The Paris Agreement has come into force and is now set to take effect on 4 November. While this is a great first step towards dealing with the climate crisis, there is still a long way to go. For New Zealand, we think that the Zero Carbon Act we’re currently writing will provide the necessary legal framework to make a significant and worthwhile contribution to this global effort. The Zero Carbon Act will commit New Zealand to net zero emissions by 2050, and it is the most robust government response to get us there. Continue reading
The Government is consulting on changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme, and it's an opportunity to tell them to put a real price on carbon pollution. If the ETS is going to be our "main tool" to reduce emissions, we need to design so it actually works! Submissions close 5pm Friday 19 February, and we've prepared a quick guide to help you make a personal submission. Continue reading
This is the first in a series of blogs about New Zealand’s post-2020 climate change commitments. Use our quick submission tool to send a submission to the Government by June 3rd at fixourfuture.nz The climate change debate is littered with numbers, but there’s one that’s probably most important of all: zero. Continue reading
There’s a growing gap between New Zealand's rising carbon pollution and the Government's commitments to reduce it. The good news is there are a bunch of practical things we can do now to #CutTheGap and invest in a better future. It might sound simple, but planting trees can be a big part of that. Continue reading
New Zealanders have a lot of things to be proud of, but unfortunately our climate change policy is not one of them. I’m here at the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, where New Zealand is coming under serious criticism for our weak commitments and weaker results. Continue reading
There’s a growing gap between New Zealand's rising carbon pollution and the Government's commitments to reduce it. The good news is there are a bunch of practical things we can do to cut the gap and invest in a better future. Transport stands out as one of the easiest areas for New Zealand to make big improvements in our climate change impact. Continue reading
26 year old poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, told this poem at the Opening Ceremony of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit. After Kathy finished telling her poem entitled "Dear Matafele Peinem", her daughter and husband joined her on stage, to a standing ovation with many world leaders moved to tears.
We put a call out for a few people who want better cycling infrastructure in Auckland to turn up for small bike ride one Sunday. The reaction was pretty overwhelming as you will see.
We've always said that whatever the election result, our work to build support for solutions to climate change will remain as important as ever. Today, we joined with the other organisations in the Climate Voter alliance to publish this open letter to all Members of Parliament in the NZ Herald.* Continue reading
This post reproduces the essay 'Next Generation Infrastructure' by Generation Zero members Peter Cockrem and Clayton Prest, which was published in the book Once in a Lifetime: City Building after Disaster in Christchurch by Freerange Press. The book contains 55 written and 39 visual essays, and includes a foreword by Helen Clark. It can be purchased here. Continue reading