This restoration project is perfect for fledgling environmentalist’s to learn about the importance of waterways. Paremata Flats Esplanade Reserve snuggles up to the Delaware estuary which is created by the Wakapuaka river flowing into the sea near Cable Bay Nelson.
Water is life, and Delaware estuary, which abuts the reserve edge is considered regionally important because of its unmodified state. (Esplanade & Foreshore Reserves Management Plan 2008)
I watched a movie last night about water. The subtitle was – “There’s something in the water”
The ‘something’ was meant to make people wealthy but it made the water undrinkable.
The documentary Gasland, shows people in America setting fire to gas in the water flowing from the tap in their kitchen sink. It’s a result of fracking in their area. The people, their animals and the environment are all getting sick. Headaches, loss of taste, loss of smell, breathing difficulties, but also seriously sick like brain tumours, wells exploding, animals losing hair, chemical dumps.
I’m a little embarrassed to see that it’s taken me until now to comprehend the full impact of fracking on earth’s water systems. Law changes made fracking possible in America back in 2005!
This appears to be a movie about Gas corporations in ‘cahoots’ with Government making money through the exploitation of natural resources with property owners left as the victims.
But really it’s a movie about humanity’s insatiable appetite for more at the expense of earth’s ecosystems.
Gas corporations offered money in exchange for the lease and right to drill for gas on individual’s property. ($4, 750 per acre in one example)
Ordinary people like you and me took the money.
Why they took the money in the first place was not covered in the film.
People now want back what they say the gas companies have ruined. Simple pleasures, – their sense of taste, a pain free head, a glass of fresh clean drinkable water.
One woman said “A dollar bill cannot bring back what they have taken away”
But hang on a minute, did they hold a gun to her head and force her to agree? No, they merely dangled several thousand dollar bills in front of her until she picked up a pen and signed away rights to frack the earth where she lived.
Not one of the many people interviewed in the movie said; “The dollar bills I took can never bring back what I gave up for money”
Heads up fellow fledglings!
The REAL moral of this movie: Beware of your own insatiable appetite for more and take responsibility for however that manifests in your life.
There’s something in our water alright. Our very life is in our water. The earth needs environmental custodians with ‘insatiable immunity’. Where can we be inoculated against greed?
A perfect place for a fledgling like me is the relatively original state of Delaware Estuary on the edge of Paremata Flats Reserve. Maybe it’s perfect for you too?