For the past few years, Christchurch has been a city in transition. The rebuild has given Christchurch chances to remake itself for a carbon-neutral future and Generation Zero Christchurch has been hard at work to make that happen.
We’ve been involved with many initiatives, projects and campaigns, ranging from influencing local government policies, to consulting on RMA fast track consents, to civics education, to supporting school strikes for climate.
We aim to make sure that a wider range of people can have a say on the long term planning of our city. We make information from technical, often boring, documents like the City and Regional Councils’ policies and plans more accessible to the wider public. We also take a stand on climate related issues that affect the Greater Christchurch and Canterbury community.
2019 saw us host a Mayoral Climate Debate between the top 3 candidates for Christchurch Mayor, in collaboration with School Strike 4 Climate. As part of the 2019 local election we also ranked council candidates in terms of their climate change policies and released this online to help people decide on who to vote for.
In 2020 we hosted the Climate Vision Election Debate for central city MPs as part of Generation Zero's Vote Climate Justice campaign for thegeneral elections.
Our focus for 2021 is to hold local and national government to account their promises and obligations under the Zero Carbon Act and on issues that affect Greater Christchurch and the Canterbury region.