Welcome to the Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch, Aotearoa (NZ). The aim here is to raise awareness of current and potential environmental issues in the wider Rangitikei (applicable of course, to anywhere on the planet) particularly with regard to their potential to affect our health. We also need to keep abreast of current research. What we’re allowing today, and what is being imposed on us, with respect to our environment, is going to affect future generations … we are creating a world, an environment, that our children and grandchildren will have to live in. We can choose now whether it is toxic or healthy.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing (Edmund Burke)
THE COST FOR REMAINING SILENT ON THESE ISSUES as this short video by TED.com explains … “Gayla Benefield was just doing her job — until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn’t want to know..In a talk that’s part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of “willful blindness” and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up. (Filmed at TEDxDanubia.).”
THE DANGERS OF WILLFUL BLINDNESS
THERE ARE THREE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES in particular that have prompted this site, although there are many … they are:
- the widespread use of chemical sprays in NZ (in particular, glyphosate aka Roundup, ‘the most toxic herbicide on the planet’ says Dr Don Hubert, a US Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology of 55+ years experience) …
- our increasing exposure to radiation from Electro Magnetic Frequencies (EMFs) emitted by mobile phone towers, wifi and now Smart Meters and
- the well documented practice (unknown to many) of geoengineering, a covert practice our government (like all governments) denies is happening
The potential for harm that these contain is being greatly downplayed by both governments and corporations and much of the public appear unaware of the growing body of independent research that exists about both these and many other issues. Folks tend to remain unaware until they personally become affected by one or more of these issues. Typically they become ill, often with one of today’s prolific autoimmune diseases, or worse, cancer, and are forced to examine the evidence. Most don’t want to know. For those who do, our choices regarding a healthy environment are in fact becoming increasingly more constrained as corporations gain ever increasing control over governments, or corporations that are parading as governments (NZ is a corporation and is registered as such with the SEC in Washington. So also are our former government departments).
NOTE: To sign the petition to make public areas of Rangitikei towns glyphosate [Roundup] free go to the ‘Petition’ page from the menu. To learn more about the toxicity of glyphosate go here.
Limited liability corporations have morphed into giant behemoths that enjoy virtually guaranteed immunity under a body of corporate law built up over more than a century. The current state of global pollution can be traced ultimately I believe, to the fact that corporations have ensured in their fine print that largely, they don’t have to clean up after themselves … they leave that to everybody else. They owe their first allegiance, not to the public, but to their own shareholders, and because their number one mandate is to maximize profits … well, here we have three reasons why we the public need to watch what they are doing. They are not going to, they’re not required to and they don’t, not at least in terms of how their activities affect the public anyway.
Consider for instance the TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) that our PM intends signing (HAS NOW SIGNED!) on behalf of NZ citizens … the negotiations for which are taking place between our leaders and large multinational corporations in total secrecy. If signed, from the little we know that’s been gleaned from leaked documents, this trade agreement will give corporations even more control … and we New Zealanders, whom it concerns most … even less. These corporations have no human face. Currently the Monsanto corporation is considering suing Guatemala for saving seed (a traditional practice dating back hundreds of years) because saving seed is considered to be in violation of a trade agreement. That the TPPA is being negotiated by our government in secret should be ringing alarm bells. Consider, if your kids are down the back shed with the neighbour’s kids, and the door is shut and all is suspiciously quiet, and you shout out, ‘what are you kids doing?’ and the reply comes back ‘nothing!’, I guarantee your next step is to go look. Well that is what thinking NZers are currently trying to do with our Government. However our Government is saying, ‘nothing to be worried about’ and refusing to open the door. They want us to trust them? Now I am not anti business, or anti trade, I simply believe, as do many other thinking New Zealanders, that negotiations by our leaders with multinational corporations, in secret, is not indicative of the transparency our Government promised. This is supposed to be a democracy is it not? And are these elected representatives our servants and not the other way around?
A democracy is … “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives…”
Now, perchance you think I am being cynical, and you don’t believe corporates would lie to you, then watch the movie ‘The Corporation’. In 2004 two 14 year old NZ students exposed GlaxoSmithKline for falsely advertising about the content of Vitamin C in Ribena. It contained virtually nil, and worse, this is not a one off type occurrence in NZ.
Commerce Commission Chair Paula Rebstock says that thousands of New Zealanders have been misled by the claim that Ribena contained high levels of vitamin C.
To repeat the wise words of Edmund Burke, remember …The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing. Increasingly now, we need to observe and monitor the contents of the food we buy, the water we drink, indeed the very air we breathe, because corporations simply cannot be trusted (are not legally required) to have our best interests at heart. That is what this site is about … watching what they do.
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