New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has issued a strong statement at the APEC CEO’s summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, calling for an end to the use of fossil fuels.
Only recently elected, her charisma and clarity of her brief presentation drew widespread applause from APEC delegates from all over the region.
“Something in the order of 500 billion US dollars is used to subsidize the cost of fossil fuel. The practice of artificially keeping fossil fuels low must end. We must phase (fossils fuels) out. We must leave a legacy we must be proud of.”
The discussions centered around the role of government and private sector in the climate change mitigation efforts.
New Zealand has long been considered a leader in various reforms. While America and China have dragged their feet on workable climate change policies
Prime Minister Ardern highlighted New Zealand’s efforts in setting up a Climate Commission and emissions reduction programs.
“New Zealand aims to have 100 percent fuel sustainability by 2035.”
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