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Climate Change actions for the middle classes

Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, July 28th, 2017 - 15 comments

It’s time to put our money and resources where our hearts and minds and values are.

Rain doesn’t cause most floods, humans do

Written By: - Date published: 12:11 pm, July 23rd, 2017 - 50 comments

What to do with all the water falling from the sky? Some choices are smarter than others.

The Catholic Church is urging its parishoners to vote

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, July 21st, 2017 - 29 comments

The catholic bishops of Aotearoa have released a pamphlet urging parishoners to vote. And apart from conservative positions on euthenasia and drug liberalisation the policies they support have a decidedly progressive bent.

Regenerative agriculture

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, July 18th, 2017 - 14 comments

Regenerative farmers in NZ are already leading the way on land and water restoration, and how to grow food in a changing climate.

Waimea a good dam?

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, July 14th, 2017 - 54 comments

The proposed Waimea Dam in Nelson is attracting opposition from the Green Party but support from the Labour Party.  Is there such a thing as a good dam project?

NRT: National’s new Muldoonism

Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, July 13th, 2017 - 7 comments

I/S at No Right Turn: “at its core, the National Party is an anti-environment party, dedicated to destroying our natural heritage and impoverishing future generations for the profit of their cronies”.

Greens to fast-track airport rail for America’s Cup

Written By: - Date published: 2:36 pm, July 5th, 2017 - 79 comments

Plundering of water

Written By: - Date published: 6:34 am, July 5th, 2017 - 71 comments

The company behind the attempted water extraction operation in Ashburton is now trying to build the largest production bottling plant in the southern hemisphere in Waikato.

Bravo Young Nats – endorse zero carbon

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, July 1st, 2017 - 18 comments

Health professionals support legal challenge against government’s climate policy

Written By: - Date published: 6:19 am, June 28th, 2017 - 4 comments

“Climate change is a medical emergency – and our government’s inaction threatens New Zealanders’ wellbeing, both now and into the future.”

Sarah v Government

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 23rd, 2017 - 56 comments

the Government can’t always be trusted to act in the best interests of the people or the planet

 

The Freshwater Rescue Plan

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, June 10th, 2017 - 12 comments

Seven steps to reclaiming our lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers.

Catherine Delahunty: My Mataura River visit

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, June 6th, 2017 - 8 comments

Green Party Spokesperson for Water, Catherine Delahunty, has been down South as part of the Greens’ Swimmable Rivers Tour. She reports on restoration of the Mataura River, farmers doing the right thing, and the community being further ahead than the government on water.

Book review: Eaarth

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, May 28th, 2017 - 3 comments

Last Sunday I recycled an old book review. Here’s another one from the vaults, “Eaarth”, by Bill McKibben (of 350.org). It doesn’t pull any punches.

Let’s green the red zone

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 22nd, 2017 - 91 comments

A Christchurch community group has come out with an outstanding solution for what to do with red zone land that is currently unusable.

Book review: Here on Earth – An Argument for Hope

Written By: - Date published: 10:01 am, May 21st, 2017 - 11 comments

A brief review of Here on Earth: An Argument for Hope, by Tim Flannery. An argument for hope is exactly what we need, but does Flannery make the case?

Environment Southland won’t talk in public about water quality

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, April 28th, 2017 - 14 comments

Discussions of the MfE Our Fresh Water 2017 report to be held in workshop that excludes the public and the media.

David Cunliffe’s final speech

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, April 23rd, 2017 - 28 comments

The text of David Cunliffe’s final speech delivered to the New Lynn Labour Party earlier this week where he decries neoliberalism and worries about the world’s environmental future.

Green power

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, April 20th, 2017 - 78 comments

Lots to like in The Greens’ new power policy.

Higgins on National’s shit creek

Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, April 16th, 2017 - 100 comments

Higgins: “Water quality should be a massive issue this election. Some friends, who are the kind of dyed-in-the-wool National supporters who call everyone else a loony leftie, now say water quality will guide their vote and it can’t possibly go to National.”…

Monbiot on the embedded economy

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, April 14th, 2017 - 10 comments

A model for a sustainable economy. Something to ponder on a wet holiday weekend.

Right-wing American stupidity is now a global crisis

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, March 29th, 2017 - 47 comments

The Trump regime has begun the process of dismantling environmental protections in America, including those designed to limit carbon emissions / climate change.

Global oil and global decline

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, March 26th, 2017 - 26 comments

Peak oil is being talked again with suggestions that it may be only 5 years away.  And Saudi Arabia’s Aramco is thinking of starting to divest itself of its petroleum assets.

This Government’s citizenship priorities

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, March 24th, 2017 - 52 comments

Environmental activist Michael Tavares request for an exceptional circumstances grant of citizenship has been refused by this Government whereas right wing libertarian Peter Thiel’s request for an exceptional circumstances grant of citizenship was granted. Why the difference?

OECD: NZ growth model reaching its environmental limits

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 40 comments

New Zealand is about to reach the limits of growth.

Living Economies Expo

Written By: - Date published: 11:02 am, March 21st, 2017 - 2 comments

“Imagine a country which respects the living planet; whose people enjoy fair land tenure, good housing, good health, wholesome food, a rewarding livelihood, free education, a compassionate justice system, and an adequate income: a country with an inclusive democracy grounded in vibrant communities.”

Sunday Book Club

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, March 19th, 2017 - 31 comments

What if our production methods were designed to produce health, beauty,  and permanence?

TS Book Club this Sunday

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, March 17th, 2017 - Comments Off on TS Book Club this Sunday

We will be discussing Small is Beautiful – Economics as if People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher.

Nick Smith is a disgrace

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, March 14th, 2017 - 32 comments

In a functioning democracy Nick Smith’s handling of the Resource Management Bill should result in him losing his ministerial warrant.

Labour: Greens are the first cab off the rank

Written By: - Date published: 7:38 am, March 3rd, 2017 - 19 comments

Andrew Little has confirmed that the Green Party will be first party Labour looks to for a coalition deal after the election.

The Nats’ new ‘swimmable’ rivers aren’t

Written By: - Date published: 3:08 pm, February 28th, 2017 - 14 comments

Under the new standards we have up to a 1 in 6 risk of serious infection at the times that we actually swim in rivers, and Smith is trying to hide this fact by fudging around with year-long averages. David Parker’s analysis yesterday was bang on.

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