Let’s not get fracking, Mr Key and Co.By Mandy Hager
We need to talk seriously about the NZ Government’s agenda to further plunder our natural environment. And we need to resist the pro-mining lobby spin about fracking.
Pumping water and toxic chemicals deep into the bowels of the earth can only cause harm – including groundwater contamination and the possibility of increased seismic activity in areas of fracking (not to mention all the other significant environmental damage caused by mining and oil exploration).
The concerns around fracking are not the invention of a few homespun Greenies: there are already moratoriums on fracking in many places around the world, including NSW, Quebec, parts of USA, and France… and the number of voices speaking out against it continues to rise.
I urge you to get hold of the documentary ‘Gasland’ by Josh Fox http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/whats-fracking) and read the support material available on the site, and if you can’t get hold of the documentary, then watch it in parts on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phCibwj396I).
The dinosaur thinkers will say we have to exploit our natural resources for the sake of the economy, but our survival (and the generations after us) depends on smarter thinking, and not the same old knee-jerk consumption/destruction model we have bought into since the Industrial Revolution.
We have to take a longer view – the unpalatable truth is that life is going to become very grim within our own lifetimes. No matter how many jobs or dollars can be made from further pillaging of the natural environment, preserving the ecosystem is a hell of a lot more important overall. If we don’t start nurturing the planet we call ‘home’ it’s going to evict us all without a backward glance.
I know Robert Atack will say it’s too late, that we’re already screwed, but I refuse to believe this. We can at least try to mitigate the fallout of this unfolding global disaster. We need to think smarter – and to insist our politicians do the same. We must stand up against the destruction of our environment – we must not be the generation who saw it coming and refused to try. It’s time to put self-interest and indifference aside and make our voices heard.
‘It’s up to us’
On the whole we are well-mannered and compliant in this country. But now is not a time for manners. Please don’t let mining and oil exploration hammer another nail into the planet’s coffin. We have to draw the line and then start to counter the damage. In truth, the line de-marking a safe and prosperous future for our grandkids has long since passed – now it’s up to us to make sure it’s not nudged even closer to the abyss.
The idea that a thriving economy based on mineral exploitation can save us is ludicrous – instead, it is a fast-track to Hell for the entire human race (not to mention every other living species on the planet).
Inform yourselves then stand up and say ‘No!’ Let the Government know their outmoded thinking will lose them votes and power. It’s the only way to make these oil-fed dinosaurs sit up and take notice.