Proposed open cast coal mine on the Denniston plateau

A campaign is picking up to oppose this huge mine in a very special area of ecological values and natural beauty on public conservation land.  This precious area does not have the protection afforded to National Parks, so the Crown Minerals Act effectively trumps the Conservation Act.  Is that what the people of New Zealand want and expect? 

A huge coal mine that will destroy vast tracts of rare sandstone erosion pavement along with the rare native wildlife that depends on it, as well as significant archaeological features? 

And there remains the question mark over any further use of coal, let alone the opening up of new mines.  The advice from those who know is that the only chance for the planet to step back from the brink of irreversible climate change is to stop burning coal. 

But here, in clean green 100% pure New Zealand, landscape and habitat destruction and contribution to climate change appear to go hand in hand.

What can you do?  You can write to the Minister of Conservation and tell her what you think.

Have a look at the Forest & Bird website for more information: http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/branches/west-coast.

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Marine Ecology

How important is it to choose the fish you eat?  Or perhaps should we stop eating fish while the ocean ecosystems recover?  I hope to find out as I embark upon a short course of study – Marine Ecology – with the Southern Institute of Technology.  

With my trusty feline companion beside me, we will go on a voyage of discovery and I want to share what I find out. 

Should we be avoiding all tuna as Greenpeace advocates?  Or is skipjack tuna OK as Forest & Bird suggest in their handy Best Fish Guide?  http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/publications/-best-fish-guide

Is there hope that our oceans will provide food and livelihoods for future generations? 

Have we saturated the oceans with carbon dioxide and destroyed the natural balance?  Have we discarded too much plastic that is now in our seas?  What do these issues mean for us, marine life and the planet?

Too many questions! 

I hope to have a better understanding of the issues as well as a more personal blog site soon!