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.

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