Today we told the government what we think about its ‘Clean Water‘ document:
- Rivers that are ‘suitable for swimming more than 80% of the time‘ are not swimmable
- The shift of E.coli guideline to 540 per 100 mls is unacceptable
- All rivers and lakes where communities use or seek to use for recreation should be included for improvement, not just ‘large’ ones
- Residues of pesticides and hydrocarbons need to be included as additional attributes for determining ecological and human health risks of waterways
- The life-supporting capacity of our waterways and the rights of communities and future generations to adequate and clean water must not be compromised by so-called economic arguments
- National bottom lines for freshwater must not be breached because of polluting infrastructure
- Support, not penalize, tangata whenua efforts in protecting the health of our waterways
- Exclude stock from waterways, reduce stock number and halt further dairy conversion for the sake of clean water, ecosystem health and livable climate
- Honour Te Mana o te Wai and invest in responsible and sustainable alternatives
Read our submission here with the case of the Waitara River.
Photos courtesy of Friends of the Waitara River, April 2017
The Peoples’ Climate Rally did not end with the blockade which was in itself a success. It was followed by a Day of Solutions featuring a popular electric vehicle display at the Huatoki Plaza where EV enthusiasts shared their knowledge and tips with the public the whole day long. Alongside the EV show in a public hall, committed researchers, campaigners and businesses presented a series of informative and inspiring talks on topics from petroleum politics to renewable energy technology, sustainable energy research at Parihaka Papakainga, Our Climate Declaration and a public forum on just transition from fossil fuels… Notably Our Climate Declaration calls on all of us to:
- Stop the bad stuff
- Bring on the good, and
- Pressure government…
Last week, Generation Zero launched their blueprint for a Zero Carbon Act and is calling for cross-party support. The proposed Zero Carbon Act will require future governments to set five year ‘carbon budgets’ on track to the zero carbon target, set up an independent Climate Commission, conduct a National Climate Risk Assessment, a climate change adaptation programme, and transparent planning and reporting on New Zealand’s contributions to climate action in other countries.
Next Thur 27th April, Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki is hosting a community korero titled Climate Change Impacts and Implications for Taranaki. All are welcome.
Indeed ‘to change everything, we need everyone’, as Naomi Klein said in her book. Together we are creating a brighter future everyday!
Photos: Participants of the Peoples’ Climate Rally at Owae Marae, by Jeremy Gould; Electric vehicle show on Day of Solutions, by Donald Love, 23 March 2017