“Later this year, when the Bill is introduced into Parliament, it will be very difficult to make any substantial changes,” says Northland farmer Andrew Booth. “Now is our chance to get the farmer voice heard by the people drafting this legislation.”
“It’s really important that farmers engage now and fully understand the intent of the legislation.”
DairyNZ is running regional workshops throughout June for dairy farmers about why agricultural emissions need to be addressed, as well as covering the development of the Zero Carbon Bill.
“These workshops aren’t an opportunity to debate climate change,” says Taranaki farmer Trish Rankin. “They are an opportunity to understand climate change, and hear about what we can do to play our part.
“The environmental work farmers up and down the country are doing right now is already helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but we want to stay proactive and engaged on this journey.”
“All of us in the agricultural sector should be aware of the outcome this Bill is trying to achieve,” says Canterbury farmer Theona Blom.
“We know that dairy farmers, as well as the entire agricultural sector, have a significant role to play in helping New Zealand lower its biological emissions.”
Biological emissions, methane and nitrous oxide, from the dairy sector make up 22.5 percent of New Zealand’s emissions and nearly half of all the agricultural sectors emissions.
“All New Zealanders need to think about their environmental footprint,” says Bay of Plenty farmer Fraser McGougan. “Collectively every little bit of change each of us can make will help on this journey.
“We hope this Bill will provide certainty for the sector, and all sectors of New Zealand, about what is expected of us on this journey towards a low emission future.”
Dairy farmers can learn more about the Zero Carbon Bill by registering for one of the eight DairyNZ regional climate change workshops throughout June at www.dairynz.co.nz/roadshow, or attending one of the Ministry for the Environment’s regional roadshows www.ourclimateyoursay.nz.
The Climate Change Ambassadors can be contacted through:
DairyNZ Senior Advisor, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
021 107 5071