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NZ passes historic climate change legislation

11/07/2019 12:10 pm ET Molly Taft
NZ passes historic climate change legislation

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New Zealand politicians reached across the aisle this week to pass a historic bill aiming to get the country to zero emissions by 2050. This goal would fulfill its commitments under the Paris Agreement.

The bill passed in a 119 to one vote. It commits New Zealand to keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees through a variety of measures.

The liberal government spearheaded the bill with support by the conservative opposition National party—who attempted and failed to add amendments to the bill.

Methane from the country’s farming industry, which brings in much of the country’s foreign income, would be subject to less ambitious declines.

“We have to start working beyond targets,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Parliament before the bill passed. “We have to start working beyond aspiration. We have started moving beyond signs of hope and deliver signs of action. That is what this government is doing and proudly so.”


‘I guess millennials ruined humor’: Young lawmaker who shut down climate heckler with ‘OK, boomer’ laughs off critics

11/06/2019 11:32 am ET Dara Brewton

Millennial lawmaker goes viral after saying “OK, boomer” to shut down heckler during climate speech

A video of 25-year-old New Zealand parliament member, Chlöe Swarbrick, responding “OK, Boomer” to a heckler recently went viral.

Swarbrick was giving a speech on the parliament floor in favor of a new bill that would put New Zealand on track for zero carbon emissions by 2050. The heckling starts when she stresses how dire climate change is for people of her generation.

She tosses out the quip after discussing the age differences of the people in parliament saying “In the year 2050 I will be 56 years old. Yet right now the average age of this 52nd Parliament is 49 years old.”

While the words of the heckler are unintelligible, her response is quite clear:


The “OK, Boomer” phrase then started trending. It is used as a dismissive retort to those in the Baby Boomer generation.

Some are calling it out as ageism or bigotry. The New York Times even called it the “end of friendly generational relations.”

Swarbrick discussed the hypocrisy of people getting up in arms over “OK, Boomer” when they’ve been blaming Millennials for ruining…well, pretty much everything.

“Today I have learnt that responding succinctly and in perfect jest to somebody heckling you about ‘your age’ as you speak about the impact of climate change on ‘your generation’ with the literal title of their generation makes some people very mad.”

“So I guess millennials ruined humor. That, or we just need to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and abstain from avocados. That’s the joke.”

Even Stephen Colbert—who is “technically” a Boomer—pointed out that the phrase isn’t nearly as terrible as some are trying to make it.


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