From the New Zealand Herald:
New Zealanders’ love for cars is contributing to our huge ecological footprint, which per person is now ranked sixth largest in the world.
A WWF Living Planet Report released yesterday shows that only the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Kuwait, Denmark and Australia have larger per capita ecological footprints than New Zealand.
It’s the fossil fuels burnt through kiwi’s love of cars that is the key culprit behind this bad result. The news is not only bad for New Zealand’s eco-system, but also for our economy. With petrol prices forever high and incomes set to drop, the damage of world tourism seeing though our thin green-veneer doesn’t bear thinking about.
With so many negative environmental and financial effects, is it time you considered an alternative to driving? It could be that you’ve never had another option – if so, keep watching, because come December we’re bringing one to you, free. Get ready to help yourself.