The reports can’t get any more alarming…
A report on the state of New Zealand’s environment has painted a bleak picture of catastrophic biodiversity loss, polluted waterways and the destructive rise of the dairy industry and urban sprawl.
Environment Aotearoa is the first major environmental report in four years, and was compiled using data from Statistics New Zealand and the environment ministry.
It presents a sobering summary of a country that is starkly different from the pristine landscape promoted in the “Pure New Zealand” marketing campaign that lures millions of tourists every year.
It found New Zealand is now considered one of the most invaded countries in the world, with 75 animal and plant species having gone extinct since human settlement. The once-vibrant bird life has fared particularly badly, with 90% of seabirds and 80% of shorebirds threatened with or at risk of extinction.
Almost two-thirds of New Zealand’s rare ecosystems are under threat of collapse, and over the last 15 years the extinction risk worsened for 86 species, compared with the conservation status of just 26 species improving in the past 10 years.
The scale of what is being lost is impossible to accurately gauge, as only about 20% of New Zealand’s species have been identified and recorded.
Beloved nature broadcaster Sir David Attenborough narrated a BBC documentary on climate change Thursday that Guardian reviewer Rebecca Nicholson said aimed to encourage action around climate the way that Attenborough’s Blue Planet II galvanized the world against single-use plastic.
The hour-long program, called Climate Change—The Facts, marked Attenborough’s strongest warning to date on the dangers posed by global warming, BBC News reported.
“In the 20 years since I first started talking about the impact of climate change on our world, conditions have changed far faster than I ever imagined,” Attenborough said in the film. “It may sound frightening, but the scientific evidence is that if we have not taken dramatic action within the next decade, we could face irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies.”
…the truth is that we can not stop the climate change avalanche and all we can do is radically adapt and to force that reality home will require more and more wilful civil disobedience…
A few moments of disruption for motorists in centres around the country is nothing compared to the sort of climate change disruption that is on the way, say protesters.
That’s the message that hundreds of marchers were trying to get across as part of the Extinction Rebellion action in seven centres on Saturday.
The ‘human wave’ actions were part of the culmination of a week-long global action that has seen hundreds arrested around the world.
Dr Sea Rotmann, spokeswoman for the Wellington march, said affected motorists had largely been receptive to the message, though there were a number who were vocal in their opposition.
…more and more people of conscience are willing to be arrested to force the climate change debate. If every person genuinely concerned about climate change joined Extinction Rebellion protests every weekend and shut down roads and clogged the judicial process with thousands of arrests, the Government would be forced out of their bullshit Carbon Neutral by 2050 complacency.
The time to get off the fence is now.