The Greens are leading a petition campaign, asking Parliament to:
reject any move to mine our national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, marine reserves, protected islands, the Coromandel’s beautiful land and waters, and all other treasured places protected by Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act 1991; furthermore, we ask that the House of Representative put in place greater legislative protection against mining on the public conservation estate, to keep safe our collective heritage for future generations.
Why on Earth would we allow some foreign-owned companies to come here and make a mint by digging up what’s left of our natural heritage and taking away our finite mineral reserves? (and no, not all of the land owned by DoC is barred from mining, only land listed here).
The Key Government is displaying the same attitude to our natural assets as it is to our public assets – it’s prepared to flog them off cheap for a bit of cash now, nevermind the cost in the future.
You can download the petition here. Sign it, get your friends to sign it, and send it back.
[Hat-tip: No Right Turn]