Prime minister says New Zealand is doing more than activist suggests after Thunberg tweets about ‘so-called climate emergency declaration’

The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has responded to criticism of New Zealand’s climate policies by Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg, saying New Zealand is doing more than she might realise.

Thunberg retweeted a story critical of the government when it came to climate change and referred to New Zealand’s “so-called climate emergency declaration”. She took a line from the piece which said: “In other words, the government has just committed to reducing less than 1 percent of the country’s emissions by 2025.”

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