The New Zealand Parliament earned worldwide praise Thursday for its near-unanimous passage of the \u0022historic\u0022 Zero Carbon Act, which aims to combat the global climate crisis by reducing net carbon emissions to zero and drastically cutting methane pollution by 2050.Although spearheaded by the leftist government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the bill was backed by the country\u0026#039;s various political parties and passed 119-to-1. \u0022Today, we have made a choice that I am proud of, that will leave a legacy, and that I hope means the next generation will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history,\u0022 Ardern told Parliament.New Zealand passes historic \u0026#039;zero carbon\u0026#039; bill--many thanks for leadership! @350nz https://t.co/PbZli96JWQ— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) November 7, 2019The Zero Carbon Act was crafted to help New Zealand meet the main goal of the 2015 Paris climate accord: limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The legislation will create an independent Climate Change Commission to advise the government on meeting its reduction targets, which include slashing methane emissions 24-47% by 2050.\u0022This is a historic piece of legislation and is the centerpiece for meaningful climate change action in New Zealand,\u0022 declared James Shaw, the country\u0026#039;s climate minister. \u0022Climate change is the defining long-term issue of our generation that successive governments have failed to address.\u0022\u0022We\u0026#039;ve led the world before in nuclear disarmament and in votes for women, now we are leading again,\u0022 Shaw said. \u0022The budgets provide the pathway towards the 2050 target, and confidence for New Zealanders that we are moving towards a more climate-resilient future.\u0022New Zealand has placed itself on the right side of history in the battle against climate change by adopting a measure to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 https://t.co/OUDQufx4CL— 350 East Asia (@350EastAsia) November 7, 2019In a series of tweets, Oxfam New Zealand campaigns coordinator Alex Johnston called the bill\u0026#039;s passage a \u0022historic moment, and a huge step-up for the country.\u0022\u0022Now continues the work to actually cut our pollution, and do that in a transformative and just way,\u0022 he added. \u0022But this is a huge win for so many people that have driven this from a concept to piece of legislation.\u0022Johnston highlighted the work of activists and groups that fought for the legislation, including the youth wings of the Green and Labour parties, the #SchoolStrike4Climate movement, Generation Zero, Action Station, Forest \u0026amp; Bird, World Vision, Tearfund, ChildFund, the Church Climate Network, and WWF-New Zealand.The journey to today where this legislation will finally be passed has been nothing short of remarkable, led by so many groups, organisations and people across the country. To everyone who’s played a role in the ZCB, thank you. https://t.co/wryWzfobjg— School Strike 4 Climate NZ (@ss4cnz) November 7, 2019In a statement celebrating the vote, WWF-New Zealand climate change program manager David Tong said that \u0022we are thrilled Parliament heard our call and passed the Zero Carbon Act. Together, they crossed party lines to unify for our environment.\u0022\u0022This means businesses and people can now work together on a stable foundation to future proof Aotearoa from the climate crisis,\u0022 Tong added, using the Māori name for New Zealand. \u0022Together, it\u0026#039;s possible.\u0022Tong noted that \u0022over 215 New Zealand businesses, community groups, and leaders joined the public to make their voices heard by calling for cross-party consensus.\u0022THE ZERO CARBON ACT IS LAW!All major political parties voted in favour. We are thrilled.https://t.co/TOQNDNyK6Y #ZeroCarbonAct #ZeroCarbonBill #NotBusinessAsUsual #BackTheAct pic.twitter.com/nL9B4IeDrw— WWF-New Zealand (@WWFNewZealand) November 7, 2019Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner Amanda Larsson congratulated \u0022Generation Zero and all of the people who worked so hard to get the Zero Carbon Act across the line\u0022 and said now \u0022the government can get to work on introducing policies to cut climate pollution.\u0022\u0022Climate change won\u0026#039;t be fixed by the Zero Carbon Act alone,\u0022 Larsson continued. \u0022The government must now implement bold and courageous policies that will roll out heaps of new solar and wind energy, replace dirty transport with clean alternatives, and support farmers to transition from industrial to regenerative agriculture.\u0022Outside of New Zealand, the legislation\u0026#039;s passage was also welcomed by Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).\u0022Congratulations to New Zealand for passing the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill which aims to fulfil the objectives of the #ParisAgreement,\u0022 she tweeted. \u0022It is heartwarming and inspiring to see such leadership as we head into #COP25 \u0026amp; #COP26.\u0022World leaders will come together for COP25—a climate conference scheduled to begin on Dec. 2 in Madrid, Spain—to discuss their commitments under the Paris accord.New Zealand\u0026#039;s Zero Carbon Act garnered global attention Thursday not only for its climate provisions but also because of a viral video clip of 25-year-old Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick delivering a speech in favor of the legislation.25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker Chlöe Swarbrick was giving a speech supporting a climate crisis bill when she was heckled by an older member of Parliament. She simply said, \u0022OK boomer,\u0022 and kept talking, unfazed. https://t.co/49oo2N6O3t pic.twitter.com/jxXIyDcyKa— CNN (@CNN) November 7, 2019\u0022In the year 2050 I will be 56 years old. Yet, right now, the average age of this 52nd Parliament is 49 years old,\u0022 Swarbrick said as someone off camera heckled her. Apparently unfazed, Swarbrick quipped, \u0022OK Boomer\u0022— a meme popular among Millennials and Generation Z—then continued her speech.