Dear Conservation Minister,
You should be standing up against coal mining on the conservation estate not working behind the scenes to help turn a wild plateau into a coal mine.
The Government is planning to open up conservation land on the West Coast’s Buller Plateau for open-cast and underground coal mining, an area that is home to kiwi, geckos, and other rare plants and animals.
In 2010 when the National Government tried to open up our National Parks for mining, New Zealanders said no. We want to send a clear message to the Conservation Minister. She shouldn't be sending diggers onto conservation land looking for coal.
Turning a beautiful wild space into a coal mine is a double whammy for our precious native species. Not only will it destroy their local environment, but burning the coal will help send our climate into the dangerzone. Our native species are already feeling the impacts of climate change. We don't need to burn more coal.