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The Essential Forest-Gardener – what grows in the forest?

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, November 13th, 2016 - 49 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

Legalising civil disobedience and the culture of change

Written By: - Date published: 12:23 pm, November 12th, 2016 - 13 comments

Change happens at the intersection of the edge and the mainstream.



Auckland Council opposes deep sea drilling

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, November 12th, 2016 - 1 comment

Greenpeace on Auckland Council joining others around the country in opposing deep sea oil drilling.

Don’t mourn, organise

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, November 11th, 2016 - 113 comments

What all good progressives should be doing in these POTUS Trump days.

America what were you thinking?

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, November 10th, 2016 - 376 comments

Some thoughts on the US Presidential result.

The Essential Forest-Gardener – tools of the trade

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, November 6th, 2016 - 17 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest, this week looking at untooling and letting nature do the work.

Paris agreement in force – now what?

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, November 5th, 2016 - 13 comments

The Paris agreement is now in force. NZ is committed to reducing its emissions. What, specifically, is this governments plan for doing so? How does support for continued coal mining and oil exploration, the use of phony carbon credits and the like, fit in with reducing emissions?

Standing Rock update

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, November 3rd, 2016 - 21 comments

The Standing Rock water protection movement continues in the face of increasing state violence.

Morgan Foundation on Nats’ planned climate cheat

Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, November 2nd, 2016 - 9 comments

A useful report from the Morgan Foundation: “…the Government has a plan to cook the books to cover up our growing greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Essential Forest-Gardener – where to start

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, October 30th, 2016 - 12 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

Marine reserves and marine disasters

Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, October 29th, 2016 - 6 comments

Credit where it is due for the success of the Ross Sea marine reserve. Now how about action where it is needed in our own waters?

Meth and housing

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, October 27th, 2016 - 29 comments

Why has Housing NZ ignored repeated advice and misused meth tests to evict tenants? RNZ: “Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell said Housing New Zealand had caused a huge amount of harm by knowingly misusing the guidelines.”

Tory MP resigns on point of principle

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, October 26th, 2016 - 25 comments

No, not in NZ, of course. With bonus notes on a “grotesque folly”.

The Essential Forest-Gardener – chapter 3

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, October 23rd, 2016 - 58 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

Peak Oil Demand

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, October 20th, 2016 - 95 comments

A decade ago peak oil, or the capping of supply was thought to be an imminent problem. Now it is looking more likely that demand will peak, and soon.

Protecting the seabed and foreshore

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, October 19th, 2016 - 7 comments

With the sudden departure of deep sea drilling company Statoil from Northland here’s a timely look the role of community action in that, the state of play in NZ and what is next.

Statoil leaves Northland, Greenpeace announce summer of Climate Action

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, October 15th, 2016 - 13 comments

Congratulations and thanks to the people of Northland!

The Essential Forest-Gardener – chapter 2

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, October 15th, 2016 - 20 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

“This is my act of love” – the shut down of the trans Canadian/US pipelines

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, October 15th, 2016 - 31 comments

The words of the climate justice activists and why they are stepping up.

Nothing’s Going to Happen.

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, October 11th, 2016 - 104 comments

A wee reflection on our psychological fuck-edness.

Water and community

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, October 10th, 2016 - 10 comments

In coming together around a common need to protect water and land, community forms.

International Days of Prayer and Action with Standing Rock

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 9th, 2016 - 3 comments

What we know is coming largely from outside the mainstream. Which is how it should be.

The Essential Forest-Gardener

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, October 9th, 2016 - 21 comments

Robert Guyton begins a weekly series on life in a Riverton food forest.

Why we need to stand with Standing Rock

Written By: - Date published: 2:33 pm, October 6th, 2016 - 19 comments

For seven months the next movement of social and environmental justice and resistance has been growing. We should be paying attention.

When the levee breaks…

Written By: - Date published: 1:07 pm, September 20th, 2016 - 98 comments

Bar the ear-worm, nothing to do with Led Zeppelin.

Big Oil in plain packaging

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, September 10th, 2016 - 95 comments

Big Tobacco was hit this week in New Zealand after Parliament passed laws requiring smokes to be sold in plain packaging. The science about the health threats posed by smoking is settled, as is the science over climate change. When can we expect laws being passed against the oil companies?

On the whiner’s excuse “but we are so small”

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, September 6th, 2016 - 20 comments

Damon over at civicanalysis wrote an interesting post over the weekend “How New Zealand can help save the world” (and then pointed my attention to it 🙂 ). It looks at what we can do to structurally alleviate climate change. But also looked at some of the economic benefits

Water quality too important for bird-brained excuses

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, September 1st, 2016 - 57 comments

Nick Smith’s latest excuse for inaction on water quality is birds. Yes birds. You couldn’t make this shit up.

For a dose of blessed sanity, watch the (10 min) webcast by Dr Mike Joy explaining what the real problem is.

The elephant in the room

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, August 31st, 2016 - 4 comments

the elephant in the room climate change

Fair and sustainable economics

Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, August 27th, 2016 - 168 comments

Green Party finance spokesperson Julie Anne Genter starts a conversation about post-neoliberal economics.

Abrupt climate change: CO2 equivalent now at 485 ppm

Written By: - Date published: 1:23 pm, August 26th, 2016 - 76 comments

We are now at 485 ppm CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas concentrations, up from 250 ppm in the 1700s. And climbing fast.

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