Zero Carbon Act
The Zero Carbon Act is a proposed climate change law for Aotearoa New Zealand, which will hold our current and future governments to a plan for reducing our emissions and helping New Zealanders adapt to the inevitable effects of climate change.
The Zero Carbon Act framework was developed by youth climate advocacy group Generation Zero, and is supported by Oxfam, World Vision, the Quakers of Aotearoa, and many more. We’re a big fan of the Zero Carbon Act because it’s calling for meaningful action at a policy level, rather than placing the burden of mitigating climate change on individuals and their communities.
In 2017 the Government committed to passing a Zero Carbon Act into law. A public consultation is taking place throughout June and July and the Zero Carbon Bill will then be tabled in Parliament in October 2018, with the aim of passing it into law by April 2019.
We’re encouraging as many people as possible to make a supportive submission during the consultation, using Generation Zero’s submission guide. Sign up here to let us know if you’d like more information about this when the consultation opens.
If you’re part of a Church, there are a number of other ways you can help us get the best possible climate law for Aotearoa. Our team is more than happy to support you with any of the following options:
- Encourage as many people as possible in your parish to make a submission once the consultation opens
- Turn public prayers about climate change into submissions so that a Christian perspective is added to the conversation.
- Host a climate change house meeting to engage with members of your community and encourage them to have their say on the Government consultation
Climate change affects all of us, but particularly those in farming, coastal and low-lying areas. The public consultation is a great opportunity for connecting with people in your community, and MfE are providing multiple ways for people to have their say.