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Climate change – New Zealand’s nuclear-free moment.

The Spinoff, back in April 20, quoted Jacinda Ardern as saying:

“My response to them (student’s marching for climate change), when I saw them in Taranaki, was “keep marching”.  I still stand by that statement – this is the next generation’s nuclear-free moment – but there are some distinct differences.  There was a real sense of consensus, certainly within New Zealand, around nuclear-free, whereas climate change, we still have to make sure that we are bringing people with us.

It’s interesting and puzzling why New Zealander’s can’t embrace climate change with the same enthusiasm and confidence shown when took on the USA nuclear submarines and warships back in late 1970s and early 1980s.

Maybe nuclear war seemed a greater threat to our existence and survival, or perhaps the message was simpler nuclear arms were here and were bad.

Still, one wonders how much more apocalyptic things need to get before “tackling climate change” becomes New Zealand’s “nuclear-free moment”.