Welcome to EnvirowatchRangitikei (the Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch) Aotearoa (NZ).
Note: The latest posts and articles can be found at the News page. There is also a longer list of recent articles at the left of this page. For articles on a particular topic use ‘categories’ (to left) … also the search box to the right.
As at 19 Dec 2018 we are having some problems with the news page. Hopefully they will be sorted soon. Thanks for visiting!
Our aim here at EWR is to raise awareness of current and potential environmental issues throughout NZ, also & particularly within a global context, and with regard to their potential to affect our health. Our current big issue is that of the aerial spreading of 1080 all over our whenua (land & water) by the government’s appointed agencies. For further info on this issue visit the 1080 pages at the main menu (top of page). This is independent info you won’t find at the govt websites. Be sure to check out the sub pages about suspected 1080 poisoning in NZ and the Resources page with links to all of the various groups, media and sources of info. Also you will find other 1080 articles by using categories, currently at the left of this (& other) pages.
Continuing with the intro … we need to keep abreast of current environmental research since what we’re allowing today, as well as what’s increasingly being imposed on us, 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. At an increasing rate however, those choices are being taken from us. Nevertheless we should continue to speak out against this happening.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing (Edmund Burke)
THERE IS A COST TO 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 MANY ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES that are now affecting everybody on planet earth, three of which are:
- the widespread use of chemical poisons in NZ (in particular, 1080 and 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
Over time I’ve added other such environmental threats as the fallout from Fukushima which has never gone away. There is also the 1080 issue, the contamination (and what I call theft) of our water (sold for pennies to corporations & on sold for high profits). Looking globally, with the TPPA issue, we’ve had the ever tightening tentacles of corporate possession of all things sovereign… the selling off of our national assets, very much a corporate issue given our government IS a corporation, as also are our ever increasingly corrupt district councils. These issues all emanate from Agenda 21 and 2030. You can find all of these matters in the main menu, plus further articles can be found by searching ‘categories’ and using the search box.
The potential for harm by the various environmental issues are typically being downplayed by both governments and corporations while although much of the public still remain unaware of the risks, nevertheless a large body of folks are now waking up to what is happening. People often 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 & are happy with the daily drivel we’re fed by mainstream media (yes we have a page for that as well) … bread and circuses created to keep our minds entertained and off issues that really matter. Our choices regarding a healthy environment are now becoming increasingly more constrained as corporations gain ever increasing control over governments, or corporations that are parading as governments (as mentioned NZ is a corporation and is registered as such with the SEC in Washington. So also are our former government departments).
We have several petitions you may want to sign, you can find them at the Petitions page
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. These are the long arms or tentacles if you like of the UN Agenda 21/30 plan for sustainable development which of course many of us now know is anything BUT sustainable. They first introduced this idea in the early ’90s yet pollution’s at an all time high. People are sicker than ever. Poverty abounds. All countries virtually are in deep debt. Our national assets are gone. And the latest on the horizon is the word ‘mandatory’ – we are being denied the option of choosing our own route to health, growing our own food, what we eat or decline to, and what we breathe. All we’ve seen sustained is corporate pockets. This is all just not adding up and if you’re looking below the surface matters that mainstream is feeding us, you’ll see that the corporate fascist state is closing in fast. That is because many of us are waking up.
Consider also the TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) that for the moment has gone away although I’m not holding my breathe … the negotiations for that took place between our leaders and large multinational corporations in total secrecy, in much the same way local councils are now conducting their business, away from dissenting eyes & voices. All we could glean was from leaked documents The trade agreement, a veritable trojan horse, would have given 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. The fact that the TPPA was negotiated by our government in secret should ring 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 was saying, ‘nothing to be worried about’ and refusing to open the door. And they want us to trust them? The state of our nation with its current negative statistics on poverty, suicide and homelessness now don’t inspire any trust whatsoever any more. This was supposed to be a democracy but unfortunately now has an an illusion of such.
A democracy is … “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives…”
If 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.
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.
It contained virtually nil, and worse, this is not a one off type occurrence in NZ. There are now many many examples we can point to of lying to the public. It’s becoming old hat in fact.
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, and the job is getting even harder.
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