(Source: mattbors.com, via climate-changing)
Trees are awesome!
(Source: neetflux, via intergalacticmaori)
The smaller islands of the Pacific are our siblings and cousins. Our size compared to Europe, US or China is irrelevant. Our size in comparison to these smaller nations, so often overlooked by so much of the rest of the world, is what matters. They need us to not only do what we can - & we can - but to raise our voice in their cause.
From the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand:
Discontent with New Zealand and Australia is everywhere at the 45th Pacific Islands Forum. John Key cannot hide behind the flawed logic of ‘NZ is too small to effect change’ when Pacific Leaders are explicitly calling NZ out for his lack of action.
Our plan will carbon neutrality for New Zealand, cut taxes for business and put money back into households - but also help the Pacific. greens.org.nz/climateplan #Green2014
Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game. « The Daily Blog -
It is truly terrifying that these people cling to the ideological creed of profit, even while global temperatures rise; ice caps melt; seas acidify; mounting numbers of plants & animals tumble toward extinction; weather becomes more extreme - in all directions; forests shrink & deserts grow; rising numbers of people are, or are threatened with displacement; and food production is threatened.
That’s not pragmatic. It’s not sound, sensible governance. It’s dangerous.
Obama Administration to Whales, Dolphins: You Go Deaf, We'll Get Oil -
Imagine this: Someone moves into your neighborhood and, every 10 seconds, fires off an airgun that’s louder than a jet engine…
And it goes on for weeks or months at a time. It’s painful and debilitating, so loud that some of your neighbors go deaf, others die.
If you’re a whale, dolphin or sea turtle living off the Atlantic Coast, the Obama administration has just made that nightmare a reality.
Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management opened up offshore waters from Delaware to Florida to oil and gas exploration. I’m sure that’s good news for the oil and gas industry (which already gets more than $4 billion in tax credits and subsidies from the U.S. government) but thousands of marine animals will pay a very terrible price.
(Source: rhamphotheca, via dakotapuma)
This morning I went to a Green Party election priority policy launch at Piha.
We will Protect our Beaches from Oil Spills, by:
1. Prohibit deep sea oil drilling. [For many many reasons, not least of which that we should be transitioning to sustainable energy sources.]
2. Implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping. [Personally I’m astonished that this isn’t already the case.]
3. Build Maritime New Zealand’s oil spill response capability and infrastructure. [Because they barely coped with the Rena spill, which was a fraction compared to what could come from a bust well.]
4. Introduce a stronger legal framework to [make those who cause the spill] pay for the clean up.
After the launch we gathered on the beach for a photo-shoot. I took a quick snap of people finding their places before joining in.
[Also posted on blipfoto]