Over 380 people have made a submission against Shell-Todd’s marine consent application to drill 22 new side-tracked wells and continue gas extraction and production for another 35 years off the Taranaki coast. It was just awesome to watch all the submissions come in, particularly in the last few hours before closing time when we had several submissions per minute flying across the globe. Climate Justice Taranaki made a 30-page submission. Support by donations and other means will help us a great deal in the upcoming fight.Here’s the last paragraph in our submission:
We have a social responsibility. We inherit this world from previous generations. However, we also just borrow it from future generations. In our role as kaitiaki, as stewards of all things precious, we have to ensure that future generations inherit a world that is still beautiful. There is beauty in many things. There is beauty in a group of Maui’s dolphins passing by; there is beauty in a giant blue whale slowly making its way down the coast; there is beauty in clear and clean water as it washes onto a rocky beach, wave after wave. These animals, plants and natural elements are not mere data on a page to be assessed on a cost : benefit ratio for first world humans. They are living, essential components that make this world viable. We must protect them if just for the sake of our own survival and sanity. Let’s make sure that this is our legacy.
No reira, he mihi nui ki a koutou katoa! A big mihi to everyone who supported Climate Justice Taranaki through this submission writing process. The Environmental Protection Agency hearing into the application is scheduled to start on 29 April. Hearing locations are still to be advertised. We are getting ready for the hearing, ready to win!