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Climate change is affecting our communities, our businesses, our Pacific neighbours and the poorest people in the world. It is threatening to unwind the progress made over the last 60 years in the fight against poverty.

This is why Oxfam has partnered with 14 other leading international development agencies demanding political parties agree on a new plan to tackle climate change: a Zero Carbon Act.

Thousands of New Zealanders have already helped us put climate change at the top of our government's agenda by backing up our plan. But our job is not finished. We must ensure that the Zero Carbon act we worked so hard for is robust and ensures a positive future for our children and our Pacific neighbours. This means we must continue fighting to gain full cross-party support for an Act that will hold our current and future generation of leaders to account.

Every year we delay cutting pollution, the job gets harder for our children

A Zero Carbon Act will drive meaningful climate change action in New Zealand. The Act will commit New Zealand to zero carbon by 2050 or sooner, set a legally binding pathway to this target, and require the Government to make a plan. It will secure a positive future for our children – protecting our communities, businesses, and people across the globe from the far-reaching effects of climate change.

We're not in uncharted territory here

In 2008, the United Kingdom passed a Climate Change Act to establish a climate commission - future proofing their economy and leading the way for the international community. Since then, UK emissions have fallen by 28% - and Denmark, Finland, Mexico, Ireland, and several US states have followed suit.

Now is the time to move climate change above politics

New Zealand has committed to take urgent action to combat climate change, both under the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. But unless our political parties act together and think beyond short term politics –and set clear binding goals in place for reducing pollution, these plans may never become a reality.

Join thousands of New Zealanders and demand real climate action from our government and Back the Plan: Back to Zero.

Back the Plan: Back to Zero is a coalition of 15 Leading International Development agencies: