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Climate Action Now

All your life you’ve heard the excuses of big polluters and government. Every year there's a new reason not to change.

Now their time is up. The time for excuses is over. It’s time to get on with it.   

Climate Action Now

A forest fire in Nelson with text: "This is my generation's nuclear free moment" Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Coal
Coal is the dirtiest source of carbon around. But new mines are still going ahead. They will lock-in high greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come, and need to be stopped now. It’s time to stop new coal mines.

open cast coal mine with text: No more coal mines

Agriculture
You have to pay your carbon costs, so why doesn’t New Zealand’s largest single source of greenhouse gasses? The agriculture industry has used every trick in the book to get out of doing their fair share. It’s time to put them in the ETS.

a muddy feedlot filled with cows and the text "put agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme"

Forests
Our ancient forests are one of our most important land based carbon sinks. But they're being destroyed by uncontrolled wild deer, possums, goats, and pigs. Our ancient forests are dying from neglect. It’s time for a major pest control programme to protect our native forests.

Natural carbon
Some of our most under-valued places store more carbon than anywhere else. We need to treasure our wetlands, the sea floor, mangroves forests, and peat-lands. It’s time to end bottom trawling, stop draining wetlands, and concreting our coasts. It’s time to protect natural carbon.

A native forest half-cleared for a mine with text: "protect our native forests"

Incentives
Instead of paying to clean up after polluters, we should reward people who do the right thing. It’s time to provide financial support for people who plant new native forests and protect old ones.

Solutions to our climate crisis
Decade after decade, New Zealand governments have failed to act. While they've wasted time, we've come up with the solutions. They are out of excuses. It's time to get on with it.

What you can do in five minutes 

Learn about the solutions

Here's Forest & Bird's solutions to the climate and biodiversity crises. Big polluters and the government are out of excuses. It's time for them to get on with it.

  • Emissions reductions that restore nature. In October 2021, Forest & Bird provided a briefing to government officials outlining what a nature-based Emissions Reduction Plan should look like for Aotearoa. It makes recommendations for forests, wetlands, blue carbon, agriculture, and renewable energy.   
  • Native habitat carbon in crisis. In April 2021, Forest & Bird published a ground-breaking report estimating the impacts of browsing pests like deer, goats, possums, and pigs, on our native forests' stored carbon. The report shows our native forests in deep trouble, and the urgent need for increased pest control. 
  • Recovery for people and planet. In April 2020, supporters like you helped to push Forest & Bird's call for a Covid-19 recovery that cares for people and the planet. We secured a $1.2 billion Jobs for Nature fund, which is employing people in conservation around Aotearoa - but there is more to do.

 

Nature needs your support

Supporting Forest & Bird is one of the best things you can do for New Zealand's environment. We need people like you to support us, so that nature will always have a voice.

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