Solutions to Climate Change | WWF New Zealand

Solutions to Climate Change

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Environmentally conscious bikers cycling in traffic in San Francisco, California, United States of America.
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The solution is to cut greenhouse gas emissions and commit to a low carbon future.
To prevent the dangerous climate change that would result from an increase in average global temperatures above 1.5°C, global greenhouse gas emissions need to be cut by at least 80% by 2050.

For cuts of this level to be achieved, changes are needed urgently, such as:

  • humanity’s energy needs are met from sustainable sources (such as solar, wind, geothermal and biofuels)
  • energy is used efficiently
  • carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation have stopped
  • humanity lives within the planet’s means
Most of the technology needed for this low-carbon future already exists. What is needed is action to encourage the adoption of this technology by governments, industries and businesses, other organisations, and individuals.

Global Climate Talks

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As climate negotiations came to a close in Cancun, Mexico on Sunday, Greenpeace and TckTckTck, using a giant life ring 15 metres in diameter, threw a lifeline to negotiators still struggling in the sea. The talks have delivered progress and hope of a resolved treaty in Durban, South Africa in 2011
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The world’s governments agreed on a new, global climate deal in Paris in 2015. Almost every country in the world has taken on emissions reduction targets. Together, those targets put us on track for between 2.7 and 3.5 degrees Celsius of warming.

Now, we need to make sure our governments not only deliver on their promises, but step them up when the UN does a stocktake in 2018.

New Zealand's Response

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The Beehive, Parliamant of New Zealand, New Zealand
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Greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand have increased by over 25% since 1990, and current action by government won’t deliver the significant reductions we need.

What Can I do?

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WWF supporters got to work in Auckland in October 2010 to send a message to Mayor Len Brown about the urgent need for improved public transport
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The most effective thing you can do to combat climate change is to use your influence to get the government and businesses to make changes.
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What is WWF doing?

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A young Aucklander joins the Panda mascot in calling for better public transport solutions in our largest city
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WWF-New Zealand promotes the many solutions that can help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve our quality of life.
WWF advocates for  government to do its bit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to safe levels. We have a vision for a low carbon New Zealand and  to make it happen we are working with government, business and individuals for:
  • Greater renewable electricity generation
  • Improved public transport
  • Improved farming practices
  • Investment in ‘clean energy’ technologies including home-grown biofuels