Te Ipukarea Society shares environmental points within the Prepare dinner Islands with the Catholic Synod Discussion board.
Two weeks in the past, Te Ipukarea Society was honoured to be requested to current to the Catholic Synod Discussion board session, entitled Care of the Surroundings. We had been requested to speak about a complete vary of environmental work we’re concerned in.
This was to present the discussion board a fuller
image of the extent of environmental points dealing with Prepare dinner Islands and the
pressure our surroundings is experiencing.
Round 120 folks had been registered for the discussion board, held on the Catholic
Church Corridor in Avarua on January 10.
Because it was an extended session, we used a tag
crew strategy. Our sustainable tourism intern, Itirangi Pennycook spoke on some
of the problems that include an economic system closely reliant on tourism.
New director Alanna Smith talked about our
rat eradication work on Suwarrow Atoll, and her latest journey to Palmerston to
look into eradicating rats there, working with the Nationwide Surroundings
Service, Ministry of Agriculture and New Zealand Division of Conservation.
Terena Koteka-Wiki spoke about waste
administration and ocean air pollution, particularly plastics air pollution.
Kelvin Passfield offered on the
geo-textile sand-bag wall at Avana designed to stop coastal erosion from
excessive water inundation on account of storms and local weather change. He additionally offered on
the dangers related to deep seabed mining.
Of all these subjects, the deep sea mining
presentation generated appreciable curiosity among the many members.
Our speak included some info on the
rising variety of international locations who’re popping out in assist of a ban or
moratorium on deep sea mining.
These embody New Zealand, France, Spain,
Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, Panama, Fiji, Federated states of Micronesia,
Palau, Samoa, and French Polynesia.
There could now be others.
We obtained a remark from the ground that
the one motive these international locations are in opposition to deep sea mining, could also be as a result of
they don’t have the minerals of their waters, the best way Prepare dinner Islands does. Whereas
there could also be a small ingredient of fact in that assertion, for among the
dissenting international locations, it’s, however there undoubtedly isn’t for others.
For instance, the waters of our close to
neighbour, French Polynesia, do have appreciable deep sea mineral wealth, some
of it in a lot shallower depths than our nodules, which lie at about 5000 metres.
Different Pacific Island international locations may additionally
have gone down the identical route as Tonga, Kiribati, Nauru and the Prepare dinner Islands,
who’ve all sponsored mining firms from developed international locations to pursue
mining in worldwide waters within the Pacific, within the Clarion Clipperton
So to say these international locations are solely saying
no to mining as a result of they don’t have minerals is simply not true.
The New Zealand Authorities has been to
courtroom quite a few instances to cease seabed mining going forward in New Zealand
They’ve a really actual concern for the
impacts of this mining on the setting, which is why they’ve come out in
assist of a moratorium in worldwide waters.
The message given to the Catholic Discussion board
was that seabed mining mustn’t go forward till it may be proven that it’s going to
not considerably harm our oceans’ well being.
Deep sea biodiversity might be misplaced.
Endemic species could grow to be extinct even
earlier than they’ve been found.
As signatories to the Conference on
Biodiversity, we’re dedicated to preserving biodiversity and stopping
It’s exhausting to see how we are able to obtain that
whereas driving enormous mining machines over the underneath explored, fragile seabed
ecosystem, creating sediment plumes that would have important environmental
impacts which aren’t but sufficiently researched or understood.
We very a lot sit up for listening to about
the resolutions that got here out of the Synod Discussion board in relation to caring for our
setting, when they’re out there.