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Don't undermine New Zealand - March against Mining!

40,000 Turned Out For the March!!!!!

       

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Last week, Robyn Malcolm and I paid a visit to beautiful
Paparoa National Park on the West Coast, one of the conservation areas the
Government wants to mine - for coal.

Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee reckons coal is "sexy", so Robyn and I
have put together this little video (above far left) as a tribute to its sexiness.
Check it out (if you're over 18!!).

More seriously . . . as a New Zealander I always thought that conservation land would be there.  Jeez, what part of 'conservation' don't they understand?

Digging it up to burn more coal and pollute our children's atmosphere is not ETHICAL, not SMART and not FORWARD THINKING.
In short it is un-Kiwi. Don't do it!

We need clean, sustainable energy not coal mining and climate change.
Tourists I spoke to at Paparoa were in disbelief that our Government
is even considering this.

Mining our conservation land means stealing from our kids.
We are responsible for turning this around.

So let’s make sure John Key gets the message loud and clear on May 1.
We need a big turnout on Queen St at 11am – so see you there!

Lucy  Lawless

PS if you can’t make it along (because, say, you live in the South Island) please forward this message to as many Aucklanders as you possibly can.

4/22/10 -- Dispatch from the Wild West -- submitted by Lucy Lawless

I have spent the day traveling down the West Coast of the South island with the Sign On crew, including Robyn Malcolm - a true Westie! I swear to God this coast line is the most beautiful i have seen anywhere in the world.

We have been interviewing tourists about the part our "clean green" image played in their decision to visit our country. Then we asked them how they felt about our Government's plan to dig up 3,000 hectares of top-quality native forest in the Paparoa National Park for coal. This is stunning West Coast land that is held in trust on behalf of all NZ'ders.

Two young men from Wales warned us that mining had had a ruinous effect on their rivers and landscape. The woman from northern England said it had taken more than 50 years for the land to begin to rehabilitate. One tourist said rather desperately: "Don't do it Mr Key!!".  All but one strongly advised against New Zealand taking such a backward step. I also talked to some locals (see photo of me doing my thing). Almost all these guys work, or have in the past worked at the Stockton coal mine, just North up the Coast from here. They all talked about how UGLY the mine site is and how they don't really think the same thing should be happening in a National Park.

Let's face it; they won't dig up coal just to look at it. It's going to be burnt in NZ, contributing massively to our carbon emissions. Our Government is rubbing its hands together at the thought of digging up an estimated 9 billion tonnes of coal from various locations around NZ, according to Simon Boxer of Greenpeace. That translates into 13 billion tonnes of CO2 into the air, which is over two times the annual CO2 emissions of the USA. Because of failure to cut emissions, NZ has been lambasted in the overseas press. They have said our 100% PURE brand is infact pure hype. Tourism is our second biggest industry. If our reputation gets trashed, along with our landscape, we're sunk.

We need energy, yes, but we should be demanding energy that is clean, sustainable and doesn't trash our childrens' future, nor come with a nasty carbon bill that will be footed by the taxpayer.

Mining conservation land is not ethical, not smart and not forward-thinking. In short, it's UN-KIWI! Don't do it! If you feel the same and live in or around Auckland, join us on May 1 for a march up Queen Street against the mining plans. Trust me, the Paparoa National Park is way too beautiful for that fate.






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