1. Less a matter of closing the gate after the horse has bolted, and more one of opening the gate to let the damned cavalry through!


    The importance of governance.

  2. rmangi:

    Signs from the Climate March

    (via climate-changing)


  3. A question.

    I watched the Climate Voter Debate tonight and, having earlier said that NZ exports 95% of the food we produce, Tim Groser then warned that taking in environmental Forced Migrants will limit our ability to provide a safe home to political & conflict Forced Migrants.

    So, even taking into account that we import 20% of the food we eat, NZ produces 4x as much food as our population of 4.4 million needs, but according to Groser we can’t feed the 100,000 people of Kiribati who will soon have no home?

    Edit: I’ve just checked my calculation! and it’s worse: NZ produces something nearer to 20x as much food as we need to feed ourselves. If x is the proportion (80%) of the food we consume, that we produce, then if we export 95% of what we produce, our production is 20x. We import 20% of what we consume - which is 1/4 of x - so our total consumption is 1-1/4x. Compare that to 20x


  5. "

    So you put solace and sense of place and social value and personal goals and supportive personal relationships and strong and inclusive communities all together into one figure and you come out with £290 per household per year.

    All we require now is for the Cabinet Office to give us a price for love and a true value for society and we will have a single figure for the meaning of life.

    I know what you’re thinking: it’s 42. But Deep Thought failed to anticipate the advent of Strictly Come Dancing, which has depreciated the will to live to the extent that it’s now been downgraded to 41.

  6. dakotapuma:

    We’re in the early days of Earth’s sixth great extinction, say biologists

    An international team of scientists cautions that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet’s sixth mass biological extinction event.

    Since 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 percent average decline in abundance. The situation is similarly dire for invertebrate animal life…

    EarthSky.org (July 29, 2014)



  7. dakotapuma:


    An important point.  Language and emphasis matters.

    "We’ve tended to assume people are more selfish than they really are. Surveys across 60 countries show that most people consistently hold concern for others, tolerance, kindness and thinking for themselves to be more important than wealth, image and power. But those whose voices are loudest belong to a small minority with the opposite set of values. And often, idiotically, we have sought to appease them.”

  9. The smaller islands of the Pacific are our siblings and cousins.  Our size compared to Europe, US or China is irrelevant.  Our size in comparison to these smaller nations, so often overlooked by so much of the rest of the world, is what matters.  They need us to not only do what we can - & we can - but to raise our voice in their cause.

    From the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand:

    Discontent with New Zealand and Australia is everywhere at the 45th Pacific Islands Forum. John Key cannot hide behind the flawed logic of ‘NZ is too small to effect change’ when Pacific Leaders are explicitly calling NZ out for his lack of action.

    Our plan will carbon neutrality for New Zealand, cut taxes for business and put money back into households - but also help the Pacific. greens.org.nz/climateplan ‪#‎Green2014‬


  10. It is truly terrifying that these people cling to the ideological creed of profit, even while global temperatures rise; ice caps melt; seas acidify; mounting numbers of plants & animals tumble toward extinction; weather becomes more extreme - in all directions; forests shrink & deserts grow; rising numbers of people are, or are threatened with displacement; and food production is threatened.

    That’s not pragmatic.  It’s not sound, sensible governance. It’s dangerous.