Is it possible to have healthy environments and a healthy economy?

Among the grand delusions that we suffer from is the idea that we can have a successful economy, or an undegraded environment, but not both. Our environment is sacrificed in the pursuit of economic progress. But if we look into our history, we can see that environmental destruction has led to economic and often, societal … Continue reading Is it possible to have healthy environments and a healthy economy?

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.

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

TOWARD A EUROPEAN COMMON FOOD POLICY

This post was first published on the Aotearoa Food Policy Network website. The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) are pathfinders, shining a light on the deficiencies of industrial food systems and lighting the path to sustainable food systems. Their latest publication Towards a Common Food Policy for the EU is the result of  3 … Continue reading TOWARD A EUROPEAN COMMON FOOD POLICY

Climate crisis: a call to action

A growing number of Northlanders are working together to do what we can to avert the climate crisis. At this point I am not going to elaborate on the severity of the crisis – increased media reporting, and the growing proof all around us, makes the state of emergency self-evident to anyone who is even casually aware. … Continue reading Climate crisis: a call to action