Contrary to what many are led to believe by mainstream media and our political adversaries, nationalistic thinking and enviromental conservation are not mutually exclusive. But who can blame the New Zealand people for thinking that the left wing cares about the environment, and the right wing only plunders it for mere economic gain? This is the false equivalence that an uneducated glance at the politics of this country will leave anyone with.
We in Action Zealandia are a group of true nationalists. We do not adhere to the word play or vote seeking of regular politics. We care about issues outside the remit of what lobbyists and big business allow for the “muddle” that passes for parliamentary debate in our nation’s capital. The so-called National party are no more nationalists than the Labour party. This is because these parties are neither nationalist, nor are they even meaningfully environmentally conscious in their governance.
Why does the environment matter to us? It’s really quite a simple continuity of thought. We care about our people and their future, so of course preserving the environment for future generations is a primary concern. Not conserving the habitat and ecosystems for other life forms is tantamount to the downfall of our own people. Our ideology is not driven by a need to be outside of nature, but to be within it. To quote the late Jonathan Bowden, the nationalist “stands for nature, and that which is given, nature is sentient within us”. We must not become deluded with ideas of conquering or abusing the very thing we come from.
As it stands, the government only wishes to use the environment for economic gain in terms of the carbon tax (Labour), or to use the resources found in nature to endlessly stimulate economic growth (National). To those in the Green party, it is simply a matter of gaining votes. Although somewhat sincere, these people will not be able to institute the changes needed to help preserve this country. The social policy that the far left represent is a major issue to most level headed New Zealanders.
The entire thought process of the ‘Greenie’ can be reduced to the leftists intense need to identify with anything perceived by themselves as being weak. We, on the other hand, do not wish to be seen as victims, nor do we see the problems faced by our country, people, and environment as anything more than challenges to be overcome by sheer power of will.
The reality is that global finance, as well as international aid to the third world, has caused the lion’s share of environmental damage. Pollution of the sea is mostly contributed to by nations with low waste management and hygiene standards; such as India, Africa, and China. South America is one of the worst in terms of deforestation, and all in the name of profit. Illegal logging accounts for 30% of the global timber trade. In some countries, the rate of illegal deforestation is very high. For example, 70% of timber in Gabon is extracted illegally, 80% in Peru, 85% in Myanmar and almost 65% in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Overpopulation is something happening exclusively in developing and non western nations. Yet it is the west, with its low birth rates and low population replacement levels, that are continually told to have less children. We stand against such obvious attempts at subversion in the name of preserving the environment. The main concept you might have noticed is the way in which caring about the environment is politicized by the left. No longer a legitimate concern, but a point to be skewed against regular western people, a weapon to beat over the heads of strawmen. Greg Johnson put it concisely: “starting in the 1960s, is the Left, the New Left, rebranded itself, in terms of Third-Worldism and radical environmentalism simply as tools to attack capitalism—and that’s all it really is.”
The soul crushing industrial machine grinds ever forward, and the select few continue to turn a profit. Action Zealandia is a proponent of “deep ecological” environmentalism. We believe that simply “raising awareness” and whining about fossil fuels, isn’t going to actually help anyone. Such is the case if you claim to be against environmental degradation, but don’t realize that the current system itself is the problem. Being pro globalization and an environmentalist is therefore a useless, oxymoronic position.
We realize the major factors behind nature’s destruction. We oppose the system outright, we do not give it tacit approval and aim to make minor changes and reform. Globalization is the issue, an issue those we would term as “shallow ecological” environmentalists such as the ‘greenies’ of this country refuse to understand. To reject the ongoing degradation of nature in a meaningful way, is to reject modernity. We at Action Zealandia are forging a new path.