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"New Zealand passed Zero Carbon Bill" first country to take a big step in fighting climate crisis

By Geetika Raleh . 8th November 2019 11:06am

New Zealand has taken a big step towards climate changes which will give a relief to the farmers who bring a large portion of the foreign income.

On Thursday, the lawmakers of New Zealand passed a ‘Zero Carbon’ bill which will help in the reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions to near-neutral level by 2050.

This bill was supported by the opposition and government in power and also promises that in a period of 40 years, the nation shall emit no greenhouse gases other than methane. This has been done to meet the commitments of the Paris climate agreement.

The rules for emissions of methane from animals will be different than other greenhouse gases because of the essential role played by the farming sector in bringing the foreign income to the country. But the country is promising to reduce the 10% biological methane emissions by 203p, and up to 47% by 2050.

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand said that the countries are not contributing as much as they should fight the drastic climatic changes.  

She said We're here because our world is warming. Undeniably it is warming and so, therefore, the question for all of us is what side of history will we choose to sit on.

The bill has also proposed a self-regulating Climate Change Commission which will help the government in fulfilling their set targets. Through this commission, they’ll also make ‘carbon budgets’ in every five years which will give an idea of the number of emissions permitted in the year.

Not just the bill, the country has also promised to plant a billion trees in the next 10 years. Aiming for a completely healthy environment, the nation will try to run electricity completely on renewable sources of energy by 2035.

For the bill to be passed, the lawmakers had received as many as 11,000 letters from students, activists, scientists and farmers too.

Seeing New Zealand’s big plans to cope up with the ongoing climate crisis, it’ll be interesting to see how many other countries of the world learn from it.