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Kiwis are getting bored with the global warming debate March 26, 2009

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From the New Zealand Herald, March 25, 2009

Kiwis are getting bored with the global warming debate, at least our enthusiasm for leading the world in the fight against it is falling as the predicted doom and gloom doesn’t seem to turn up here.

An article in the Herald the other day talked about many New Zealanders being “cooler on global warming”. A ShapeNZ survey issued the other day by the Sustainable Business Council shows the number of New Zealanders who want to outpace the rest of the world has fallen by a third since just 2007.

We’re used to being told to ‘prepare for the worst’. Whether it’s Y2K, bird fu, SARS, tsunami or even the recession – humans, and some in the media are good at working us up into a right state.

I was certain bird flu would get me. The other night I had a couple of friends over for dinner. While cleaning up afterwards one of them opened up a drawer and saw two or three sealed face masks. “What are these?” she asked…big long silence while I try to think of an excuse…”Oh…um…well…it’s part of my old bird flu kit”. “You had a bird flu kit?” she says in disbelief. I lower my head, followed by the two of them laughing at me to the point of tears. I felt like a complete idiot – to think I’d be wiped out by bird flu.

So, are humans idiots for fearing that global warming will one day “get us all”?

I get tired of hearing every severe weather event being blamed on global warming. A storm is a storm. They have always been around and they always will be. When you look back at New Zealand’s record extremes, most happened last century not in the last 10 years. So if so many scientists around the world are saying this is going to happen – why doesn’t it seem to be happening here in New Zealand?

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