Look! They’re so little and cute! I wish I could find a good picture that shows how small they are. They’re smaller than a human anyway - about 40-60kgs fully grown.
They’re some of the world’s smallest dolphins and they only live off the west coast of Te Ika a Maui (the North Island).
And there are only 55 of them left in the world, mostly because they keep getting killed by fishing nets :(
They’re only found in NZ - they’re as precious as kiwi, kakapo and tuatara. We should be doing everything we can to increase their numbers.
Instead of pulling out all the stops to make sure Maui’s dolphins survive, the National Party has done nothing about it.
On paper there’s a Marine Mammal Sanctuary to protect the dolphins, but National’s done nothing to stop people using fishing nets there and accidentally killing them. And now they’ve said they are going to let oil drilling start up in the sanctuary too. These people are committing environmental vandalism.
Here’s the Greens plan to save the Maui’s:
- Ban fishing methods that kill Maui’s anywhere within the Marine Mammal Sanctuary and the entire area that Maui dolphins live.
- Ban oil, gas or mineral mining or exploration within the Marine Mammal Sanctuary (the Greens don’t support any of these anyway)
- Help fishers who’s livelihoods are affected to switch over to dolphin-friendly practices over a 3 year period.
I’m giving my party vote to the Greens to save the Maui’s dolphins.
P.S. If you want to save them too, visit Dolphins Against National Government (DANG), where you’ll find lots of things you can do to help.
Eek I’m getting behind with this already! I will try to do two more today after this but no promises.
Reason #3 is healthy homes
NZ is a wealthy country - there’s no reason anyone here should be living in a house that’s doesn’t provide adequate shelter. But we have some of the coldest, dampest houses in the developed world so I’m really pleased the Greens have made some good progress on this issue. I’m Party Voting Green to make sure they can do even more.
The Warm Up New Zealand program, that provides subsidised home insulation, was initiated by the Greens who worked with the National government to get it started in 2009. The scheme has already insulated more than 235,000 homes. Go Greens!
Insulating houses is a good idea - it because it makes our homes warmer, cheaper to heat and therefore much healthier, which means we can get out and enjoy our lives instead of being sick with asthma and other respiratory problems. Making homes healthier is particularly good for kids and old people because they get sick more easily.
The Greens want to make sure every kid grows up in a healthy home. Houses will have to reach a minimum standard and get a Warrant of Fitness before they can be rented out.
This will make such a big difference to so many people - more than 1 million people live in rented houses in this country. If you want you can read more about the policy here.
We should be teaching kids about why we have a government, what it does, how laws are made and how they affect our lives, and how each one of us can have a say in making laws and in how the country is run. It’s not just about voting (though obviously that’s important), it’s about making sure everyone understands the system we’re living within.
I’m not saying everyone has to be a politics nerd. But I think it’s so unfair that kids are growing up without getting a proper explanation of how the rules are made and what they can do to improve them.
Of course it’s possible for us to just coast along letting all these new young citizens just pick things up by osmosis, but clearly it’s not working for everyone or more young people would be doing things like voting.
The Greens will encourage schools to teach civics so that young people understand and can participate fully in our democracy. I think that would definitely be a good step towards a fairer society.
It’s 23 days til the election so I’m going to do “23 reasons why I’m voting Green”. I should have started months ago! #somanyreasons.
Reason #1 Real action on climate change. Yay!
I’d kinda like to live in a world where huge floods, droughts, food shortages and mass migration aren’t the norm.
It is 100% possible for NZ to stop relying on decreasing the ability of the planet to support life by burning oil and coal to keep our country running.
There are so many things we can do, we just need a govt that takes leadership and gets on with it. John Key’s govt doesn’t understand the gravity of the situation or have a vision for the solution. Luckily the Greens do.
The Greens Climate Protection Plan is brilliant. It’s simple, fairly painless and it will get our emissions down. It involves setting up an independent expert comission to advise the govt on climate change related things, charging polluters for their carbon emissions and using the money from that to give everyone a tax cut. Yes please!
And there are a bunch of other related policies like encouraging solar electricity, investing in public transport and helping businesses to reduce their emissions.
There is so much more I could say, but I’m going to leave it there for now.
If you see something like this, DO NOT CALL AN EXTERMINATOR!
Call a beekeeper, they can relocate the hive instead of killing them. Bees are dying at an alarming rate, please do not contribute to that! They are so important for our ecosystem!
yo fuck this i aint gonna call no beekeeper i’m moving before i’m dead
I’m going to call an exterminator so the exterminator can kill them. I’ll be able to sleep at night knowing that there are less bees in the world.
No bees = no food.
No food = no life.
Congratulations on destroying the world.
Because you seem to not understand that bees pollinate flowers and literally bees are the reason we have food.
Did you guys even watch bee movie
you really really must call a bee keeper!
My family’s house had it’s entire attic taken over by bees one year. They slowly started appearing in the house, and then they were everywhere. We called a bee keeper, and he removed what he said was the largest domestic honeycomb/bee nest he’d ever seen. I was so terrified I’d gone to stay with a friend. My folks called me to meet the bee keeper, and he led me on the most magical journey through the house. He explained the bees were harmless if you move calmly through them and don’t swat at or harass them. He was only stung once because he accidentally put his hand down and smooshed one. The bees landed on me, walked a bit, then buzzed away. All honey combs and bees were safely removed and relocated. Call a bee keeper, they are awesome!
Save the bees!
(Source: malformalady, via bohemianarthouse)