• Save the world’s last Giant Rātā Forest.
    Hidden in the Akatarawa Forest is one of Wellington’s best kept secrets, a living treasure equal to anything found in our national museum, Te Papa. A forest of giant Rātā trees with trunks that rival Aotearoa’s iconic kauri tree, Tāne Mahuta. These living relics are undoubtedly national treasures that have been standing for centuries before the arrival of humans to Aotearoa. Remnant Northern Rātā are iconic lowland forest trees that are now rare as they are endangered by introduced possums. One of NZ’s tallest forest trees, healthy Rātā produce a blaze of red flowers in summer, rich in nectar that supports tui, bellbirds, kākā, geckos and bats with high energy food. Rātā trees begin life as a seedling in the crown of other forest giants like Rimu. Rātā roots descend and eventually, over a few centuries, strangle their hosts to form trunks of their own. Strangler trees are a special feature of tropical and warm temperate rainforests but Rātā trees stand out internationally as having some of the largest root trunks of any species on earth. They are truly spectacular! Among the Akatarawa Giants two of the known trees have a girth exceeding that of NZ’s most iconic kauri tree, Tāne Mahuta! We can build a Te Papa Tongarewa any day but it takes hundreds of years to replace one of these giants! If we drop the ball on possum control for just a few short years the real cost is centuries of living heritage. Most of the juvenile rātā trees have already been killed by possums in the absence of a regular control programme. Greater Wellington Regional Council has a custodial duty to ensure this unique living treasure is protected by sustained possum control to ensure its survival. These are the last such ancient giants on earth!! We implore the council to assign a sustained budget to protect the integrity of the Akatarawa Giant Rātā Forest!
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  • Let's get more car-free days in the city!
    Everyone will have to put in their own in order to start a certain change. Here is, in fact, a proposal that would be a good start to engage the population in a simple way and without modifying their habits too much: Increase the number of days without a car to at least one per month. In fact, we believe that motivating the population to use non-motorized vehicles and means of transport more often has a lot of advantages such as limiting CO2 in the atmosphere, developing projects in favor of the climate and air quality in Brussels. It has long been established that global warming is on the increase due to excessive industrial activity by humans. For more than a century, the levels of CO2, methane, nitrous oxide and ozone on the surface of the globe have risen sharply. This increase is such that it today seriously disturbs ecosystems around the world. Whether it is to grow food, extract minerals, move around or simply produce energy, man pollutes the air / water by using more and more new technologies which seem effective to us but which in reality damage our environment and distance us from the goods of nature.
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  • Phase-out of fossil fuel
    The extraction, transport, refining and use of petroleum and petrol cause damage to people, air, water, land, animals and plants. Our health matters In cities around the world, air pollution from toxic vehicle fumes and emissions from dirty power stations is damaging our health. Together, we’re going to end the air pollution crisis once and for all. Because no-one should have to worry about what they breathe. We’re calling on politicians to do more to make sustainable transport an option for us all, and we’re pressuring polluting companies to clean up their ways too. Sustainable cities Do you want to live in a city where the air is clean to breathe, where public transport is cheap and convenient, and where roads are safe for pedestrians and cyclists? Cities should be built around people, not cars. To protect ourselves and the planet, we need to end the age of the fossil fuelled car. It’s already happening, but it’s not happening fast enough. That’s where you come in.
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  • Invest in green energy projects around Aotearoa
    Human activity is overloading our atmosphere with carbon dioxide and other global warming emissions. These gases act like a blanket, trapping heat. The result is a web of significant and harmful impacts, from stronger, more frequent storms, to drought, sea level rise, and animal extinctions. No country in the world promotes its clean, green image as much as New Zealand, or is as reliant on its clean, green image for its exports and tourism. So in the green growth race, and it is a race, New Zealand should be out in front, leading, but we are not. There are a number of reasons why this is the case, not least of which is the view that New Zealand can have its cake and eat it too. Despite our steadfast promotion of New Zealand’s clean, green image, we continue to lag behind a number of countries in environmental indices and we continue to look for economic solutions from extractive industries such as coal and oil. The pandemic and looming recession provides a perfect opportunity for the New Zealand government to invest heavily in the green energy section, helping us become more green-friendly, self-reliant whilst creating thousands if jobs to help stimulate the economy. "Renewable Energy Job Boom Creates Economic Opportunity As Coal Industry Slumps" https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/energyinnovation/2019/04/22/renewable-energy-job-boom-creating-economic-opportunity-as-coal-industry-slumps/amp/
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  • Back the clean car feebate
    Transport is responsible for 39% of Aotearoa's carbon emissions, and measures to reduce pollution from high-emissions vehicles are a key step towards the urgent climate action New Zealand needs to take. The scheme is broadly supported by environment groups, the Productivity Commission, the Motor Industry Association, and New Zealanders across the country. If we are to ensure a liveable planet for ourselves and for future generations, every nation and every Government must take action to reduce emissions, and that includes a transition to a transport fleet powered by clean, renewable energy. New Zealand First has made a commitment to the Zero Carbon Act, and this must be honoured through backing the clean car feebate. The election is approaching, and New Zealanders prioritize environmental policies in deciding their vote. New Zealand First must honour their commitment to the Zero Carbon Act and support the clean car rebate.
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  • #TakeawayThrowaways for food and drink: End single-use, return to reuse
    Aotearoa New Zealand has a waste problem that we can’t recycle our way out of. Single-use disposable serviceware belongs to the outdated ‘take-make-dispose’ linear economy, which accelerates our global and local waste crisis, fills up our landfills to produce methane and toxic leachate, and increases litter pollution. Extracting natural resources to make endless streams of single-use items is also unsustainable in the face of resource depletion and climate change, which threaten the planet’s mauri (life-force) and our mauri as descendants of the planet. We need visionary personal, business and policy solutions that prevent and reduce waste in the first place, and that replace throwaways with non-toxic reusable alternatives that work for all people. These upstream solutions will create less waste and fewer greenhouse gas emissions than recycling, composting or landfilling. Transitioning to a circular economy won’t be easy; it makes sense to start with low-hanging fruit. While some single-use items remain unavoidable for some applications (such as certain medical contexts, accessibility needs or civil emergencies), most single-use disposable serviceware for food and drink is relatively easy to prevent if we choose to reuse. Many individuals, businesses and communities in Aotearoa New Zealand are already embracing reusables. We can take this further and mainstream reuse with Government policy that removes throwaway options and replaces them with scaleable and accessible reusable alternatives. We recognise that single-use disposable serviceware often has accessibility-friendly characteristics that enable the independence of people with access needs, including the disabled community, the elderly and young children. Reusable alternatives must balance environmental outcomes with the need to maintain and promote accessibility. Government and business must work meaningfully alongside people with access needs to design products and reuse systems that incorporate universal design principles to function well for everyone. For more information, see the Takeaway Throwaways campaign website. *The time to be bold is now. Ko tēnei te wā.* Until recently, phasing-out throwaway food and drink packaging and serviceware would have seemed radical. However, times are changing. New Zealanders want more action on waste. Banning plastic shopping bags was a first step. New proposals to phase-out PVC and polystyrene takeaway cups and containers prove the Government’s willingness to take action on waste. The time has come to be more ambitious: we must tackle the root of the problem, which is the single-use mindset, not the particular materials involved. The Government has a role not only in taking away a wider range of throwaways, but in boosting the availability and uptake of accessible reusables. When combined, these two actions have the power to mainstream reuse. Ultimately, we are all responsible as kaitiaki for Aotearoa New Zealand and the global environment we depend upon. With integrity, determination, and a collaborative and inclusive spirit we can transform how we serve food and drink ‘on the go’, move our country towards true circular, zero waste solutions, and cast ourselves as a bold, global leader committed to a healthier, greener, more caring and connected world. Follow the Takeaway Throwaways campaign and get involved: www.takeawaythrowaways.nz www.instagram.com/takeawaythrowaways www.facebook.com/takeawaythrowaways
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  • Work With Me to Save the Seas: Help Find and Promote Alternatives to Single-Use Plastics
    This would help reduce plastic pollution on land and in our oceans, as well as save countless lives of birds, turtles, and many other wildlife species that come in contact with plastic debris. Procrastination won't help the next generation. Plastics are forever. We desperately need a change.
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  • Oppose Hong Kong Lantau Tomorrow Vision 反對香港明日大嶼
    1. Outdated: - The vision suggests that economic growth will be created by its implementation while providing minimal short-term, unsustainable economic growth in Hong Kong. - In school, we’re taught the importance of sustainable, green development Hong Kong needs to explore a sustainable future where economic growth happens as a part of sustainable development as we are taught within our education. - Reclamation is no longer a viable solution! It requires a large amount of sand for it to happen. However, as the world has begun running out of sand, sand prices have doubled since the Airport Expansion began, pushing its completion date back further and further. The LTV would need even more sand, so it’s price tag will either increase or it will be stopped halfway through. 2. Destructive to HK’s fragile environment: - Hong Kong has one of the most biodiverse aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. There are overall 1000 marine fish species and 80 hard coral species. This is more than the Caribbean Sea. However, infrastructure projects (mainly the HKIA Expansion and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge) have caused many species to die. Building the LTV will be the final nail in the coffin. - Important endangered animals are residing within the area in which the LTV envisions developed. So far, the population of Chinese White Dolphins in HK waters fell from 188 to 32 between 2003 to 2018, 33 Finless Porpoises were found dead in 2018, making up 12% of the total population. If the LTV happens, they will go extinct. 3. Too expensive: - It would be one of the biggest economical gambles ever made in the world. More realistic plans and policies should be taken to make progressive development such as enacting the "Land Resumption Ordinance" to take back 859 hectares from 3 developers while compensating them fairly, or even redeveloping old and underused buildings. We, the undersigned, condemn the motion for the LTV's destructive nature on the environment during and after its development. What we need is a sustainable land solution that will last for generations to come. We, the people, demand that the LTV not be passed and realized for sake of Hong Kong, and future generations. 1. 過時 - 預測 LTV 會帶來香港經濟增長。可惜,它只是一種短暫而不能持久的增長。 - 簡單而言,計劃是行不通的。在學校裡,我們學到的是香港持久綠色發展的重要性,如何從中發掘商業機會來促進經濟發展。 - 填海已經不是一個有效可行的方法。在填海過程中需要大量的沙。而沙在世界供應開始短缺,其價錢已升至機場擴建時的一倍。此外,隨著預計完工日期的延誤,沙的價格會隨之而上升。工程甚至會因沙短缺而被迫停止。 2. 破壞香港脆弱的生態環境 - 香港的海岸是世界出名的生物多樣性海洋生態,有超過1000種魚類和80種珊瑚,種類超越加勒比海。可是,多年來的基建已經引致很多海洋物種死亡。LTV 的興建會是宣佈牠們死亡的最後一句。 - 在興建 LTV 的範圍裡,生活了很多臨危物種,例如中華白海豚和江豚。其中中華白海豚的數目由2003年的188條下降至2018年的32條。相信興建 LTV 之後,牠們將會絕種了。 3. 太昂貴 這是世界上最大的經濟投資賭博。我們應該回歸現實。例如加強執行土地收回條例從3個發展商收回859公頃土地,或是重新發展舊樓和棄置未有用途樓宇。 我們重申,堅決反對LTV 破壞環境的建設。它只會用去我們最少60%香港儲備,但解決不了眼前嚴重土地短缺的問題。 我們需要的是一些可以與環境生態並存的可持續發展的土地方案。
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  • Sign on to the submission in opposition to the Replacement Water Treatment Plant in Titirangi
    ALTERNATIVES: We submit that the site was selected based on altered scores, due almost entirely to inappropriate political pressure on the CCO as a result of sustained media coverage, resulting in the most optimal site from being selected. We submit that the first principle of the RMA to AVOID irreversible adverse environmental effects has not been satisfactorily achieved with the project being proposed in this location. It is also inconsistent with the relevant objectives and policies of the Auckland Unitary Plan. VEGETATION REMOVAL: Noting that Auckland Council declared a climate emergency on 11th June 2019 we submit the removal of thousands of trees is irresponsible and out of step with best practice. The ecology reports confirm this site forms linkages and corridors for wildlife with adjoining regional parkland including the North-West Link, furthermore edge effects will compromise the trees that remain outside of the construction site. We submit that proposed buffer zones are totally inappropriate in size, additionally at the Reservoir 2 site all high integrity bush inside the “buffer zone” will be removed, and replaced by low value vegetation. Watercare already plan that that new vegetation may need to be removed in the future for pipe maintenance. The shaft of the NH2 is inside the area of highest ecological value, and within riparian margins. This “creep” of add-ons is indicative of further encroachment over time. This is further demonstrated by the Watercare statement: “Revegetation of the decommissioned WTP site is not proposed, in order to preserve the long term resilience of the water supply system through allowing space for future refurbishment and/or expansion of the plant" EFFECTS ON BIODIVERSITY: We submit that due consideration has not been made to: The impact of noise on surrounding wildlife. Furthermore in our view a satisfactory understanding of the underlying wildlife habitat that will be disturbed has not been established. Eg, a single bird survey period of December-January is inadequate. The bat survey was also inconclusive and further investigations are warranted. After the applicant was notified on 10 June 2019 of the discovery of new insect species and the presence of other rare insect species, further investigations were warranted before the application was lodged. KAURI AND KAURI DIEBACK: Large parts of the Waitakere Ranges are closed to prevent the spread of kauri dieback yet 3.5ha of land are to be cleared within this protected area. We would like to point out that: Only those kauri with a trunk diameter >20cm have been counted during site surveys, leaving smaller regenerating kauri unaccounted for. No investigations specific to the proposed development have been undertaken and the Ecological Report does not address the sensitive root systems of kauri and the impact of stress on vulnerability to kauri dieback. The SOPs for kauri dieback were not designed for projects of this scale and all soil from the project site must be considered as contaminated for the purpose of the potential spread of kauri dieback disease to kauri beyond the project footprint treated in accordance with this assumption. IMPACTS DOWNSTREAM OF THE SITE We submit that sediment controls are inadequate and the risk of failure could be catastrophic. Titirangi-Laingholm Catchment Modelling, including flood profiling is still underway giving insufficient information regarding the risk. Failure Mode 1 does not adequately address the evacuation or warning systems with downstream residents or the school which tests water in Kopai Gully. Given all soil is assumed to be contaminated such an event would risk healthy and genetically diverse kauri downstream. It would also risk the population of inanga at Little Muddy Creek. TRAFFIC IMPACT: This proposal has a 8year construction period. Consideration must be made of the impact not only for local traffic that use these roads every day, but for tourist traffic, school buses and cyclists. Pedestrian safety for school children and recreational and dog walkers will be compromised. Vibration damage of homes along the truck routes will be an additional cost to the project not budgeted for. TOURISM AMENITY IMPACTS The proposed construction site is at the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges and would be a very visual scar and tarnish our international image. THE PROPOSED TRUST: Titirangi Protection Group opposes mitigation regarding it as a blunt archaic tool and out of step with progressive thinking to development in our city. We submit that this is only compensation (and should in no way be referred to as “mitigation”) and is focused on Biosecurity not Biodiversity. Mitigation is over and above what is currently planned or supported. We note there are multiple groups in the proposed zone who have support to increase biodiversity in the area via Auckland Biodiversity expertise and Auckland Council Grants. The NETR has increased this support. Any Trust should be in existence for the whole operational life of the plant, not just the period whilst being built and commissioned. The expected high level of engagement in the catchment is based on the aspirations of the community in relation to the Muddy Creeks Local Area Plan, however this does not take into account the resistance of many in the catchment who oppose the project and want no part in perceived blood/hush money. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? The site is almost completely covered in native vegetation and has been identified as a Significant Ecological Area (SEA) in the AUP. The site is only one of a small number of SEAs in Auckland that meet all 5 of the conditions required to be a SEA. Studies show direct connections between spending time in a forest atmosphere and the lowering of the stress hormone cortisol. The loss of forest, together with the noise and disruption will be distressing for the community over a long period of time.
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  • End all NZ Super Fund Investments in Winter Crop Grazing
    Our nation’s global reputation relies on a government that puts the health of its environment and people's wellbeing first. Spending millions of dollars from the nation’s pension fund on farms that practice Winter Crop Grazing is one of the most unethical choices the Superannuation investment fund has EVER made! In contrast to traditional grazing, winter crop grazing restricts animals to small patches of land for long periods, which quickly turn into mud. This practice causes freshwater pollution, animal suffering and soil degradation. Freshwater pollution: Nitrate leaches into our aquifers at over 10 times the rate of normal grazing, destroying groundwater for future use and remaining for hundreds of years. Phosphate- and pathogen-rich effluent runs off into streams, rivers, lakes and estuaries, making them un-swimmable, and killing ecosystems. Animal suffering: The land these animals are grazed on turns to mud, which leaves animals with nowhere dry to rest and give birth. They often end up licking mud to get water. Soil degradation: Winter crop grazing destroys the soil and releases tonnes of stored carbon into the atmosphere, accelerating climate breakdown. This practice is heavily dependant on pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilisers which are causing severe decline in biodiversity and human health. This is no way to be ‘investing for the next generation’. Please sign and share this petition with your networks Email the minister responsible: Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance. g.robertson@ministers.govt.nz Tell him to; Stop investing any of the New Zealand Super Fund into farms that are winter crop grazing, divest from any that continue, and find sustainable alternatives immediately!
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  • Add Clean Food to the Green New Deal
    The use of traditional animal agriculture produces significant amounts of greenhouse gases, pollutes our oceans, and uses up copious amounts of land, water, and energy. It involves food-borne disease, antibiotics, chemicals and feces. It is also inherently cruel, and it simply does not work towards a cleaner, more sustainable, and more peaceful future. The steps we are calling for WILL work towards that future. There are not many politicians we believe would stick their necks out on the line for this, but we hope that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is one that will. Please sign this petition and show Rep. Ocasio-Cortez that this is the direction the future is heading in and we will not stop until it is fulfilled.
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  • Save the house and land at Hobsonville Point! (Before it's too late:)
    This is important to me because I care about the environment and I want it to remain for many years to come. We must act NOW! When the last tree is cut down, and the seas all dried up, man will realise that he CANNOT EAT MONEY.
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