Welcome to Gen Less, the home of climate action and ideas

You'll find stories, tools, and a whole range of actions you can take that will cut down energy-related greenhouse gas emissions - and benefit our climate, your wellbeing, and your pocket. Just choose where you want to take action.

Carbon emissions and your carbon footprint

Climate change is caused by greenhouse gas emissions. Together, we can take action to reduce emissions by making changes in our everyday lives and the way we do business.

Understanding your carbon footprint is a great place to start — it's made up of everyday choices like how you get around, what you eat, and how much energy you use. The fewer emissions, the smaller your footprint.

You can cut down your footprint by taking actions like swapping the car for a bus or bike one day a week, switching your lightbulbs to LEDs, or shopping carefully, to avoid waste. It all makes a difference.

Our latest campaigns

1 Climate Special

Gen Less is supporting TVNZ’s 1 Climate Special, which you can watch on TVNZ+.

The special will inform, inspire and mobilise New Zealanders who want take steps towards a greener, low-carbon future.

History will only remember what we do

The climate crisis requires an urgent response.

For 12 months, we captured Kiwis taking climate actions, big and small, putting them on the right side of history. From people swapping out car trips for bike rides to big green projects like electric ferries and ditching industrial coal boilers, we can see that New Zealanders are making a difference.

Car free commuting

Choosing low emissions transport is one of the best ways we can take climate action.

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