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Nov 7

New Zealand passes Zero Carbon Act


Edited: Nov 8

New Zealand's Zero Carbon Act has just passed its third reading in the country's Parliament with unanimous support and thus becomes law.


The Act 'embeds in law a target of net zero emissions by 2050 or earlier' and 'establishes the mechanisms to take the politics out of climate change so that we can solve it together with the support of all major political parties.'


It is the result of nearly four years of volunteer effort by a variety of the country's climate lobbyists to create 'a pathway to a resilient, just and thriving Aotearoa [New Zealand], free from fossil fuels.'


Watch this inspirational speech by New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern in launching the Act:


• Dorset town and parish councils have been invited to a 'climate emergency advice seminar' being organised by Low Carbon Dorset in Dorchester on 19 November. The workshop is to help local councils see 'how they can respond to the climate emergency.'


It is not yet known if any member of Shaftesbury town council is attending.

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