The climate crisis is escalating in severity. Communities across Aotearoa are now feeling the devastating consequences of inaction firsthand. This year’s storms, floods and droughts have driven home how badly we need more urgent climate action from political leaders.
And there is hope. This year’s election is a critical opportunity to shift to a more connected society, where people and nature thrive.
Climate Shift is a ten point plan for climate action, guided by three key themes:
Together, we’re calling for genuine climate action from all political parties, which gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and is guided by hapū exercising their tino rangatiratanga.
This year has driven home that we need urgent climate action. We’re on a tight deadline to achieve the emissions reductions needed, and there is no more time for political inaction or delay.
Across the motu, New Zealanders are calling for strong climate leadership from the Government, which gives full effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and is guided by hapū exercising their tino rangatiratanga.
We call on all political parties to commit to the following actions:
Real emissions reductions
There is no place for climate-polluting industries in Aotearoa’s future. Our Government must end coal, oil, and gas, and transition polluting industries - in particular energy, intensive dairying, and transport - to climate-friendly alternatives. Cutting climate pollution will create opportunities for a new way of living that centres people and nature, rather than industry greed.
Supporting frontlines communities
Climate change is already impacting communities around the world, including here in Aotearoa. Supporting these communities means ensuring that the effects of climate change are minimised through adaptation processes, and where they can’t be minimised, that these communities are financed throughout the recovery process, and compensated for the loss and damage caused.
Restoring & rewilding nature
Nature must be at the heart of New Zealand’s climate response. Not only do oceans, wetlands, and forests store huge amounts of carbon, they also play a key role in mitigating the impacts of extreme weather events. When we protect nature, we are also protecting people, communities, and Aotearoa’s future.
What is Climate Shift?
Climate Shift is a campaign for urgent climate action, centred around a comprehensive 10 Point Plan that outlines our key asks for Government action.
We’re calling for people across the motu to join our call for urgent climate action. All political parties must treat this crisis as a crisis, and take action in a way that gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and is guided by iwi, hapū, and individual Māori exercising their tino rangatiratanga. We urge all political parties to commit to, and follow through with, the actions in Climate Shift: A 10 Point Plan for Climate Action.
The time for urgent action is now - and we’re on an increasingly tight deadline to reduce our emissions. This year, Aotearoa has felt the consequences of political inaction on the climate crisis. Cyclone Gabrielle caused devastation that our communities and infrastructure still have not recovered from. The top of the North Island has experienced three flooding events already - and it’s not even winter yet. Severe drought in the South Island over summer hit farming communities hard. These extreme weather events were made worse by climate change. Unless our politicians act, they’re going to become even more severe.
This year is an election year. Right now, we have the chance to turn things around, and shift to a better, more connected society.
Who’s behind Climate Shift?
NZ’s biggest environmental organisations - Forest & Bird, Greenpeace, and Oxfam Aotearoa - have teamed up to create this campaign, which has been endorsed by a growing list of groups and organisations. You can find logos of all groups at the bottom of this page.
How do I get in contact with you?
You can contact the Climate Shift coalition at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m an organisation who wants to join the coalition, how do I do that?
Organisations can fill out the form to endorse the campaign here: https://forms.gle/2yLvBnJDUs5191hw8
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