Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy

The World Environment Day slogan for 2008 was Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy. Recognising that climate change was becoming the defining issue of our era, UNEP asked countries, companies and communities to focus on greenhouse gas emissions and how to reduce them. The World Environment Day in 2008 highlighted resources and initiatives that promoted low carbon economies and life-styles, such as improved energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, forest conservation and eco-friendly consumption.

The main international celebrations of World Environment Day 2008 were held in New Zealand and the country’s former Prime Minister, Helen Clark, said it had been with great pleasure that New Zealand accepted the invitation to host World Environment Day 2008. She thought climate change was the single biggest environmental issue facing the world today and was honoured New Zealand has been invited to host the 2008 event.

In early 2007 she issued the challenge for New Zealand to become a truly sustainable nation and even to aspire to be carbon neutral. The government launched a comprehensive set of policies for sustainability, including an emissions trading scheme, energy strategies (including energy efficiency and conservation), and programmes to help householders and businesses become more sustainable. These were designed to meet the challenges and grasp the opportunities of climate change.