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 now as the chance to agree on a new plan to face climate change.

You can sign onto the call below!

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To the newly elected 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: the Zero Carbon Act.

Zero Carbon ActIt'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.

We're standing shoulder to shoulder with Oxfam, Forest & Bird, 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: the Zero Carbon Act. 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

That's because we recognise that climate change is bigger than politics. So we need a plan that will stick. The Zero Carbon Act could be that plan.

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.


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 Zero Carbon Act.

The Zero Carbon Act's key components will be:

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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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Can you help us make this petition huge?

The best way to make the government listen to this petition is to make it huge. Thousands of Kiwis have already signed on. But we need to make it bigger.

Here are three ways you can help:

1) Print out a copy of the petition and ask people to sign it

There's something really powerful about taking the online offline. Online petitions are a really powerful tool, but sometimes there's nothing like a good old piece of paper with real, physical signatures on it.

That's why we've made an offline petition form. Here's how to use it:

  1. Download it and print it out

  2. Take it somewhere people might sign it (like the break room at your office, or your church, temple or other religious site, or a community group, or even on a clipboard outside the supermarket!) and politely invite them to sign it

  3. Once it's full, either scan it and email it back to us at or post it to us at WWF-New Zealand, PO Box 11514, Manners Street, Wellington 6142.

That's it! We'll be taking this form around the events we're at this year, but the more people helping gather signatures, the better. 

2) Share the petition on social media

Every share or tweet helps. Just click here to share the petition on Facebook and click here to tweet it!

3) Email your friends and family

A personal email to your friends and family can do wonders. If you want to help spread the word, this is one of the best ways to do it. Here's a sample email you can use (just click here and type your friends emails in, or copy and paste it):

Hi there [Or better - THEIR NAME HERE!]

I'm writing to tell you about a petition I just signed. Climate change is a huge issue, and one that matters to everyone. It's too big to be left to one political party.

That's why I've signed a petition from WWF, Generation Zero, and other Kiwi organisations calling for all political parties to work together to confront climate change and look beyond election cycles. The Zero Carbon Act does exactly that.

I thought you might be keen to sign the petition too. Just click here and add your name. Together, it's possible for us to build a safe climate future for all New Zealanders.

Thanks so much!



©: Generation Zero


Climate change affects everyone.

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

That's why we've teamed up with a coalition representing all kinds of New Zealanders, all over the country, to call for our newly elected Parliament to get real and pass the Zero Carbon Act.

Learn more about the Zero Carbon Act


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