Because certain environmental matters are not 'glamorous' or have 'celebrity status' we as a group consciousness tend to ignore them (including sewage!).
Notice that the Super City Mayoral Candidates are not championing ecological consciousness, when Auckland sits astride a magnificent picturesque environment which is our best asset.
Why in 2010, in these elections is there is no leadership with Auckland becoming the most environmentally sustainable super city in the Southern hemisphere?
Unbeknown to most NZers, one of the corner stones of NZ's Resource Management Act, is 'to avoid, remedy or mitigate' environmental concerns, which as a noble act that in so many ways is not being enforced by our governmental agencies. Why?
Also, where is today's altruism? The 60's Generation in their day were very focussed on core issues, such as peace, environment and social justice, why is there a lack of interest in that which sustains us and why are we not involving ourselves 'in best practice'?
Do we as a society populated by successful baby boomers really want to leave our planet in a better state than what we enjoyed as children? Can we instead of accepting minimal environmental standards, incorporate best practice into our everyday life? e.g start raising the bar as to require higher quality water? (and air).
It is the cumulative affect of our actions that we are not observing, as we are still looking at isolated actions by themselves. Now is a time to see our planet from a holistic perspective and act accordingly. The need for 'kiwi's' in general to elevate our perspective and look at the broader picture and not from a very limited ground level perspective is imperative!
Where and who are our NZ visionaries? Can you name some? Are they being acknowledged?
Listen to an impassioned and coherent appeal, by someone in the know, that urgent action on so many environmental fronts is required if NZ is going to safeguard its environmental integrity and its so called 'Clean Green' image, and in particular - care for our children and grandchildren's future.