tomorrows children. 'To Mobilise Consciousness.'