Monday, September 15

Open letter to all Kiwis

In less than 5 days you will be allowed to vote in a nation-wide democracy, as a New Zealander, about the future of your country. But you're also a human being, and as a human being you are not allowed a vote in any election about the future of your own planet. There is no way for you to vote at a global level because there is no global representative democracy. This is unfortunate because as we all face global problems, like climate change, we don't have a say in how these problems are addressed, or even IF they are addressed, at all.

Right now in New Zealand there is an incredibly well-articulated and highly effective effort to put the global problem of climate change on the national ballot- the Climate Voter campaign -however without a global parliament to give a voice, and a vote, to the people of the entire world many of these wonderful national efforts will remain trapped at their nation's borders and global decisions will continue to be made by an unelected few.

While I whole-heartedly support the nation-wide Climate Voter campaign, please let it and similar efforts point towards more far-reaching and ultimately more effective GLOBAL solutions such as the creation of a global parliament.

Let's start operating as one planet.  To help in the effort to globalise democracy go to worldparliamentnow.org



Monday, June 16

United Nations Parliamentary Assembly

I found this the other day and it pleased me.  Creating a global parliament is the most important task we humans must succeed in achieving and the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly is a step in that direction.



Bravo!

Thursday, January 30

How the World now sees Australia


An excerpt from The Bugle Podcast (www.thebuglepodcast.com) talking about Tony Abbott and the Australian populace.  

I'm posting this because I was so disgusted by the successive elections of John Howard that I left to New Zealand and haven't looked back, but with the recent election of Tony Abbott my disdain for the country has been well and truly cemented.  I cannot relate to the majority of Australians based on who they have voted for (and keep voting for) and as a result I have not been proud to call myself an Australian.  

In fact, I've since become a New Zealand citizen, so I'm officially not an Aussie anymore.  
Good riddance, you pack of dickheads.

Wednesday, January 1

A new strategy to save the Maui dolphins is needed

Green MP, Gareth Hughes, says we can save the last of the Maui dolphins in his blogpost.  It is a hopeful message and optimistic in spite of the dire statistics surrounding the issue.  Here is my response:


There is no immediate political solution to the Maui's plight.  Take John Key's comments as a perfect example:

At 8:15 of John Key's interview with The Edge FM interview: http://www.theedge.co.nz/John-Key-talks-to-Sharyn-Guy--Clint/tabid/106/articleID/29719/Default.aspx

Question: Ask [Mr Key] why he is killing the remaining 55 Maui dolphins?

PM John Key: I’m not, but what would kill them? Send them off to a Labour party conference and they’d die of boredom.  (Studio laughs)  Anyway, there’s not 55. I drained the sea recently and added them up.  There’s 56.

(Studio reacts with awkward laughter).

For John Key to even make that joke should tell you everything.

I remember writing to (then) Conservation Minister, Kate Wilkinson, about the Maui dolphin issue, and she wrote back:

"As Minster of Conservation, I can assure you that protecting these dolphins is a high priority for the Government... [but] to use the 100-metre depth contour ...is not tenable, and would have the effect of closing down much of the New Zealand inshore fin-fish fishery".

So essentially she is saying: We are aware that these dolphins are going extinct, but to save them would mean to upset the fishing industry of that area.

At this point I struggle to know where to place blame.

Do we blame the politicians for not reining in business for the sake of precious life, or do we blame the fishing industry for exploiting unsustainable limits in the same environment they are earning income from- simply because the laws allow for it?  In short, the politicians don't want to stop the fishing industry, and the fishing industry cannot stop themselves.

Both sides of this problem exacerbate the other, creating a vicious circle these dolphins are trapped within.

What can one do when the dolphin numbers are dropping to genetically impossible levels to continue, as the politicians sit on their hands, the fisherman carry on regardless, and everyone watches a species go extinct. Right. In. Front. Of. Us.

It's so incredibly frustrating!

I won't ever give up, that's not an option, but I also don't know what to do to change the situation. How about we try a different strategy?... Let's target the fishing industry around that area? Let's shame them. Let's shame the ACTUAL FISHERMAN that are doing this. Let's link the names of the companies they work for.

How do we begin that fight?...

Someone help me start this.