Why it matters
New Zealanders love nature and want to protect it. It is part of our identity, the foundation of our economy, and what makes this country special. In fact, nature is at the heart of everything we do.
But it has also reached breaking point.
More than 4000 of New Zealand’s species are threatened with extinction, the oceans are depleted of life, once-mighty rivers are sick, and introduced predators are destroying New Zealand’s priceless taonga – our unique birds, bats, ancient frogs, and lizards.
The climate crisis will make things worse. It will speed up biodiversity loss and put our livelihoods at risk.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Investing in conservation works, and the decline can be reversed.
We need nature, and right now nature needs you.
It’s clear voters like you want better climate policies, a fairer economy, cleaner fresh water, more predator control, and stronger ocean protection.
Our policies for the planet
Forest & Bird has an ambitious three-year plan to restore vanishing species, mitigate the climate crisis, improve the health of our rivers, and properly protect our oceans. Download Policies for the Planet here and share it widely.
Forest & Bird has drafted a practical and ambitious three-year plan for the next Parliament that will deliver on all of these priorities and more. It sets out a raft of key policies in five domains: climate, economy, our land, freshwater, and oceans.
If implemented by the next government, these policies will bring fresh hope for nature and set our economy on a genuinely sustainable course.
Progress has been made. Since 2017, the coalition government has given more funding for the Department of Conservation, passed the Zero Carbon Act, achieved freshwater reform, and banned plastic bags.
But there is still so much more to do. Our country needs a plan to ensure our economic recovery cares for people and the planet.
What can you do
To be a voice for nature in the 2020 general election, enrol to vote now.
Have a read of 'Policies for the Planet' article from the latest magazine.
Write to your local MP about the policies you’d like to see their party adopt.