Campaigner's toolkit

Welcome to our network of climate advocates!

This page gives you an overview of what you can do to ensure our politicians tackle the challenge of our generation in New Zealand: climate change.

Climate change is real, it’s happening now, and it’s a huge threat to us all. But there is a solution. If New Zealand had a climate law that would help us go Back To Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – something that is perfectly feasible – we would be on the right path to avoid this global crisis. This is why we are campaigning for a Zero Carbon Act – a new law to put an ambitious carbon reduction target into law and establish a process to meet that goal. Other countries have passed strong climate laws and it proved to be a success; we can follow suit. We owe it to our children, our neighbours and ourselves!

Politicians and decision-makers across the country need to hear from people like you. Please reach out to them and let them know that you stand in solidarity with communities affected by climate change, both at home and in the Asia-Pacific region.

It is time to act. So let’s put pen to paper, pick up the phone, go talk to politicians and ask them a simple question: Will you #BackThePlan to take us #BackToZero?

In this toolkit we provide you with an overview of:

  • What actions you can take to promote a Zero Carbon Act;
  • Who needs to hear from you;
  • What you can say to make your case;
  • How to prepare for contacting and meeting with politicians.

What you can do to help:

All our actions together make a big difference. We have had many victories lately with New Zealand signing the Paris Agreement and, more recently, with the majority of political parties committing to climate legislation if they are in power. However, we need to keep the pressure on. Here is what you can do:

  • Write a letter, email or Facebook message to some of our political leaders (see below for contact details and key messages you can use).
  • Contact your local MPs to arrange in-person meetings at their electorate office and ask them to sign our #BackToZero pledge.
  • Sign our petition for a Zero Carbon Act.
  • Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter, e.g. through public posts in line with the campaign, liking and sharing our campaign content, commenting on politicians social media pages, and writing your own blog posts on why you think we need to take action now.
  • Follow the online news on climate change and react in the comments section whenever there is an opportunity.
  • Organise events in your community about climate change, and invite local politicians and media to discuss what we can do as a country.
  • Sit down with your friends and family and do all of the above together!

What you can say:

It’s important that we all speak with one, unified voice. Feel free to talk about your personal climate change worries – but please make sure to promote our solution - a Zero Carbon Act - to protect our climate and go #BackToZero!

Here are some key messages you can use in your letters, emails and meetings:

Climate change is happening now.

Average temperatures are increasing due to human activity, particularly our high levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Many communities are already hit hard by the increase in extreme weather events, temperature changes and disease outbreaks associated with climate change.

Climate change is affecting us all.

It is affecting our Pacific neighbours, our own communities, our businesses. If temperatures continue to rise, we will all face devastating consequences: more storms and floods, rising sea levels and the destruction of our ecosystems.

There is a solution.

All MPs should come together after the election and put climate change at the top of their agenda. It’s time to pass a Zero Carbon Act to take us #BackToZero!
It’s important to put an ambitious target (zero carbon emissions by 2050) into law and create a process to get there. 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.

A Zero Carbon Act is in line with our international commitments.

The Paris Agreement aims to “keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, while pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C”. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal number 13 requires all governments to take “urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”.

Ending our climate pollution by 2050 is challenging, but it’s possible. New Zealand has shown global leadership on difficult issues in the past, and we can do it again!


Who to contact:

To generate the political will for a Zero Carbon Act we need you to target people in power with our message. And you don’t have to be an expert to have a say - the simple fact that you care about an issue is a good enough reason to contact them.

Politicians need to hear our views as much and often as possible – so the more targets you reach out to, the better! Writing a letter or an email only takes a few minutes, but it’s highly likely you will receive a response. Even if you don’t hear back immediately your actions won’t go unnoticed, and they certainly contribute to building momentum for change!

Writing to an MP is not as daunting as it may sound – and it’s free! Below is a template letter you can use to contact your local MPs. You can use it or write your own letter - see our tips for writing below:

 

[insert MP name]
Freepost Parliament,
Private Bag 18 888,
Parliament Buildings,
Wellington 6160

Dear Mr / Ms X,

I am writing in order to ask for your support for ambitious climate action in New Zealand; I would like to see a Zero Carbon Act passed into law.

I am very concerned about the impact of climate change, both here in New Zealand and in the Pacific. I understand from the work that Oxfam is doing that climate change is already damaging people’s livelihoods, pushing vulnerable communities further into poverty. I think we should do our best to prevent further damage and support everyone as much as we can.

One way of doing this at home is to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The science is clear: We need to get to zero net emissions as soon as possible to keep global warming well below 2°C - the agreed limit under the Paris Agreement.

New Zealand does not have a law to ensure we reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and I think it would be meaningful for you and your colleagues across political parties to change that. The majority of parties already committed to this solution and now we need action.

A Zero Carbon Act would mean we have a binding goal set in stone – zero carbon emissions by 2050. This would then drive government, business and community action to meet our goal. An independent climate commission would then help with providing advice and oversight.

I believe putting a climate goal into law would make a big difference to communities overseas and at home. It would make New Zealand a real climate leader.

What are your thoughts and policies on climate change? Would you #BackThePlan to go #BackToZero?

I appreciate your work, and would love to talk to you about this issue in more detail. Please contact me at {Sender’s contact details} to set up a meeting.

Kind regards

{Sender’s Name}
 

Need some more tips and templates to help you write to your MP? Download this PDF to get writing!

Our Ministers and MPs are the ones making the decisions - so contacting them directly is likely to be effective - follow this link for the contact details of our most influential politicians.

 

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