Know your stuff

Speak with strength by learning about energy, emissions and climate change.

Credible websites to check out

Share the wins

Telling others what you're doing differently feels good, and it's one of the most important things you can do for climate change.

Chat, post, share – you’re an influencer

Your friends and whānau are much more likely to listen to you talk about ways to reduce emissions than a stranger on TV. So when you take steps to live Gen Less, tell them what you’re doing and why. Every chat has a ripple effect that inspires more conversations and actions. Small changes by many people add up to make a big difference.

 

The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.

John Quincy Adams

Ways to share the wins

  • Post your pics

    Bike to work day? Meat-free Monday? Flight-free holiday? Show others how achievable climate action is by sharing it on social media.

  • Loop in businesses

    Brand reputation is important to organisations. Jump on their social media pages to cheer on low-emissions initiatives (or respectfully point out opportunities).

  • Use climate hashtags

    Build a global voice for lower emissions by using hashtags on public social media posts, like #carbonfriendly, #sustainability or #GenLess.

  • Share resources

    When you find cool climate-friendly events, ideas or websites, spread the word. Keep it positive – you don't want to put people off.

  • Join our conversations

    Gen Less is on Instagram and Facebook – great places for sharing tips and ideas for a low carbon future. Follow us on facebook.com/genlessnz and instagram.com/genlessnz

Get amongst it

Inspire action at the top – tell leaders what’s important to you.

  • Vote

    Elections are your chance to have a say about who represents you on issues you care about. Research candidates and party views, then:

    Enrol to vote

  • Contact your MP

    Members of parliament (MPs) represent the views and concerns of New Zealanders. Contact your local MP – or meet them in person.

    Ways to contact an MP

  • Be an active consumer

    Businesses want to keep you happy. If you see a chance for them to reduce emissions – like using electric cars or switching off lights – let them know.

  • Sign a petition

    A simple, effective way to influence climate-related decisions and action. Most are online, so it’s easy to share on social media and encourage others to sign too.

    Start a petition

  • Use your local council

    Climate change is a priority for most councils. Tell them what action you want, from public transport to flood control. Comment on the annual plan, contact your local councillor or attend a meeting.

    Find your local council

  • Make a submission

    When climate change issues are to be considered by parliament, make a submission. If you agree with an organisation, you may be able to use its text or template.

    How to make a submission

  • Join engagement processes

    Local government and government agencies often seek feedback on their plans before making decisions. Organisations’ social media or newsletters will keep you in the loop.