Are we the dumbest people ever?

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?

Walter Jehne’s coming to Whangarei with a powerful message

Walter in Whangarei Walter Jehne will be in Whangarei 2 March. We will welcome him to Tai Tokerau at Te Puna o te Mātauranga at NorthTec and then enjoy his challenging message. For more information see the flyer here and register here. And if you do nothing else today, please listen to this podcast to the … Continue reading Walter Jehne’s coming to Whangarei with a powerful message

With the walls closing in, regenerative farming is a way forward for agriculture

This article was first published by The Spinoff  is republished with permission. Thanks to The Spinoff and article author Daniel Eb. A regenerative experiment on a Northland Dairy Farm (supplied) A quiet revolution is growing on New Zealand farms. As debates on water and emissions grind on, a new group of farmers are showing us the way forward … Continue reading With the walls closing in, regenerative farming is a way forward for agriculture

Congratulations to Carol Peters and Anna Murphy 

The recent local body elections are a win for climate action. Congratulations to Climate Change Tai Tokerau Northland Trust trustees Carol Peters and Anna Murphy for their election to Whangarei District Council (WDC) seats. Carol was also elected to the Northland DHB.  This is Anna’s second term on the Whangarei District Council. She represents the Hikurangi Coastal Ward and is a staunch supporter for … Continue reading Congratulations to Carol Peters and Anna Murphy 

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