Jacinda Ardern

Ardern’s dedication to deviate from the norm by successfully implementing policies for change not only applies to socio-cultural issues, but also to the environment and more specifically, protecting the environment Arden knows and emphasises New Zealand’s dependance economically and socially on tourism for its beautiful landscapes and the export of its agricultural products all for which the environment is essential. 

Her ambitious goals such as the Zero Carbon Bill are a step in the direction to effect change for the nation. Her dedication to preserving the environment for generations to come comes through strongly not just for the land of the Kiwis, but also as she leads by example for other countries and leaders around the world. 

Arden Leading by Example in taking extreme protectionist measures

New Zealand has undertaken the goal to lead the climate change revolution, but under Ardern, this has only been pushed to the forefront of the agenda. With Ardern guiding this massive ship, the Zero Carbon Bill sets a goal for net 0 carbon emissions by 2050. She has described New Zealand in her opening address to the UN Climate Action Summit as “determined to show that we can be the most sustainable food producers in the world.” In direct opposition to Ardern’s tendency to otherwise refrain from singling out nations, she showed a strong willingness to place New Zealand directly across from other countries when it comes to the environment. Seen as extreme in her efforts by many, the stance will prove to only elevate her love affair with some of the media, while mark the decay of it with others. Her awareness of this but dedication nonetheless, shows how closely at heart the topic lies for Ardern. 

New Zealand as an archipelago is among the nations that will feel the effects of climate change most strongly. However, even higher on that list are Pacific nations of smaller size, such as Fiji and Papua New Guinea. Ardern has expressed concern for NZ’s allies, recognising a looming existential crisis. In the same opening address to the UN, Ardern once more showed her vigilance and concern for children, referring to “a message [of urgency] underscored by the children who tell you they are worried about the future of their home” on the atolls of Tokelau in the South Pacific. Likely further emphasized by Ardern’s own motherhood, her outlook towards the future and preoccupation with offering the youth of the world the best possible life is likely a driving force of her, and the country’s adamant and ambitious dedication to tackling climate change.