Dr Jane Goodall warns New Zealand's environment is 'in crisis' in new agreement
New Zealand is facing an environmental crisis and needs urgent action from all sectors of society, renowned conservationist Dr Jane Goodall has warned.
With six non-governmental organisations, Goodall has signed "the Aotearoa Deal for Nature" calling for an end to all new oil and gas exploration, mining on conservation land, and reform of the Resource Management Act.
"Our natural world is in crisis. But by working together, we can prevent disaster," Goodall said.
She wants New Zealand to protect 30 per cent of all its ecosystems by 2030 and the protection of 30 per cent of marine habitats.
Last month, the Ministry for the Environment released Environment Aotearoa, a report describing the country's environment on the brink, largely as a result of human actions.
WWF-New Zealand chief executive Livia Esterhazy said the deal called for joint action.
"It's not just biodiversity and the environment that are at risk, but we too are at risk."
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View the Aotearoa Deal for Nature.