Here’s a way to understand New Zealand’s approach on Climate Change.
Imagine 1 kilometre of atmosphere that we want to rid of human carbon pollution. We’ll have a walk along it.
The first 770 metres are Nitrogen.
The next 210 metres are Oxygen. (980 metres of the 1 kilometre)
The next 10 metres are water vapour. (10 metres left)
9 metres are argon. (Just 1 more metre)
A few gases make up the first bit of that last metre.
The last 38 centimetres of the kilometre – that’s carbon dioxide.
97% of that is produced by Mother Nature. It’s natural.
Of our journey of one kilometre, there are just 12 millimetres left. Just over a centimetre.
That’s the amount of carbon dioxide that global human activity puts into the atmosphere.
And of those 12 millimetres Australia puts in 0.18 of a millimetre, NZ puts in 0.007 of a millimetre.
Less than the thickness of a hair in both cases, out of a kilometre.
As a hair is to a kilometre – so is New Zealand’s contribution to Carbon Pollution.
Imagine the Auckland Harbour Bridge (or Brisbane’s Gateway Bridge), It’s been polished, painted and scrubbed by an army of workers till its 1 kilometre length is surgically clean. Except that we have a huge problem, the bridge is polluted – there’s a human hair on the roadway. – We’d laugh ourselves silly.
There are plenty of real pollution problems to worry about. It’s hard to imagine that New Zealand’s contribution to carbon dioxide in the world’s atmosphere is one of the more pressing ones. And I can’t believe that a new tax on everything is the only way to blow that pesky hair away.
Perhaps we all need to just take a few deep breaths.
a post from the above site.