Freshwater pollution leads to 'Bad Blood'

  • 25/08/2017
Environment Canterbury councillor released a music video to highlight freshwater pollution.
Environment Canterbury councillor released a music video to highlight freshwater pollution. Photo credit: Facebook - Lan Phan

Lan Pham took a bit of inspiration from Taylor Swift, and got in front of the camera to bring a major issue to people's attention.

The Environment Canterbury councillor sang along to the superstar's catchy tune 'Bad Blood', to highlight the issues surrounding freshwater pollution.

Instead of an extravagant pop video, Ms Pham surrounds herself with irrigators and attempts to swim in dry rivers.

Ms Pham, who is a freshwater ecologist, says she's an Environment Canterbury councillor because she knows how massive the magnitude is for change, when it comes to pollution.

"The aim of me putting this (video together), is that I guess I want younger people to know that the future generation will bear the brunt of actions today," Ms Pham said.

"We're at ground zero for mismanagement of water in Canterbury, especially with New Zealand pollution issues being the worst of our issues, such as nitrate in our ground water. It's invisible, but we can see the symptoms like the toxic algal bloom."

Ms Pham said it came down to intensive farming, which was damaging the country's pastoral waterways.

"Those are the areas we've swum in and (where we) fish, come summer time most of the those areas have no water," she said.

While Ms Pham's video is "just a snapshot of what's going on", she's hoping it will reach younger voters before the September election, and let them know that freshwater pollution is one of the important issues.

AAP