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Tasman Glacier covered with rock debris, Tasman Lake with icebergs and Tasman Valley. Liebig Range beyond. Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, MacKenzie Dist., NZ.
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Tasman Glacier covered with rock debris, Tasman Lake with icebergs and Tasman Valley. Liebig Range beyond. Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, MacKenzie Dist., NZ. Photo by Rob Suisted, Nature's Pic Images, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND. Photo copyright to Rob Suisted - All rights reserved. www.naturespic.com.

Climate

Climate change is the biggest threat nature has ever faced. It harms our forests and oceans and threatens our birds, fish, and reptiles.

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Our native plants and animals are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Nature needs climate action

  • 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.

Tuatara

Changing temperatures disrupt breeding for some species. Tuatara, for example, produce only male eggs when temperatures are higher. Credit: David Brooks

Forest & Bird is defending nature from the impacts of climate change

Forest & Bird is fighting for a nation-wide plan to cut emissions and achieve a carbon-neutral economy, where we only release as much carbon as our forests absorb.

We are campaigning to reduce the scale of climate disruption and help nature become more resilient.

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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