Climate First

The pathway to a post-carbon world

Introduction to the Climate First party

The Climate First party is a growing but at present unregistered political party which recognises that Climate Change is the most serious problem of our time and that we need to directly confront it immediately to prevent catastrophic disaster in the near future. Unlike other parties, which are afraid to make dealing with Climate Change the focus of their action for fear of being unpopular, Climate First honestly states what our country has to do to prevent world Climate Change, even if voters find the truth uncomfortable. In other words, we are appealing to those who have decided that Climate Change is an impending disaster and want to take real action now to stop it.


Climate First

Ten steps to a Post-Carbon World


  1. New Zealand to be a model country to inspire the world, reducing its emissions to zero by 2035 and negative 11.2 Mtns in 2038.
  2. New Zealand to follow a prescribed reduction path, cutting emissions by 2.75 million tonnes of CO2e gross year on year.
  3. This will be incentivised by a carbon tax of $100 a tonne on all emissions.
  4. The reduction burden is to be shared equally by each economic sector in proportion to its current emissions.
  5. Local Councils and Citizens will be encouraged to achieve community and individual carbon footprints no greater than the present world average per-person footprint.
  6. Population to remain static.
  7. Reforestation to be increased on publicly-owned land by 20,000 hectares each year until 2035.
  8. A Universal Citizen’s Income of $2,000 will be introduced for every person 18+, received on top of any current benefit and mainly funded by a progressive property tax, gradually increasing from an initial 0.6% up to 0.8%, the level which would be financially neutral for two people living in the NZ median-value house.
  9. The UCI will later increase further, funded by a capital gains tax and a progressive wealth tax on other assets such as stocks and bonds. The UCI will only be earned by those citizens who vote in national elections, and who complete National Forest Service within a reasonable time.
  10. A wellbeing index, such as the Canadian GPI, will be introduced alongside GDP as a measure of the economic and social health of New Zealand.

Introduction to The Climate First Party

The Climate First party is an unregistered political party which recognises that Climate Change is the most serious problem of our time and that we need to directly confront it immediately to prevent catastrophic disaster in the near ..more