Now more than ever, it’s important that we all be climate activists – doing everything we possibly can to enforce positive change. You’ve made the first step by coming here, now let us show you the rest of the way. The POW 7 is a list of seven things that we can easily do as passionate outdoor people to turn our passion into purpose. Follow the links to see what actions you can take next.
#1 Make your voice heard at all levels of government
- The need for climate policy has never been more apparent. One of the most direct ways is to reach out to your local MP and urge them to act on climate change. They want to hear from you too. Get in touch with them and ask them to support the Zero Carbon Act.
- Being political has a lot of different aspects, each company has its own internal politics and external political views too. Local politics, regional politics, national politics. Put pressure on at all levels, let them know you are concerned.
- Click here for a list of all current members of parliament and their contact details.
#2 Educate yourself
Understanding and explaining the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change is crucial to taking action. Read up and educate yourself on how and why climate change is happening. We’ll help you with the following links and resources…
- Click here to heard all about climate impact across the world and in New Zealand: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/climate-change/likely-impacts-of-climate-change/overview-of-likely-climate-change-impacts
- If you’d like to learn even more learn from our friends at New Zealand Climate Action Network, Generation Zero and 350.org Aotearoa. Or watch some movies like:
- To reach a global impact we need to start local. Find out what daily choices are most effective? (Make list of things people can do to lower their carbon footprint and list them in order of effectiveness: https://www.wwf.org.nz/what_we_do/climateaction/reduce_your_impact/
#3 Speak up, talk to your friends, family and workmates
- Now that you’ve got some facts and feel more knowledgeable bring up the issue of climate change with your friends, family and coworkers. Climate change is often avoided in conversation but it shouldn’t be. It’s the most important issue facing our outdoor communities, our mountains, our businesses and our friends and family whether they know it or not. If you like snow, chances are everyone else does too.
- Talk about how winter is changing and how less snow is having an impact on your social life and on your local economy. Talk about how you’re concerned for future generations. Conversation starters? Did you know you can change your kiwi saver account to a fund that doesn’t invest in fossil fuels?
#4 Find Your Biggest Lever
- We all have the ability to have an impact on climate change; you just need to find your biggest lever. What’s yours? What are your connections? Do you have a large social media following?
- Repost from POW’s channels and post what you’ve been learning about climate change and what you can do to make a difference.
- Are you a business ower? Make sure you have a strong corporate sustainability program that includes advocacy. Address the impacts of your products at all ends of the supply chain. Do you work for a business large or small? Speak to your management team about how you can help them take action.
- Do you have any connections to anyone in local or national government? Speak to them, let them know you and your community or business are concerned about climate change and the lack of action here in NZ.
- Do you know a climate scientist or an audience that would like to have a climate scientist speak to them? You could organise a talk with them.
- Are you a good writer or do you know someone who is? Write an op-ed in your local paper.
- Are you part of a community group of some sort? A young parents group? Farmers group? Teachers group? You always have more power in numbers. If you step back and look at your networks you’ll find you actually have lots of leverage, you just need to use it to create change.
#5 Talk to businesses. Vote with your wallet
- Ask the company you work for to support and influence climate policy. Such as the Zero Carbon Act.
- Support companies that put the environment first and actively support businesses who support POW. Read about out our partners here.
- Understand what companies are doing to limit climate change
- Support businesses that share your values
- Check out our partners that support POW. Learn more about B-Corps http://bcorporation.com.au/bcorp_nz and 1% for the planet.
- Encourage businesses to become more sustainable
- Call companies out on things they can be doing to be more environmentally friendly
- Encourage businesses who are making positive steps towards climate change
- Use Instagram, twitter, FB as social media platforms
- Encourage your employer to make positive changes (Create a template email you can send out)
#6 Change your ways, reduce your carbon footprint
- Just a few centimeters of snow can make a big difference and make for an amazing day on the hill, incorporating a few changes in your everyday life can make a big difference too.
- Eat less meat and dairy
- Drive less
- Carpool up the mountain
- Support eco-friendly companies, reuse, resell, repurpose ski gear, bring your own snacks and water to the hill.
- Travel more consciously, fly less.
- Reduce plastic consumption
#7 Join POW
- Join the movement. We’ll give you the knowledge, tools and opportunities to take action. It’s easy and it doesn’t cost anything. Become a volunteer. With 2.4 million outdoor sports enthusiasts in NZ. We can be a major force in the flight against climate change.
- Sign up to volunteer with POW – let us know you want to help by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Host an event for POW! Ask us how you can plan an event to educate your community about climate change. Know a student or work at a school? Help get our Hot Planet Cool Athletes program into primary and high schools to teach the next generation about climate change.
- Know a business or large employer that would like to get involved with our Hot Planet Cool Athletes program? We’d also love to come chat to your ski school, your adventure camp or to your shop staff.