Make Ecocide a Crime in New Zealand

Make Ecocide a Crime in New Zealand

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Young Geologists New Zealand started this petition to Jacinda Ardern

The destruction of habitats through pollution, rising co2 levels, deforestation and development of land has brought the planet to its 6 major Extinction Event.  This isn’t some scientific data projection for the future we are in it right now and it’s happening frighteningly fast.

60% of earths species have been wiped out in the past 50 years and a million more species are expected to become extinct in as little as a few decades.  

New Zealand species are facing a crisis.  Kiwis currently lead extinction statistics worldwide.  We are in a biodiversity crisis with over 4000 threatened species, which is the highest proportional level across the globe.

Just in New Zealand Climate change is evident through melting glaciers, rising sea levels, land being claimed by the sea, rivers and aquifers drying up and extreme weather.

New Zealand’s waterways are being polluted and drained by human activity.  Forests poisoned and felled, oceans polluted by oil, and human waste.

Forests are needed to absorb Co2 and support species, forests contribute to earths oxygen supply, forests feed the oceans with nutrients for aquatic life.  

This aquatic life and the ocean itself are also dying. The coral around the planet is dying.  Our ocean is experiencing unusually warm temperatures and is becoming increasingly acidic.  The ocean has suffered major oil spills which still haven’t been cleaned up, and plastic garbage is choking it.

Humanity needs to band together to protect global nature against the current 6th Exticntion Event and we can do this by making a difference right where we stand. 

Urgent action is required and let’s start on our own turf.

Here in New Zealand we need to make big changes.

We can make a difference on a personal level with more ethical, sustainable practices and we can make a difference on a more industrial scale.  

Further damage to nature needs to stop.  Oil exploration needs to stop.  Deforestation needs to stop.  Emissions need to be reduced significantly.  Waterways cleaned up and draining ceased.  Repurposing of waste and clean energy needs to be a priority.  Better, cleaner, and low impact mining practices enforced.  And so much more.

Human activity needs to shape up.  Nature needs to be protected.

Make Ecocide a Crime in New Zealand.

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