To: Christchurch City Council
Ban Roundup in All Public Spaces in Christchurch
Find an alternative to Roundup in all public spaces and maintain transparency with the public over which streets are still being sprayed and when. There are alternatives, many countries in Europe have no issues avoiding the use of toxic chemicals.
Why is this important?
This is a public health concern as well as a transparency concern. The council was happy with allowing the public to believe that Roundup was no longer being used in public spaces but this is not the case. We have a right to know which streets are still being sprayed and when. There are alternatives; the continued use of a probable carcinogen is inexcusable.
New Zealand regulators are focussing on studies relating to glyphosate specifically, but it is also the combination of other chemicals, such as adjuvants, used in the Roundup formula that have the potential to make the final product even more harmful than glyphosate alone.
There is no excuse to not be using the precautionary principle when it comes to public health. This time the typical kiwi 'she'll be 'right' attitude is not ok and the fact that New Zealand regulators think they are above those of many European countries who have already banned the chemical is disappointing and concerning.
How it will be delivered
Once I have enough signatures, I will take this to the council myself. I have already requested information surrounding which streets are still being sprayed and how often and plan to take this information to Stuff.co.nz.