• Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser: Northland Regional Council
    Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser props up industrial dairying. It is used to grow too much grass for too many cows, polluting our rivers and warming the climate. But we don’t need it. There is a better way to farm and New Zealand can lead the world in practising it. Together, we can move towards regenerative farming. A way of farming that works with nature, not against it. But to do that, we need to get rid of the enablers of the old, destructive system. We need to ban synthetic nitrogen fertiliser.
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  • Climate Emergency: Open Letter to the New Zealand Parliament
    Climate disruption is an unprecedented crisis.The National Science Academies of every developed nation, along with the UN IPCC, are in agreement about the science. They have been joined by the World Bank, IMF, OECD and other financial authorities in warning of a catastrophic hit to the global economy, along with mass migration and social unrest if we do nothing. The latest IPCC report makes it clear: global mean temperature rise greater than 1.5 Celcius (from pre-industrial) will cause widespread suffering and mass migration, irreversible damage to the natural world, and massive damage to the world economy. We have only years, not decades, to act. Our government needs to tell the truth about this unprecedented challenge to our well-being. Sea level rise, ocean acidification and increasingly adverse weather events mean that business as usual is over. It is no longer possible to pursue conventional economics with endless GDP growth as its target. WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, DEMAND THAT THE GOVERNMENT ENACTS LEGALLY-BINDING MEASURES TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS TO NET ZERO BY 2025*. Anything less will condemn our young people and future generations to impoverishment and insecurity. Poorly-constructed policies will unfairly hurt the less-well-off. So transition to a low carbon economy MUST put social justice at the heart of policy change. * The 2025 goal emphasises the urgency needed. We know governments don’t move as quickly as is currently required. Aiming for 2025 gives us a chance to attain the 45% decrease in greenhouse emissions by 2030 (from 2010 levels) needed to limit warming to 1.5º, as warned by the latest IPCC report. Beyond that, any actions we take will likely be too late.
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    Created by Graham Townsend
  • Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser: Chris Laidlaw, Wellington Council
    Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser props up industrial dairy farming. It is used to grow too much grass for too many cows, polluting our rivers and warming the climate. Since 1990, dairy cow numbers in New Zealand have more than doubled, whilst the use of Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser has increased seven-fold (from 1990 to 2015). The dairy industry is now the country’s single biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and is causing huge pollution in our waterways. The runoff from Synthetic Nitrogen Fertilisers pollutes our rivers and oceans, contaminating drinking water and killing wildlife. The scale of this is so huge, that 70% of our rivers are now too polluted to swim in. When applied, Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser directly causes nitrous oxide emissions, a gas that's 289 times worse for the climate than CO2 and the most ozone-depleting one to boot. It's no surprise that agriculture is currently responsible for 49% of New Zealand's emissions. But, we don’t need to use Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser. There is a better way to farm and New Zealand can become world leaders in practising it. Together, we can support farmers to move towards regenerative farming. A way of farming that works with nature, not against it. There are farmers in New Zealand who are already farming regeneratively, and the practices they are using offer a genuine solution to the environmental crises we face. This environmentally responsible approach not only eliminates the need for Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser, it has also been proven to be able to sequester carbon rather than emit it, rebuild biodiversity rather than diminish it, purify water rather than pollute it, and build healthy soil rather than degrade it. To do all this, we need to get rid of the enablers of the old, destructive system. We need to ban Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser. Help Wellington become a leader in supporting sustainable agriculture.
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    Created by Chloe Bishop
  • Remove Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser from our soil and waterways: Phil Goff, Auckland Council
    Synthetic Nitrogen fertiliser props up industrial dairying. It is used to grow too much grass for too many cows, polluting our rivers and warming the climate. But we don’t need it. There is a better way to farm and New Zealand can lead the world in practising it. Together, we can move towards regenerative farming. A way of farming that works with nature, not against it. But to do that, we need to get rid of the enablers of an old, destructive system. We need to ban synthetic nitrogen fertiliser. New Zealanders should have clean water to drink, clean rivers to swim in and a safe climate to enjoy. Dairy cow numbers have doubled since 1990, and in this same period the use of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser has increased seven-fold (from 1990 to 2015). The dairy industry is now the country’s single biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and is causing huge pollution in our waterways. 70% of our rivers are now too polluted to even swim in. There are farmers in New Zealand who are already farming regeneratively without using synthetic nitrogen. These farms and the revolutionary practices they are developing and using offer a genuine solution to the environmental crises we face. This environmentally responsible approach not only eliminates the need for synthetic nitrogen fertiliser, it has also been proven to be able to sequester carbon rather than emit it, rebuild biodiversity rather than diminish it, purify water rather than pollute it, and build healthy soil rather than degrade it. Let's transform Auckland into a city we can all be proud of.
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  • Stop Big Irrigation and Save Our Rivers
    The future of the Mackenzie Basin rests on the shoulders of the tiny, but powerful Mackenzie District Council. The Mackenzie is world-renowned for its iconic landscape, turquoise lakes, and snow-capped mountains. It is home to critically endangered native species in urgent need of protection. Industrial dairying has become so extreme and out of control that it is even trying to expand into this fragile place. Right now, there are plans to create a new mega dairy farm on the southern shores of Lake Pūkaki near Aoraki/Mount Cook. The Council have the power to deny resource consents for this and all other dairy conversions in the Mackenzie. We, the undersigned, call on them to stand up against industrial dairying and save the Mackenzie.
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    Created by Liana Kelly
  • Stop Spraying Roundup/Glyphosate Poison in North Otago
    Presence of glyphosate know as Roundup, in our food chain is now considerable in New Zealand/Aotearoa. We are indirectly eating this poison. The EPA (Environment Protection Agency) 2015/16 Survey showed nearly half of the wheat tested for glyphosate residue, 26 out of 60 samples, contained glyphosate! Many doctors now agree that there is a strong correlation between glyphosate use and the exponential rise in health complications and diseases such as: Autism, Alzheimer's disease, ADHD, Anencephaly (birth defect), Birth defects, Brain cancer, Celiac disease and gluten intolerance, Depression and Diabetes to name a few! There is now a lot of peer reviewed scientific literature examining the detrimental health effects of glyphosate consumption. A Pioneer in this field is Dr. Stefanie Seneff, you can find a lot of interviews with her online, this one is a must watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6j0wIhUr1M and prompted motivation to start this campaign.
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    Created by Laura Blake
  • Preserve the future of the Pacific Ocean
    The Runit Dome, aka "Cactus Dome" or locally "The Tomb", is a 46 cm thick dome of concrete at sea level, encapsulating an estimated 73,000 m3 of radioactive debris, including some plutonium-239. The debris stems from nuclear tests conducted in the Enewetak Atoll by the United States between 1946 and 1958. From 1977 to 1980, loose waste and top soil debris scraped off from six different islands in the Enewetak Atoll was transported here, mixed with concrete and stored in the nuclear blast crater of the "Cactus" test from May 6 1958. 4,000 US servicemen were involved in the cleanup and it took three years to complete. The waste-filled crater was finally entombed in concrete. In 1982, a US government task force raised concern about a probable breach if a severe typhoon were to hit the island. In 2013, a report by the US Department of Energy found that the concrete dome had weathered with minor cracking of the structure. Leaking and breaching of the dome, which is inevitable due to rising sea levels, could disperse plutonium, a radioactive element that is also a very toxic heavy metal. This would be enough to contaminate the entire Pacific Ocean. The cleaning operation in the 1970s only removed an estimated 0.8 percent of the total transuranic waste in the Enewetak atoll.One particular concern is that, in order to save costs, the original plan to line the porous bottom crater with concrete was abandoned. Since the bottom of the crater consists of permeable soil, seawater is inside the dome.
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  • Fossil Free Cosy Homes
    At a time when we know we cannot burn most of the fossil fuels already discovered, let alone explore for more if we are to retain a liveable climate for our kids, New Zealand Oil & Gas intend to explore for deep-sea oil and gas in the Clipper and Toroa Permits (PEP52717 and PEP 55794) off our coast. We are proud of the progress Dunedin is making towards a fairer, low emissions future. Warm safe housing is an essential part of that future and we love the work of the Cosy Homes Trust, bringing warm, healthy homes to our city and region. But NZOG has no part in that future. It is ironic that those most likely to be affected by climate change, for example in low lying South Dunedin, are those most in need of assistance from the Cosy Homes Trust, which has been partly funded by NZOG, a company that is exacerbating climate change. Accepting funding from NZOG allows them to try to improve their image and continue their destructive practices, which must end. We thank the Trustees Gillian Bremner, Jeff Donaldson, Dr. Marion Poore, Chris Rosenbrock and Scott MacLean for the important work they do in our community and sincerely ask that at the next Trust board meeting on 26 September they vote to end their association with NZOG.
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  • End Plastic Wraps on NZQA Exams
    NZQA distributes thousands of exams each year and each is wrapped in plastic. This plastic is biodegradable according to NZQA, however research shows that biodegradable plastic can not break down without UV rays and high temperatures. Most, if not all, of this plastic will end up buried in landfill, killing our sea life or marring our parks. We should be teaching the younger generation the importance of sustainability and being conscious of the environment, and when their education provider does not adhere to these values, it does not bode well for the future of this planet. Sign this petition to show your support of the environment and to urge NZQA to switch to recyclable paper envelopes or reusable zip lock bags. Together we can make a change!
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  • Save Sundarban - World's Largest Mangrove Forest
    Sundarban is the world’s largest mangrove forest and a UNESCO world’s heritage site.The construction of this coal power plant will definitely have a devastating and irreversible impact on the Sundarbans, its ecology and biodiversity.This project violates the environmental impact assessment guidelines for coal-based thermal power plants. Large amounts of fly ash, coal dust and sulphur, and other toxic chemicals are released throughout the life of the project.
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  • No Mt Messenger Bypass - save Mangapēpeke Valley
    This new road will damage the "physically, spiritually and socially significant" Mimitangiatua River and Mangapēpeke Stream of Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama and Poutama. It will destroy 44.4 hectares of indigenous forest and wetlands that are home to dozens of threatened native species such as the North Island Brown Kiwi, Archey's frog, Long-tail Bats, Fernbirds, North Island Robins, Giant Kōkopu and Shining Cuckoo. This proposal is opposed by the Department of Conservation, Forest & Bird and landowners who are being forced from their homes. Some iwi are yet to be fully consulted and other iwi are still deciding, being so far unsatisfied with mitigation offers. Mangapēpeke means 'frog stream' and frogs are a well known environmental health indicator species. No amount of proposed tree planting and pest control can mitigate the damage actual forest removal and pest introduction this road will cause. The 'bypass' should not go ahead. It makes no sense to destroy ancient forest communities just so cars and trucks can get from A to B a few minutes quicker. The touted safety improvements do not stack up when well-known fog and black ice in the proposed area is taken into account. Nor when increased speeds will also increase accident rates. The age of large truck transportation is coming to an end as fossil fuels become ethically unaffordable. So let's be practical, do we really need a brand new $200million road? It is time to move on from fossil road projects and create a vibrant, sustainable Taranaki economy. An upgrade of the existing road makes far more sense.
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  • Auckland Council make plastic bags a priority waste item to phase out
    For the sake of wildlife, our climate, our oceans and creeks, we urgently need to phase out plastic shopping bags now.The Council is consulting on the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan. But the scope of the plan does not include a phase out of plastic shopping bags. Sign here to tell Council this is an top priority. In 2015 the Local Government Conference called on central Government to introduce a levy and phase out single use plastic bags. In 2017 Auckland mayor Phil Goff signed an open letter calling on the government to do the same, or enable Councils to charge their own levy. Currently Councils are unable to apply a levy to plastic bags. However, they can do many things, such as work in communities and with retailers to educate and support the phase out. It's time Council instructed staff to act on this urgently. 17,000 tonnes of soft plastics were sne tto landfill in 2016. Considering the light weight of plastic bags this is a huge number. Time to ban the bag.
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