The Government has just released New Zealand’s first-ever climate action plan - the Emissions Reduction Plan. Unfortunately, it has more holes than a Swiss cheese. 


This crucial proposal sets the direction for climate action for the next 15 years. It’s our chance to tackle the climate crisis and build a better path forward.

But the Government's plans contain very little that will help reduce emissions and keep warming below 1.5°C. 

As it stands, this 'plan' is nothing more than a discussion document.
 
We don’t need or have time for more debates, investigations, consultants’ reports, and R&D. This isn’t going to cool the planet. We have the solutions already.
 
We have less than a decade to safeguard the future of us and our planet. We must act now.

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Please sign our petition and call on the Government to step up and reduce emissions now.

To: Ministry for the Environment

The Emissions Reduction Plan is our best chance to tackle climate change. But it falls short of what is needed to address this urgent crisis.

We don’t need more debates, investigations, consultants’ reports, and R&D. This isn’t going to cool the planet. We have the solutions already.

  • We need regenerative agriculture to be an investment priority now as farming is nearly 50% of the country's emissions. 

  • We need to prioritise nature-based solutions including native forestry and the oceans blue economy.

  • We need quantifiable emission targets to show, year-on-year, we are achieving the carbon budgets for each sector.

  • We need a significant budget allocated to reducing emissions in 2022 and in subsequent budgets.

Right now, we have a chance to tackle the climate crisis and put nature on a path to recovery. We must act now.

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About the Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP)

 New Zealand has the fourth largest increase in emissions since 1990 and sixth highest per capita emissions. 

 
The Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), as it is designed, is critical to setting the direction for climate action and requires action across a range of areas, including energy, transport, waste, agriculture, construction, and financial services. The ERP sets out the policies and strategies Aotearoa New Zealand will take to meet our first emissions budget, helping to transition to a low-emissions future in a way that is achievable and affordable.
 
The consultation process for Aotearoa's Emissions Reduction Plan submission close on 24 November. Following this consultation process the first of three ERPs will be published in May 2022.
 

Please sign our petition now and show the Government that Kiwis demand action!

 

We have the climate change solutions already:

FOOD BASED SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Without action on how we produce and consume food, we cannot achieve our climate or biodiversity goals, which are the foundation to achieve food security, prevent the emergence of diseases and reducing Aotearoa’s emissions.

  1. Enough food for every person on the planet. 
  2. Accessibility to a healthy diet for everyone.
  3. A food system which is fair and ensures food prices stay affordable while at the same time ensuring farmers and other producers are paid fairly too. 
  4. Food production, which is adaptable to our changing climate conditions, is sustainable and circular.  

Food systems – which gather all the elements and activities that relate to the production, processing, distribution, preparation and consumption of food – account for up to 37 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Continuing on a business-as-usual trajectory will single-handedly exhaust the 1.5oC compatible emissions budgets for all sectors.

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OCEANS BLUE ECONOMY & CARBON SINKS

Countries have grasped the idea that planting trees and restoring soils are part of the solution to both climate change and the wider nature crisis — but we’re nowhere close to making the most of these nature-based solutions when it comes to the ocean.


The blue economy is a concept which prioritises the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, to improve livelihoods, while preserving the health of ocean ecosystems. It’s a way of sustainably using the ocean’s resources in a way which maintains the ocean’s ecosystems, but still supports the economy and people’s livelihoods.

The concept of a blue economy is important as it offers a way to protect, and restore, the health, productivity and resilience of oceans and marine ecosystems for present and future generations!

Based on systematic blue accounting assessments, mangroves, seagrass meadows, salt marshes, kelp forests, mussel beds and other marine ecosystems have incredible carbon sequestration power but have been under siege over the past 50 years. With proper protection and management informed by community needs and aspirations, these ecosystems can pay their way — delivering food security, livelihoods, and climate benefits.

 

NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS

Nature-based climate solutions (NBCS) work to support the power of nature to reverse the effects of climate change. Examples include restoring and maintaining carbon-rich forests, freshwater basins, or wetlands‎.

They are an alternative to the world’s typical “grey infrastructure approach” such as the construction of seawalls, reservoirs, dams, and drainage systems.

Nature-based climate solutions are about figuring out the most efficient way to help nature do its job when it comes to fighting the climate crisis and biodiversity loss.

Nature-based Solutions are a key component in addressing the climate emergency, alongside the needed transformations in our energy, urban, and industrial systems as pointed out by IPCC 1.5°C report.

 

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