Below is a message from Georgina Blackmore who started the petition on the Greenpeace website against the use of the herbicide glyphosate in Auckland.

 

Dear Friends,

If you didn’t manage to catch it, last week the Auckland Transport Board met to discuss whether to continue the use of Glyphosate on Auckland roads.  Dressed up in full Hazardous Materials suit, complete with a gas mask I presented our petition of 2117 signatures to the Chair, Dr Lester Levy calling for a ban on Glyphosate.

Lots of you came along to the meeting to help support as the Board discussed whether or not to continue the use of Glyphosate on Auckland roads.

Due to our petition and the valid points the group raised to the Board about the fact they were basing their decision on inaccurate and misleading information reported to them; the Board decided to defer their decision to the next Board Meeting in order to gather more information.

We have been offered another chance to increase the pressure and show Auckland Transport how we feel about a dangerous cancer-causing chemical being sprayed in our neighbourhoods.

Come along to the next meeting
The next Board Meeting is on Monday 28th September and if the subject of Glyphosate is on the agenda it would be great if you could come along and show strength in numbers and support a presentation to the Board.

Update: No More Spray-Free Areas in Auckland
As we discovered last week, Auckland Transport are proposing to start spraying Glyphosate in areas of Auckland that have been spray-free for over 20 years.  These legacy agreements are now threatened by the super-city.

At least before, we could say that some parts of Auckland were chemical-free, but soon that won’t be the case – if we do nothing.

Without you, their proposals to blanket spray the whole of Auckland will go unopposed.

Please help our movement grow through social media by following and inviting your friends to follow our Facebook Page.

https://www.facebook.com/BanGlyphosate

I just want to thank you for all your ongoing support.  This is all thanks to you and people like you, who really care about getting this dangerous cancer-causing chemical, Glyphosate, away from our families, our communities and our environment.

Thank you again for your support.  Real change happens when everyday people like you and I take a stand for what we believe in.

Together we can stand up for eachother.

Georgina

Here is the media coverage from last week in case you missed it:
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1508/S00493/auckland-transport-board-handed-petition-in-hazmat-suits.htm

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201767956/auckland-transport-urged-to-ditch-round-up

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/282401/call-to-ditch-carcinogenic-weed-killer

http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/protesters-kicked-out-of-transport-meeting-2015082515#axzz3jnfYLl5z

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