Richard Loe's blunt message to city dwellers over Zero Carbon Bill

New Zealanders living in cities have been told to do their part to address climate change if they expect farmers to do the same.

The Government's Zero Carbon Bill has passed its final reading in Parliament, and aims to limit global warming to no more than 1.5C with a net zero carbon approach. 

It will also establish a Climate Change Commission to help set other targets and provide advice.

However many farmers are unhappy the methane reduction target of 24-47 percent by 2050 remains.

Former All Black and host of Magic Talk's Rural Exchange Richard Loe told The AM Show it was generally accepted there needed to be change for the sake of the environment.

"Most rural people realise that we have to do something, that we have to improve," he said.

However the Canterbury farmer said it wasn't just up to those in rural areas.

"I don't mind dropping my stock numbers by 10 percent if people living in the cities do their part towards it."

Loe said cutting down on importing food products which are also produced locally was one thing which could be done.

"For example pork products, in excess of 60 percent of pork products New Zealanders consume come from overseas, so stop doing that."

Watch the interview.