Help us get a Zero Carbon Act that will do the job properly.
Hurry: get your submission in by July 16th to make your voice count.
As we speak, our politicians are working on the legislation that will define our future – shaping what we do as a country to stop climate destruction and adapt to the impacts we're already facing.
Your Submission Toolkit
First, you can say why tackling climate destruction is important to you. For example:
- I think it’s awesome that New Zealand is creating a legal framework towards a zero carbon future because…
- I think it’s really important that this law commits New Zealand to doing its fair share to keep warming under 1.5ºC because…
Then you can use some or all of the following recommendations:
- I request that the Zero Carbon Act has a 2040 target covering all greenhouse gases that limits our contribution to warming to no more than 1.5ºC. This is to ensure that we do our fair share as a developed nation.
- I request that emissions reduction plans are required to be adequate for meeting emissions budgets under section 5ZD, and that section 5ZJ be removed to allow the courts to determine remedies if targets and budgets are not met.
- I request section 5ZK be amended to say that all government bodies must take targets and budgets into account.
- I strongly support the requirement to have regard for the distribution of impacts on communities in the setting of emissions budgets.
- I request that members of the Climate Commission be required to have an understanding of the different impacts of and responsibilities for climate change globally under section 5H(1).
Your Guide to Taking Action
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New Zealand’s journey to help stop climate destruction with the Zero Carbon Act
Speak out loud and clear to tell our parliamentarians that we want a Zero Carbon Act passed into law that:
- Enshrines the aim to keep global heating below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
- Has an overall 2050 target of net zero emissions, all gases.
- Includes a legally binding mechanism to enforce targets.
- Says that all government departments must take the Zero Carbon Act into account in their work.
- Accounts for the role indigenous flora and fauna and ecosystems play in our response to climate destruction and ocean acidification, and ensure they are protected.
- Ensures clear consideration at all stages of the impacts of climate destruction and the government’s responses to it on people who experience poverty and inequality.
- Ensures Climate Change Commission members are knowledgeable about the global climate justice aspects of climate destruction.
- We want a Zero Carbon Act that enshrines the aim to keep global heating below 1.5 degrees Celcius. This is what Pacific activists and leaders demanded and got into the Paris Agreement in 2015. Just last year, their demands were vindicated, when the IPCC 1.5 degrees report outlined just how important it is to keep global heating below 1.5 degrees.
- We want a Zero Carbon Act that has an overall 2050 target of net zero emissions, all gases. When the government consulted New Zealanders last year, 91% of the New Zealanders who submitted called for a net zero all gases target. It’s important to put the ambitious target of zero carbon emissions by 2050 into law. It will help us cut our climate pollution to zero, securing a positive future for our children and protecting our communities, businesses, and people across the globe from the far-reaching effects of climate change.
- We want a Zero Carbon Act that includes a legally binding mechanism to enforce targets. Currently, the Bill as it stands says that nothing will happen if governments don’t meet the targets. This is not good enough. Action will only occur when there are consequences for not sticking to what our leaders say they will do. There must be a mechanism to hold future governments to account.
- We want a Zero Carbon Act that says that all government departments must take the Zero Carbon Act into account in their work. Climate destruction does not discriminate by government department. The Zero Carbon Act must apply to all government departments.
- We want a Zero Carbon Act that accounts for the role indigenous flora and fauna and ecosystems play in our response to climate destruction and ocean acidification, and ensure they are protected. Nature itself can help us stop climate destruction. But nature is also at risk from climate destruction. New Zealand can create a virtuous circle to help deal with these challenges: nature will help us become more resilient, but only if we help nature become more resilient. The Zero Carbon Act needs to account for this.
- We want a Zero Carbon Act that requires clear and specific consideration of the impacts of climate destruction and the government’s responses to it on different groups of people, such those who experience poverty and inequality. Those who will feel the impacts of climate breakdown the most are those who are already experiencing discrimination, poverty or socio-economic inequalities. We must ensure that these people get the support and assistance they require. Similarly, there are some actions that could cause significant harm to particular groups of people, and this harm must be avoided or mitigated.
- We want a Zero Carbon Act that ensures Climate Change Commission members are knowledgeable about the global climate justice aspects of climate destruction, so that our action here in New Zealand is informed by what is happening to people across the world.
Make a submission and tell our parliamentarians what you think
- You can read the whole Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill here.
- Review a short summary here.
- Read the economic analysis here.
- View the Regulatory Impact Statement here.