The Reuters Foundation reported on October 21, 2020, that New Zealand’s recently re-elected Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, is being urged to pursue green economic recovery plans. Arden’s successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic is being seen as an indication of good crisis management skills. As her demonstrated commitment to facing environmental concerns was the main subject of her political aspirations for the new term, she is now expected to address the climate crisis and biodiversity loss faced by her country.
In addition to New Zealand’s pledge to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and to phase out the use of coal-fired boilers, leaders from environmental organizations have been applying pressure for Arden to act in a more determined manner. Some organizations’ leaders are suggesting that the government should invest in “regenerative agriculture” to protect biodiversity. Another green recovery tactic, as suggested by Amanda Larsson from Greenpeace, is to use funds designated for COVID-19 recovery to close infrastructure investment gaps in public transport and transition to sustainable forms of mobility, including cycling.