POLITICIANS FROM four different political parties debated the problems of climate change last week, at a forum organised by the campus environmental group Gecko, as part of the inaugural ‘Environment week’.
Nick Smith of National, Gordon Copeland of United Future, Doug Wollerton of New Zealand First and Jeanette Fitzsimons of the Green Party were questioned by four postgraduate environmental science students on their policies on climate change.
VUWSA’s Environmental Officer Tushara Kodikara says the forum was “a lot of fun”, but adds it was disappointing that a representative from the Labour Party was unable to join the debate.
Gecko member Aaron Packard says the debate was an “example of middle class white men in action”, in that three of the parties represented were against taking measures to reduce carbon emissions if it would detrimentally affect the economy.
However, Packard was pleased with the other activities of the week, which included a stall day, a second hand clothing exchange and a forum on rubbish with Green MP Nandor Tanczos.
Salient was assured that posters advertising Environment week would most likely be recycled.