New Zealand, current population about 4.2 million, was among the earliest members of the United Nations.
It has been prominent in moves to protect the Earth, including having a Cabinet Minister sailing on a ship into the French nuclear testing zone in protest against the testing. The French Government later sent to New Zealand a team of spies, who fatally blew up a Greenpeace ship in Auckland.
It is proud of its "clean, green" image but most New Zealanders concede that it's not perfect.
Leading environmental country Edit
NZ leads world in environmental performance - study
An international report has rated New Zealand as leading the world in environmental performance.
The 2006 Environmental Environment Index, a pilot nation-by-nation study jointly produced by Yale and Columbia Universities, showed six nations - led by New Zealand, followed by five from Northern Europe - have achieved 85 per cent or better success in meeting critical environment goals ranging from low ozone levels, to clean drinking water, low greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable fisheries.
- NZPA, 24 Jan 2006
Some European organisations are labelling New Zealand produce to show that it has come a long way and therefore cost the world more in carbon emissions.
Counterproductive for some consumers - some look at the sticker indicating air travel and think it must be fresher.
Facts, however, may have got in the way of a good story. Trucking olives from southern Italy to England has a huge carbon cost. Not to mention the overall carbon costs involved at previous stages of production.
Wanted pages and external links
- Intersect Network
- South Coast Environment Society, based in Riverton
- NZ Sustainable Households Programme
- Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood
Related Wikipedia content Edit
- Environment and Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa New Zealand W