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Monday, January 23, 2006

"Woeful" Washout at Waihopai

Organisers of last weekend's protest at Waihopai surveillance station are disappointed at the turnout and lack of local support.

About a 100 protesters marched through Blenheim chanting "Waihopai spies, people die", yet this inspired hardly a local to turn up in support.

For all the publicity, it is actually a little bit woeful, how many Blenheim people came", said local Green Party member and protest organiser, Steffan Browning.

Three MPs did turn up, the Maori Party's, Hone Harawira, the ubiquitous marxist Green, Keith Locke and his comrade and leader, Jeanette Fitzsimons.

Fitzsimons came in spite of a total fire ban in the area. She used the occasion to deliver a "State of the Planet" speech.

"Think Global Act Local is about taking care of our own piece of the planet and managing our own activities using what we now know about the whole system. It empowers us to act more thoughtfully and more effectively. It requires us to ask, “what would be the effect of 6 billion people doing what I am doing now?"

As Rodney Hide pointed out on his blog today, "so what would happen if 6 billion people all lit a fire in high winds when a fire ban is on?"


Blogger Waymad said...

Currently am re-reading Steven Johnson's book 'Emergence'. Turns out that 'think local act local' actually works better if global emergent effects are desired....the existence of globally aware elements in the mix (which is what the Greens are) only serves to gum up the possibilities of such effects.

But where the Greens are concerned, the old adage about green outside, red inside (with a flicker of orange) still holds, dunn'it.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear that the protest went so well :D

10:29 PM  

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