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?
Oil-spill equipment worth about $60,000 was presented to the Ministry of Transport which yesterday received the kind donation on behalf of the Cook Islands Ports Authority.
Pre-fishing inspections are being conducted on eight Chinese longline fishing vessels by the Ministry of Marine Resources (Tu’anga O Te Pae Moana) in Rarotonga this month.
Liam Kokaua writes of his career with Te Ipukarea Society and how much he has learned while working with the Cook Islands’ environmental champions.