Do we want.... first class healthcare and education, a good job and... stuff to make us happy?
Our modern way of life means we have to dig up bits of the world to get the stuff we need to have a strong economy and to make all our flash gadgets… the rare earth metals in your phone do not appear out of thin air, someone dug a hole in the ground to get the ore needed to make it!
Is the roof on your house thatch or iron? Do you use a car or a horse?
Heard of NIMBY? (its an acronym... look it up)
Mining is dangerous (Grasberg) and dirty
So.... sometimes the cost of getting the stuff we need may be too great. Lets go and find out about soapstone / steatite and how we might get it out of the Cobb Valley.... and then we can decide whether its a good idea or not.
This Scoop.it has a few readings
you might want to.... read them!
(note: some of the scoops are for the Waimea plains water issue, ignore those - you blimmin students thought it sounded like a boring topic... nice pun there!)
The assessment task follows below
I guess this needs to be read quite carefully too
Here is a letter written by an anti quarrying chap to Doc voicing the sort of concerns that folk like Forest & Bird have.
Probably a good idea to read it.....
... an interesting counter view to Gion (the man behind the SQP resource consent application we worked on)