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I’m not to sure if the new political party – Sustainable New Zealand – that recently launched is a tool of the National Party, a cruel joke, or the real deal. Anyhow, a brief look at their policies shows little of substance and much lacking; most importantly the lack of any discussion whatsoever of the impact of population growth on New Zealand ever achieving true sustainability.
Immigration statistics released yesterday show net migration to New Zealand increasing and contributing to New Zealand having one of the highest rates of population growth in the developed world – roughly 3 times the growth rate of the UK or USA.
Currently we are adding almost 100,000 people per year to our population. The environmental, social and economic impacts of this growth are becoming more and more evident, yet successive governments shy away from addressing this for fear of stifling short term economic growth. We are taking short term gains for long term pain. To continue on such a path is inherently unsustainable. Show me an ecological system that has maintained unending population growth – it just ain’t possible to sustain the unsustainable.
So, in short: Dear Sustainable New Zealand, If you are serious about sustainability you need to address the elephant in the room – unsustainable population growth in Aotearoa/New Zealand. If you are not prepared to do so, drop the sustainable part of your name and call yourself some wishy-washy environmentally friendly name – because as it stands your policies are mere fiddling while Rome burns.