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Thursday, January 31, 2008

NZ's green status getting murky


breakfast news comment
NZ's green status getting murky
Our clean, green image is likely to be tarnished by an environmental report today which is expected to record failings in the key areas of climate change and water quality. Increasing threats to endangered species - including the kiwi - will also be highlighted in the State of the Environment report, which at 450 pages took 18 months to complete. The Environment Ministry report is only the second of its kind and comes more than a decade after the first in 1997. Greens co-leader Russel Norman said he expected the report would give a damning appraisal in areas such as water quality and greenhouse gas emissions, which have risen 25 per cent above 1990 levels.

We like to think of ourselves as clean and green, but we are not, the reality is most NZers don’t care until it starts hurting their pocket. Which of course is exactly what will start to happen, as Dairy Farmers choke our waterways with cow shit, as SUV ownership clogs our motorways and as we drain all our water for the agriculture industry we will start to lose our tourism attraction. It seems we do this a lot in NZ, a country with incredible abundance, Maori did it with the Moa, Europeans did it with Whales and Seals, more recently it is our plummeting fish stocks, we in NZ continue a long tradition of shitting in our own nests, except this time the consequences are magnified many times over because of global warming, if we can’t learn the lessons of history, we deserve our fate.

3 Comments:

At 31/1/08 9:54 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: UNSATISFACTORY 'PROGRESS' REGULATIONS?
Dear Christian Prudence

I acknowledge receipt of your e-mail of 30 January.

When you enrol at the University you agree to abide by our rules,
regulations and reasonable requirements.

The USP regulations are amongst the regulations you/your mother agreed
to abide by. Therefore if you or your mother are subject to the USP
regulations you will only be allowed to enrol in further courses when
you comply with those regulations as set out in the Calendar.

There is also, I believe, a trespass order which applies to Christian
Prudence, which means that, regardless of any USP issues, Christian
Prudence is not permitted on University of Auckland campuses. In these
circumstances Christian Prudence cannot come on to our campuses either
to study or to speak in the Quad. The order, which is in force for 2
years, arose from violent and inappropriate behaviour toward another
student and will not be lifted as such behaviour is totally unacceptable
in a University. (I REMOVED A HEADSCARF FROM A MUSLIM STUDENT RALLY)

I trust this makes the University's position clear.

Yours sincerely


Grant Wills
Executive Officer
Office of the Vice Chancellor
The University of Auckland
Room 006 Alfred Nathan House
24 Princes Street
Tel:+649 373 7599 Ext 87746 Fax: +649 303 5933
Email: g.wills@auckland.ac.nz
-----Original Message-----
From: jpru001@ec.auckland.ac.nz [mailto:jpru001@ec.auckland.ac.nz]
Sent: Wednesday, 30 January 2008 20:34
To: Grant Wills; kr.hope@scholarships.ac.nz; d.bedgood@auckland.ac.nz;
ausa.gm@auckland.ac.nz; ausa.president@auckland.ac.nz
Subject: UNSATISFACTORY 'PROGRESS' REGULATIONS?

My mum and I would like to enrol this year in order to complete her
degree with
just 6 papers left to finish limited full time.She has found it hard to
concentrate at university without my being able to accompany her on the
half
hour bus trip into the city and back.We would like to have a coffee
together
and get back to the important job of informing students of what's hot
and
what's not politically speaking in the Quad.The AUSA manager is barking
up the
wrong tree trying to take the focus off this area of the Orientation.

Please reconsider our USP REGS and let us both participate freely
without fear
of arrest as is our basic human rights!

 
At 31/1/08 10:44 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose since the AUSA Manager wants to contain the drinking horn and make the Quad a dry area during Orientation this would be in line with the sobriety of Muslim students.George W is also sober I understand.Is that your policy?

 
At 8/2/08 7:42 am, Blogger Bomber said...

what the fuck does any of this have to do with this blog? Leave Uni and get a job already

 

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