• 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 Outdated: - The vision suggests that economic growth will be created by its implementation while providing minimal short-term, unsustainable economic growth in Hong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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  • Reduce Virgin Plastic Resin & New-Packaging Imports into NZ
    New Zealand currently imports more than 250 000 tonnes a year of virgin plastic resins with 60% made into rigid and soft plastic packaging - the things that mostly go to landfill. We currently ‘recycle’ around 20% of all plastics each year, though this is largely by exporting large volumes to other countries and making it their problem. Right now, the global oil industry is investing US$180 billion in new plastic production plants and upgrades in order to increase virgin plastic production by 40% in the next 10 years with an increase of oil diverted into plastic production from 6% now up to 20%. There is no question that the global mass expansion of virgin plastic production will lead to further massive increases in single-use plastic packaging products here in New Zealand as that plastic finds a market. We have already experienced an explosion of single-use plastic products as virgin plastic production has more than trebled since 1990. We simply cannot Recycle out of the current and exponentially growing plastics tsunami and waste minimisation policies and legislation must focus on the Reduction of these products coming into the economic system in the first place. Plastic packaging and pollution, therefore, is not an individual Consumer Issue, it is a Production Issue which requires regulation of packaging manufacturers and food & beverage companies. This means Government intervention and makes plastic packaging a political issue. As consumers we cannot realistically hope to write to the 100s and 1000s of individual companies to ask them to change out of single-use plastic packaging and we cannot individually push back against the millions of marketing dollars creating markets for these plastic products. With plastic recycling rates at around 20%, recycling is not a solution - it's an ambulance with flat tyres and no driver. We must focus on Reduction targets imposed by Government to force industry to change their packaging products and move out of polluting plastics. Please sign my petition to the Minister and then join me at my campaign sending a strong message to all MPs in Parliament at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/plastic2parliament
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  • Save Te Waikoropupu Springs from the threat of synthetic nitrogen
    Te Waikoropupū Springs are a national and international taonga (treasure). The springs have some of the clearest water ever measured on earth. That clarity is under threat from rising nitrate pollution - the signature of industrial dairying. The main source of the pollution is dairy farms in the recharge area of the aquifer, which apply hundreds of tonnes of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser each year, mainly urea. For over three years Golden Bay volunteers have meticulously monitored nitrate levels at the Springs. The undeniable trend is upward. By September 2019 the levels were 30% up from 2016 - and rising. Increasing nitrate levels are a threat to the unique ecosystem of Te Waikoropupū Springs. Elevated nitrate levels create ideal growing conditions for ugly algal blooms and pond slime. Recently a mat of ‘filamentous green algae’ was observed by DOC at the Dancing Sands Spring. This contaminant is typically found in nitrate rich waters. Rising nitrate levels also threaten the tiny creatures (stygofauna) that create the sparkling clear water in the aquifer. Te Waikoropupū Springs are of immense cultural, ecological and spiritual importance to New Zealanders. They are a Wāhi Tapu (Sacred place) to Māori. They are visited by more than 90,000 people a year. The upward trend in nitrate readings is a call to urgent action! We the undersigned ask that Minister for the Environment David Parker and the New Zealand Government acts urgently to ban synthetic nitrogen fertiliser from the recharge area of the Arthur Marble Aquifer.
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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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  • Fund a cleanup of the Fox River landfill breach, and the relocation of other vulnerable dumps
    Big corporations like Coca Cola continue to produce and sell vast quantities of throwaway plastic that ends up in the environment, choking marine life, polluting land and rivers and endangering wildlife and people's health. It's time they started paying the real price.
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  • Protect Aotea from marine dumping
    In February 2019, the Environment Protection Authority gave Coastal Resources Ltd (CRL) permission to increase the amount of sediment it dumps from 50,000 cubic metres to 250,000 cubic metres annually for 35 years, just 25 km of the east coast of Great Barrier Island. Kelly Klink, of iwi Ngāti Rehua-Ngātiwai ki Aotea and the Society for the Protection of Aotea Community & Ecology have lodged appeals against the resource consent in the High Court. Ngati Rehua Ngatiwai ki Aotea have a significant and an undeniable interest within the area - holding mana whenua and mana moana. Kelly states that ‘the proposed activity will have an irreversible impact on our moana’ and further ‘the harm will be irreparable to the wairua and mauri of Moana nui o Toi, adversely affecting the marine environment upon which our iwi have relied on mai rano’. The approved consent is a 500 % increase from the current consent! This will have significant negative impacts to the marine environment (for example, substrate smothering, heavy metal contamination, water quality degradation, effect of sounds on marine life such as whales, changes in marine life behavioural patterns, increased bio-security risks). The community of Aotea, need your help to support the expensive legal costs involved in a High Court appeal. If you can, make a donation. We face a long game with lots of legal costs and are really relying on the financial support of New Zealanders who love Aotea and want to see a better future for our stunning oceans and our unique island. If you can please make a donation through direct debit to Protect Aotea bank account, 03-0296-0454684-000 Or donate through www.givealittle.co.nz and search Protect Aotea For more information on the consent application please refer: https://www.epa.govt.nz/public-consultations/decided/coastal-resources-limited/
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  • Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser: Gisborne District 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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  • Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser: Taranaki 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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  • Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser: Bay of Plenty 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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  • Ban Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser: Manawatu-Whanganui 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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