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Clean Green New Zealand is small and dedicated charitable trust seeking to inspire an understanding that all life is interdependent. Drawing on the ethos of organisations like The Jane Goodall Institute, and the work of authors such as Prof Marc Bekoff we advocate new ways of protecting our environment. Decisions we all make affect the natural world, and these choices circle back to affect the health and quality of life of each one of us. In this way, we can all enjoy a genuine, clean, green New Zealand.

We promote activities such as helping communities establish poison-free and animal-welfare-minded ethical enterprises. We aim to raise awareness about conservation issues with the philosophy of engendering a culture of compassion, coexistence and reconciliation with our existing wildlife. Through education and the implementation of effective solutions, we intend to reverse the decline of biodiversity and habitat in New Zealand.

Clean Green New Zealand also focuses on providing education and raising public awareness regarding the use of herbicides and pesticides. We see a major shift happening in the mindset of the public as more information becomes available about the multiple risks to our health and our environment through exposure to poisons. Our challenge is to help focus public energy and cooperation through the platform of education to develop alternative and poison-free ways to move forward sustainably. Through this “cooperative ecology” we intend to promote a culture of compassion and coexistence with our existing wildlife. Working together will help us find innovative ways to move forward more positively through this Anthropocene era.

We are science-based, helping people increase their understanding of the environmental issues facing our country. As industries, governments, scientists, communities and individuals begin to be reconciled with our novel ecosystems and recognise the dangers of chemical interference, more rational solutions to environmental and conservation challenges will arise and our ecosystems will be better protected and restored.

A significant part of the problems facing Aotearoa New Zealand and its people at this time is a disassociation from nature and from community. Modern lifestyles are fast-paced and focused on the acquisition of money and things. For Maori, crucial connections with Nature became harder to maintain after colonisation. Those connections are not only to whenua, the land, they are to Papatuanuku, te Wao, Mother Earth, and the forests that this life force inhabits. Mauri is the interconnectedness of spirit with nature, and similarly the involvement of community is vital in supporting individuals.

These two factors – loss of connection to nature and the land, plus disconnection from each other – have gone hand-in-hand. Most importantly, losing these vital connections resulted directly in the loss of health, traditional knowledge, identity and general well-being. The healing power of Nature and Rongoa comes from its integrity; from using the correct tikanga (right way of doing things) and protocols, working with wairua (spirit) and connecting to the mauri (life force) of the plant. The loss of connection between Maori people and their land resulting from the impact of colonisation meant the breaking apart of Maori society. Forming community groups to help heal the land is a valuable way of bringing people together.