We’re all Green now
Environmentalism became mainstream thinking over 25 years ago, after all the Resource Management Act became law in New Zealand in 1991. Both Labour and National have strong environmental protection policies and have done much to encourage a cleaner, greener New Zealand. Following the untimely death of Rod Donald in 2007 and the departure of Jeanette Fitzsimons in 2009 the new Green leadership ousted the ‘old guard’ environmentalists replacing them with hard left unionists and communists as the party was dragged further left.
Failure of Green policies overseas
Overseas some of the main planks of Green policy such as ‘renewable’ energy in the form of wind power have been implemented notably in Europe and especially in Germany. The consequences have been economically and environmentally disastrous. Europe has been bankrupted by giving huge subsidies to build wind farms, even though it is at best an unreliable energy source. Wind farms continue to be opposed by environmentalists themselves for having desecrated pristine wilderness, decimated bird life and produced noise pollution on a colossal scale.
The Greens have positioned themselves in the public mind as Alarmists. Dire warnings of impending Armageddon over global warming, climate change, GMO crops, do not resonate well with an increasingly sceptical public. There has been no ‘global warming’ for 17 years now, millions have died of starvation in some of the poorest countries because they have been denied GMO crops, and the world population continues to grow, be better off and live longer. Even if there were any substance to their alarmism the Greens have failed to come up with convincing reasons to show how they can do anything about it. Instead they seem to have a philosophy of hating mankind in general, hating cars and, particularly stupid in agrarian New Zealand, hating farmers.
Watermelons – green on the outside red on the inside
These alarmist movements were hijacked by far left political movements long ago. If you doubt it have a look take a look at these images from the recent Climate March in New York while Obama hosted the UN Climate Change Summit. It was not lost on the New Zealand public that Russel Norman is a former member of the Socialist Workers Party. The message from Kiwis to the Greens is that they have no appetite for drifting towards a Communist future. Perhaps because many young Greens have grown up since the fall of Communism they have no idea what it means. They should find out by reading this. In the minds eye of the public the Greens are associated with political correctness, hypocrisy and the nanny state.
A party of female Metrosexuals
Statistics from election night show that their support comes from the young and female, rich, professionals in urban centres. It accounts for their disproportionate influence in government, local government and the media (they captured 28% of vote in Wellington Central and 21% in Auckland Central). They are typified by the Gen Z, cycle riding lawyers, local government officers and university lecturers in Auckland and as political advisors and media staff in Wellington.
Once Labour sorts itself out and positions itself back towards the centre it’s hard to see why the Greens will have anything but marginal appeal. I suspect they’ve gone as far as they can go. Their alarmist philosophy offers only a bleak future for humanity which is unappealing to new generations looking forward to a brighter future. Technology is solving some of the problems they have highlighted and will continue to do so.
Environmentalists have alerted us all to the need to be more conscious of how we look after the environment and we have responded. The job of the Greens is done.