Forest & Bird is getting in on the election action, reminding us to think of nature when we cast our vote with a “vote for nature” campaign.
With most of the talk ahead of November’s election on the downturn in the economy and the rebuilding of Christchurch, the environment and conservation are in danger of being seen as unaffordable luxuries in these hard times.
But Forest and Bird says they’re more important than ever. Our clean, green “100& Pure” image is crucial as a marketing edge for our tourism and agricultural exports.
Forest & Bird has drawn up a list of the policy goals it thinks are important for the future of New Zealand. That includes saving the wild beauty of the Mokihinui River from a hydro dam, protecting the unique Denniston Plateau from open-cast mining and the stopping the large scale conversion of the Mackenzie Country tussocklands into irrigated and fertilised pasture.
Forest & Bird has asked each of the political parties to commit themselves to these objectives and has posted their responses on its website. So far, only the Green, Mana and United Future parties have replied.
This story originally appeared on StopPress.