- #1667629vale019 February 13, 2018 at 3:51 pm
Ah yes, those were the days, my friend!!!
Did you all read about the plastic filaments that have been found in Antartica? A lot worse than expected. A real concern.
Even bottom dwelling sea creatures are ingesting it & as it goes through the chain so are we.
My doctor has just told me to eat more fish???????#1667635supergoldMemberMember since: May 9, 2009
Replies: 8687supergold February 13, 2018 at 4:58 pm
Yes, I did read about the plastic filaments being found in the fish we are eating. 😡
It must be noted too that NZ is one of the very few countries still using 1080. More frightening that it is being sprayed to control possums but it destroys every living creature in our forests and affects other game people are taking for consumption in their own homes. It concerns me that this stuff is spread from the air and any gust of wind is going to carry it over areas where people are living. What is the longterm effect on humans? Many of the ills people are fronting up to hospitals with could well be the result of inadvertently injesting 1080 plus the stuff farmers put on their vegetable crops (glycophosphate?)
Sounds like someone is trying to kill off most of the human race! 😡 😡 😡
Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)#1667663halcyonMemberMember since: May 4, 2014
Replies: 4755halcyon February 13, 2018 at 8:11 pm
According to the NZ Herald published 11/02/2018.
“Auckland’s mayor says it will take at least a decade to tackle the issues causing dozens of health warnings and no swim notices around the city’s beaches.”
And interesting enough, there is not a cow in sight. Maybe those who want our waters to be swimmable need to focus on the pollution made by our cities.
I behave therefore I am.
(Apologies to B F Skinner and Rene Descartes)#1667677vale019 February 13, 2018 at 8:57 pm
SG – I agree -the 1080 problem is of real concern and it is more than possible that the fall out from this poison is causing many health problems.
Halcyon – of course cities full of people create pollution but dairy farmers also have a lot to answer for. – It’s an unfortunate fact of life that where there are people there will be pollution whether it is in a city or on a farm. The pollution is caused by the use of poor waste disposal and recycling methods. The introduction of plastic, in particular, into our everyday living is causing untold & quite possibly irreversible damage to our planet – to its waterways and plantlife which in turn affects every creature in the food chain, including humans.
We all have to work together on this be it as a city slicker or a farmer.#1667699halcyonMemberMember since: May 4, 2014
Replies: 4755halcyon February 13, 2018 at 9:51 pm
Very true vale019. Prior to the last election much was made about the effects dairying had on our water quality and the effects our cities were having was not acknowledged. Over the last few years farming has made steps to improve their practice.
Now our cities need to follow the farming community lead. Yes, it is going to cost city rate payers to improve their waterways. But then it has cost the farming community to improve theirs.
I behave therefore I am.
(Apologies to B F Skinner and Rene Descartes)#1667701vale019 February 13, 2018 at 9:57 pm
True enough, Halcyon. We all have to pay now plus it will be hard work. Individuals have to make an effort as well as Councils and Government.#1669215vale019 February 24, 2018 at 11:23 am
Sam Neill stars in off-beat ad campaigning against plastic bags
After public pressure forced New World and Countdown to commit to a ban on single-use plastic bags, Kiwi actor Sam Neill has now joined the fight to save the oceans from the plastic menace.
If you like them so much YOU eat them!
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/acting-legend-sam-neill-stars-in-off-beat-ad-campaigning-against-plastic-bags#1669635vale019 February 27, 2018 at 6:28 pm
Government considering ban on plastic bags – 27 Feb, 2018 2:52pm
Even though supermarket firms Progressive Enterprises and Foodstuffs are phasing out plastic bags, that isn’t enough, says Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage.
The Government’s considering a ban on plastic bags, after a 65,000 strong petition was handed over to Parliament.
Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage said she was struck by how much New Zealanders cared about the harmful impacts of plastic bags.
“The message I’ve got is that it’s time for change.
“The previous National Government ignored this problem when a similar petition by Our Seas Our Future was considered in 2014, and decided to do nothing.
“This Government cares about the environment and knows how much New Zealanders understand that single-use plastic bags are produced using oil, create waste, and can end up in the ocean, choking marine life.”
Sage said that even though companies including our main supermarkets, Progressive Enterprises and Foodstuffs, were phasing out plastic bags, it wasn’t enough.
“The question is to ban or not to ban. I have directed officials to look at the best options and report back,” she said.
“Significantly reducing waste going to landfill by 2020 is a key goal of the Green Party’s confidence and supply agreement with Labour and is a priority for me as Associate Environment Minister.
“While single use plastic bags represent 0.2 per cent of landfill waste, they are an unnecessary pollutant.
“More than 30 countries have legislated to regulate single use plastic bags with bans or levies.
“New Zealand has been a laggard in this space for years, but that’s not going to be the case under this Government.”
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.#1675933CriticMemberMember since: June 6, 2011
Replies: 1313Critic April 13, 2018 at 9:59 am
It is not difficult to confuse the discussion of politics with discussion about the environment because politics is where funding for addressing problems or preventing them comes from.
A fairly good example of why we need significant changes to improve our environment and its care can be seen in Aucklands Waitakere ranges where there is dire problems with the future of the Kauri
The council have decided to close the area off so that folk can no longer walk the tracks yet they do not know what is causing the problem and there is no evidence that people walking on ratepayer funded tracks within the waitakeres is contributing to the problem .
The (australian owned) new zealand herald congratulates the council as if the council is doing something positive “BUT”
ALL THE COUNCIL IS DOING IS SAVING MONEY ON TRACK MAINTENANCE money which ratepayers provide so that the council can meet its obligations/compliance under the reserves act to maintain tracks for the publics use.
If the Council had proposed putting that money towards finding out just what is causing the problem we could congratulate them for trying to address the problem rather than simply continuing to avoid maintenance of tracks but …. politics (corporate) do not need to make sense generally (as is apparent)
It is good though to see the new government is providing a budget to determine the problem or attempt to address it but the auckland council certainly do not merit congratulations for working out that they can redirect money they decide not to spend on track maintenance.
I can still remember the coastal cliff track at whatipu they decided to allow to revert so as to save money….
The councils obligations under the reserves act were determined by the council to be capable of being ignored and so they did and will continue to do because that is the politics of the corporate game…
Get paid more for doing less…. Nothing else matters
🙂#1675956freemindMemberMember since: September 7, 2006
Replies: 1001freemind April 13, 2018 at 5:08 pm
Time for the tourist board to cut out this Clean Green nonsense until something is done about improving our rivers and lakes
This world is full of propaganda and lies from the media and politicians
There should be a law against lying and playing scrabble with the truth.
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