Some questions for Lock the Gate ahead of their annual conference

November 13th, 2015

When Lock The Gate’s leaders update attendees at their annual conference this weekend, don’t expect to hear about the many projects it has undertaken to help the natural environment during the year.

That’s not their bag.

The truth is Lock The Gate is typical of a growing number publicly subsidised environmental groups which are all about the politics of the environment, not activities which directly benefit the environment.

The group’s name itself is a pretty good indicator.   This is an organisation which defines itself by locking gates, shutting people out, blocking access.

It endorses training courses on how to thwart licensed, approved resource development which it has unilaterally decided should not go ahead.

Job descriptions for Lock the Gate employees are all about campaigning commitment, not ecological contribution.

So, ahead of Lock the Gate’s annual conference, here’s some questions for them. We are not confident they will provide the same open response activists demand from resource companies, but here we go:

  • Where does your funding come from – please disclose break-down, including overseas sources and major donors
  • How do you spend the money?
  • Please disclose related party transactions, including payments made to directors for service delivery.

Then there are some questions which arise from the agenda for the conference and AGM:

  • There’s a session on “how to beat Governments at their own game”. How does an environmental group achieve this if it is not a political group?
  • What are the social media “tricks” you teach activists at your ‘skill share’ sessions
  • Why do activists need to learn about “risk, liability and insurance’? What liability is of concern with peaceful protest? What insurance would need to be taken?

And finally, to give LTG the chance to prove us wrong about its direct contribution to the physical environment:

  • Please list the on the ground environmental works that you have conducted to directly improve the physical environment in 2014/15, nominating the specific locations.

 

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