Fighting climate change one airfare at a time

Stuff reports:

The Ministry for the Environment spent $45,000 a month to jet its staffers around the globe.
Policy experts were sent on 116 individual international trips – to countries including Korea, Jamaica, Germany, France, Africa, Canada, the United States and China.
An Official Information Act request by the Taxpayer’s Union has revealed the ministry spent $769,955 on international travel between July 2017 and December 10, 2018.

No doubt most of these meetings were to discuss climate change.

Williams said sending policy analysts on first class trips to international conferences was an “insane use of money for a ministry who tells Kiwis not to fly”.

The ministry’s website offered advice to New Zealanders looking to reduce their carbon footprint, including flying less, working remotely and using video conferencing. 

Do what we say, not what we do.

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