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Fact Check: The Environment

How will you clean up our rivers?

We’re going to clean up our rivers and lakes through a clean water royalty. That’ll fund clean ups and planting along riverbanks to stop pollution getting in the water. We’ll also set up a National Policy Statement to clean up rivers, set bottom lines on nutrients, and require better fencing of stock which we’ll help with through our Ready for Work programme. It’s all part of our commitment to restore our rivers and lakes to a truly swimmable state within a generation.

It’s all very well to fight climate change, but won’t business suffer and jobs be lost?

The cost of doing nothing is much higher. We see climate change as an opportunity. There are huge opportunities and lots of jobs in tackling climate change.

Won’t emissions reductions cost money?

The cost of doing nothing is much higher. There are huge opportunities and lots of jobs in tackling climate change. We’re actually aiming to reduce our emissions so we don’t have to fork our large amounts of cash, and we’ll require the Climate Commission to work with sectors to develop plans, explore options, and mitigate costs.

Will agriculture suffer under the Emissions Trading Scheme?

In 2013, agriculture was responsible for nearly half of New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. We need to tackle climate change, all together - and that includes farmers. The transition will be gradual so we all have time to adapt, and Jacinda has made it clear that we’ll support the agricultural industry in this transition, and other industries that are also bearing the brunt of climate change.