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Petition to Hon. Shane Jones

Less pine, more permanent natives! Rethink the Billion Trees Project.

We want indigenous species to be at least half of the trees grown in the next ten years under the Billion Trees Project.  And we want stricter controls on the exotic forestry industry to protect soil from erosion and waterways from harvest slash.   As Minister of Forestry and Minister of Regional Economic Development, Hon. Shane Jones has committed New Zealand to planting a billion trees between 2018 and 2027. 500 million of these trees have already been planned to be planted by the forestry industry, mostly replacing pine trees they are going to harvest over the next ten years. Pine harvesting creates a range of serious environmental problems - particularly erosion and slash debris that are carried into waterways clogging streams, rivers and beaches with massive impacts on water life along with other risks like flooding. The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry spent many years being designed and reviewed and came into effect on 1 May 2018, but they are not strong enough to prevent planting and harvesting on steep, erosion-prone land. Regional councils and central government need to ensure soils and waterways are protected better.  At present only 13% of trees to be planted under the Billion Trees Project are indigenous species, most of these will be Mānuka. The government has a huge opportunity to create economic opportunities for rural communities by investing more in permanent native bush regeneration that includes sustainable and selective harvesting of native species rather than clear-felling. This option will be better for the land, better for waterways, better for biodiversity, better for the climate and NZ's international obligations, better for economic development by producing unique, high value natural products rather than high volume, low value commodities that create huge roading costs let alone CO2 emissions, erosion and massive slash problems. - - -  The slash in the photo (taken 4 June 2018 by Tolaga Bay Area School and shared via Facebook) is at a site that has a recent history of similar ecological disasters caused by the forestry industry (that continues to minimise both their responsibility and the environmental impacts of their activities). 

Manu Caddie
3,387 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Rachael Beamsley

Establishing A Visible Environmental Rating On Retail Stores

To the house of representatives In order to reduce the harm done by destructive manufacturing processes, we are petitioning what there should be a mandatory rating system placed on products sold in New Zealand. This would be based on how circular the companies production processes are, how much carbon they emit during these processes, and how much they contribute to landfills. We believe by having a rating system on products the consumer will be able to easily decide if they want to support a company based on their environmental impacts. This would be similar to the health star rating already on a lot of food products in our supermarkets. It would simplify a rather complicated and complex situation for the everyday person. The ultimate benefits of a rating system visible on the storefront to the public will be upholding responsibility of the retailer, instant ease of education to shoppers, and less environmental damage. It will be the first rating system compulsory in New Zealand. The time has come for businesses to become more responsible by having to declare their status so that shoppers can make informed decisions. As of yet, people have to rely on deciphering research in order to figure out a businesses environmental rating, or read the label to find out where a clothes made. The problem with people doing research to work out how a business runs has the risk of the research being outdated, with the business not having the right chance at redemption. The problem with people reading where a product is made is because that encourages assumptious thinking about a certain country. How the rating would work would follow this EMS system.. Our 5 stars environmental rating system are based on giving each star a categories for reducing wasted based on 1. Social Return on Investment (Such as encourage locals by rewarding  customer for recycling their product). 2. Material Life Cycle such as their renovations waste will go towards recycling factories rather than the waste landfill. 3. Adaptation & Resilience in their building structure such as building are made stronger that will withstand earthquakes that might destroy the buildings. 4. Contribution towards the environment ( local business provide tools for supporting environmental organisations) 5. Circular economy is an approach to environmental sustainability characterised by the creation of economic models where no negative environmental impact is generated. As an illustration, we can implement our rating system by looking at one of New Zealand local business such as the New World. In terms of the 5 categories in our rating system idea. New World has been rewarding its customer in the North Island New World by giving each customer 5 cents off their shop for each reusable bag used at checkout – up to a limit of 50 cents per visit (New world,2018). This would mean that New World earns a Social return investment star. Besides that, in October 2015 New World has started of soft plastic packaging recycling at stores for the first time in New Zealand which they earn a star for Material Life Cycle. In addition, the New world also earns a star for contribution towards supporting an environmental organization: sea cleaners which they provide income and tools for this environmental organization in reducing plastic bags in our ocean (New World, 2018).   There are some practicalities that need to be considered before implementing this rating system. However, the main two we have determined have ways to be mitigated. Organisations not cooperating: Businesses may not cooperate with the rating system by manipulating the information that is used to determine their rating, doing everything in the power to not participate, or attempt legal action (similar to what happened when the Australian government implemented plain packaging of cigarettes in 2012). One way to overcome this is to get the organisation involved in the decision making process, for example before finalisation let them have their say on which variables should be considered.Another is implement incentive for companies that do participate and cooperate with the system. As well as for those that make changes to their environmental policies to get a better grade.2. The immense scale of the proposal: The scale of the proposal is another problem that needs to be taken into account. Since this proposal plans to takes all businesses operating in New Zealand into account it is a massive task that cannot be implemented quickly To overcome this we suggest implementing it in phases by the product, service or type of business category (e.g. technology, food, retail). By implementing it in phases it also allows time to iron out any unforeseen kinks in the system and reduce the pressure of implementing such a large system.

Rachael Beamsley
115 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Transport and Industrial Relations select committee, Alastiar Scott, Andrew Bayly, Peeni Henare, Iain Lees-Galloway, Clayton Mitchell, Sue Moroney, Parmjeet Parmar, Denise Roche, Maurice Williamson, Jian Yang, Jonathan Young

Footpath cycling - make it legal for kids, seniors and other vulnerable people

Under current law it is illegal for kids to cycle on the footpath, with two very tiny exceptions (very small wheels and delivering newspapers or junk mail).  This is a problem because: it discourages kids from cycling, as roads are too busy and dangerous for their level of skill and development to keep kids safe parents must encourage their kids to break the law It doesn't make sense and it needs to change. Why do we care? We want our kids to be able to safely ride to school, soccer or around their neighbourhood.  We want to make it easy to get active.  Families who want to go for a ride are forced to load their bikes onto the car and drive to dedicated facilities. We want to teach our children to obey the law, not pick and choose We care about our aging population and other vulnerable cyclists We still want safe and connected cycleways for everyone to use but we also want kids to be able to use the footpath to get to and from them. We need kids to be physically active to keep them healthy We want to be able to teach our kids to be responsible, courteous and considerate path users.  This will make them better drivers. We need to let our politicians know that this is something we care about, and that we want changed NOW.  They need to hear that it is no longer a low priority and it needs to come out of the "too hard" pile.  They need to hear that this is something that all New Zealanders care about, that we want to keep our kids and vulnerable riders safe without them having to break the law.  We want change.

Jo Clendon
773 supporters