Act now to stop climate destruction

Help us get a Zero Carbon Act that will do the job properly.

We urgently need to work together to make this bill as strong as possible to protect our future!

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

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. 
When you submit, remember that asking to appear before the Committee to speak about your petition is a really powerful way of amplifying your voice.
 
Please consider ticking the box to tell the Committee you want them to hear you speak. 
 
 

Your Guide to Taking Action

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New Zealand’s journey to help stop climate destruction with the Zero Carbon Act 

Our global climate is breaking down. But we can stop things getting worse. There are many solutions available to us.  
 
One of these is the new draft Zero Carbon Act that is moving through parliament right now. This draft legislation lays the foundations for our government’s climate action in decades to come.  
 
Oxfam and people like you were part of the movement to get the draft Zero Carbon Act this far. We’re so pleased that the draft Act has made it into parliament – the result of our collective efforts to get action on climate destruction. 
 
New legislation like the draft Zero Carbon Act moves through parliament in a series of steps. You can see the draft Zero Carbon Act’s progress through parliament here. The draft Act is currently now with the Environment Select Committee. This is the point in time when we get to tell our politicians what we want to see strengthened in the draft Act. 
 
But this is also the time when the draft Act can either get better or worse. We must remain vigilant. We must tell our politicians that there are ways to make the draft Zero Carbon Act stronger so we take the action needed to stop climate destruction. 
 
Politicians and decision-makers across the country need to hear from people like you. Reach out to them and let them know that you stand in solidarity with communities affected by climate chaos, both here at home and across the world.  
 
Let’s put pen to paper, fingers to keyboards, hands to phones, and talk to our politicians. 
 
Here are some things you can say. 

What you can say

It’s important that we all speak with one, unified voice. Feel free to talk about your personal climate breakdown worries – but please make sure to talk about the things you want to see in the Zero Carbon Act when it becomes law. 
 
Here are some key messages you can use:
  • 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. 

What you can do to spread the word

All our actions together make a big difference. Just getting the draft Zero Carbon Act this far was the result of the collective efforts of people and organisations from all walks of life, from across New Zealand. People just like you. Together, we have made this happen. 
 
Now is the time to push harder. We need the strongest legislation we can get to stop climate destruction.  

Make a submission and tell our parliamentarians what you think 

Watch this quick video inviting you to make a submission to the select committee. 
 
This is a hugely powerful contribution to make. You can do it online here.
 
If you’re able to, tell the Committee you would like to submit to them in person. Appearing in front of our parliamentarians in person gets your voice heard loud and clear. 
 
Write to or meet with your local member of parliament or local government member 
 
We’ve got a whole page dedicated to this one: check it out here.
 
Use your social media power 
 
Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Make public posts that tell others why you support a strong Zero Carbon Act. Comment on politicians’ social media pages telling them why they need to support a strong Zero Carbon Act.  
 
Talk to people and get people talking 
 
Organise events in your community about climate destruction and why New Zealand needs a strong Zero Carbon Act. Invite local politicians and media to discuss the need for a legally binding Act that helps us stop climate destruction and adapt fairly to the damage that has already occurred. 
 
Sit down with your friends and family and do all of the above together! 

Useful links and more information