Climate Action Video Launched
More than 60 businesses, groups and prominent individuals from across New Zealand signed the open letter. Since then, a number of other businesses – notably including the Mission Estate Winery – have also signed on, along with hundreds of individual New Zealanders from all walks of life.
The open letter calls for the government to set ambitious targets to reduce emissions, create a long-term plan for how to do it, and implement policies that can set us on the right path and empower New Zealanders to make low carbon choices.
WWF-New Zealand campaigner David Tong said: “This new film highlights how much real climate action matters to New Zealanders of all walks of life. In this election year, we can’t lose our momentum. Climate change is bigger than politics – it matters to us all”.
"The letter calls on the New Zealand government to take climate change seriously – not just for the threats that it poses, but for the opportunities of creating a 100% renewable economy for the benefit of all New Zealanders,” Mr Tong said.
"All over the world, the tide is turning towards a clean energy future. Now's the chance for New Zealand to get with the programme. Now's the chance for us to make the change."
Green Cabs New Zealand general manager Toni Hogg said: "I signed the open letter on climate change because I think it's a really important topic that the government needs to address".
"The government needs to support the businesses that are doing the right thing and make sure that New Zealand's clean green image is protected,” Ms Hogg said. “It's something that is at the forefront of what we do at Green Cabs New Zealand.
"We're a clean country, we're a green country. I think New Zealanders believe in a sustainable future and they want to keep everything we have now."
Wellington chef and restaurateur Steve Logan of Logan Brown added: "I signed the letter because it said perfectly how I felt – I wanted to be a part of it”.
“New Zealanders have got to have a voice and let our government know how important it is to us,” he said.
"I'd like my great-great grand-kids to look back and say ‘Thank goodness my great-great-grandfather said look after our planet.'"
Fuji Xerox general manager Peter Thomas said: "Sustainability is part of the fabric of our company at Fuji Xerox and we work very hard to make sure everything we do has a sustainable focus to it”.
"But just as importantly, we're very proud New Zealanders,” Mr Thomas said. “We want this great country that we live in to be an even greater country for generations to come.
"Please join me in this challenge and do everything you can to help us reach our goal."
WWF-New Zealand invites people, businesses, and community organisations to continue to sign onto the open letter at www.wwf.org.nz/climate_letter.
The open letter represents a wide cross section of New Zealand interests, such as finance, transport, retail, fishing, tourism, hospitality, wine, conservation, science, beauty, medicine, health and religion. Signatories include Z Energy, The Warehouse Group, Ernst & Young, Sanford Limited, Moana New Zealand, Whale Watch Kaikoura, Villa Maria, The Body Shop, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Dame Ann Salmond, Sir Stephen Tindall, prominent climate scientists, New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine, Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa, Aroha Mead, and Bishop Justin Duckworth.