When it comes to tackling climate change it’s often hard to know where to start, it’s such a massive subject and it’s easy to get lost in all that it entails. Communication around it seems to come in ebbs and flows as well, and as a business we have always tried to maintain the ‘flows’, as sustainability, lowering our carbon emissions and reducing our carbon footprint have been long-term goals of ours. But we still ask ourselves what else can we do to make a difference, and even though we recently became re-certified as a CEMARS certified business and have been certified for 8 years now (read our blog post), it’s still a work in progress and it’s a constant, ever-evolving process for us.
However, it’s good to know we are not alone in this process, and in July of this year we signed up to the Climate Leaders Coalition with 60 other like-minded businesses. At the time, those of us who signed up made up 22% of New Zealand’s private sector GDP and approximately half of New Zealand’s gross emissions and in signing up, we each agreed to commit to measuring and reporting our greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to keep global warming within two degrees, as specified by the United Nations initiative the Paris Agreement.
Representing a variety of sectors from across New Zealand, when we first signed up to the coalition there were 60 of us, but now it’s up to 70 members and is continuing to grow which is fantastic! It seems more and more of us are standing up and saying let’s make a change now so that our future generations can live in a world where they thrive. The challenge now is for all of us to stay committed, keep working at it and not let it fall to the wayside. It’s certainly something we intend to uphold and live by, we are even in the process of developing our 2050 plan founded on science based targets and due to be released in the new year. So let’s encourage others to do the same because if we protect and strengthen the realms of the land and water, they will sustain and strengthen the people - toitu te marae a tane toitu te marae a tangaroa toitu te iwi.
For more pictures from the Climate Leaders Coalition launch or for more information on the coalition itself, visit their website. For more information on our resolutions and commitments to sustainability read our environmental policy.