Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Generation Zero calls on new parliament to take action

Thursday 12 October 2017
For immediate release

Generation Zero calls on new parliament to heed call of business leaders, take bold action on climate change

Delegates attending the 10th Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference in Auckland passed a unanimous resolution yesterday supporting the concepts outlined in the Zero Carbon Act, proposed by youth climate change campaigners Generation Zero.

Generation Zero are calling on the new Parliament to pass their Zero Carbon Act for meaningful action on climate change, after a surge of support from the business community.

There was overwhelming support from business leaders at the conference for certainty over climate policy.

"It's fantastic that the business community is starting to get on board with our proposed climate law, and they will be communicating this resolution to political leaders,” says Miss McLaren.

“What we need now is for our new Parliament - whatever shape it may take - to heed this call by passing the Zero Carbon Act into law. ”

“Overseas experience shows that cross-party support is vital to the success of a climate law like this.”

“The Zero Carbon Act will commit New Zealand to a zero carbon future and ensure we have a plan that lasts beyond election cycles.”

Despite the election furore, the Zero Carbon Act has steadily gained support, with over 12,000 signatures on a petition asking the new parliament to pass the Zero Carbon Act. Most major political parties have also indicated support for some of the key elements of the act.

The Zero Carbon Act also has support from environmental groups such as Forest & Bird and WWF-New Zealand, 14 leading New Zealand aid agencies including Oxfam NZ, businesses such as Z Energy, and youth political parties including the Young Nats, Young Labour, Young Greens and Young Māori Party.

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright’s final report also recommended the policy framework of the Zero Carbon Act, and received backing from organisations such as Z Energy, Dairy NZ, Westpac, Meridian, Contact, and BNZ.

"It's clear that there is wide support for this idea, and now is the time to get it done. This parliament has an opportunity to show real leadership and make history. We call on them to pass the Zero Carbon Act."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election