Northland's native forests have been neglected since the region was invaded by possums in the 1960s and most are now collapsing. DOC in Northland needs an extra... $10-20 million over 10 years to combat it, but the recent budget didn't include anything of the sort. Watch our Northland Conservation Advocate, Dean Baigent-Mercer, show how possum browsing is thinning out leaf litter and making it harder for kiwi to forage in Northland during drought years. Then read his article in The Northland Age about what can be done. Kimberley
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It is inevitable while living in an inherently unsustainable and destructive Capitalist society. I don't see it as hypocrisy at all. We just have to do the best given the situation and resources available to us. Green living doesn't make a damn difference if everyone else is dragging the world into hell. It might make us feel better if we are not directly contributing to the problems but to make a real difference we have to stand up and fight for what we believe in, not just drop out and put our heads in the fair trade organic sand.
Poor kid. Adults become desensitised to the violence we inflict on the planet and the other creatures that inhabit it. But children are pure and not yet hardened to the suffering in the world. Let's just hope people listen and take action on his behalf, for him and all the children that will have to live with the consequences of our actions, our inactions and our indifference.
Considering that 'Battle for out Birds' is a separate expense, surely this still amounts to cuts to other areas of the conservation budget...
Yesterday evening, Forest & Bird's analysis of the official Budget figures for the Department of Conservation showed significant baseline operating reductions. ...Up to 25% apparent reduction in conservation activities alone. This analysis was spot on and our Media Release read 'Budget '16 a tragedy for the environment'.
However, DOC got in touch almost immediately to say the official budget figures do not take into account all the numbers, and that there will be no significant reduction in DOC funding this coming year. If you think this is confusing, you're not alone. So do we.
So, the big question now is - are the Budget figures correct, or not? Will there be further cuts to DOC's staff and conservation activities or not?
What needs to happen next is for the Minister of Conservation to reassure New Zealand that there aren't any conservation cuts and that there will be no reductions in staffing or operations as a result of this year’s Budget. She needs to provide accurate and complete figures to support this, and clear up this very murky and worrying situation. Phil
The gnats really know how to undo all the good work of previous governments and further damage not only our conservation assets but also our reputation in the process.