Friday, April 30, 2010

Skywatch Friday, Save our world:March against Mining.


Our Government broke her promise and is allowing mining in our protected conservation land. Much of this land is what makes picturesque New Zealand. There is a march tomorrow. Through my association with Green Peace, I received this email from a local TV Artist. Lucy Lawless will be there too. I can't be there for medical reasons so I sent them my virtual placard.

Saturday May 1st: 50,000 New Zealanders from the top half of the North Island walked in the march today. A sure sign that the government cannot ignore. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10642083

This is my virtual placard. "When the last tree has been cut down, it's too late to cry." You can view it http://www.dontunderminenz.org/placard/home/view/733
and lots of others here.


This photo is actually Muriwai, but it looks no different from the area that is going to be mined. I was in the Coromandels about thirty years ago.

Dear Ann,

This Saturday at 11am, I and thousands of other New Zealanders will march up Queen Street, for something which will profoundly impact not only our own backyard, but also New Zealand’s global reputation. I really hope you can join us.
We are marching against the Government’s proposal to open up Schedule 4 protected conservation land for mining.
I have just visited two of the proposed mine sites, and been awed by their beauty. Check out this short video of my time in the amazing Paparoa National Park with Lucy Lawless.
We must as voters stop this incredibly irresponsible proposal dead in its tracks.
The simple fact that the Government is prepared to consider going into this highly protected land, which is staggeringly beautiful, with a huge and rare forest and bird life, should be enough.
The fact that a National Government made a promise 13 years ago to protect that land “no matter what” and now seems to have forgotten that promise should be enough.
The fact that the Government has also made it very clear that this is just the tip of the iceberg and they are planning to mine many more currently protected sites should be enough.
The fact that we are now under scrutiny from the rest of the world and our most precious trading “ace card” is being questioned should be enough.
All these things are enough, but the thing that really motivates me to get out of the house at 10:30, put my walking shoes on and join all those other great people at the bottom of Queen Street is this:
New Zealand is my country, it is unique in its size, its landscape and its people. It is my back yard. I simply want to help protect it.
I for one do not want to be part of a New Zealand that stood by and allowed its Government to trade away our most loved, precious and valued assets.
Come march for a bottom line. Come march for your back yard.

Love Robyn

PS. If you can't make it on the day, you can be there in spirit with a virtual placard



Rajesh said...

Wonderful shot. The mining has become hazardous even in this part.

NatureFootstep said...

nice place. And sky, even though my eyes were drawn to the ocean :)

Gemma Wiseman said...

A challenging post! For short term gains, the natural world is scarred irreparably!

rainfield61 said...

Hopefully the beauty will not be an history in the near future.

alicesg said...

Beautiful sky photo. Hope they keep the country as beautiful as ever.

Ah Ngao said...

hi Ann,i'm also into Green Peace .not really a registered member but in my own mind - i'm one supporter for better & nicer a planet to live on(earth). no to mining of coz - i think the government can get a better source of "incomes" from another way.

re:oh yes,i sure do have little things which reminds me of my papa.younno that slim building called Lane Building,next to the Central Police station in Kuching?(the one at Central Padang which they renamed it as Padang Merdeka).my papa works in that building with Reddi & Co as a law clerk.Reddi the lawyer died and a new kid on the block took over.my papa kinda dislike young shot ordering him around so didnt stay on for long after that.it's not really the building,it's that narrow one-way traffic lane that's gives me ....younno that so fresh memories.Kai Joo Lane or coffin lane(kung choy kai) really stirs up my memories of my papa & me - drinking coffee(i drinks coca cola back then),everytime i went there.and younno, after every kopitiam sessions,my papa'd tapao those egg tarts or custard puffs( oh man...those pastries were really so originally done back then).*...sigh*,my papa still appears in my dreams from time to time.he left us in 2002.so i don't actually knows what he had became...,maybe he's the current owner of a big Casino?(Las Vegas style)...hehe

Gattina said...

Your picture shows such a beautiful landscape ! I can't understand why people have to destroy beautiful places worldwide ! I hope your protest helps !

George said...

This is such a beautiful area. The world would be much poorer if it was destroyed by mining.

Unknown said...

This is a picturesque and is so beautiful to destroy, they are out of their minds.

Sylvia K said...

I agree so completely with you and the visitors to your blog, Ann. I will never understand the need to destroy the beautiful places in our world! I, too, hope your protest helps! Such a gorgeous photo of such a gorgeous place! Have a great weekend!


Coffeeveggie addict. said...

wow,this is fantastic....btw,my sunset took me 20 minutes before i finish it....thanks for the visit...

Kim, USA said...

Nice shot here Ann. I don't understand why the people in our government wants to trample the best beautiful place. The word "protected land" means we have to protect them. Argh this is all because of money!! As I have said before "nature could live without us but we can't live without them". I think I remember one blogger here, she is taking a lot of picture of a certain place in her state that she is afraid a mining site would be soon be there. It is kind of sad!


Joe Todd said...

Love the photo and what a great area. Good luck with the march

Wanda said...

So very beautiful.... I never get tired of looking at the sky~~~

Euroangel said...

what a lovely landscape Ann. I hope that government would always think first of saving nature that prioritizing money...

p.s. I do back pack sometimes when I travel..depends on how many days I am traveling.take care and hope you will have a great start of May.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful picture. So sad about the mining. All our governments have to realize the earth isn't unlimited resources. I believe all these earthquakes and radical weather is all our messing with digging and drilling. They have the not in our lifetime mentality sadly. ~Jeanne

EG CameraGirl said...

Ach! That is so WRONG to break a promise! Andd doubly wrong when the environment is being spoiled!

Lew said...

That is a beautiful place! I hope your effprts help protect the conervation land. And yes, our fog is normally in the morning. I took that shot because it was so unusual.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

50,000 New Zealanders from the top half of the North Island walked in the march today. A sure sign that the government cannot ignore.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Wow what a great shot! Lovely place!!
Hope you had a successful march!

Johnny Nutcase said...

ugh. I can't stand the world anymore and the crap we do to mess it up. Thank you for helping !! It's really reassuring to know 50,000 people were there, thank you!