Fortress Aotearoa: The Plague Ark

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As the reality of the enormity of climate change starts to dawn, people will be looking for ‘lifeboats’, NZ is one of these ‘lifeboats’…

Why NZ could be humanity’s ‘lifeboat’ in an extinction

Scientists have singled out New Zealand as a potential “ark” to reboot civilisation if a deadly pandemic swept the planet.

In a study just published in the international journal Risk Analysis , researchers found that New Zealand, along with Australia and Iceland, could serve as “lifeboats” to help humanity recover from a full-scale extinction event.

…while the focus here is on a pandemic, the same is true of NZ being a lifeboat for climate change.

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The current political spectrum in New Zealand can not radically adapt fast enough to adopt the changes we must make if we are to survive the climate crisis. It will require a radical Political Movement that elects a Party to implement Fortress Aotearoa…

    • Move away from intensive farming and look to become domestically self sustainable in terms of food.
    • Immediately ban all water exports
    • legalise cannabis & hemp
    • 5 year Parliamentary term.
    • Upper and Lower House (Upper House 50-50 split between Māori & Pakeha that can hold up legislation if unhappy about Treaty issues)
    • Massive investment into R&D from Government with the understanding research is to benefit NZ first before sold offshore.
    • Ministry of Works that builds state housing
    • Large scale increase in Navy, Army & Airforce.
    • Mass limiting of tourism numbers with increased tourist taxes.
    • Only citizens can vote.
    • Sustainable immigration and an end to exploitative migrant workers.
    • Resettlement Programms for all pacific island neighbours.
    • Increase refugee in take to 10000 per year
    • Fully funded public services.
    • Mass Green housing rebuild.
    • 100% renewable energy for entire country.
    • Massive tree planting across previous farming land.
    • Wholesale re-write of state services act to end commercial values.
    • Investment into basic pharmaceutical production.
    • Financial transaction tax
    • Wealth tax
    • Multinational tax
    • Inheritance tax

As the climate crisis unfolds more and more people in fury will turn against the current political system too wedded to the economic profits margins of the polluters. It is just a matter of time before the NZ electorate rejects the limitations of the current political spectrum.

Thanks to Labour’s ‘go hard, go early’ position,  we have dodged the public health nightmare we see engulfing so many other nations around the planet.

Now comes the second wave of this tsunami, the economic armageddon.

I don’t think we appreciate just how enormous this economic crisis will be.

This pandemic has changed everything and on one level that’s great because the climate crisis was going to force those changes anyway, on the other hand we have no idea what to do next.

We are moving on from the immediate threat to life and now need vision to restart the economy with an eye to the ongoing reforms the climate crisis demands of us.

NZ could become the Plague Ark, a country free of the virus. Every single time in this stupid country we price ourselves cheaply. We sell milk powder cheaply, we sell trees cheaply, we sell immigration cheaply, for once we have something everyone wants – we are plague free – so why not price & protect that accordingly?

Change is coming whether we like it or not.

 

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42 COMMENTS

  1. we need more EVs they will safe us all. that and roads, for the Ev. You get one, You too, and you over there, too 🙂 Its almost like at an Ophra show, just buy a new electric car and save the planet.
    But here is a nice lovely old movie about it. Just at the time they thought it was nukes that we would use to kill us. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Beach_(1959_film)
    They never thought that we would consume and shop into our worlds destruction.

  2. Absent a party to vote for who stands for anything remotely like this, it probably wont work, because NACT, LINO & TRYLU amazingly the Greens, won’t do this, unless it’s already obviously way too late.
    So who can we vote for to signal our agreement with this; sadly NO ONE !!
    Thus IMHO it fails to be even born let alone into power and try and ‘fix it’..
    Someone PLEASE set up a political party ‘Pa Aotearoa’ or similar and let’s vote for it and start this much needed action.
    Otherwise IMHO we’re just wasting ‘ink’

  3. Massive tree planting across previous farming land.

    If that refers to the tinder-box pine plantations, then this is wrong. They are harmful to our environment in multiple ways. As well, the Carbon Credits Scheme needs to be looked at much more closely – who it is benefitting.

  4. The reality of Climate change is that the World we grew up in and love its trees, birds, winds its seasons all that we are used yo is going away as we move to a hotter Planet which will generate a different biosphere.

    Top US scientist on melting glaciers: ‘I’ve gone from being an ecologist to a coroner’
    Diana Six, an entomologist studying beetles near Glacier national park in Montana, says the crisis has fundamentally changed her profession
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/21/climate-crisis-glacier-diana-six-ecologist?fbclid=IwAR1n6LP-iMqGiAZxO5WwlndIFvWzlDOm1To7ZurSc4Vf-BiXKKL9LxGOLY4

    Now an entomologist at the University of Montana, she has spent the last 30 years researching how bark beetles are decimating pine forests. But a constant, haunting depression has taken over her life. A recent trip to Glacier national park spurred her to vent some of this emotion in a tweet that went viral and resonated with many: “Glacier National Park. 97F in June. Little snow left. 75F degree water. Glaciers disappearing. That is what we hear. But the worst is what most never see.”

    To Six, the climate crisis isn’t just decimating glaciers and life on Earth. It’s taking her identity with it. She recently spoke to the Guardian about her changing role on the land she loves.

  5. We need an improved Civil Defence system for dealing with the increasingly frequent weather events. Westport has been devastated. The army was helping, but they had to leave to get back to their Covid/ border duties.

      • Talk about military. We should double our navy from like 4 ships to 8 ships. Then we’ll show China or Imdonesia or USA or anyone else wanting to invade. With the help of our airforce we’ll ne invincible.

        • We actually have difficulty crewing the ships we currently have, so they spend a lot of time in port doing nothing apparently. One of the problems with near full employment, military recruitment becomes harder.

  6. Fifty years of mendacity and promotion of the interests of banks and corporations -and totally ignoring every warning given about the likelihood of Planetary Meltdown- have now got us to exactly where the people who warned had indicated: accelerating Planetary Meltdown.

    But even accelerating Planetary Meltdown is not enough to deter the maniacs (the madmen and madwomen) that constitute the political core of NZ (and practically every other nation), and youy can be quite certain that will persist with forcing on the populace the very policies that make everything worse faster.

    These mad bastards -Jacinda Adern, Grant Robertson, Andrew Little etc. that make up LIONO and the mad bastards that make up the other political parties- are purely concerned with self-aggrandisement and what they can loot from the public purse, and couldn’t give a damn what damage they do in the process. They will only stop when they have totally wrecked everything, and will continue to lie egregiously until that point is reached.

    What is so amazing is that the populace continues to support people with zero credibility.

  7. Extreme Weather Is ‘New Normal’ Thanks To Decades Of Climate Inaction
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjcApXvLZ0M

    Joey Martin
    21 hours ago
    China had a years worth of rain in 3 days. Forest fires enveloping the world. We live in scary times.
    Blue Victory
    20 hours ago
    It’s incredibly sad, we really are killing this planet. Even sadder is that innocent creatures both land and sea are paying the price with their lives.

    kingpest 13
    20 hours ago
    This is how we die. We should have lived a simpler life, enjoying our families. Greed is a disease.

    Sheila Dodds
    20 hours ago
    BC Canada in in a “State of Emergency” We have lost over 1 billion sea creatures all along the Pacific west coast. Many small towns a villages have be wiped out! Our air quality is in the red. I live in central BC (The desert belt) where all the evacuating communities come to stay. Such a sad state of affairs.

  8. I love the fines for exploitation of workers and having illegal/cash workers in the construction industry! (Sarcasm).

    That will send a message, with a paltry 2500k fine for using illegal migrant labour with a sole director Dacheng Zhao! Even the right wing mags, seem surprised at how low it is. Keep ramping up production with illegal labour seems to be the message.

    Illegal migrant working seems supported by government, but where are all the profits going, cos they don’t seem to be trickling down in either prices or efficiency of NZ construction!

    Third Employer Charged As A Result Of Immigration New Zealand’s Construction Sector Compliance Work
    https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU2107/S00100/third-employer-charged-as-a-result-of-immigration-new-zealands-construction-sector-compliance-work.htm

    Nothing from the Greens and Labour, worker exploitation is off their radar as long as they can get 3 homes with 1.8 million of government money for housing the mentally ill! And 2.7 mil for Harry Tam, “seig heil” is ok to sign off for some in NZ for the Greens!

    Turning a blind eye has been happening for a while!

    “Nearly half of the 11,000 migrant exploitation and fraud tipoffs sent to Immigration New Zealand were not investigated in the six years to 2017.

    From the 5700 cases that were investigated, less than 150 prosecutions were made.

    Almost 500 cases, some four-years-old, remained open, according to figures released under the Official Information Act.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/100860602/immigration-nz-has-to-pick-and-choose-cases-to-investigate

    Auckland building boss charged with fraud after investigation into illegal labour
    The boss of an Auckland building company charged with immigration fraud lives in a $2.3m home and drives a late model Porsche.
    Operation Spectrum also uncovered a weakness in border security whereby 15 people previously deported or who fled from New Zealand were able to return under new identities.

    Chai is one of two individuals who allegedly went to obtain permanent residency.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12005146

    Good to see the rich are getting richer off illegal activity which once identified has now become the norm in NZ!

    • The thing about disasters is that they create new opportunities for exploiters to exploit both the victims of the disaster and the the environment.

      ‘More than 100 homes in Westport are now expected to be declared uninhabitable following the devastating floods.’

      https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/westport-flooding-leaves-100-homes-unlivable-medium-term-housing-sought/ar-AAMseuo?ocid=msedgntp

      And under the idiotic GDP system, all the commercial activity involved in attempting to restore living conditions to how they were before the disaster is described as ‘economic growth’ and adds to CO2 burden that caused the disaster inn the first place.

      A system that is as dysfunctional as the one operating in the ‘developed world’ is both doomed to failure and causing the doom of humanity (and most other species).

      As commented previously, the maniacs that operate and promote this idiotic economic system will not relent.

      It’s a wonder they haven’t augmented “Greed is good” with “Disasters are good” [for banks, corporations and opportunists]..

      • “Disasters are good”

        Isn’t that what they said about Jacinda?
        “She was so lucky! She had all those disasters!”
        … some of the comments on this site said that, pre-2020 election.
        Some of the radio jocks were saying something to that effect too.

  9. Floods, Fires & Heat Waves: Michael Mann on the New Climate War & the Fight to Take Back the Planet
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFt95wpXJ94

    We speak with leading climate scientist Michael Mann about the catastrophic impact of the climate crisis around the world. He says he and other scientists predicted the extreme weather events now wreaking havoc. “We said that if we don’t stop burning fossil fuels and elevating the levels of carbon pollution in the atmosphere and we continue to warm up the planet, we will see unprecedented heat waves and wildfires and floods and droughts and superstorms,” says Mann. His new book is titled “The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet.”

    BeeFriendlyApiary
    1 week ago
    We made our beds…now we must watch as our lives become calamities…death and destruction are the human legacy

  10. Shed A Light: Rupert Read – This civilisation is finished: so what is to be done?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzCxFPzdO0Y

    Almagiri Mai
    2 years ago
    I’ve been in despair over this culture’s trajectory of destruction of this exquisite planet for many years. So long in fact, that now that there seems to be something of an “awakening” occurring, given the weather/flood/fire impacts around the world, I’m no longer in despair. My sadness is part of me now, I look about and often foresee bustling streets and shopping malls emptied out of people, silent, meaningless, as though I’m looking at a movie. The only thing I can compare this to is the vistas of Pompei with plaster casts of fallen citizens caught as they ran from Vesuvius’ eruption.
    I know that this culture will grind blindly on until it falls over. And it will be horrible for a great many people, probably for me too.
    There will be no large-scale voluntary changing away from cultural self-indulgence and profligacy. We have caught ourselves in a trap of our own making.
    This culture is built on addiction to (slave) energy; first people and animals and then it learned how to enslave the ancient efforts of the cretaceous to be mined and burned in steam and internal combustion engines, etc. Those in charge of extraction and distribution and the spinoff industries are addicted to the power and the money they generate. So…. what can be done about an addiction that is not acknowledged, the pain of causal loss un-investigated? What is that loss? I believe it is loss of connection to the Earth and nature herself. Instead of trusting, respecting and relying on Her, it was decided that nature (food supply) could be controlled and thus owned. Agriculture and domestication of people began.
    In the process of losing reverence for and connection to the Earth’s fecund generosity and necessary methods for maintaining balance we lost the very meaning of our existence. We are a species with amnesia of all that we once were and of our precious function is on this planet – and dare I say in this conscious, living universe. To extinguish the light of this living jewel of the cosmos is an unbelievably grave sin.

  11. 1999 ‘Winter of Discontent’ caution is no use. Courage is everything, but we’ve seen Scomo get a term against that. We think we can tiptoe our lives, and then leap when there is support. That courage and intelligence will spring alive from this vale of comfort. The political mechanism can’t face this situation.

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