ChildFund New Zealand is charged with ensuring that the funds given to us by supporters, donors and the New Zealand Government are spent in the most cost-effective and meaningful way possible.
Increasingly, we’re seeing the need to send funds for emergencies caused by climate change – from the cyclones experienced in the Pacific, to droughts in Africa.
Responding to disasters diverts funding away from sustainable development. We’d rather be the enablers working to help children thrive every day, than the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. Unfortunately, we’re playing the ambulance role more regularly as a result of disasters caused by climate change.
When we visit communities, we hear directly the stories from the people we work with, many of whom are subsistence farmers. Their confusion around the unpredictability of weather and how this affects their planting cycles has resulted in us feeling very strongly on the issue of carbon emissions, and the need for high-producing carbon emitters (like New Zealand) to do all they can to curb the disturbing trend.
We’re seeing the disruption of families as herders take their cattle further and further afield in search of fodder; we’re seeing farmers lose their entire savings through stock and crop loss due to drought or cyclones; we’re seeing children let loose to fend for themselves to scavenge for food (easier to find food for one person than several).
Back the Plan
We need to stop this, and so we’re joining with 13 other leading New Zealand international aid agencies to call for climate change to be front and centre this election, because climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing people in poverty, here and in developing countries.
This election year, we’re asking you to Back the Plan to go Back to Zero by 2050 – and put a Zero Carbon Act in law. We need an Act of Parliament that aims to secure a positive future for our children – protecting our communities, businesses, and people across the globe from the far-reaching effects of climate change.
Other countries like the UK and Denmark have already passed strong climate laws, and we can follow suit. We owe it to the communities we work alongside, and particularly to the children! - Paul Brown, CEO, ChildFund New Zealand.