NZ Govt Changing Laws To Disempower Kiwis ACT NOW

IMG_0750Greenpeace New Zealand has just sent me an important email regarding our environment.

Protect our Environment.  An urgent plea to the New Zealand National Government.

Typical.  John Key, the Prime Minister of the National Government, has the smile of a crocodile.  He has been busy in foreign countries the past few weeks:  Brazil, home of the petro-oil giant Petrobras, Columbia, and other South American countries.  No doubt what he was up to.  Greenpeace successfully stopped Petrobras from oil drilling on the East Coast.  But if John Key gets his way and he has the law changed to suit him, Petrobras will be back in NZ soon.

John Key feigns an unconvincing but well-fed smile, telling us  in New Zealand that we have nothing to worry about, because all he wants to do is ‘change a few laws’, he says – ‘Get rid of red tape’, as he puts it.  But he and his mate Steven Joyce plan to strip New Zealanders of their rights to protest anything.  They wish to prevent us protesting about issues like fracking or ocean oil drilling.  They want to ignore environmental issues, because they want to sell off our environment to overseas interests – anybody with the money, really.

This government has no interest in preserving our environment, either on a national level or an international one.  All they can see are the dollar signs.  But this attitude only suits those people living in the present who are making money out of schemes such as fracking, or oil drilling, etc.  The current government’s attitude is not considering the future generations of the country at all, who will wreak the wreck of the damage.  Fracking, for a start, poses an enormous risk to our environment, since New Zealand is so incredibly earthquake-prone.  We sit on ‘The Ring of Fire’, the earthquake-volcanic belt which runs up through the islands of the Pacific.

The human error aspect is enough of a reason not to frack on sea or land, or to drill the ocean for oil. But our susceptibility to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions is another good reason for us not to entertain the idea of ocean drilling for oil, or fracking on the mainland.

One good-sized earthquake, with or without a massive tsunami, and the whole oil works could be wrecked, leaving oil spilling out into the ocean, giving us another ‘Gulf of Mexico’ situation.  The damage from that disaster in the Gulf of Mexico can never be repaired in terms of human sufferings and wild-life killed. The environment, the land itself, has suffered badly, and the area is still being cleaned up as we speak.

Any pollution is bad pollution. But our little islands of New Zealand would suffer even more than the Gulf of Mexico if there was an oil disaster here, because we have such a small land mass.  We have nowhere else to go if the land gets poisoned.

New Zealand Is Beautiful.  Let’s Keep It That Way.

Greenpeace Plea To Government Against Changing Our Laws

Protect Our Environment

Here is the wording of the email I signed to send to parliament today, 21st March, 2013:  Go to the Greenpeace website to make your submission to the government against changing our laws so that the big corporations can virtually do anything they like on our soil, or in our sea, in the name of big business.

Our natural environment is one of the things that makes New Zealand special. It gives us the unique quality of life that makes us the envy of the world and indeed even our economy depends on it.

The Resource Management Act (RMA) is a set of laws that’s designed to protect all that. But the current Government plans to strip out the core principles of the RMA – the bits that actually protect our environment and give you a say in what happens in your backyard. Disguised as ‘removing red tape’, this is about re-writing laws to suit big business, and removing your right to have a say in what happens.

There is more information on the MFE website.

Greenpeace email reads: New Zealanders love their country. We love our unspoiled beaches and ocean, our national parks, forests, rivers and mountains. It’s our big backyard, we treasure it, and it’s one of the things that makes New Zealand special.

It gives us the unique quality of life that makes us the envy of the world and indeed even our economy depends on it.

And we have all this because people before us worked very hard to establish laws that protect our natural heritage and give us all a say in what happens to it.

But these laws, which are enshrined in what’s known as the Resource Management Act (RMA), are now being targeted by Government.

Steven Joyce and John Key plan to strip out the core principles of the RMA – the bits that actually protect our environment and give you a say in what happens in your backyard.

They’re pretending that it’s about ‘removing red tape’. It’s not. It’s about removing your rights as a New Zealander to have a say when big business wants to wreck our countryside, build on our beaches or pollute our water.

They want to remove your right to object to things like oil drilling and fracking happening in your backyard. It’s about re-writing laws to suit big business over the interests of ordinary Kiwis.

There comes a point when we have to stand up and say enough is enough. That time is now.

Use our quick easy online form right now to make a submission to the Government on its proposed changes to the RMA:

Click here to take action

Now, more than ever in the two decades since the RMA came into force, we need to ensure that our economic growth occurs in harmony with environmental protection.

Our economy can thrive by doing business in a cleaner, smarter way. And laws like the RMA can help.

Good economic planning and growth must be able to work together with good, environmental laws – our future prosperity depends on it.

Thank you for your support,

Nick and the whole crew at Greenpeace


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