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March 4, 2021

Editing fury

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My letter of last week (re Greens and population growth/immigration) was heavily edited. Missing were salient points that made the letter a coherent ‘whole’.

Matthew Lambourne’s response (letters 3/12) that we need to look at all causes of this exponential growth, not just immigration, proves my point. In my original (edited) letter, I stated that, as a nation, if we could have a referendum on gay marriage, then surely we could have a real conversation on ‘population’, of which immigration is only one factor.

Paying people to have babies has got to go. And for the record, ‘legitimate’ refugees are about the least of my concerns and make up a very small number of immigrants.

I also referred to Sir David Attenborough’s dire warnings on past human actions and current ‘inactions’ to reverse the damage that we humans have caused. In recent news, there is Mr Attenborough at the UN’s COP24 climate talks, warning us again.

I suggest you all search ‘Population Matters’, a group of which Mr Attenborough is patron. The world population continues to grow by 80 million per year, which is having devastating impacts on our environment. It seems every day I read of another species in trouble, always owing to human impact. We (humans) need to get over ourselves and act like decent neighbours to our flora and fauna, whose numbers plummet as ours soar.

I’ll get edited again if I go on too long… but let me say, if one is to edit people’s letters it needs to be done very carefully, for if what is on the page is not a true reflection of what I’m saying, then why would I bother writing again?

Rossco Phillips

Wanganui Gorge

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  1. Pity though that David Attenborough flunked the opportunity to emphasise population numbers
    as the significant multiplier of our avericous consumption. Highly disappointing!


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