New Zealand has declared a “climate emergency” and promised to make its public sector carbon neutral by 2025, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern telling legislators on Wednesday that the climate emergency declaration was “an acknowledgement of the next generation – an acknowledgement of the burden that they will carry if we do not get this right and do not take action now”. According to the pledge government agencies would have to measure and report emissions and offset any they cannot cut by 2025, while the programme will be backed by a 200 million New Zealand dollar fund to finance replacing coal boilers and help purchase electric or hybrid vehicles.