We declare a climate emergency in Aotearoa

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The New Zealand Government declared a climate emergency on Wednesday 2nd December. Businesses for Climate Action applaud this declaration and acknowledge that we have a difficult road ahead. All sectors of society need to take urgent action. Companies are a vital pathway to reducing climate emissions while creating a resilient economy for New Zealanders. 

Are you operating a business that is keen to make changes, but not sure where to start? Just curious? Keep reading! 

Businesses for Climate Action is a business-led movement supporting our business community to work together in the transition to a resilient, sustainable economy by having a lower climate footprint. The focus of the group will be across Te Tauihu. Currently, we have contacts in Nelson and Tasman with a plan to extend our network into Marlborough in 2021. 

We have an initial goal to see 1000 local businesses measure the carbon footprint of their operations. A concurrent goal is to build a community of climate leaders from within the business community who are “activators” for our cause. Activators will focus on work streams based around industries such as tourism, or an emissions area such as energy management. Connectors from Businesses for Climate Action support the Activators. We are also aiming for collaboration across different stakeholders and workstreams and the broader community, such as local governments, business associations and Mana Whenua.  

The group has evolved through connections between Florence and Chloe Van Dyke from Chia Sisters and Claire Keeling from Ekos. Katrina Kidson, a respected business coach and a Business Connector for the Sustainability Business Network in Nelson, is also playing a pivotal role. Stacey Fellows, Bruce Gilkison and Ellie Young are later additions to our Steering Group. 

Nelson City Council has awarded us a small grant , administered through the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce. Most of the work of the founding members is pro bono – we are passionate about the urgent need for climate action while supporting the local economy and ultimately contributing to the wellbeing of our fantastic community.  

We have held several events including carbon measurement workshops, and a panel discussion on the transition to a low-carbon economy with the Hon. James Shaw, Minister of Climate Change and Co-leader of the Green Party. Most recently we held a very successful evening “Celebrating Sustainable Business” in conjunction with the Sustainable Business Network. Maybe you will be interested in attending one of our events, whether you are just curious to dip your toes in the water or ready to take action!  Please follow us to keep up to date on what we are up to. To subscribe to our newsletter, hit the COUNT ME IN button you can see on this page.

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