Our Climate Declaration
We, people of Aotearoa, commit to urgently transforming society to achieve climate stability for future generations. We will create a climate-safe Aotearoa, based on economic fairness, democracy, respect for human rights and the intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, where we live in harmony with Nature and with each other.
We call on all New Zealanders to:
1. Stop the bad stuff
- Phase out the extraction and burning of fossil fuels by 2050.
(i) Prevent all new coal mines and coal-burning plants.
(ii) End deep sea oil exploration and fracking for oil and gas.
- Decrease emissions from the aviation industry.
- Halt the expansion of industrialized, intensive farming.
- Replace the unsustainable drive for endless economic growth and consumerism, which serves the interests only of the very wealthy, with an economics of ‘enough’.
2. Bring on the good.
- Build clean, renewable alternatives for our electricity, transport, farming and industrial processes.
- Farm sustainably, reducing methane and nitrous oxide emissions, managing soils better and restoring our rivers.
- Restore 1.3 million hectares of marginal land to native forest to increase carbon sinks.
- Increase protection for New Zealand’s biodiversity and wild places.
- Reduce consumption of transport, energy and materials by sharing resources, growing local food, eating less meat and dairy and creating resilient local economies.
- Insulate all homes and upgrade energy efficiency.
- Put in place just transition processes for those whose livelihoods may be affected.
- Work towards an economic system that serves all citizens and respects Nature’s limits.
3. Pressure government to:
- Comply with and facilitate the above transformation.
- Withdraw investment from the fossil fuel industry.
- Establish a Climate Commission to set a binding carbon budget and develop a plan to meet it.
- Abandon the Emissions Trading Scheme and replace it with a Carbon Tax, with the proceeds distributed to all citizens.
- Abide by and strengthen our obligations under the Paris agreement, according to climate science.
- Prepare for a fair resettlement of climate refugees with guidance from tangata whenua.
We will work together at every level of society, celebrating our common humanity, acknowledging the different climate-changed world we are entering, respecting the needs of all people, present and future and of other living beings.