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Recent studies by the world's leading climate scientists reveal the earth is heading for catastrophic climate change if we do not make serious changes to our fossil fuel infrastructure (3). NASA climate scientist James Hansen names coal as "the single greatest threat to civilisation and all life on our planet" (1). The current New Zealand government however, is keen to increase our coal exports and have granted Australian mining company Bathhurst resource consents to develop a 200 hectare open-cast coalmine on the Denniston Plateau. This will raise our coal exports by 63% per year (2).

The Denniston Plateau is a unique environment formed 40-60 million years ago and the last remaining intact sandstone escarpment on coal measures in the world. Home to many of our endemic endangered species including the giant land snail, West Coast green gecko and great spotted kiwi (2). My artwork for this year is informed by a passionate desire to save the Denniston Plateau and safeguard this complex ecosystem for future generations. It is my aim to raise awareness of this issue and describe its essential link to climate change.

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1. Davidson, I. (2011).  Scientist: Leave coal in the ground. Retrieved 3/13/2012 from
        www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/art…
2. Gilbert, K. (2011). Save the Denniston plateau. Retrieved 3/13/2012 from
        www.forestandbird.org.nz/branc…
3. McKibben, B. (2009). The Science of 350, the Most Important Number on the Planet. Retrieved 3/13/2012 from
        www.treehugger.com/corporate-r…

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Kate
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
New Zealand
Originally from Auckland, N.Z., I have been living in Nelson for 13yrs and am currently completing a degree of Arts and Media. My artistic career began 25yrs ago as a wildlife illustrator. After this I spent a number of years working for Greenpeace, canvassing door to door to raise awareness of environmental issues. My art now is informed by a deep concern for our environment and the destruction that is occurring due to human impact. I find myself exploring the social patterns that encourage many of us to pursue an urban dream of Utopia and the damage that this dream can cause.
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