Our native plants and animals are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
How the changing climate affects nature
- Ocean changes mean food is more scarce, or harder to find, for seabirds like hoiho (yellow-eyed penguin).
- Pests and weeds will extend their range, and new pests and diseases will arrive.
- Warmer temperatures lead to more frequent forest mast events, which cause more pests and greater pressure on native species already in trouble like kiwi.
- Warmer temperatures mean fewer female tuatara will hatch, threatening the survival of our largest reptile.
Sea level rise and more frequent drought, storms, fires, and floods can kill animals and destroy the places they live.
Polluters have been free to exploit the atmosphere by releasing greenhouse gasses without consequence, and nature is paying the price.
If we take action, we can prevent the worst effects of climate change and protect our native plants and animals from its impacts.
Climate disruption is a global problem that needs everyone to play their part. Impacts will be felt in our communities, in our individual lives and in your local environment.
Restoring and protecting healthy natural ecosystems will help protect New Zealand from the effects of climate change.
Healthy forests can protect us from floods by holding water and releasing it slowly.
Natural dunes healthy foreshore areas can protect us from sea level rise and storms. Protecting and restoring nature is an important part of our climate change response.