We are a group of concerned Auckland citizens who collectively have fought for over 20 years to protect our health and our environment from the risks of chemical vegetation control.
“I am a second generation campaigner on this issue and I am appalled by how little respect or power the people of Auckland have when it comes to chemical vegetation control. In March 2015 the World Health Organisation reclassified Glyphosate (the most used herbicide in the world) as a Class 2A Probable Human Carcinogen. As a result, countries, cities, councils and department stores around the world rushed to restrict or ban its use. At the same time that this was happening our Auckland Council decided to INCREASE its use, snuffing out legacy agreements that were hard-won and had worked well for decades. The people of Auckland don’t even know this has happened: it has been done behind closed doors and if it weren’t for official information act requests, we would be in the dark even now.” Georgina Blackmore, Spray Free Streets
So, built out of the first generation of grassroots groups and the second generation of newly formed groups – we have joined together to give Auckland Council our demand.
We demand an end to chemical vegetation control under the precautionary principle* and for our representatives to go on record with their position so that it may be a matter of public record.
*Precautionary Principle: When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof.