The Government is seeking public feedback on a proposed climate change law for Aotearoa New Zealand – a Zero Carbon Act. The consultation is also a great opportunity to spark conversations about climate change at your church or home group.
Background to the Zero Carbon Act
For the past year, the Anglican Diocese of Wellington has supported the campaign for a climate change law, along with Oxfam, World Vision and many others.
The youth climate organisation Generation Zero has proposed a Zero Carbon Act. We’re big fans because this calls for meaningful action at a policy level, rather than leaving the burden of mitigating climate change on individuals and their communities. The campaign has been successful and the government has committed to passing a Zero Carbon Act into law. The question now is “What should this new law look like?”
Have your say
The Government is holding a public consultation until 19 July. You can submit online:
- Ministry for the Environment – the government’s form. Write a little or a lot.
- Generation Zero – a quick or detailed submission with suggested answers.
- Or submit via post. Download copies of our paper form. Post these to “Zero Carbon Bill, Ministry for the Environment, PO Box 10362, Wellington 6143” to arrive by end of 19 July.
- Involve your church:
This consultation is a great opportunity to spark conversations about climate change.
1. Encourage your church members to write a submission. Here’s a paragraph to share:
Did you know that the government is consulting about a new climate change law for New Zealand, called the Zero Carbon Act? Our Diocese has been part of calling for this law as one way to care for our earth and love our neighbours who will suffer the negative effects of climate change. The proposed law could mean that New Zealand puts in place a target of reducing carbon emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2050, as well as interim targets, and an independent Climate Commission to get us there.
Do you support this proposed law? What should it look like? Have your say here by 19 July: www.generationzero.org/zca_submission (via Generation Zero) or here (via the Ministry for the Environment) www.mfe.govt.nz/have-your-say-zero-carbon.
2. Host an event to get people to talk, pray and write a submission! Here are ideas:
Have a ‘submission party’ at your home. Watch the introduction video, discuss the topics raised, then prayerfully write submissions together.
3. Set up prayer stations as part of a church service or event.
- Pray while filling in the submission form
- Pray about recent news articles showing effects of climate change
- Pray over a map of your city showing potential sea level rise
- Pray while painting a picture that answers the submission questions
- Pray while looking in a mirror and considering your own contribution to climate change
- Write down your thoughts and prayers. Collate these, with your art, and send these in as a submission from your group.
4. Attend a public event
The Diocesan Advocacy Enabler is holding an event in Wellington on 28 June, 7:30pm at St Peters, Willis St. Details here.
The Ministry for the Environment is holding events in Wellington and Palmerston North, among other locations. Details here.
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