Jacinda Ardern leaves a mixed report on tackling climate change

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her surprise resignation last week, saying the country is “in a fundamentally different place on climate change” than it was before she took office in 2017, “with ambitious goals and a plan to achieve them .”

Ardern has established a new policy framework for New Zealand to tackle global warming and is recognized internationally as a climate champion. But there is a sense at home that her government has not fully delivered on its climate pledges.

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The outgoing prime minister’s climate legacy is mixed, said Luke Harrington, a senior lecturer in climate change at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. The climate policy infrastructure she has put in place will last for generations, he said. But often she “passed on opportunities to demonstrate true transformational leadership.”

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