Enviro-report: NZ Needs Nature, But First Nature Needs Us
Today’s Environment Aotearoa 2022 State of the Environment report shows that nature will help and protect New Zealand’s society and economy, but only if we do a lot more to protect nature first.
“This report shows that nature is helping us in many ways, but it’s clear that much more needs to be done to protect nature,” says Forest & Bird Chief Executive, Kevin Hague.
“The previous reports [2018-2021] show that all environments – critical to New Zealanders’ wellbeing – are struggling with the impacts of human activity in our warming world.
“We rely on nature, yet it can only help us cope with the impacts of climate change and benefit our wellbeing if we take decisive action to restore and maintain its healthy state.”
Forest & Bird supports the focus of the report, on the ability for the environment to support people.
“We also have a duty to the land, rivers and oceans. And today’s report amply demonstrates continuing degradation,” says Mr Hague.