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Regenerative horticulture

I was excited to learned that pasture could sequester as much carbon as forest, and I have been on farms where it is happening. My first career was in horticulture, but the prospect of building soil carbon in pasture seemed simpler, as growing food, especially vegetables, often involves carbon destroying practices, such as rotary hoeing. … Continue reading Regenerative horticulture

In a time of governance failure, citizens’ powerful imagination will be a much-needed boost

Photo credit: "My life through a lens" on Unsplash. (This article was first published 27 June 2019 at catherinemikenn.com). On June 27, Whangārei residents (led by local group Extinction Rebellion) were the latest to publicly address a meeting of their District Council and make an impassioned call to declare a climate emergency. Affected citizens are optimistic that in … Continue reading In a time of governance failure, citizens’ powerful imagination will be a much-needed boost

Feeling underwhelmed by the “revolutionary” Wellbeing Budget? Here’s why.

Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash (This article was first published 16 June 2019 at catherinemikenn.com).Last month, members of the Labour Party’s Māori Caucus held a public consultation meeting on the Government’s celebrated Wellbeing Budget (hosted by Te Puawaitanga marae, Otangarei). I arrived with much anticipation, hoping to hear from our elected representatives about the smorgasbord of progressive … Continue reading Feeling underwhelmed by the “revolutionary” Wellbeing Budget? Here’s why.

CCTNT at the Pompallier Assembly

Inspired by young people rising up around the world to protest inaction about the climate crisis, three trustees of the Climate Change Tai Tokerau Northland Trust spoke at the Pompallier College Assembly. Carol Peters QSM, Catherine Murupaenga-Ikenn and Peter Bruce-Iri briefly spoke about the crisis. Here is a link to Denise Piper's coverage of the … Continue reading CCTNT at the Pompallier Assembly

Open letter to government about soil carbon

Can New Zealand soils store more carbon? The farmers I talk with believe they can, and they have seen their topsoil grow and evidence that more carbon is stored deeper in the soil. But the government's policy position doubts this and consequently they are putting all of their eggs in the forestry basket. The message … Continue reading Open letter to government about soil carbon

Tai Tokerau 2050

Imagine this. We have dodged the climate crisis bullet. We have arrived at 2050 and  there is sufficient evidence that carbon drawdown is happening and we have stalled global warming. Looking back, we only could have achieved it with a series of transformations. Tai Tokerau was heavily dependent on commodity exports. We found that a … Continue reading Tai Tokerau 2050

SS4C Whangarei

Young people have the most to lose if we don’t take effective action to mitigate climate change. Trustees from the Climate Change Tai Tokerau Northland Trust (CCTNT) met with students from Whangarei Boys High and Pompallier College at Boys High today. The School Strike 4  Climate NZ movement was  inspired by the strike that Greta … Continue reading SS4C Whangarei