Aid groups want zero NZ emissions by 2050

  • 09/08/2017
They say this would safeguard not only New Zealand's future, but also that of communities in the developing world.
They say this would safeguard not only New Zealand's future, but also that of communities in the developing world.

A coalition of New Zealand aid agencies has called for "bold and meaningful" action to reduce the country's carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

In an open letter to political parties, the 14 agencies say New Zealand should follow the lead of the likes of Britain and Denmark and put in place binding climate legislation.

They say this would safeguard not only New Zealand's future, but also that of communities in the developing world.

Coalition spokesperson and Oxfam New Zealand executive director Rachael Le Mesurier says there is widespread consensus that safeguarding the planet for future generations means significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

She says aid workers in vulnerable communities, particularly in the Pacific, are already seeing the negative impacts of climate change.

These include more extreme weather events, temperature changes, rising sea levels and disease outbreaks.

"For the sake of these vulnerable women, men and children, we, as an affluent developed nation, have a responsibility to act in a bold and meaningful manner," she said.

Apart from Oxfam, the other organisations in the Back the Plan: Back to Zero campaign are World Vision, ChildFund, TearFund, UNICEF, Fairtrade, CWS, cbmi, VSA, SurfAid, Amnesty International, UNANZ, Engineers without Borders and the Council for International Development.

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