• Stop chocolate corporations from funding this environmental crisis
    Chocolate companies are funding an environmental crisis in West Africa by buying illegally-grown cocoa beans from the area, a new investigation has revealed. Mondelez, which owns Cadbury, and Ferrero -- makers of Kinder Surprise -- have been sourcing beans that come from protected areas and national parks in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, driving rainforest destruction for cocoa production. If this goes on, in just 13 years there will be almost no rainforest left at all. And the crisis is having a huge impact on local wildlife too -- chimpanzees are being from their habitats, and while the country was once home to tens of thousands of elephants, there are now just a few hundred left. Chocolate companies will announce their response to this crisis at the Bonn Climate Conference in just two weeks. They're still deciding what to say, so now's the time to pressure them to take serious action -- before it’s too late. Tell Whittakers, Tip Top and Donovan's to commit to no new deforestation for cocoa worldwide. As much as 40% of the world’s cocoa comes from Cote d’Ivoire, while half of the world’s supply is controlled by just three companies -- Cargill, Olam and Barry Callebaut. Cocoa illegally grown in protected areas and national parks makes its way to these traders through middlemen, who then pass it on to companies like Cadbury, Whittakers, Tip Top and Donovan's to make it into our favourite treats. Every company in the supply chain is aware of this. They simply care more about their profits than the exploitation on the ground -- and the only way we can stop the cycle is to stop demand from chocolate manufacturers. There’s no doubt as to the responsibility of cocoa for the colossal environmental damage. “The ancient forests of our nation, once a paradise for wildlife like chimpanzees, leopards, hippopotamus, and elephants, have been degraded and deforested to the point that they’re almost entirely gone”, says Kouamé Soulago Fernand, General Secretary of ROSCIDET, a network of Ivorian NGOs. “This deforestation is due principally to the cultivation of cocoa.” The figures couldn’t be more worrying -- Cote d’Ivoire has seen its rainforest cover reduced by more than 85% since 1990, while some protected areas have seen as much as 90% of land turned over to cocoa production. The slash-and-burn deforestation will have devastating effects for the future of the region, with the loss of trees contributing to more hot, parched seasons. That’s why we need to act fast -- and stop the demand for illegal cocoa. If we all come together now, we can do the same for cocoa too. Tell Cadbury, Whittakers, Tip Top and Donovan's -- commit to a plan of no new deforestation for cocoa worldwide.
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  • Waitakere ranges
    The manufactures of this chemical will not admit to its possible carcingenic impact on humans, flora and fauna. Why risk our long term future health for the sake of Monsantos multi billion dollar short term revenue gain.
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  • Negotiate a Green / National Coalition Government
    New Zealanders are concerned about protecting our natural environment, no matter what our political stripe. Following the 2017 election, it is critical that The Green Party enter into serious negotiations with *all* potential coalition partners to add a voice for the environment to whatever government forms. This includes National. We recognise that Green Party social and economic policies differ significantly from National, but ask that the Green Party negotiate with National on environmental matters where agreement is clearly possible. Green Voters: Please sign this petition if you are an existing Green supporter or voter that wants the party to prioritise the opportunity to make a positive, lasting difference for the environment over other policies. Please sign if you will support the party through this, knowing that sometimes it's not possible to meet all policy objectives at the same time. Non-Green Voters: Please sign this petition if you would vote for a Green Party that shows it can work with governments of all stripes to achieve positive environmental outcomes. Everyone: Please sign this petition whether you want the Green Party to move permanently to the centre or simply to give a Green / National coalition a one-time shot. Our message is that political parties do not exist merely to perpetuate themselves but sometimes have to put everything on the line to make a critical difference. The Green Party received 126,995 votes (pending specials) - let's beat that!
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  • Close the Ranges to Save the Waitakere Kauri
    The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and Forest & Bird stand with Te Kawerau a Maki in calling for a rāhui and closure of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park in response to the monitoring figures from Auckland Council’s latest survey of kauri dieback infection. The results from the Waitakere Ranges have confirmed their worst fears about the spread of kauri dieback. While the average number of trees infected across the entire Waitakere Ranges may be 19% (more than doubled from 8% 5 years ago) the infection in areas where kauri dominates is actually affecting between 33% and 58% of trees. The Council's recent monitoring report states that local extinction of kauri in areas like Piha, where the infection is worst, is highly likely within 5 years unless urgent and drastic action is taken now. Extinction of kauri across the entire Waitakere Ranges is possible within a generation. It is clear the infection is being spread mainly by people, rather than wild animals, as the majority of the infection (more than 70%) is along the track network and worst in the areas with heaviest foot traffic. Compliance by people with phytosanitary measures to scrub and spray shoes, dog feet, tyres and equipment is below 20% and falling. Auckland Council’s own report states that by continuing to allow recreational use to knowingly spread this Unwanted Organism to uninfected areas the Council is breaching the Biosecurity Act. The priorities for action are: 1) Close tracks in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park until the following actions are implemented. This includes closing the Hillary Trail, which is the major source of infection. Tracks with infected kauri can be reopened once protective measures 4 and 5 are fully implemented on those tracks; 2) Close all tracks to healthy kauri immediately and permanently, or until new knowledge tells us it is safe to reopen them; 3) Apply enforcement measures to people using closed tracks and publicise these to make an example of those putting healthy kauri at risk; 4) Accelerate the programme of building boardwalks and “dry” tracks to get people’s feet off kauri roots on tracks; 5) Implement improved cleaning station design to make avoidance difficult and staff cleaning stations to educate track users about the importance of hygiene measures; 6) Stop events like the Hillary Trail Marathon taking place on tracks with kauri and move to locations without these precious trees; 7) Implement a programme of phosphite treatment on public land to keep individual trees alive.
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  • Stop mining in Canvastown
    We are responsible for the care and protection of our environment, we are responsible for the 'flowing of the waters that sustain the land, as vitality for mankind, as a food basket for the people, as life itself is associated with all freshwater bodies and the food sources that are sustained by those waters'. Sign here now to protect our environment by saying 'NO' to gold mining by Elect mining at Canvastown Marlborough. Say 'No' to gold mining - our environment is worth more than revenue to be gathered, Say 'No' to gold mining - our environment is worth more than a 5 year term contract, Say 'No' to gold mining - our environment will be here for generations to come It is our duty to protect this environment for tomorrow's children. Say 'No' and protect your TURANGAWAEWAE - domicile, standing, place where one has the right to stand - place where one has rights of residence and belonging through kinship and whakapapa. THIS IS ELECT MINING'S PROPOSAL: Its original application, filed last year, proposed mining over a significantly larger area, up to 120 hectares straddling both sides of the highway, northwest of Blenheim. The revised application said the mining would progress in phases. A pit up to 16 metres deep would be dug, filling with water to allow a floating gold screen to be used. The pit would be back-filled as work progressed, allowing for the remediation of the land, which the application said would be returned to its pre-mining state. The application noted a number of remedial measures, including creating drainage channels to direct stormwater into holding ponds, to prevent sediment run-off into the rivers. March 30 2017: Stuff News: THERE IS NO REMEDIATION ONCE THIS IS DONE. - WE MUST SAY 'NO'
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  • Refuse Rex Tillerson entry to New Zealand
    Climate change is real, the evidence is there in black and white, it is no 'hoax'. The US is a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions through its ongoing focus on burning fossil fuels. New Zealand must make a stand for the rest of the global community and send a message to the US Government: "your reckless and ill-thought through decisions impact all global citizens. We will not stand by and let this carnage carry on."
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  • Stop Watercare! Say NO to the destruction of native bush in Titirangi for a water treatment plant
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjX954J1zjI Watercare is proposing to build a new massive water treatment plant in Manuka Road and Woodlands Park Road, Titirangi, next to the existing plant. The construction of this plant will destroy more than 1000 trees over four hectares of significant native mature bush – including a large part of the very popular Clark Bush Track, bring an industrial sized plant to within four metres of local residents and put untold strain on roading and other infrastructure in surrounding communities including Titirangi, Woodlands Park, Waima, Laingholm, Glen Eden and beyond. The ecological assessment of the proposed site has been limited to minimal vegetation and bird count surveys, with no assessment of the other flora and fauna that might be present, including bats, lizards or insects, and no considerations of impacts on fresh water ecology. If this project goes ahead in Titirangi, it would be an ecological and social disaster, an insult to the environmental pioneers that helped create the essential character of Titirangi and an absolute disgrace for the green image of New Zealand. Phil Goff promised Aucklanders to protect our native heritage trees. Now he has the chance to stand by his word when both our native bush and community are under threat. We call on him and Auckland Council to reject the environmental consent to clear the bush for a Water Treatment Plant in Titirangi and send Watercare back to the drawing board. Help us stop Watercare now. For additional information, please check our Facebook page and website below: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TitirangiPG/ https://protecttitirangi.org/
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  • Save our Reserves
    Valuable public open spaces are now under threat from this Government, which wants to carve up and sell our parks for housing developments. Once it’s sold, it’s gone forever. Save Our Reserves (SOR) emerged as a response to a proposed housing development on Point England Reserve, Auckland. We thought this reserve would be a reserve forever. It’s a wonderful open space with rural character, playing fields and endangered birds. However the Government plans to sell 11.69 hectares (28.88 acres) of the land to Ngāti Paoa (or other developers) for a housing development as part of their Treaty settlement. We support iwi in getting fair treaty settlement but do not agree to public reserves being used as commercial property. We realise that this sets a dangerous precedent for other reserves, and have formed a group to help other communities who will face similar losses under this Government. This petition is a push back to say NO to housing on parks, sports fields and public reserves across New Zealand so communities don’t have to fight individual battles. We don’t want central government forcing local councils to rezone public open space for housing. The development will destroy the primary roosting habitat of 50-90% of the remaining wild shorebirds in the Tāmaki Estuary. The development proposed in this Bill covers 50% of the endangered New Zealand dotterel nesting ground. This intensive housing development will bring cats and dogs and people into the nesting ground, evicting the birds. For explanatory notes and background to the petition visit http://saveourreserves.org.nz/petition/
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  • Cycle way Pohutukawa Coast
    This road hugs the steep coast and twists and turns sharply. It is lined with Pohutukawa trees and has unique scenic beauty with every turn as hidden bays and vistas emerge. It is a popular destination for weekend picnicking and fisherman. The volume of weekend traffic on the coast is rising exponentially each year and is a detriment to the coastal experience. A balance between the weekend motorist and outdoor activity is a sensible solution. By sharing the road with one way traffic and a cycle/ pedestrian way it will enable greater access overall. Currently it is difficult for vehicles to pull over to the shoulder to enjoy the view. Giving pedestrians and cyclists greater access and freedom will make this site a must do activity in the Auckland region. This section of the highway is not a commuter road and is in fact a slower route to Clevedon so the one way aspect will not have any negative affects to locals or tourists.
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  • Pass legislation that requires palm oil to have ONE name (PALM OIL).
    Everyone deserves to know if the product they are consuming or using contains palm oil. Palm oil is impacting our environment/climate/animals/human health and safety: causing deforestation; habitat degradation; climate change; animal cruelty; indigenous rights abuse and people have been found to be allergic to palm oil. WE deserve to ask for choice.
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  • BAN THE USE OF A CARCINOGENIC CHEMICAL IN KAPITI COAST'S URBAN PUBLIC PLACES
    Recently glyphosate was classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Class 2A carcinogen, meaning, it probably causes cancer. (1) Glyphosate is the world's most commonly sprayed weedkiller and is the active ingredient in RoundUp (2) It is a product most Council contractors use in keeping both urban and rural public areas weed free. With cancer the leading cause of death in New Zealand, accounting for 29.4% of all deaths (3), it is important we protect the public, particularly children, from exposure to this chemical. The damning conclusion by the world's leading health experts means that the Council needs to take responsibility for protecting our health and making our beautiful district healthy and safe for all by completely stopping the use of glyphosate. The public spraying of this carcinogenic chemical is a violation of our human rights. We have already requested the Kapiti Coast District Council consider chemical free alternatives,. And research has proven cost effectiveness of hot water and foam treatment which is almost equal in cost to chemical spraying. In 2009 French Professor Séralini's two year study on glyphosate found it produced large cancerous tumours in rats (4). Because its effects are cumulative and not immediate (that is they only show up over a long period of time) people generally think it is safe. Dr. Don Huber, an award-winning, international scientist, microbiologist and professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University (US) who has 55+ years experience in research and expertise in the area of plant pathology, says that contrary to the common claim of safety, a large volume of peer-reviewed scientific information clearly demonstrates that Roundup herbicide is chronically toxic to human and animal tissues and leads to cancer, premature death, kidney and liver failure, blood disorders and a host of other diseases (5). Dr Huber considers glyphosate is worse than DDT (6), and that there's also a correlation between glyphosate use & bee die off (7). Our environment has long been subject to frequent spraying of this toxic chemical. In 2009 France's highest Court ruled that Roundup (active ingredient glyphosate) is not biodegradable nor does it "keep the soil clean" as Monsanto had previously advertised. (8) It has now also been found present in human blood, urine and breast milk. (7) Help us make all public areas in Kapiti towns both glyphosate and chemical free now. [1] and [2] http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/150422-glyphosate-roundup-herbicide-weeds/ [3] http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/cancer-new-registrations-and-deaths-2011 [4] http://www.gmoseralini.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/GES-final-study-19.9.121.pdf (5) http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/roundup-herbicide-most-toxic-chemical-environment [6] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/15/dr-don-huber-interview-part-2.aspx [7] http://www.gmoevidence.com/dr-huber-glyphosate-and-bee-colony-collapse-disorder-ccd/ [8] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8308903.stm
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  • PROTECT NEW ZEALAND'S URBAN TREES
    New Zealand wide, urban trees are now grossly unprotected due to amendments to the Resource Management Act (RMA). 'Blanket tree protection' has now effectively been removed allowing for indiscriminate felling of our urban forests. Urban trees make enormous contributions to society and the environment and are an integral part of urban infrastructure, helping to create liveable cities of the future. REVERSE THE RMA CHANGES! Please sign this petition and fight to protect one of our most valuable resources and show the world we are serious about the issues that face our environment.   Nick Smith, National's minister of the environment, set about making amendments to the RMA that were enshrined in the Act by 2013. Prior to these amendments, councils only had to list trees by species, and for the trees to be above a certain size to be protected which created ‘blanket’ protection. After September 5th 2015 the following protections applied: - Individual, or groups of identified trees may be scheduled on a list of ‘Notable Trees’ by councils.  The trees first have to be nominated and pass a set criteria devised by councils in order to gain this ‘protected’ status. - Significant Ecological Areas (SEAs) and other similar categories identified as an overlay on a council plan prohibit the removal of vegetation from these areas.   Trees on an urban plot that don't fall into any of the above categories are able to be pruned or felled without resource consent from council.  These trees may be of any age and species - native or not. There are significant shortfalls to this strategy: - Nationally only a small percentage of urban trees on private land are currently protected. - These forms of protection can be removed if council consent is granted. - Additional trees and SEAs can be nominated but but can only be protected after acceptance in a future plan change of current Unitary or District Plans. In Auckland's case this won't take place for several years.What will we lose in the meantime? - Nominations for additional Notable Trees face tough eligibility criteria by Council, including crucially the property owner's decision to agree to the nomination. - The Resource Management Act currently prohibits a council’s attempt to create any form of general or blanket protection. THERE HAS ALREADY BEEN A RAPID DECLINE OF OUR URBAN FORESTS! Evidence suggests ONE THIRD of urban forest in Auckland has already been removed since blanket tree protection was removed in 2015. With grave implications faced by global warming due to excessive CO2 emissions, the Government has made a bold commitment to reducing national levels. This fact bestows an even greater value to trees, urban or elsewhere. It is therefore absurdly contradictory that the previous Government took such a relaxed stance on protecting the very resource that serves us in this regard. The new Government must make every decision regarding climate change count.   All around the world there are strategies that have been created by Governments and organisations to increase urban tree density in order to meet air quality and temperature targets, reduce erosion, increase biodiversity, improve the mental health of populations and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. New Zealand needs an holistic urban forest management strategy that: - adequately protects and nurtures our existing urban forests; - allows councils to implement sound protection laws with practical consideration given to pruning, maintenance and mitigation planting; - sets a precedent on urban biodiversity for our expanding and intensifying cities. A recent Auckland University study headed by Margaret Stanley shows the current dilemma: central Auckland tree cover (over 8 metres tall) is only 6% of the land area, 63.2% of which was on private land. Of these trees, approximately 15% were protected. Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204615001127 ) Forests are the lungs of the world. We need to nurture and protect our urban forests as much as possible to play our part as responsible global citizens and enable our growing cities to be truly liveable for future generations.  I urge you to encourage the Government to review the RMA and re-introduce blanket tree protection to protect our urban forests before it is too late.   Please sign this petition and keep NZ green.   Ross McCreadie https://www.facebook.com/protectoururbantrees/ For further action visit the Forest and Bird website and click on ‘Take action’ to join the fight to save the RMA. Link: http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/savetheRMA
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