Climate change is bigger than politics | WWF New Zealand


Climate change is bigger than politics, so we're working with a diverse, nationwide network of environmental, development, community and youth organisations to call for all political parties to take 2017 as the chance to agree on a new plan to face climate change.

You can sign onto the call below!

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It's time for New Zealand to get its act together when it comes to climate change. Climate action has been a political football for too long.

This election year, we're standing shoulder to shoulder with Oxfam, Forest & Bird, the Council for International Development (and its members!), and - last but not least - youth organisation Generation Zero to call for climate action beyond politics.

Together, we're putting a petition together calling for all political parties to come to the table and agree on a new climate law. We're not just writing to one minister or the government, but sending a petition from all of us to to every Member of Parliament elected this September. 

That's because we recognise that climate change is bigger than politics. So we need a plan that will stick. 

When all our different organisations' members and supporters, from all walks of life, with all kinds of different political ideas sign on, the politicians will have to listen.


To the next New Zealand Parliament,

Climate change is bigger than politics.

We need political parties to work together and look beyond election cycles.

We need you to take meaningful action on climate change by passing a new law to establish a climate commission, set a long term goal, and give Aotearoa New Zealand a plan to get there.


Climate change is bigger than politics, so we're calling all political parties to come to the table and pass a new law to get New Zealand on track for a safe climate future, powered by 100% renewable, clean energy.

The new law's key components are:

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We need to put climate change beyond short-term politics. The way to do this is by setting up an independent, expert watchdog with real standing and mana: the Climate Commission. 

The Climate Commission will both provide expert advice on targets and policies to put New Zealand on track to a 100% renewable future, and to monitor the government’s progress to bring real transparency to government policies.

It's time to move beyond fossil fuels. The science tells us that we need to power New Zealand with 100% renewable, clean energy and bring our carbon pollution to zero if we want a safe climate future.

Instead of kicking the problem on down the line, we need to set a long-term, 2050 goal now and make a plan to get there.

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A goal is no good without a plan to get there. So we call for the new law to require government - with advice from the Climate Commission - to set legally-binding, enforceable five-year emissions budgets (a kind of target for cutting emissions) to put New Zealand on track for our 2050 goal of 100% renewable energy with zero carbon. 

With the five-year targets set, it will be up to government to make national plans to meet them.

"Setting a long-term goal and establishing a climate commission could be the key to unlocking climate action beyond short-term electoral cycles. It brings transparency to government's climate change commitments."

David Tong, WWF-New Zealand campaigner

A way forward: the UK example

We're not in uncharted territory here.

In 2008, the United Kingdom passed a Climate Change Act to establish a climate commission.

Since then, UK emissions have fallen by 28% - and Denmark, Finland, Mexico, Ireland, and several US states have passed similar acts.

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Climate change affects everyone.

So we can all be part of the solution. Businesses, communities, and Kiwi people all need action.


Generation Zero




Council for International Development