Tag: World Environment

A Friendly Critique of the Break Free Climate Actions

Article – Robert J. Burrowes I have enjoyed reading accounts and seeing photos of those committed and courageous climate activists who participated in the recent Break Free from Fossil Fuels actions conducted at various locations in 13 countries from 4-15 May 2016. See ‘Break Free … A Friendly Critique of the Break Free Climate Actions Robert J. Burrowes I have enjoyed reading accounts and seeing photos of those committed and courageous climate activists who participated in the recent Break Free from Fossil Fuels actions conducted at various locations in 13 countries from 4-15 May 2016. See ‘Break Free from Fossil Fuels’. https://breakfree2016.org/ Much of what was done was creative (some of it demonstrating considerable flair) and, mostly, how it was done reflected a sound understanding off nonviolent principles and dynamics to which virtually all activists adhered. In this regard I must acknowledge the thoughtful ‘action agreements’ signed by participating activists, the conduct of nonviolence education workshops, the police liaison, legal briefings and arrest support, and the widespread recognition that secrecy and sabotage have no part to play in nonviolent actions for them to be strategically effective. My friendly criticism is directed at those key organisers who planned the nonviolent actions without understanding how to make the commitment and courage of those who were mobilised have maximum strategic impact on the ongoing climate catastrophe. I understand that it takes phenomenal...

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‘In the Eye of the Storm’ Conference Begins

Article – Thomas Leaycraft On climate change: Whats the thing before you have a WTF moment? Thomas Leaycraft On climate change: ‘What’s the thing before you have a WTF moment?’ Thomas Leaycraft New Zealand needs to acknowledge that Pacific Island nations face “ecological holocaust” and “ecocide” thanks to climate change, says Dr Pala Molisa. Dr. Pala Molisa, Image Credit: Victoria University of Wellington Molisa, a lecturer in accounting at Victoria University, will be leading the open forum at the ‘In the Eye of the Storm’ Pacific climate change conference, which starts today. Dr. Molisa is also the MC of the conference. “One of the reasons we call this … conference ‘In the Eye of the Storm’,” Molisa says, “is that the Pacific is one of the places where the impacts of climate change will be most severely felt and first felt. We’re going to lose islands – we’re going to lose whole countries – because of rising sea levels … The Pacific is one of the most vulnerable areas to these super storms and extreme weather events.” The conference, which runs Monday-Wednesday this week, will provide an unconventional look at climate change. “It’s bringing amazing leaders and frontline activists from throughout the Pacific together,” says Molisa. The conference will discuss not only the immediate causes and effects of climate change but also the systemic issues behind it. Though a...

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2016: Climate, China and Conflict

Article – Valerie Morse The New Year is a time for reflection and an opportunity to predict what lies ahead. The interesting thing about predicting the future is that it isnt really as much guesswork as one might think. Of course, thingsthe contingentwill arise that … 2016: Climate, China and Conflict Valerie Morse The New Year is a time for reflection and an opportunity to predict what lies ahead. The interesting thing about predicting the future is that it isn’t really as much guesswork as one might think. Of course, things—the contingent—will arise that we had not anticipated or planned for, but if we remove our rose-coloured glasses and look carefully, we can see clearly the challenges that will continue to command attention for the next 12 months: climate change, the economic slowdown in China and escalating political conflict in the Middle East. 1. The CLIMATE From my vantage point, 2016 looks like the year when climate change becomes undeniably real. As I write, major parts of the US, the UK and South America are underwater from massive flooding, and fires rage across large areas of Indonesia and Australia. Drought is sweeping across Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and India threatening the lives of millions of people, while here in Aotearoa, many farmers who have not recovered from last year’s drought are facing extremely tough conditions again. Some of...

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Waikato People’s Climate March

Press Release – Waikato Climate Action Hundreds of people gathered in Garden Place Hamilton to call upon the NZ and World’s Governments to agree on an enforceable and effective United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the December Paris COP21 Conference whose opening is Monday …Waikato People’s Climate March – the People’s Climate Change Demands Hundreds of people gathered in Garden Place Hamilton to call upon the NZ and World’s Governments to agree on an enforceable and effective United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the December Paris COP21 Conference whose opening is Monday 30th Nov10:00pm local NZ time. Te Kahu Rolleston, MC, opened Sunday’s proceedings with karakia, and his passionate poetry. Sarah Thompson Waikato University Law graduate explained why she was suing the Minister Climate Change Issues: ‘I made the application because the government has failed to set emissions targets that reflect the science on climate change’ Sarah is calling on the High Court to review New Zealand’s emissions targets. Speakers included Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker, Waikato Region Chair Paula Southgate, Faith, Environmental, politicians, workers rights, Forest and Bird, Kiribati and Pasifika. Everyone supported the call that New Zealand’s Government needs to do more to protect people and planet. Sambatron’s drummers and dancers led the colourful March, from Garden Place to the Ferrybank Park Band Rotunda. The carnival atmosphere March, included a life sized paper mache...

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What If the Future Doesn’t Unfold as It Should?

Article – Professor Bruce Muirhead There has been talk in the media of milk prices slowly increasing over the rest of this year and into 2016. Dairy farmers in New Zealand, or so the mantra goes, can then heave a sigh of relief and get on with the business of making money. What If the Future Doesn’t Unfold as It Should? Bruce Muirhead There has been talk in the media of milk prices slowly increasing over the rest of this year and into 2016. Dairy farmers in New Zealand, or so the mantra goes, can then heave a sigh of relief and get on with the business of making money. But what if the global dairy situation has changed fundamentally, and the lower prices we see today become the norm tomorrow? Certainly some things have shifted that might suggest that. Europe got rid of quotas on 1 April 2015, a move that was applauded in New Zealand. I have never understood why it was met with such NZ equanimity. The country wanted to encourage more foreign competition? If that is the case, then ideology triumphed over common sense. To my mind, Wellington should have been keen to keep EU quotas in place and thereby face less competition. And what of the US? The TTP negotiations were supposed to give NZ dairy much better access to the American market. Does...

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