Our sustainability pages offer a number of initiatives that your workplace, school or community can do that help reduce your impact on the Earth. Below are some suggestions targeted specifically at climate change.
If you know where your greenhouse gas emissions are coming from, you can take actions that can reduce your footprint.
The Ministry for the Environment recently released a guide to help New Zealand businesses offset their emissions properly.
The clothes industry produces a number of environmental impacts. To reduce this, you could purchase clothes mindfully, repurpose old clothes into rags, or buy second-hand clothes.
Have a vegetarian meal once a week. Plan meals and groceries to reduce food waste. The UN suggests eating a sustainably-reared or alternative burger or steak rather than an intensively-farmed mass-producsed version now and then.
Transport and the burning of fossil fuels is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. The AA have a number of ways to improve fuel efficiency of your car, as well supporting alternative transport options.
Christmas is coming - why not get gifts for your loved ones AND do something nice for the environment.
Join the Gen Less movement. This is for businesses and individuals. Through the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority, the Government has launched a campaign to help you live more with less energy. It is a great way for you to pledge your commitment alongside others in the Gen Less community.
Here are some other local and national groups you can get involved with.
Keep an eye out for tree planting days.
Zero Carbon Nelson-Tasman are a local group committed to a safe climate, sustainable human communities, and resilient ecosystems.
The Earth Hub is a community centre where people and groups that work around climate emergency, environmental issues, resilience and community building can meet, share knowledge and plan actions to make Nelson, and the world, a better place.
350 Nelson-Tasman is the local branch of 350 Aotearoa. 350 is an international movement that aims to build a future that's just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of climate change.
A youth-led organisation, Generation Zero supports solutions towards a carbon neutral Aotearoa.
Keep yourself informed and keep the conversation going around climate change.
Ask businesses to support climate change reducing initiatives.
The Sustainable Business Network offers advice and support to help businesses become more sustainable.
The Ministry of Health has identified common health issues and made a guide to making a heat health plan to help keep you safe.
The Civil Defence website provides a great resource to help you get you and your loved ones ready in emergencies.
Get to know your neighbours and look out for one another.