50 Shades of Green says rural New Zealand has had a gutsful and is calling for the country to go to Wellington:
Conservation Group 50 Shades of Green is organising a provincial get-together in Wellington.
Chair, Andy Scott said the conservation group’s message needed to be told to a larger audience.
“The blanket planting of good farmland has reached crisis proportions. Add to that the water proposals, land use changes and the consistent campaign against rural businesses, we have a problem,” Andy Scott said.
“We’ll be telling our story to a city audience by coming to Wellington. The politicians aren’t listening to us so hopefully the general voters will.
“The meeting will be at 11am on Thursday 14th of November before marching to Parliament arriving at 1pm.
It isn’t just farmers coming to town but representatives of all of provincial NZ from farmers to bankers, stock agents to rural advocacy groups and suppliers though to real estate representatives.
“We’re expecting a good turnout of people from the provinces,” Andy Scott said.
All 50 Shades is asking for is a fair go :
OUR PURPOSE: To demonstrate and communicate that we will not be ridden over roughshod by a political agenda which shows no regard for genuine community wellbeing or genuine democratic consultation. The rural sector is being excluded from critical policy making decisions at the same time that anti farming lobbyists are being ushered in. We are calling the Government out. We deserve a level playing field and a fair go.
A FAIR GO. That’s all NZ Farming communities are asking for.
We are the men and women who grow your food. We work in the rain, sun, snow and wind to take care of this land, our animals and families.
We ask for a fair go on Emissions (Net ZCB) – We own land, which is home to hundreds of thousands, even millions of trees and yet our emissions reductions targets are unnecessarily high and ‘gross’ while other emitters have ‘net’ targets which will be met by planting what remains of our farms and communities in trees.
We ask for a fair go on Water Regulations. We are custodians of vast waterways, a role we have embraced over the last 20 years and into which huge investments have been made. We were not properly consulted on the Freshwater Reforms. None of our elected representatives were permitted at the table to provide a voice on our behalf. Meanwhile environmental lobby groups were ushered in to share in the spoils of an unfettered political agenda. We need local solutions to local problems, and we need to be heard.
We ask for a fair go on Land Use Changes (ETS): The Government never originally intended to return carbon credits to foresters for carbon sequestration, the forestry industry lobbied for over 6 years to achieve this outcome. This artificial market for sequestered units will drive escalating afforestation by international and domestic investors at an unprecedented scale should the ‘free market’ be given its head and allowed to bolt onto our hills. Our Communities are not carbon sinks, our people matter more than that.
We ask a fair go for Mental Health. The Farmers of New Zealand and their families are being painted as environmental vandals by their own Government. The persistent focus on farming being a ‘problem’ is perpetuating the groundswell of disgusting behaviour targeting farmers and even their children by extremist activists intent on furthering their own agendas. This campaign against rural businesses and their families can not be ignored or worse, given credibility by the Government, or rural families will ultimately pay the price.
A lot of protests alienate people through disruption. 50 Shades is aiming for a more intelligent approach:
PROTEST GENERAL RULES: We are there to elevate our voices and present our concerns. Please remember we are representing more than ourselves, we request respectful behaviour at all times.
They also have guidelines for signs:
Be creative with your signs, here’s some tips for effective sign creation:
- Have a clear message
- Use humour and wit
- Keep it simple
- Remember that presentation matters
- Be passionate
- No personal attacks
And they’ve provided some good examples:
The expression going to town means doing something enthusiastically or intensely.
The depth of feeling in rural New Zealand at the moment should ensure both feelings are well illustrated.