INDEPENDENT NEWS

Greens acknowledge environmental ambassador

Published: Fri 7 Dec 2001 01:30 PM
7 December 2001
Greens acknowledge environmental ambassador
Green Party Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today expressed her shock and sorrow at the death of environmental campaigner, outstanding sportsman and great New Zealander Sir Peter Blake.
She acknowledged his achievements in bringing the Americas Cup to New Zealand and his work with the Cousteau Society and as the first New Zealander to become a Special Envoy to the United Nations Environment Programme.
"Sir Peter used the profile and mana gained from his remarkable sporting achievements to raise awareness about the declining health of our oceans, on which he has spent so much of his life.
"His expedition to the Antarctic documented collapsing sea ice and raised awareness of global warming. His recent expedition to the Amazon highlighted the loss of this forest of planetary importance, and the pollution of freshwater which accompanies forest destruction.
"Given his special relationship with the sea, Sir Peter's warnings about the despoiling of our oceans and their declining bird and marine life struck a chord with ordinary people. He was an environmentalist with the common touch and that meant his message could reach a wider audience," said Ms Fitzsimons.
"While many countries around the world now have in place substantial environmental protections for their land, the plight of our oceans lags far behind. This is partly because there have not been the advocates for the oceans and their creatures that there have been for forests and wildlife on land. Sir Peter was such an advocate and his potential contribution was just beginning.
"On behalf of the Green Party I acknowledge Sir Peter's vision, energy and leadership in the service of New Zealand and the planet and I pass on our deepest sympathies to his family."
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Freshwater package backed by comprehensive economic analysis
By: New Zealand Government
Todd Muller announces shape of next Government
By: New Zealand National Party
Timeline For Moving To Level 1 Needed
By: Business New Zealand
On National’s Day Of Reckoning
By: Gordon Campbell
Jobs budget to get economy moving again
By: New Zealand Government
Law Setting Up Legal Framework For Covid-19 Alert Level 2 Passes
By: New Zealand Government
PMs Jacinda Ardern & Scott Morrison Announce Plans For Trans-Tasman COVID-safe Travel Zone
By: New Zealand Government
Support For Arts And Music Sector Recovery
By: New Zealand Government
New Zealand Joins Global Search For COVID-19 Vaccine
By: New Zealand Government
Green Party Unveils Its Candidate List For The 2020 Election
By: Green Party
NZ COVID Tracer App Released To Support Contact Tracing
By: Ministry of Health
Deep Concern At Hong Kong National Security Legislation
By: New Zealand Government
Strongest Ever Water Reforms Mean Swimmable Rivers Within A Generation
By: Green Party
Importance Of Horticulture Recognised In Government’s Freshwater Decisions
By: Horticulture NZ
Nitrogen Fertiliser Poisoning Of Rivers To Face Cap, Says Greenpeace
By: Greenpeace
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media