Where were you in '72? I was busting to get out of high school. Some of you were probably not born. Fifity years ago the Club of Rome published Limits to Growth warning us about population increase and the impact of humans on earth systems. Fifty years later they have published Earth for All: A … Continue reading EArth for All – New Book from the Club of Rome
Our climate change policies are inadequate and will limit our ability to make any meaningful difference for mitigating climate change. The national climate narrative is fixated on primary production and specifically farming. In assessing the climate impact of farming, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane emissions are the main focus. This sets the scene for … Continue reading Open letter: Aotearoa New Zealand needs climate policy that addresses our unique challenges
Alongside genocide charges, Putin should be facing ecocide charges. His war has ignited an explosion of consequences with shockwaves that will last decades. For example, right now there is a humanitarian crisis in Somalia with children dying of hunger. Note that only 2.3% of the U.N.'s relief funds target have been donated so far. Impacts … Continue reading Climate, war, and oil
And this year's Darwin Award goes to .... the human race. The Darwin Awards are for people who have improved the gene pool by removing themselves from it, often in spectacular ways. But as I write this, to my surprise, I discover the Darwin Awards website is considering "honoring the human race with a pre-posthumous … Continue reading Are we the dumbest people ever?
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.