It was a privilege for Te Ipukarea Society staff and executive committee members to spend a few hours last Friday afternoon, chatting with Helen Clark about the big environmental issues facing the Cook Islands.
The inaugural meeting of the Cook Islands turtle society, Te Ara O Te Onu, was held on Wednesday to discuss the protection and conservation of turtles and elect its executive.
Local environmental non-government organisations Te Ipukarea Society and Kōrero O Te ‘Ōrau recently paid for an independent legal opinion on the draft Seabed Minerals Bill 2019, which is currently being circulated for public comment. This is the third in a series of articles highlighting points raised in the 51-page opinion.
Four bin pods have been placed along the Social Centre and at Blackrock in a bid to study the behaviour of people when it comes to littering.
In our throwaway society, single use and disposable products such as nappies and menstruation products are a big environmental problem. From the resource heavy production costs to the toxic chemicals and leachate released when they decompose. Plus they keep piling up in our landfills.
Globally we are becoming more aware that the amount of waste we produce, as well as the resources it takes to create and then dispose of it post-use, is a huge problem that needs our focus. You only need to look around at the amount of plastic littering our roads, streams and beaches to understand the problem we are facing.
An initiative for sustainable tourism involving the private sector was launched yesterday by the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation along with their partners involved in the project.
The first, and most theoretical, point outlined by CJ Iorns Magallanes in her review of the Seabed Minerals Bill 2019 is this: as humans, we have created laws and processes that allow us to make money off of our resources, but is this still our moral right, considering the current rate of decline of the natural world?