This week saw the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day. There have been events marking the occasion all around the country, many sponsored by the Green Party. These culminate today with events in Auckland, Thames, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin. Our Green MPs will be there and invite you to join them in sending a message to John Key and his Ministers that we don’t want to see more mining in our parks.
The government is intent on tearing up Schedule 4, which protects our most important conservation lands from mining. This is National’s own cross-party agreement negotiated in the 1990’s covering just 13% of the country. But at a time when our clean, green image is increasingly looking shaky and the reality of climate change demands action, the government’s response is instead to dig up our parks to harvest even the coal that lies beneath.
It is not too late to prevent this from happening. The Prime Minister says he wants feedback from the public. Many Kiwis have already said enough is enough – don’t mine any more of our parks! But the pressure needs to be kept high before final decisions are made.
You can show how you feel by attending one of our Earth Day events today. Details can be found here. Afterward, or if you can’t make it to a public event, please make a submission on the discussion document released by the Ministry of Economic Development. Links to all the info you need to do this are here. The deadline is 4 May.
Show that you want to save our treasured places! We really hope to see you today!