Protect Our Winters NZ - June Climate Update

POW NZ June Climate Updates

Kia Ora all! 

Yay it's officially meteorological winter! Welcome to takurua (winter) and welcome to all of our new members, volunteers and supporters. Wondering what this winter might be like?? Check out this seasonal forecast from NIWA. 

Before you get reading we've got two events coming up:
- Tree Planting this Saturday (Tomorrow!)  in Christchurch. 
11th June, 10am at Cranford Basin, we'll have a plant-based BBQ afterwards. Find out more and sign up here. 
- Green Drinks next Thursday in Queenstown 
16th June, 6pm at the Sudima Hotel in Frankton. "The future of skiing" is the topic with NIWA scientists presenting. Grab your tickets here. 

This month in our climate updates we have: 
- #divestthedirt action alert 
- A summary of the Emissions Reduction Plan 
- Election news from Australia 
- Welcome to our board members
- Earth Overshoot Day - What and when? 
- Positive Climate News

Have you emailed your bank yet to ask them if they're investing your money in fossil fuels? Moving your money is one of the most powerful individual actions you can take. Our flash new tool makes it super easy. Check it out on our website and then share it with your friends and family. 

The Emissions Reduction Plan - What is it and why is it important?

The Government released its emissions reduction plan (ERP) on 16 May 2022.
The emissions reduction plan is designed to provide actions and strategies to reduce Aotearoa’s emissions. This will help us meet our long-term emissions targets and contribute to global efforts to limit temperature rise to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels. 
The plan is split into chapters focusing on key areas to work on to achieve emissions reduction. 
The transport chapter provided some good solutions to support us move away from our dependence on volatile fossil fuels. Some of the key actions include: 

  • Improving electric vehicle charging infrastructure to ensure that all New Zealanders can charge when they need to.
  • Making cleaner vehicles and low-emissions alternatives affordable for low-income households through a vehicle scrap-and-replace scheme.
  • Improving travel choices and accessibility by providing people with more convenient, affordable and frequent buses and trains, as well as safer walkways and cycle lanes.

Agriculture makes up 48% of our emissions but unfortunately the ERP didn’t bring many new solutions to the table. We need to see significant emissions reduction and leadership in the agriculture sector to ensure we meet our targets. Much more than what is provided by the plan. 
Check out the full blog post about the ERP on our website here.


Aussie Aussie Aussie - Election news from Australia 

Australia just had a change in leadership. Why? Aussie voters made the call for urgent climate action. After bushfires and floods, and then more floods and a distinct lack of climate action from Aussies decided enough was enough. The result: the Greens and ‘teal’ independent candidates, most of whose main campaign was climate action, won a large number of seats. Australia now has a much friendlier climate parliament with new prime minister Anthony Albanese stating on day one that he intends to tackle climate change. 

With local elections this October in NZ and national elections not that far away how might this influence NZ’s elections? It may be that voters here will be more encouraged to vote for smaller parties, or independent candidates. It could (and should be) that climate change is a decisive factor in our upcoming elections. Now let’s hope the new Australian government lives up to it’s election promises.

For more info and links to good listens, watches and reads on the Aussie election check out our blog post here.

Welcome to our board members!

Check out our meet the team section of our website here to read about our awesome team!
We've got seven board members and heaps of amazing volunteers working together to protect our winters. Learn more about the team's passions and how they're turning that passion into purpose. 

Earth Overshoot Day - What's that? 

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. In 2021, Earth Overshoot Day fell on July 29 - the average of the overshoot days of all individual countries across the globe. While the average of 2022 has yet to be calculated, the results are not looking too good so far. It’s likely to be early July. New Zealand’s overshoot day fell on April 19th, about the 15th earliest. That essentially means if every country lived and used resources as NZ does, we’d need three planet earths. It’s a good way to put things into perspective when we often are made to feel as though NZ is a leader in this space. Read more about Earth Overshoot day in our blog post here.


Positive Climate News! 

E-bikes are taking over New York. They are changing the city and are replacing short trips often taken by private car, taxi or ride-hailing services. The Equitable Commute Project offers subsidised e-bikes for frontline workers and advocates for investment in safe cycling infrastructure. Given most car trips in NZ are less than 5km e-bikes can also be game-changers here. Let's learn from the sucess and get some e-bike subsidies here too! 

 One last thing. Did you know it's still legal to mine on conservation land?!?! In 2017, in the Speech from the Throne, the Labour/NZ First/Green Government made a commitment to having no new mines on conservation land. The Government has yet to implement this policy, and as a result numerous permits for mining related activity have been granted. Sign this Forest and Bird petition to ask for a moratorium of mining permits on conservation land

Ngā Mihi,

The team at POW NZ

Posted 10 June 2022

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